Hockaday School

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The Hockaday School
11600 Welch Road


Coordinates32°54′27″N 96°49′38″W / 32.907400°N 96.827190°W / 32.907400; -96.827190Coordinates: 32°54′27″N 96°49′38″W / 32.907400°N 96.827190°W / 32.907400; -96.827190
TypePrivate, Indepedent, day & boarding school
MottoVirtus Scientia
(Virtue through knowledge)
FounderEla Hockaday
HeadmistressKaren Warren Coleman
Athletics conferenceSPC

The Hockaday School is an independent, secular, college preparatory day and boarding school for girls located in Dallas, Texas, USA. The boarding school is for girls in grades 8–12 and the day school is from pre-kindergarten to grade 12. The Hockaday School is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest.


The school was founded in 1913 by Ela Hockaday in response to parental demand for a preparatory day school for girls. She added a junior college in 1931 which operated until 1951.[1] The first class consisted of only ten students. Sarah Trent was one of the first teachers at the school and was influential in its development. As of the 1940 census, Ela Hockaday was living at the school that was located in the block between 5601 Bonita and 2407 Greenville Avenue in Dallas.[2]


The tuition averages $32,000 for upper school day students (not including books). For resident students, costs are approximately $52,828 - $54,191. Financial aid is granted on the basis of demonstrated family need and the school's availability of funds. In 2019-2020, 13% of the Hockaday student body received financial aid.[3]


Hockaday competes in the Southwest Preparatory Conference (SPC) in 11 sports: basketball, cross-country, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.

In addition, they compete in crew (rowing) and fencing. [4]


Hockaday's mass communication publications are completely student- run and designed. They produce the newspaper, Fourcast, once a month and the literary magazine, Vibrato, once a year.

Vibrato has won countless national awards, including the Gold Crown Award (CSPA), Pacemaker Award (NSPA)[1], and Best in Show (NSPA), through Columbia Scholastic Press Association and National Scholastic Press Association. [2]

Notable alumnae[edit]


  1. ^ "Ela Hockaday". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 2012-03-06.
  2. ^ 1940 U.S. Census, ED: 255-38 Page 28-9
  3. ^ "The Hockaday School 2019-2020 Profile" (PDF).
  4. ^ "Hockaday Athletics". www.hockaday.org. Retrieved 2019-10-08.
  5. ^ "Quest for the Presidency: Bush used private school option 04/04/00". web.archive.org. 2009-08-05. Retrieved 2019-10-08.
  6. ^ "Cheryl Hall: Ex-Hockaday girl wrangles wrestlers". Dallas Morning News. 2005-09-27. Retrieved 2006-08-22.
  7. ^ The Hockaday School (2005-06-20). "Hockaday Alumna Wins Tony Award". Alumnae News. Archived from the original on 2007-05-26. Retrieved 2006-08-22.
  8. ^ Tribune, The Texas; Livingston, Abby (2018-01-07). "Rita Clements, former first lady of Texas, dies at 86". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved 2019-10-08.
  9. ^ "Deborah Coonts". Book Series in Order. 2016-09-10. Retrieved 2019-10-08.
  10. ^ "Frances Tarlton "Sissy" Farenthold | About Farenthold". Retrieved 2019-10-08.
  11. ^ Associated Press (2000-04-04). "Bush used private school option". Archived from the original on 2009-08-05. Retrieved 2006-08-22.
  12. ^ They're Engaged!, San Antonio Express-News, April 16, 1961
  13. ^ NNDB. "Patricia Richardson". Retrieved 2006-08-22.
  14. ^ Hockaday Magazine Winter 2011 p.44
  15. ^ "Pamela Willeford". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 2019-10-08.

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