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The Bishop Dunne Girls Cross Country team came in 6th place at District Meet two weeks ago and the Boys came in 5th at the State competition in Waco on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015. l-right: Senior Clarissa Ellazar; Sophomore Emma Barclay; Freshman Hannah Ott; Freshman Olivia Griffin; Senior DiAnna Santillan; Senior Marissa Ornelas. Sophomore Emma Barclay and senior Marissa Ornelas finished strong at the state TAPPS Cross Country meet. Both teams will be honored at a Pep Rally to be held this Friday, Nov. 6, 2015 at Bishop Dunne.

Head Cross Country Coach Stephen Guerrero is proud of his Bishop Dunne Falcon runners this year. Junior Josh Benavides came in 17th in state, sophomore Dylan Choate 22nd, and sophomore Emma Barclay 22nd.  The boys Cross Country team took fifth place overall.  

Cross Country Duo Leads Team

Junior Josh Benavides and sophomore Dylan Choate ran outstanding races in the  TAPPS district cross country meet held Thursday, October 22, 2015. Josh came in second in the 5K race, with a time of 17:29, and six seconds behind him was teammate Dylan in third place with a time of 17:35.

Josh is no stranger to the 5,000 meter race, having run cross country since he came to Bishop Dunne in the 6th grade. A graduate of Immaculate Conception in Grand Prairie, his favorite class this year is Video Production with Mr. Beattie. He placed in the 20’s last year at State, and hopes to place in the top ten this year – or surprise everyone with a first place finish.
Dylan is in his second year at Bishop Dunne and his second year on the cross country team but is a veteran runner also, having begun racing in the 5th grade at St. Elizabeth’s. After graduating from there two years ago, he came to Bishop Dunne and joined the cross country team immediately. His favorite class this year is algebra with Ms. Smith. He hopes to run in the steps of 2015 Bishop Dunne graduate Jarod Moser by winning a track scholarship to college. His younger brother, Jarrod, a 5th grader at St. Elizabeth’s, also runs.
Head coach Stephen Guerrero and assistant cross country coaches Kevin Braun and Chris MacLellan are proud of their team this year, and especially these two athletes.

Season Results include:

Waxahachie meet, Josh 5th, Dylan 7th
Lake Highlands meet, Josh 4th, Dylan 5th
Molina meet, Josh 2nd, Dylan 3rd
Ennis meet, Josh 2nd, Dylan 3rd
Jesuit meet, Josh 4th, Dylan 5th
Mansfield meet, Dylan 14th, Josh 20th
Westwood meet, Josh 1st, Dylan 2nd
District meet, Josh 2nd, Dylan 3rd

Coach Guerrero said in every meet and every speed work practice the athletes work hard to beat the competition. While competing, they are really helping the other improve.
Coach Kevin Braun thinks Josh and Dylan have had outstanding seasons for the cross country team this year and watching them push each other in every practice and meet has been fun. The back-and-forth competition has led to some great times, including their 2nd and 3rd place finishes at last week's District meet.

In the varsity girls’ division at District, Emma Barclay placed eighth and Marissa Ornelas placed 14th. Coach Guerrero said they have been going back and forth during the races all season long.

District Results:

E. Barclay, 8th, First team all-district
M. Ornelas, 14th, Second team all-district

Varsity Boys 5th place Team with Josh Benavides, 2nd, First team all-district
Dylan Choate, 3rd, First team all-district

JV Boys 2nd place Team
R. Barton, 3rd
D. Rodriguez, 10th

Girl’s Results:

Lake Highland meet, Emma 7th, Team placed 2nd

Molina meet, Emma 2nd, Marissa 4th, Team placed tied for 1st

Ennis meet, Emma 13th

Jesuit meet, Emma 2nd, Marissa 9th, Team place 2nd

Mansfield meet, Emma 10th, Marissa 20th

Westwood meet, Emma 1st, Marissa 2nd, Team place 1st

District meet, Emma 8th, Marissa 14th (Both All-District)

Coach Guerrero said his JV Cross Country team is a young team with two freshmen competing well, Hannah Ott, Olivia Griffin. The Girls team placed 1st or second in several meets. With 11 girls and 22 boys, and five middle school boys, both teams increased in size since last year. Coach Guerrero noted he had to buy new uniforms because he didn’t have enough due to the increased number of runners.

This Friday, Nov. 6, 2015 a Pep Rally will be held to congratulate the Cross Country and Volleyball teams and pump up the falcons prior to their final District football game vs. Trinity Christian Academy (TCA) at home. It’s senior night for football players, drill team members, and cheerleaders. The Varsity football team is undefeated with a 9-0 record, and is District Champions for the second consecutive year.

The school, located at 3900 Rugged drive, is having an Open house this Sunday. 

Open House Sunday, November 8, 2015
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
For more information:
or call 214-339-6561

For more information see the school's website: or for information on the Cross Country team see or contact Coach Guerrero at

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Marquez Beason was a stand out at the 8th grade Championship basketball game last winter. The Falcons lost in the final seconds by one basket. In October, Marquez ran a kick off back in a varsity football game for a 99-yard touchdown that was negated by a flag. Even with these disappointments, his positive, competitive spirit makes him a coach's dream both on the field and in the classroom. He is a recipient of the Roger Staubach/Drew Pearson tuition assistance scholarship presented to a scholar athlete at Bishop Dunne.

Freshman Marquez Beason is a Triple Threat: on Football Field, Basketball Court, and Track

Marquez Dominic Beason is a tri-athlete who made a dazzling touchdown run on a kickoff return in the last second of the varsity football game against John Paul II. His quick moves and run down the entire length of the field had the whole crowd cheering, only to have his points called back on a flag. He watched the video of his amazing run days later, and says he never saw a flag thrown, but understands that’s the nature of the game. Sometimes things happen on the field that you have no control over, and you just have to get over it and move on.

The youngest of three brothers, Marquez lives with his Uncle Archie and Aunt Ketra and their son, Zeriah, a 7th grader at Dunne. They live in Midlothian, a 20-minute drive with traffic, and his Uncle Archie, an officer with the Dallas Police Department, gets the boys to school each morning.

Marquez came to Bishop Dunne in the 7th grade from Walnut Grove Elementary in Midlothian, having heard about it from Zeriah. He visited the school and fell in love with it. He says the environment and the teachers make the school special.

The shooting guard and small forward in basketball, Marquez and his 8th grade Falcon team made it to the championship game last year and lost by one basket. In track he runs the 100, 200, 400, 4x100 relay, and 4x200 relay. He’s a wide receiver on both the JV and Varsity Falcon teams, which means he’s in practice all week and ready to play both Thursday and Friday nights, leaving very little free time. When he’s home he’s doing his homework, resting for the next football practice or watching football with his uncle.

Marquez admits Bishop Dunne is harder than his former school, but says the work is worth it, because he plans to go to college and knows Bishop Dunne can get him there. He’s already looking forward to applying to UCLA, Baylor, and LSU. He hopes to play football in college, and plans to be an entrepreneur after he graduates. His dream is to open a recreation center for students in South Dallas to play in and do their homework after school, somewhere in rural, southern Dallas.

When he was called into the office a few weeks ago to see President Kate Dailey, he admits he was worried he’d done something wrong. He was delighted to learn he had been awarded a scholarship in the name of two football greats: Roger Staubach and Drew Pearson. Although Marquez wasn’t born when they were leading the Cowboys, he knows exactly who they are and feels he is blessed and lucky to receive a scholarship created by them.

Marquez will continue to work hard in the classroom and on the football field to make them–and his family–proud. A freshman Falcon with his sights on a fantastic future, encouraged by two football greats and a faculty helping to get him where he wants to go.


The Bishop Dunne Falcons football team is undefeated this season and the JV Football team is 5-2. The varsity team plays its final away game against Midland Christian October 30, 2015 and it's final district game at home on November 6, 2015 against Trinity Christian - Addison (TCA.) For more information about Bishop Dunne, see the school's website: or the school's sports website:

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Bishop Dunne Athletic Director Kenneth Davis, left, former Temple High School and Buffalo Bills running back, presents a commemorative Super Bowl Golden Football to Mike Spradlin, Temple High School athletic director and head football coach, center, and former coach Bob McQueen before the final home Temple HIgh football game Friday night October 23, 2015 at the school’s Wildcat Stadium. The Golden Football is part of the National Football League’s 50th anniversary celebration of the Super Bowl. Davis, who also played at TCU, participated in four Super Bowls with the Bills in the 1990s. CBS This Morning is airing stories about football players who grew up in small towns like Davis did who then went on to play in the Super Bowl.

Kenneth Davis runs from tiny Bartlett, Texas, to Temple High, to TCU, to the NFL and Four Super Bowls

Bishop Dunne Athletic Director Kenneth Davis was honored Friday, October 23, 2015, at Temple High School, at the Wildcats' final home game of the season against Waco High School.

A Wildcat football standout and Buffalo Bills running back, Davis returned to his high school alma mater to present Temple High School with a special Super Bowl 50th anniversary golden commemorative football. The football represents Temple High School’s role in Super Bowl history. Davis played in four Super Bowls from 1990–1993, all as a running back for the Buffalo Bills, during which time he developed a reputation for stellar post season performances.
As a star running back at Temple from 1978–1980, he graduated as Temple's all-time leading rusher, a title that has since been passed on to Delarius Wilson and, in 2009, Wildcats star, Lache Seastrunk. In addition to rushing for nearly 3,000 yards in two seasons with the Wildcats, Davis scored 34 touchdowns. The team went 37-2 during Davis' three varsity seasons. After he started in the secondary as a sophomore, the team did not lose a regular season game. The Wildcats won their first state football championship in 1979, beating Houston Memorial 28-6. Nearly 30 years later, his nephew Derrick played for Temple as a linebacker and fullback, and Davis would go to his games to watch him play.
A legend at Temple, Davis was inducted into the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame in May of 2009. He's also been nominated for a place on the University Interscholastic League's all-century team, his name appearing alongside those of Earl Campbell, Eric Dickerson, Billy Sims, and LaDainian Tomlinson on the online ballot.
Although he made his mark in Temple, his football career began 25 miles away in tiny Bartlett, Texas. One of 12 children, the fifth-born of six sons, Davis grew up in a large athletic family. His sister, Flo, was a basketball standout. His older brother, William, played semipro football and scored the winning point to lift Bartlett Washington to a Prairie View Interscholastic League state championship in 1964. His brother, Jesse, played college football at Southwest Texas State while Herbert and Earnest Davis played on Temple's 1976 state finalist team. His older sister, Eula, was the first homecoming queen at an integrated Bartlett High. Davis admits he really didn't care to play football, but his brothers insisted. He grew up playing football on a field that used the family home as one out-of-bounds marker and a fence for another one.
From high school he headed to Texas Christian University, where he found more success, finishing fifth in voting for the Heisman Trophy in 1984. A second-round draft pick of the Green Bay Packers, Davis went on to enjoy a nine-year NFL career. His best years came in Buffalo, and  from 1989-1994 he played in four Super Bowls and backed up Thurman Thomas, a former Fort Bend Willowridge star who also pops up on the all-century team ballot.
This December 27, 2015, at noon, Davis has been invited to attend the Buffalo Bills game in Buffalo and lead the team out onto the field. He said of his recent accolades, "There are things that come in your path in life and you don't understand how, what or why. You just feel blessed."
Upon his retirement from the NFL in 1994, Davis decided to coach. After a one-year stint as the offensive coordinator at Peabody High School in Alexandria, LA., and an internship with the Bills, he moved back to Texas and coached for 11 years at Bishop Dunne, turning the football program over to Head Coach Michael Johnson six years ago. Now as Bishop Dunne's athletic director, Davis oversees 24 sports for the school that enrolls over 600 students from the sixth through 12th grades. The varsity Falcon Football team won the TAPPS 5A Division 1 State Championship last year for the first time since 1990 and are undefeated this season.

The Bishop Dunne Falcons congratulate their Athletic Director on his impressive history as a player, coach, and Athletic Director.

For more information on Bishop Dunne Catholic School, see the school's website at: 

The Bishop Dunne Falcon Football team travels to Midland for a District game Friday Night, October 30, 2015. The team has an undefeated 8-0 record on the season, placing the Falcons at the top spot in the TAPPS 5A Division. The team is the reigning 2014 State Champions and even with 18 seniors graduated from that team, has been impressive with consecutive wins including a victory over Episcopal of Bellaire, a team ranked high in the state. For more information on Bishop Dunne's sports programs see: Thirty recent graduates of Bishop Dunne Catholic School are currently playing in seven different collegiate sports at universities such as Notre Dame, The Air Force Academy, Baylor, OSU, OU, and the University of Texas at Austin. 

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Elizabet "Liz" Hernandez, BD Class of 2011, (on right) was quick to take a "selfie" with Miss Sunday, Bishop Dunne's long-time receptionist, at her retirement party in September. Liz was greeted by Miss Sunday all seven years she attended the school as a student, from 6th through 12th grades. Liz is working with the Admissions Office and the young alumni at Bishop Dunne now.

Elizabet “Liz” Hernandez Returns to Rugged Drive to Work for Students Like Her: First Generation College Graduates

Elizabet “Liz” Hernandez says she graduated from the best school in Dallas—Bishop  Dunne.

She jokes that she’s an 8th year advantage student, because she’s back now for an 8th year.
While a student at Dunne she was in Student Council, the Ecology Club, Latinos Unidos, on the girls’ wrestling team, and was even the Falcon mascot. In fact, she was asked to Homecoming while somersaulting in her Falcon mascot uniform in the middle of a huge Bishop Dunne home game. She also went on the Mission Trip to Honduras two summers in a row, in 2009 and 2010, and says it would be an honor to chaperone next year’s Mission Trip 2016.
Ms. Hernandez went to the College of William and Mary, earning a double major in public policy and environmental science. Her first job in college was as a multicultural recruitment intern for the college. During this busy time, he admits to living off eating a pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream every day for a straight month.
After graduation, she returned to Dunne to thank everyone because, for a first generation student, graduating college is a very big step, and she knew that she’d been well prepared for that journey here. She came to visit and left with a job offer she couldn’t turn down: now she’ll be helping others on the same journey, as she works with the admissions team and with young alumni engagement.


Bishop Dunne’s annual Open House is Sunday, November 8, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Interested potential students and their families are invited to attend. For more information: or call 214-339-6561.

For information on Bishop Dunne Alumni events, contact Liz Hernandez at

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Father Timothy Gollob has been the pastor of Holy Cross Catholic Church for over 46 years, and a great supporter of Bishop Dunne Catholic School. He's been known to give the shirt off his back to someone who needs it. Much of his free time is spent helping feed the hungry spiritually and literally. He's an avid environmentalist, nature lover and bird watcher.

Fr. Timothy Gollob Honors His Family with the Gift of an Environmental Science Lab for Future Falcons

For his 75th birthday, almost exactly five years ago, the Rev. Timothy Gollob submitted his retirement letter as required for a priest reaching that age. Bishop Kevin Farrell gave him a birthday gift, saying he could continue as pastor of Holy Cross Catholic Church in South Oak Cliff. Soon after, Fr. Tim got what he called "the best birthday present" with the opening of a new, 700-seat sanctuary for Holy Cross, built after 15 years of dogged fundraising, including raffles, bingo, Cajun Luaus, and even recycling cans.

Getting a gleaming new sanctuary built in the southern area of Dallas will no doubt further what Bishop Farrell and many others say is the legendary reputation within the diocese of a priest known simply as "Father Tim." For 46 years, he has been pastor of Holy Cross, presiding at more than 7,000 Masses and hundreds of weddings, funerals, and confirmations. In addition to his pastoral duties, he’s led Mass at the nearby VA Medical Center nearly every Friday since 1969. He's the longest-serving active priest in the diocese, and the longest at a single parish. He was also Bishop Dunne’s first chaplain.

In addition to his pastoral duties, he’s led Mass at the nearby VA Medical Center nearly every Friday since 1969.

In the 1960’s, he was the chaplain at Bishop Dunne. Fr. Tim was 29 in November of 1963 when he chaperoned a group of Bishop Dunne students to see President John F. Kennedy. The group stood on the roof atop the Adolphus Hotel on Main Street downtown, and waved to the president as his motorcade drove by just minutes before he was assassinated.

Fifty years later, Fr. Tim returned to that rooftop to recall his sad memories of the day, and allow the Texas Catholic to take pictures of him in the same spot he’d been standing in five decades before. It wasn’t the first time he made news: the Dallas Morning News wrote an article about him and his recycling effort, long before it became popular. He would pick up empty tin cans on the streets of Dallas to both beautify the city and turn in for money for his parish. His ability to raise money–and save it–has added to his legendary status.

He still lives in an old rectory on the church campus at Ledbetter Drive and Bonnie View Road using all funds collected to beautify his church and pay the bills, not to update his living quarters. Once someone broke in, although he admits the police confused his housekeeping for ransacking. He has a vegetable garden outside his rectory, and can be spotted at the local Audubon Center, bird watching. A recent blog on this passion is framed in the 300 hallway of Bishop Dunne. His parishioners say he’s a “one-in-a-million priest,” and has, more than once, literally given the coat off his back to a needy stranger.

Fr. Tim’s father was an Austrian immigrant who joined the U.S. Navy as a teen and moved his family from base to base. They were at Pearl Harbor, having just returned from church, when the Japanese attacked on December 7, 1941. Then in the second grade, Fr. Tim recalls his father strapping on a pistol and reporting to a battle station. Fr. Tim, his brother Michael David, and their mother relocated to Tyler. Ten years later a high school friend said he was considering the priesthood, and was following a priest's advice to pray about the matter for three days. Fr. Tim decided to do the same. By the end of three days, Father Tim recalls, he thought, “Oh, doggone it. Someone's calling me.”

Fr. Tim went to seminary in San Antonio, then for four years in Rome, graduating with two future U.S. cardinals. Ordained in 1958, he served various positions in the Dallas Diocese before arriving at Holy Cross in June 1969. The church had been founded more than a decade before by Czech families who moved north from Ennis.

The church had begun a transition when Fr. Tim arrived, and now has about 700 families, mainly Hispanic and African American, with some Czech families remaining. In the early 1980s, it was one of Dallas' first sanctuary churches for refugees from civil war in Central America, and now its diversity continues. Between the English and Spanish Masses—all led by Fr. Tim—members gather for meals.

He had a heart attack in 2006, suffered just as he was to lead Mass at the VA, where quick care saved his life.

His father survived the war and retired as a sea captain. Later in life he took an interest in Geology. Fr. Tim’s brother was a certified public accountant. Both men became environmentalists, much like Fr. Tim, and his donation for the environmental science lab is to be named for the family in his brother’s honor. He is also giving Bishop Dunne his father’s rock collection for Bishop Dunne students to enjoy.

At 81, Fr. Tim plans to keep working, including trips to Bishop Dunne to visit with his former students, as he did when the Class of ’65 returned for their 50th reunion at Homecoming on October 2, 2015. His legacy at Bishop Dunne spans five decades. The classroom he’s built in his brother’s name will help future Falcons for decades more to come.

To learn more about Bishop Dunne and its science programs see the school’s website: or contact the Science Department chair Roger Palmer at

National Geographic Photographer Joe Sartore will be the first GEO TECH speaker on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. For more information on the GEOTECH series see the school’s website.

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Bishop Dunne Freshman Justus Clark will play Emmett Till in the new TeCo Theater production which runs through November 1, 2015. He is also a published poet and will recite an original poem in the Bishop Dunne Revue in mid November.

Bishop Dunne Freshman Justus Clark is Emmett Till in TeCo Production Opening October 22

Freshman Justus Lederrick Clark is one of the youngest published poets in America.

He wrote his first poem at the age of eight, entitled, “The Ride,” which was about his mom. By the age of 12, his collection of poems were put into a book, Express Way, and sent to a publisher that sold out all of its copies in a few months. Another printing of 2,500 copies is almost gone. Councilman Dwayne Carraway bought 1,000 for his Young Eagles Association and the remaining 1,500 have been sold at different events.

Justus began reading at such a young age that his father, Derrick, would take him to Barnes & Noble and allow him to pick a book to read aloud to surprised shoppers. He also loves to swim and hopes to join the Falcon swim team soon. But this month he’s been busy with play practices at the local TeCo Theater on Jefferson. He plays the lead in the production of The Face of Emmett Till. It’s a harrowing story about a 14-year-old boy who was abducted from his home in 1955 and brutally murdered. The event caused a national uproar and is credited for sparking the Civil Rights Movement.

Justus plays Emmett Till; and TeCo Theater founder Theresa Coleman says even in rehearsals—every evening from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.—his performance is captivating. The play is a powerful reminder of an event during the Civil Rights Movement of the 50s that still resonates. The play opens October 22, 2015, and runs through November 1, 2015.

He will also be in the Bishop Dunne Revue in November, reciting a poem he’s written entitled, “Click Clack, Pow,” about Emmett Till, Trayvon Martin, Eric Gardner, and Michael Brown. Justus was interviewed for a second time on K104 Friday morning, October 16, 2015, about his poetry, book, and starring role in the play. Ms. Coleman considers Justus a “young Langston Hughes,” the American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist from Joplin, Missouri, who was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form called jazz poetry, which Justus now emulates.

Justus’s mother, Tracy, is a psychologist and may be the reason he’s so interested in feelings, poetry, and reading. His father is a technician for DISD, and getting good grades is expected. Justus attended A.W. Brown before coming to Bishop Dunne this year, and he says the faculty and staff are exceptional, the school is incredibly clean, and the food in the cafeteria is the best he’s ever tasted.

His favorite classes are English and biology. Justus plans on majoring in science in college, and hopes to attend John Hopkins or the Naval Academy. That might sound like a stretch for most kids, but at the age of seven he won a science contest and already has a $1,000 college scholarship waiting for him.

This Falcon’s future as an anesthesiologist may be years away, but Justus will probably spend his rare free time writing more great poetry about it.


For more information on Bishop Dunne Catholic School see the school's website: 

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Homecoming 2015 King Josh Drayden by Shannon Walke 2015 Bishop Dunne Homecoming King Josh Drayden is a scholar-athlete who also sings in the Sounds of Bishop Dunne Gospel Choir. With multiple college scholarship offers, he plans to attend the University of California at Berkley next fall. The Falcon football team is the reigning 2014 Class 5-A Div. 1 State Champions, and remains undefeated this season. Photo by Shannon Walker with SW Photographic.

Homecoming King Josh Drayden a Tri-Athlete, Committed to Cal for College

When Josh Drayden came to Bishop Dunne from St. Philip’s School and Community Center, he didn’t know anyone. Six years later, he was elected by the student body as the 2015 Homecoming King.
A tri-athlete, he’s played football, basketball, and run track each year he’s been at Dunne, and has already committed to the University of California at Berkeley to play football. A defensive back for the Falcons, he dislocated his shoulder in the JPII game this season and didn’t realize it until he couldn’t push himself up off the turf. But he had it popped back into place and was back on the field a week later to help his teammates defeat Nolan at homecoming.
Last year’s State Championship meant a lot to him, and brought him attention from a number of colleges which liked his good grades and athleticism. SMU, UT-Austin, and Northwestern were all possibilities, but he and his parents, Eureka and Edwin, and younger brother Jalen, all flew to California to see the Cal campus. The trip sold him. He’s headed to Berkeley, considered the top U.S. public university and currently ranked third in a new set of U.S. News & World Report rankings, behind only Harvard and MIT. He attributes his good math scores to his excellent teachers, from Mr. Ratliff in 7th grade to his AP Calculus teacher, Mr. Braun, this year. His other favorite teachers are Ms. Bové in anatomy and Mr. Clifford in government. Josh plans to become a physician.
Busy with football this fall, he barely has time to make choir practice, but the Sounds of Bishop Dunne Gospel Choir is a club he enjoys. He’s also vice president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and in the FBLA Club, and makes it to church on Sundays to thank God for all his blessings.
Josh has garnered many accolades as a football player: 2012 Eastbay Team, USA All American, 2014 First Team All-District, 2014 All State, and 2014 Academic All State. With a 4.0 GPA, a strong work ethic, and the support of his high school classmates, this Falcon is ready to fly to California for his next adventure.

To meet Josh and other outstanding Bishop Dunne students and learn about the school, you can attend The 15th Annual Bishop Dunne 100 Dinner this Thursday, October 22, 2015 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. For more information see the school's website: or contact Mary Gracheck at Funds raised from the dinner go to tuition assistance for the next 100 students to attend the school. 

The undefeated Bishop Dunne Falcon Football team plays cross-town rival Bishop Lynch at BL on Friday, October 23, 2015. For more information see the school's sports website:

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Bishop Dunne Theater students performed in the comedy, "Is He Dead?" last spring on campus in the newly renovated Monsignor Milam J. Joseph Auditorium. Now four Falcons are in the White Rock Theater Project's upcoming production, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," just in time for Halloween.

Bishop Dunne Thespians to Perform in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Junior Heath Kuykendall would love to help at the 15th Annual Bishop Dunne 100 Dinner on October 22, 2015, because he had a great time volunteering there last year. But this year he has a conflict: he’ll be on stage on opening night at the White Rock Theater project, starring as Ichabod Crane in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
Three of his Falcon friends are also in the production: junior Jack Gibson is Brom Bones, “the town favorite,” while sophomore Robert Voigt and senior Benjamin Riley play Gunter, the “Headless horseman,” on different nights.
Practice for the play is two hours long, three days a week. The play will be performed five times. Jack is scheduled to play in all the performances, while Heath and Robert need understudies for the Friday night plays, since they are both in the Falcon Marching Band, and performing in a different arena on those nights.
All four students are in the Theater Club at Bishop Dunne, and working on “The Revue,” which will open in mid-November. Practice for that performance is two days a week, so combined with band practice and play practice, the boys are working at their craft over 20 hours a week.
But Heath says it’s totally worth it. On October 22, 2015, when the curtain rises, Ichabod Crane, the fictional storyteller—based on a real school teacher from New York in the 1800’s—will take the stage in Dallas to tell his scary ghost stories once again to a new generation.


What is the Legend? In a secluded glen called Sleepy Hollow, Ichabod Crane, an extremely superstitious schoolmaster from Connecticut, competes with Abraham Van Brunt for the hand of 18-year-old Katrina Van Tassel. As Crane leaves a party he attended at the Van Tassel home on an autumn night, he is pursued by the Headless Horseman. The Headless Horseman, is said to be the ghost of a Hessian trooper who had his head shot off by a stray cannonball, and "rides forth to the scene of battle in nightly quest of his head," though the story implies that the Horseman was really Brom in disguise.

The White Rock Theater Project offers more opportunities for children and teens to make theater and perform on stage. The first show will be their own adaptation of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. It will be hosted by The Mix at White Rock Methodist Church (9125 Diceman Dr. Dallas, TX 75218.) The performances will be October 22, 23, and 24 with a special matinee on October 31 during the church's Fall Festival.

For information or to volunteer please contact Andra Hunter at For more information on Bishop Dunne Catholic School see the school's website: To learn about the school's Theater program contact Nicholas Brandt at 

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Bishop Dunne's first graduating class, the Class of '65, is returning to celebrate their 50th reunion at the school's homecoming tonight. Over 100 classmates are expected. Published author and national speaker Rose-mary Rumbley, a PE teacher at Bishop Dunne in 1965, will be one of the honored guests.

Bishop Dunne’s Class of 1965 Ready to Celebrate 50 Years at Homecoming October 2, 2015

The first graduating class of Bishop Dunne high school will be celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. Karen Johnson Pinard is the chairman of the reunion to be held this weekend.

Suzanne Murphy Ferguson is a member of that class, and says, “We’ve always been close knit!”

As the first graduating class of Bishop Dunne high school, she says, “That in itself has always carried a sense of pride amongst the alumni. There is a lot of history between us.” Although she attended St. Cecilia’s, she’s quick to note that her Class of ’65 came from parishes all over Dallas when they started at Bishop Dunne as 13-year olds.

After the class’s 20th reunion, about 30 years ago, the class got together for dinner. As each annual successive dinner grew, it became hard to find a place to meet, so the group began gathering monthly at each-other’s homes. Rosemary Bendetto keeps a social calendar for the women, and manages the “BD Girlfriends’ Roster” of names and current addresses of each Falcon.  The list currently contains over 40 classmates, “and it grows every year. Not all of those people come every month. And a couple of times I’ve invited the husbands too,” Suzanne says.

Her graduating class had about 200 in it, one of the largest graduating classes at Bishop Dunne.  Her husband of 21 years, Johnny DiBiase, graduated with her in the class of ’65. “We were married right out of high school,” she says, “because that’s pretty much what was done in those days.” Johnny died after 21 years of marriage, but ten years later Suzanne bumped into an old friend as she was gathering people for a reunion. “I married another classmate, who was helping with our reunion, Steve Ferguson, and we’ve been married 20 years.” Steve was a classmate of Suzanne’s since their first grade at St. Cecilia’s. She says, “Everyone was so happy for us.”

In the last decade, her class of ’65 has come together twice a year. In 2005 Mary Lohrman Moon invited the group to her vacation home on Crystal Beach. A dozen women from the class of ’65 attended, and the weekend became an annual “BD Girlfriends’ Getaway.” Word of mouth and a few phone calls had women flying in from all over to attend the annual weekend retreat.

Even a hurricane hasn’t kept the women from meeting. In 2008, after Hurricane Ike destroyed the beloved lake house 14 classmates gathered to enjoy each-other’s company at Rosemarie Listi’s Holly Lake time share. The following year, in 2009, Karen Johnson Pinard invited the group to her Bastrop, Texas, home and 21 Falcons flew to her home for the weekend. A 2010 venture to “Sea Rock,” Mary Lohrman Moon’s rebuilt beach house, was enjoyed by 19 Bishop Dunne alumni.

One of Suzanne’s favorite trips was the 2013 Bastrop “spa weekend” when 30 of her girlfriends all had manicures and pedicures and a massage therapist on hand. “We just had so much fun together!”

The 2014 reunion was held in Medicine Park, Oklahoma, where more than 20 classmates gathered, followed by a trip in February to Holly Lake.

This fall the 2015 trip was in September.  “Bridget Jett and Elaine Blackburn both live in West Palm Beach, so 20 of us met there,” Suzanne says. “We flew on Spirit Airlines and the flight attendant announced over the loudspeaker that the Bishop Dunne Class of ’65 was on the plane, and about to celebrate its 50th reunion, and everyone cheered and clapped for us!”

A trip to Aspen, Colorado, in September, 2016, is already on the books.

Suzanne knows her classmates have become more like sisters because of what they’ve been through. “Many of us weren’t that close in high school, but many of us have been widowed, or been through illnesses or the loss of a child, so we really understand how fortunate we are to have one-another to talk to.  We may not see each-other but once a month – one girl, Olivia Ramos, drives in from Waxahachie – but we all rally around each-other as the need arises.”

This fall the class will be gathering for their 50thyear reunion, and the plans include: a “Lost in the 60’s Tonight” Friday night theme, with music from the decade piped into the library which will be decorated for the evening. The class will be out on the field and introduced prior to kick off of the football game, and then classmates are free to cheer on their team or enjoy the party inside.

Festivities continue on Saturday night at Campisi’s downtown, where the class will enjoy a delicious Italian dinner. A mass, possibly celebrated by classmate Monsignor Larry Prichard, is also tentatively scheduled.

Suzanne is hoping to have a big turnout, like the 25th reunion back in 1990. “We’ve contacted almost everybody in our class,” she says, “and we have a ton of people helping with this reunion!” Rose-Mary Rumbley, the class’s PE teacher and now considered one of the best national speakers in America, will be in attendance.

Chairman Karen Johnson Pinard has four co-chairs. Besides Suzanne there’s Sue Pasqua Davis, Don George, and Lee Fagot.  Suzanne’s hope for the reunion is simple: “Some of our classmates haven’t been back in the school since we graduated,” she says, “But we’re all connected, we have the same heartstrings, we went to school at Bishop Dunne, and we appreciate the sacrifices our parents made to put us through the school. I know it wasn’t easy – I was the oldest of seven children – but our group is special and we have this connection– it’s just magical.”

To find out more about the reunion contact her: or call her Home:  972-495-5694 Cell:  469-831-5200​.

Bishop Dunne’s Homecoming festivities begin at 6:30 with kick off at 7:30 at 3900 Rugged Drive. The Falcons are undefeated with a 4-0 record and are playing Nolan Catholic.

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National speaker, author and former Bishop Dunne PE teacher Rose-Mary Rumbley will be reunited with her former students at the Class of '65 50th Reunion on Friday night, October 2, 2015 at the Falcon's Homecoming.

National Speaker, Teacher, Author Rose-Mary Rumbley to Return to Her Roots on Rugged Drive Friday October 2, 2015 

Rose-Mary Rumbley has no web site, and zero marketing. And she’s never been to a National Speakers’ Association meeting. Yet, if you ask Dave Liber or any active woman in North Texas who they love to hear, the answer is always the same: Rose-Mary Rumbley. Chances are you’ve never heard of her. But she speaks to about 600 different audiences annually, and sends out a delightful Christmas message each year.

Clearly, Rose-Mary Rumbley is the “real deal.” But before she began on the speaking circuit, she was the PE teacher at Bishop Dunne Catholic School. And she’ll be on the football field on Friday night, October 2, 2015 for the 50th reunion of the first graduating class of the school at Homecoming.

Now in her 80’s, she was just 33 when she taught the class PE. Suzanne Ferguson, coordinator of the 50th Reunion, said Ms. Rumbley is not only coming back for the reunion, but insisted on walking out onto the football field with the class as it’s honored before the game.

Rumbley is known in Texas for her very amusing lectures on Texas history. She tells colorful stories about characters from Ebby Halliday to Etta Place, girlfriend of the Sundance Kid. She’s written four books about Dallas history and Texas foods. She was a prominent speech and drama teacher at Dallas Baptist University. She’s still known for her firepower, brain power, and passion, and is more animated than just about any speaker around.

Back at Bishop Dunne for the first time in many decades, she’ll be the honored guest--along with a few nuns who are also former teachers of the class of ’65--and adding to her repertoire of hilarious historical speeches by remembering her years as a PE teacher in what was once a new Catholic high school in Oak Cliff. Now, 54 years later, Bishop Dunne is a shining example of what works in education: a high tech, cutting-edge school whose students graduate college-ready, many with scholarships to the University of their Choice with good memories that last a lifetime.


To read Davie Lieber’s full essay on Rosemary Rumbley, see:

For more information on the Class of ’65 50th Reunion, contact class reunion leaders Karen Johnson Pinard or Suzanne Ferguson at:

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