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Members of the National Junior Honor Society from Bishop Dunne Catholic School take a moment to rest after cleaning up trash throughout the Oak Cliff neighborhood surrounding Bishop Dunne. This is the fourth year Bishop Dunne and the Fiesta store on Hampton have teamed up to clean up the area. Nearly 50 volunteers worked together to beautify the Oak Cliff neighborhood.

Bishop Dunne's National Junior Honor Society Making a Difference in the Community 

Pope Francis says, "Live for others through service." He also asked humanity to focus on the environment.

In keeping with his words, members of the Bishop Dunne National Junior Honor Society helped the local Fiesta store with cleaning the community on Saturday, September 19, 2015.

Despite the heat and humidity, students displayed great attitudes, picked up a lot of trash, and learned the importance of throwing away trash into designated trash and recycling bins. Fiesta provided plastic gloves and trash bags, along with juice and donuts before the clean up for the students and their chaperons. 

NJHS Moderator and English teacher Marta Popiel-Ilieva chaperoned the event along with Bishop Dunne parents, Mrs. Barton, Mrs. McKenzie, Mrs. Jackson, and Officer Sheldon Smith.

Bishop Dunne's Homecoming is this weekend, October 2, 2015, with the 50th Reunion of the Class of 1965 celebrating at the school on Friday night. Kick off for the game against Nolan Catholic High School of Fort Worth is 7:30 p.m. For more information about the Homecoming see the school's website:

The 15th Annual Bishop Dunne 100 Dinner is October 22, 2015. For more information about the dinner, see the school's website or contact Mary Gracheck at

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The Bishop Dunne Falconettes perform their drill routine last Friday, September 18, at the first pep rally of the year. In addition to having an undefeated football season so far, 97 of the school's students have already earned college credit by taking AP classes in high school - something worth dancing about! Recent graduates are attending Ivy League's Dartmouth and Brown University, Notre Dame, The Air Force Academy, UT, OSU and OU on full scholarships.

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Each May, approximately 100 Bishop Dunne students take Advanced Placement exams, hoping to earn college credit for their hard work in high school. This year's results yielded outstanding results -- 97 students received qualifying scores.

Sixteen Bishop Dunne students were identified as AP scholars, including one AP Scholar with Honor, and four AP Scholars with Distinction.

  • AP Scholar: Granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams
  • AP Scholar with Honor: Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams
  • AP Scholar with Distinction: Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams

This means that these 16 Bishop Dunne students have earned enough credit on AP exams to exempt them from the equivalent of one semester's worth of college classes. Should these students take even more AP tests, they could end up with enough credits to begin their college career as a sophomore and, in effect, save an entire year of freshman tuition.

Among these students are current seniors Hank Blackburn, Jane Kelleher, Sai Lammata, Amanda Ramos, and Andy Rubarth. And though they are only juniors, Rachel Gully, Heath Kuykendall, and Payton Matous have also already earned this award.
Students prepare for the tests through their AP classes and weekly study sessions. Any student willing to work hard to learn the AP material is encouraged to take an AP class.
Each test costs $85 but has the potential to save students hundreds of dollars of college tuition. The tests take place during the school day in the first, second, and third week of May. Students who consistently perform well on practice activities in their AP class should take the AP test. If they have doubts, their teacher can help them make a decision about whether or not to take the test.
Students as young as 7th grade can take pre-AP classes. AP World Geography is available to freshmen and sophomores every other year, AP World History is available to sophomores, and there is a large number of AP classes to choose from for juniors and seniors.

For more information about Bishop Dunne see the school’s website:

For more information on AP classes and tests, please contact Ms. Amanda York, AP Chair, at

The 15th Annual Bishop Dunne 100 Dinner will be held on Thursday  evening, October 22, 2015. Funds raised go to pay for tuition assistance for the next 100 students to attend Bishop Dunne. Dr. Frederick Cerise, CEO of Parkland Hospital, is the keynote speaker. For more information contact Mary Gracheck at

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Bishop Dunne Falcons celebrate their second consecutive win Saturday against the #9 ranked team in the state, Bellaire Episcopal. The Falcons home opener is Friday, September 18, 2015.

Bishop Dunne Wins 44 to 38 against Bellaire Episcopal 

Senior quarterback Caleb Evans accounted for 453 yards and five touchdowns as Bishop Dunne held off Bellaire Episcopal in the second game of the 2015 Lone Star Sports Football Classic at Eagle Stadium.

Dunne scored on its first three possessions of the game and led 17-0 after the first quarter. Evans and Geraud Sanders hooked up on a 98-yard touchdown on 3rd and eight to make it 10-0 with 4:42 remaining in the first quarter. Evans scored on a two yard run on Dunne's next series to cap an eight play drive. He also scored his second rushing touchdown with 22 seconds remaining before half time to push the lead to 24-10.

The Falcons opened the second half with two scoring drives. Caleb Evans passed 13 yards to Geraud Sanders to cap off a nine-play drive, making it 31-10. Houston Little intercepted a Bellaire Episcopal pass on the ensuing series. As a result, it took only four plays for Dunne to add to its lead. Caleb Evans connected with Reggie Roberson for a touchdown to make it 37-10 with 7:17 left in the third quarter. The falcons improved their record to 2-0 while defeating the (9) ranked state and (58) ranked national team.

Caleb Evans and Houston Little were named the Lonestar Classic offensive and defensive most valuable players.

Summary Courtesy of The Dallas Morning News

The Falcon Coaches chose:

Offensive Player of the Week
Caleb Evans: 24 of 35 for 364 yards and 3 touchdowns
14 rushes for 89 yards and 2 touchdowns
Reggie Roberson: 12 receptions for 158 yards and 1 touchdown

Key Offensive Contributors
Geraud Sanders: 3 receptions for 119 yards and 2 touchdowns
Chandler Rashbrook: 5 receptions for 57 yards

Defensive Player of the Week
Josh Drayden: 9 tackles, tfl, and 1 pass break up

Key Defensive Contributors
Mene Khepera: 11 tackles and 1 tackle for loss
Houston Little: 5 tackles, 1 Interception, and 1 pass break up
Brian Williams: 10 tackles

Special Teams Player of the Week
Daniel Esparza 5/6 extra point attempts and 1/1 (32 yard) field goal


J.V. Football: Bishop Dunne 28 Madison 12

The junior varsity Falcon football team defeated Madison 28 to 12 to give them their second win of the season.

Freshman Isiah Ruffins led the defense with two interceptions including one that ended a Madison drive in the red zone. Carson Horner led all defenders with three sacks. Gabe Matous also recorded two sacks. Freshman receivers Marquez Beason and Jabari Khepera continued to make explosive plays scoring on receptions of 60 and 55 yards. Stacy Conner accounted for three total touchdowns (2 passing and 1 rushing). Tre Gamble sealed the victory with a 20-yard rushing touchdown.

The J.V. Falcons are now 2-0.

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Junior Ryan Reeves attended daycare in the basement of the Twin Towers fourteen years ago. His mother was late to drop him off on 9/11, and arrived just as the first plane hit the building. The family moved back to Texas from Brookyn four months later.

Bishop Dunne Junior a Survivor of 9/11

Ryan Reeves was a two year old when the Twin Towers fell. His daycare was in the basement of the first tower hit at 8:46 a.m. Hijackers aboard American Airlines Flight 11 crashed the plane into floors 93-99 of the North Tower of the World Trade Center, killing everyone on board and hundreds inside the building.

Ryan only remembers what his parents told him. His father, Eddie Reeves, worked for Merrill Lynch across from the towers, and had gone to work early that day for a breakfast meeting. He was in the Executive Dining Room when he heard the first plane hit the tower. He and his co-workers were at the window, trying to figure out what happened, when he saw the tail of the second plane hit the second tower. Horrified, he immediately ran to his office to get his cell phone and then outside towards the towers to rescue Ryan, but was held back by police who were already evacuating the area.

Ryan’s mother, Diane, had been reading her Bible that morning so was running late to get Ryan to daycare. She was coming out of the subway with her son and bumped into a plain clothed police officer who told her she couldn’t take the underground mall to the tower, but had to go around. She could see a lot of commotion up ahead on her normal route, and thought maybe there was a fire. She followed the crowd from the subway to the street, and immediately realized there was something really wrong. Ash was already beginning to fall from the sky, along with pieces of the building, the plane, and people.

Diane began running away with her son as fast as she could, all the while dialing her cell phone to let her husband know she and Ryan were okay. Eddie, meanwhile, barred from the building he thought his son was in, had to stand in line for a pay phone to get to talk to his wife. Three hours later the two spoke for a few brief moments, as he got through to her on their land line at home. Diane says the call was a joyful moment in the middle of a horrible day.

A junior at Bishop Dunne now, Ryan’s family didn’t live long in New York. Born in Austin, his family lived in San Marcos before moving to New York. Brooklyn was home for just a year, and then the family moved back to Texas four months after that fateful day. His parents met in college, where both were attending the University of Texas in Austin. Ryan hopes to attend UT after high school.

At 6’2” and 230 pounds, Ryan plays right tackle for the Falcon varsity football team, and would love to play as a Longhorn one day. He works hard in his classes and at team practices, thankful that he survived a day that thousands didn’t. He wants to make his parents, little brother Roland, teachers and coaches proud.

A survivor of 9/11, Ryan is a Falcon who appreciates what his school stands for: God, Family, Bishop Dunne – and a second chance at life.

The scripture his mother was reading that morning 14 years ago was from Isaiah 43:2, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”

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Junior Cassie Garner with her grandmother Billie Clayton at the packed Bishop Dunne Grandparents Day Mass held Wednesday, September 9, 2015 in the gymnasium. More than 500 grandparents attended the annual prayer service, the largest attendance in recent memory. David Beattie photo.
Bishop Dunne Students Proud to Show Off their School to over 500 Guests

The entire student body at Bishop Dunne Catholic School was in attendance for the Annual Grandparents Day Celebration held Wednesday, September 9, 2015 in the school's gymnasium.

Junior Cassie Garner invited her close family friend and "adopted" grandmother Billie Clayton to the packed Bishop Dunne Grandparent's Day Mass. Over 500 grandparents attended the annual prayer service, the largest attendance in recent memory.

A reception was held afterwards in the cafeteria where cookies, coffee and lemonade was available for everyone to enjoy.

Junior Joseph Buford invited his adopted grandmother and close family friend Lorraine Jerpi to Grandparents Day.

Senior David Derdeyn was joined by his grandmother Lorraine Derdeyn and grandfather Donald Derdeyn, parents of nine, all of whom attended Bishop Dunne. David's father, Daniel, is a graduate and David's sister Christy is from the BD Class of 2006.

All the guests at Grandparent's Day are invited to attend the 15th Annual Bishop Dunne 100 Dinner on October 22, 2015 at the Hilton Anatole. Proceeds from the dinner help fund tuition assistance for the next 100 students to attend the school. For more information on the dinner see the school's website: or contact Mary Gracheck at or call her at 469-291-1785.


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Currently ranked #2 in the senior class, Sai Lammata is known on campus for her hard work ethic and her kindness to others.

Senior Saipriya Lamatta is a Scholar, Athlete, Hard Worker

Senior Saipriya Lamatta has been selected as a semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Saipriya’s high academic achievement brings great pride and honor to the Bishop Dunne community.
Over 1.5 million students in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Semifinalists mark the highest-scoring entrants in each state and represent less than 1% of each state’s high school seniors.

Saipriya Lammata, Sai for short, is a product of two worlds.

Born in the United States, Sai has been surrounded by typical American culture, while her parents, originally from India, have raised her with an understanding of Indian culture. Sai appreciates how these two cultures have helped her develop as an individual.

When Sai first started at Bishop Dunne, she was shocked by the level and caliber of work that was expected from her in only the 8th grade. She had always been a hard worker, but now she was being challenged to reach higher goals. Because she was able to enhance her work ethic, the transition into high school was easy.

"Although AP Human Geography, my AP class as a freshman, was no walk in the park, I was able to keep up with the workload and enjoy the lessons like demography," Sai says.

Sai joined the tennis team and stays at school later for practices and games. She has enjoyed seeing the hustle and bustle of the school after hours with club events, fundraisers, tutoring, and much more.

Having grown up with two different cultures, Sai was thrilled by the diversity of Bishop Dunne. "There are so many cultures, religions, and backgrounds here, but we are all working together and helping one another," Sai explains.

“At Bishop Dunne, you can be whoever you want to be.”


Sai will be one of the Student Ambassadors volunteering at the 15th Annual Bishop Dunne 100 Dinner to be held at the Hilton Anatole on October 22, 2015. The dinner raises funds for tuition assistance for the next 100 students to attend the school. See the school's website for more information: or contact Mary Gracheck at: or 469-291-1785.

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Bishop Dunne's varsity football team is off to an impressive start winning its first game 45-17.

High School Football Week 1: Bishop Dunne 45, Dallas Christian 17

The 2014 TAPPS 5A- Div. 1 State Champions in football played their first game of the season last Friday August 28, 2015 away at Dallas Christian.

Quarterback Caleb Evans threw five touchdown passes, as Bishop Dunne opened its TAPPS title-defense season with a convincing win over Dallas Christian. Evans was nearly flawless in his first start, as he completed his first 11 passes and finished the game with 358 yards on 22-of-27 passing. Evans completed 15 of 17 passes for 235 and three touchdowns in the first half. Bishop Dunne, as a team, also had 147 rushing yards. Evans had 79 yards on seven attempts, while Jordan Butler added 65 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. Bishop Dunne's defensive line was dominant throughout the game. The unit of Kansas State commit Jordon Robertson; juniors Damion Daniels and LaQuantis Hennington; and sophomores Calvin Avery and Rascoe Jones consistently frustrated the Dallas Christian offense. Bishop Dunne held Dallas Christian to 32 yards in the first half.


The Bishop Dunne Coaches have chosen: 

Offensive Player of the week

Caleb Evans: 22 of 27 for 358 yards and 5 touchdowns


Key Offensive Contributors

Jordan Blackmon: 7 receptions for 136 yards and 2 touchdowns

Reggie Roberson: 8 receptions for 121 yards and 2 touchdowns

Geraud Sanders: 5 receptions for 76 yards and 1 touchdown

Jordan Butler: 17 carries for 65 yards and 1 touchdown


Defensive Player of the Week

Jordon Robertson: 5 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and 1 tackle for loss


Key Defensive Contributor

Calvin Avery: 7 tackles, 1 sack, force fumble, and 1 tackle for loss


Special Teams Player of the Week

Chevin Calloway: 5 tackles and 1 pass break up


Key Special Teams Contributor

Daniel Esparza 6/6 extra point attempts and 1/2 (23 yard) field goal attempts


In addition the Bishop Dunne junior varsity football team defeated Dallas Christian 48 to 20 in their season opener. The offense was led by Stacy Conner who connected with Marquez Beason for a 99 yard touchdown. Conner also connected with Jabari Khepera for a 40 yard touchdown reception. The defense was led by Carson Horner who recorded three sacks. Gabe Matous also recorded three sacks while Jalen Drayden returned an interception for a touchdown. The special teams were led by Tucker Littleton who consistently placed kickoffs inside the 20 yardline. Marquez Beason also returned a kickoff for a touchdown. ​

For more information on Bishop Dunne see the school's website: For more information on the school's sports programs, see: 

The 15th Annual Bishop Dunne 100 Dinner will be October 22, 2015 at the Hilton Anatole. Dr. Frederick Cerise, CEO of Parkland is the keynote speaker. Contact Mary Gracheck for more information: 

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Jane Kelleher, farthest left on the front row, was one of 10 Bishop Dunne students and four teacher chaperons who traveled to Honduras for a Mission Trip this summer to build a prayer chapel in a poor church. The 10 day trip was a part of the excellent education Jane says she's received from Bishop Dunne. Jane came to Dunne in the 8th grade and now is at the top of her senior class.

Bishop Dunne Student ranked #1 in the Senior Class, NHS President, International Volunteer

Jane Tunde Kelleher is currently ranked #1 in her senior class, and says she will work hard to stay there.
She is looking forward to her final year at Bishop Dunne. As president of the National Honor Society, she’ll be leading her club to service sites throughout the metroplex, from the North Texas Food Bank to the Salvation Army, in addition to tutoring younger students at St. Cecilia’s Catholic School.
Jane will also be playing her French horn while marching with the Falcon band at all the football games this season, happy to cheer on the state champions from 2014. Her favorite game was when Bishop Lynch played Bishop Dunne at home last year. Last year was the second in a row that the Falcons beat the Friars, much to Jane’s delight.
A varsity tennis player, she prefers to play singles and is excited about the new coach, whose goal is to get the team to state.
She is also vice president of the Law Club on campus, where members discuss recent laws passed and pending that can affect them as teenagers and as adults when they reach the legal age of 18. And Jane is also a member of the student council, as a senior class representative.
Jane has been a student ambassador since her freshman year, after she graduated as the 8th grade Valedictorian of Bishop Dunne’s middle school, earning the Bishop’s Scholar award. Three years and eight AP tests later, Jane has earned mostly 5s on her tests, which means the colleges she applies to will give her course credit when she begins her university career. She attributes her good scores to her encouraging parents and the excellent teachers at Bishop Dunne.

To meet Jane and more students like her and learn more about Bishop Dunne, you can attend the 15th Annual Bishop Dunne 100 Dinner on October 22, 2015. Funds raised go to tuition assistance to help the next 100 students attend the school. for more information, see the school's website at or contact Mary Gracheck at 

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Ms. Sunday gets a hug from junior Payton Matous as she finishes her last day at the front desk at Bishop Dunne last Friday, August 28, 2015. After 22 years working at the school, Ms. Sunday will be missed!

Lillian Sunday Spent Monday through Friday at Bishop Dunne for over Two Decades!

Lillian Sunday has seen a lot of changes in her 22 years at Bishop Dunne.

One of 12 children, her father Roosevelt McKinley Jackson was the pastor of Pages Temple Church of God in Christ in North Dallas. Miss Sunday’s brother later served as pastor of the church—now called First Pentecostal Pages Temple—for the past 25 years.

Born in Dallas, Ms. Sunday attended Frazier Elementary and Lincoln High School. She went to business school and earned an associate’s degree at Eastfield College. She also attended Bishop College for two years and spent some time at SMU.

She began her career as a social worker. Married for 27 years, she’s been widowed for 30. Her two daughters, Andrea Maria and Ermina Josia both graduated from Bishop Dunne, so Ms. Sunday has been a presence at the school since the ‘70s. Already a frequent volunteer at the school, Ms. Sunday’s employment at Bishop Dunne began when her granddaughter, Shanae Sunday Willis, was a student. Ms. Sunday began as a homeroom teacher for seniors who at that time met in the library. The following year she was relocated to the front office, where she would work as the school’s receptionist for 21 years.

There, she encountered many more changes, from ever evolving traffic patterns for students and visitors to acquainting herself with updates to the phone system. She also presided over several renovations to the front office which culminated in the beautiful, final version seen today. But throughout her years as receptionist, one constant remained. Known for her own fashion sense, Ms. Sunday was just as particular when supervising proper attire for students. She would often volunteer to make adjustments to uniforms, and in the 22 years at the front desk, she has probably sewn thousands of hems.

When asked if she had a favorite memory at Bishop Dunne, Ms. Sunday said she has too many to count. She did enjoy the State Championship football game last year, and feels the team played well because the players knew she was in the audience and expected their best effort.

She also said she remembers many fantastic students. One boisterous one came back to haunt her though: Myron Hawthorne. A high energy, mischievous student back then, he often tested Ms. Sunday’s iron will. “He just had so much energy,” Ms. Sunday says, “He was so crazy! I used to want to hide under the desk when he came through!” Myron graduated in 2000 and went off to Louisiana Tech on a full football scholarship, only to graduate from there in 2004 and return to Bishop Dunne to coach football. Coach Hawthorne is now one of Ms. Sunday’s biggest fans.

Generations of students will remember Ms. Sunday fondly.

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Surrounded by her students, Bishop Dunne Graduate Cindy Elwood, also a graduate of St. Elizabeth's of Hungary, has returned to BDCS to teach math and coach the tennis team. A resident of Oak Cliff, Mrs. Elwood and her husband are parishioners of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church.

A Falcon Flies Back to Oak Cliff to Teach, Coach

Cindy Elwood, a graduate of Bishop Dunne, says her favorite memories come from hanging out with friends in the cafeteria during lunch and break times and being involved in student council, tennis, and basketball.

She came to Bishop Dunne in the eighth grade from St. Elizabeth of Hungary School where she attended kindergarten through the seventh grade. She and her husband of 29 years, Don, are members of the parish. They are excited to have a new member of their family, a chocolate lab named “Puppie,” at home.
Her last few years have been spent on the other side of downtown, as principal of St. Pius X School. But Bishop Dunne is home.
She’s now teaching middle school math. A graduate of the University of Dallas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and a Master’s degree in Education from Texas A&M, she is really excited to teach students math and help them become more confident in their math ability. But her goals are two-fold: she would also like to put Dunne on track to win a state tennis title.

The school’s other state championship team, the Falcon football team, begins their season at an away game at Dallas Christian this Friday night. Kick off is 7:30 p.m. 

Meanwhile, Coach Elwood is busy recruiting for her tennis team, ready to lead her students to victory.

For more information about Bishop Dunne, see the school’s website: For information on the school’s successful athletics teams, see:

The school was established in 1901 as Our Lady of Good Counsel, then in 1961 joined with the Brother of the Sacred Heart to become a coed school: Bishop Dunne. The School Colors are blue for the Sisters of St. Mary of Namur and red for the Brothers of the Sacred Heart.

The school’s first graduating class of 1965 will return this October 2, 2015 for their 50th year Reunion. For more information on the weekend of events, contact Suzanne Ferguson at

The 15th Annual Bishop Dunne 100 Dinner is October 22, 2015 at the Hilton Anatole. The dinner highlights the students, programs, and faculty of Bishop Dunne and raises funds for tuition assistance for the next 100 students to attend the school. For more information contact Mary Gracheck at