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It has been a busy summer at Bishop Dunne Catholic School in Oak Cliff as renovations continued throughout the campus.

St. Mary’s Hall – formerly a convent - has been renovated with new office space for the school’s advancement team, with offices reconfigured and a conference room added. An additional classroom was created in the building for the daycare, which serves the children of the faculty and staff members.

A video and audio lab has been created behind the newly remodeled stage and is nearly complete. This will enable students to gain technical experience in a growing industry and stream Falcon athletic games live through the website.

The hallway floors throughout the entire campus and the cafeteria have been diamond polished, giving them a glossy new finish.

The GeoTech Lab has been updated with new computers to make it more flexible for use with graphic design classes, and cabinetry has been added to the art room.

A few older trees on the campus had to be removed due to age and internal rot, but new trees will be planted soon.
 
The cafeteria renovations (HVAC system, new ceilings, new lighting, gazebo, removing of an internal wall to increase space, floor polishing) have been completed thanks to the very generous support of the Dallas Foundation, the Hillcrest Foundation, and the Hoblitzelle Foundation.
 
Bishop Dunne began the school year with a significant increase in enrollment - almost 600 students are attending grades 6th through 12th.

Exciting upcoming events at the school include:

* The first home football game which kicks off August 29 at 7:30 p.m.;

* Scientist Dr. Ainissa Ramirez, Ph.D., a science evangelist dedicated to making science fun for all ages and the author of "Save Our Science" (Ted books) and co-author of Newton’s Football, speaking to the middle school students on September 12;

* Sister Helen Prejean who will discuss the death penalty and its impact with high school students on November 3; and

* The annual Bishop Dunne 100 Dinner at the Hilton Anatole on October 22, with West Virginia University’s Athletic Director Oliver Luck as the keynote speaker.

Luck is on the new College Bowl Selection Committee which is meeting throughout the fall at NCAA headquarters to choose the teams playing in the key bowl games on January 1.

For more information, please see the schools’ website at www.bdcs.org. For information regarding the Bishop Dunne 100 Dinner, contact Mary Gracheck at mgracheck@bdcs.org or 214 339 6561 ext. 4066.

 

 Information provided by Judy Porter, director of Community Outreach, jporter@bdcs.org

Caitlin is a Baylor graduate with a degree in Journalism and Creative Writing. Before graduating from Baylor, Caitlin studied in London and completed a novella as part of the honors program. When Caitlin is not covering neighborhood news for BubbleLife, she enjoys writing, reading and drinking coffee. - Contact Caitlin at  
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