Our Heritage & Mission

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  • Our Heritage

    Bishop Lynch High School opened its doors in the fall of 1963, with 365 freshmen and sophomores. Named after Bishop Joseph P. Lynch, who served the Diocese of Dallas from 1911-1954, Bishop Lynch High School has grown to a total enrollment of over 1,150 students from all areas of the Metroplex.


    In the early sixties, on the far eastern side of Dallas, a few enterprising parish pastors and parents founded a high school intended to serve a wide diversity of children – budding scholars and those with learning differences, athletes and thespians. All who sought truth and knowledge were welcomed. From this early vision has grown a truly outstanding Catholic educational institution. Twice awarded the U.S. Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon Award for Excellence, Bishop Lynch High School now stands shoulder to shoulder with the very best private schools serving the youth of Dallas and its suburban communities.

    In 1962, construction began on the high school. Located at 9750 Ferguson Road at Peavy, Bishop Lynch High School included four wings: the girls’ division; the boys’ division; the science laboratories; and the administration offices, gymnasium, and cafeteria. The 22-acre campus also allowed room for expansion to include two athletic fields. Staffed and administered by Dominican priests and sisters from 1963 to 1982, classes began in the fall of 1963 with 365 freshman and sophomores enrolled, construction of the plant continued. On Sunday, December 20, 1964, Bishop T.K. Gorman officiated at the dedication ceremony. In May of 1966, the first senior class of 103 students was graduated. In 1969, Roffino Stadium was completed, fulfilling a dream that began with the opening of the school.

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  • Who was Bishop Lynch?

    The third Bishop of Dallas, Joseph P. Lynch served for 43 years - from 1911 to 1954 - the longest term of any U.S. bishop. The Michigan native was 38 years old at the time of his ordination as Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Dallas, which stretched from Texarkana to El Paso, embracing 109 Texas counties.

    Although the creation of additional dioceses eventually reduced the size of his reach, it did not mitigate his impact. Often called the "Lion of Texas" and known for his great oratorical skills, the progressive and dynamic Bishop Lynch helped to establish over 150 churches, more than 200 religious and charitable institutions and ordained more than 100 men into the priesthood.

    Bishop Joseph P. Lynch died on August 19, 1954, but his tremendous influence continues to live on through the service and faithfulness of students at his namesake - Bishop Lynch High School. 
  • What is a Dominican?

    The Dominican Order - also known as the Order of Preachers - came into existence through the courage and insight of St. Dominic Guzman in the year 1216. Born in Calaruega, Spain, in 1170, Dominic's vision was to create a community of preachers, rooted in prayer, study, community and preaching, educated and ready to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world.

    The Dominican Order was formally established in the United States in 1805 by Edward Dominic Fenwick, and their reputation for scholarship and education has continued to grow. Today, the pope's theologian is always a Dominican.
  • What is a Friar?

    The Friar - our Bishop Lynch mascot - is the name given to a Dominican priest. There are more than 850 Dominican Friars in the United States. We share the Friar mascot with several other schools who have also chosen this symbol of scholarship and piety to represent their school, including Providence College in Rhode Island and Fenwick High School in Oak Park. In fact, the priests of Fenwick High School are directly responsible for the adoption of our Friar mascot - they brought this tradition with them when they travelled to Texas in the early sixties, along with a group of Dominican Sisters from Sinsinawa, WI, and founded Bishop Lynch High School. 
  • What is the significance of the BL logo?

    The Bishop Lynch High School logo is also rooted in the Dominican tradition. The original Dominican shield is black and white and shaped to be reminiscent of a Friar's robes - a white tunic and scapular with a large black hood and robe. Dominican organizations often customize the basic shield to represent their organization. In the case of Bishop Lynch High School, the letters "BL" are inserted into the shield.
  • What does the motto "Veritas" mean?

    Veritas means truth. It is one of the three basic principles of the Dominican Order. The other principles are Laudare, Benedicere, Praedicare (to praise, to bless, and to preach) and Contemplare et Contemplata Aliis Tradere (to study and to hand on the fruits of study).
  • Is there a school song?

    Yes! BLHS students and alumni honor the school with two songs:

    Victory March

    Alma Mater

    March, Friars, march down the field!
    March, Friars, march men of steel!
    We conquer our foes and wield
    A fearless strength that reveals
    Our loyal men never yield!
    Fight, Friars, fight to the end!
    Fight, Friars, fight 'til we win!
    Fight for our colors, black and white,
    and for Lynch and victory.
    We salute Bishop Lynch, 
    with our voices now we raise.
    As we bring Thee a tribute
    in this our song of praise.
    Thy banners unfurl,
    Thy glory proclaim;
    and we shall ever loyal be
    who proudy hail thy name.
    Then we come, Alma Mater,
    paying homage at thy door.
    May we always be worthy
    to serve the evermore.


Faithful to Catholic Tradition and to our Dominican heritage of scholarship and service, Bishop Lynch High School promotes the development of the total person by bringing together a diverse  community in a rigorous, college preparatory environment where students are taught to strive for excellence, seek truth, and work for justice in the world.

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"Above all I am grateful to God whose inscrutable providence sent me to Texas to labor here in the Lone Star state where the stars are brightest, where the fields are fairest, and which is filled with a people blessed with large hearts. I am grateful to God for his blessings."

- Most Reverend Joseph P. Lynch, 1904