POSTED: Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 11:43am
UPDATED: Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 11:47am
Tyler, TX — Bishop T.K. Gorman Regional Catholic High School has been selected for the eighth time to the Catholic High School Honor Roll. The announcement includes Gorman as one of the top 50 Catholic high schools in America by the Cardinal Newman Society.
Selection criteria included demonstrated commitment to Catholic identity, academic excellence, and civic education. Nearly 1,300 Catholic high schools were invited to apply to the Honor Roll by completing measurement surveys. Cardinal Newman indicates, “With this high level of competition, inclusion on the Honor Roll indicates outstanding success in each of the disciplines examined.”
“We are blessed to have a Catholic high school in Tyler with a tradition of excellence for more than fifty years,” said Msgr. Joseph Strickland, JCL, Vicar General for the Diocese of Tyler. “The recognition of Bishop Gorman as being among the top fifty Catholic schools in the nation for the eighth year in a row is especially significant because it highlights the unique character of our school. Education in the Catholic tradition is world renown for the ways it forms the whole person. The strength of Bishop Gorman Regional Catholic School is a blessing not just for the students and their families but for the entire city of Tyler and beyond.”
Overall, twenty-one states are represented on the Honor Roll. Bishop Gorman is the only Catholic High School in Texas to win the coveted honor all eight times and is one of six schools on the list from the state of Texas. See more information at the Catholic High School Honor Roll website: www.CatholicHonorRoll.org .
Father Anthony McLaughlin, Rector of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral said, “I am delighted with the news that Bishop T. K. Gorman Regional Catholic School has been named as one of the top 50 Catholic Schools in the United States. This accolade bears testimony to the systematic formation in the Christian faith and academic excellence offered at Bishop Gorman that should be the hallmark of every Catholic School.”
“Since competition began, the Honor Roll has been a helpful tool for administrators, families and benefactors in recognizing the quality of a Catholic high school,” said Patrick J. Reilly, President of the Cardinal Newman Society. “The Honor Roll schools are a reminder that Catholic Education is getting better every day-not only academically, but in the renewal of Catholic identity-and we are delighted to see the increased level of competition between the schools that participated in the program this year. Catholic schools must examine themselves on a regular basis using a well-rounded approach that assesses adherence to the Church’s educational calling,” he said. “The Honor Roll strengthens schools by encouraging high standards and vibrant Catholicism.”
The Catholic High School Honor Roll was created by the Acton Institute in 2004. The Cardinal Newman Society assumed the program this year, with its mission of helping Catholic families and promoting faithful Catholic education.