News List

  • November

    Hockaday Athletes Announce College Decisions

    Five members of the Class of 2024 signed National Letters of Intent today.
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  • Senior Named Davey O'Brien Finalist

    Congratulations to Avery Jackson (Class of 2024), who was named as a finalist for the 2023 Annual Davey O’Brien High School Scholarship Award! 
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  • Volleyball Takes Home SPC Title

    This past weekend, Hockaday’s Cross Country, Field Hockey and Volleyball Teams ended their seasons on high notes, and represented Hockaday with grace, spirit and pride.
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  • Region 20 All-Region Orchestra

    Upper School string orchestra students participated in the Region 20 All-Region Orchestra auditions at Irving High School. Ten of our students were selected into the orchestra and will participate in the Clinic and Concert on December 1 and 2. Region 20 consists of schools in Richardson, Dallas, and Highland Park ISDs and the private and homeschool students in the Dallas Region. Of our ten selected students, seven have advanced to the recorded All-State Round. This is quite an accomplishment, and they will be competing against students from all across the state for a chair in the 2024 TMEA All-State ensembles. The TMEA All-State process is one of the most competitive music contests in the state, Students selected into the All-Region orchestra: Jessica Chung, Lydia Wissel, and Maddy Nguyen. Students selected into the All-Region orchestra and advancing to the recorded round: Abigail Mau, Bridget Qiu, Callie Li, Kimberly Zhang, Angelina Dong, Christina Dong, Emma Lin.
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  • October

    National Merit Commended Scholars

    Thirty-six students from the Class of 2024 have been selected as Commended Students in the 2024 National Merit Scholarship program.
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  • September

    National Recognition Awards

    Several Class of 2024 students were recognized for excelling on College Board assessments and in their classrooms.
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  • Hockaday Honors 24 National Merit Semifinalists

    The Hockaday School is proud to honor 24 members of the Class of 2024 who were named National Merit Semifinalists in the 70th annual National Merit Scholarship Program, a national academic competition for recognition and scholarship that began in 1955.
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  • Dr. Laura Leathers Installed as Eugene McDermott Head of School 

    Hockaday Celebrates Convocation and Installation at Special Ceremony 
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  • August

    Hockaday Celebrates Opening Of Athletics Complex

    Hockaday officially celebrated the opening of the new complex with an Open House and Spirit Night on August 29.
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  • Welcome Our New Faculty and Staff

    We are thrilled to announce the newest members of the Hockaday faculty and staff. These talented individuals will contribute to a transformative educational experience for our girls, both inside and outside the classroom, and we are delighted for them to join our community. Also, several faculty and staff members will have new roles and responsibilities. Click HERE to read more.
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  • May

    Hockaday Wins Third Straight Lacrosse State Title

    Hockaday completed its first-ever unbeaten season (22-0) with an 18-8 victory over Austin St. Michael’s on May 14 in the Division I state championship.
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  • Debate Team Finishes Second in International Competition

    Hockaday's Debate team headed to New York in May to compete in the International Public Policy Forum.
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  • A Note from HPA President Courtney Johnson

    Dear Parents, 
    On behalf of the Hockaday Parents’ Association, please join me in recognizing the 2022-2023 outgoing HPA President, Tricia Drum Davidson ‘91, and the entire HPA Board for their devotion and commitment to Hockaday this year. We are so very thankful for Tricia’s guidance and leadership, and for the numerous hours our parent volunteers gave.
    It is my honor and a true privilege to serve as the 2023-2024 Hockaday Parents’ Association President. The HPA would not be successful without the unwavering dedication of everyone in our parent community who volunteers to serve. I am already looking forward to working with every one of the 2023-2024 HPA Board. Please be on the lookout for additional opportunities to volunteer with the HPA in the July Back-to-School email. And, save the date for Hockaday/St. Mark’s Fun Day on September 29, 2023.
    I would like to wish you all a wonderful end to the 2022-2023 school year! I look forward to seeing you in August. Have a safe and fun Summer!
    Courtney Jones Johnson ‘97
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  • April

    Amy Talkington ’88 Selected as 109th Commencement Speaker

    The Hockaday School is pleased to welcome Amy Talkington ’88 as the 2023 Commencement speaker. 
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  • 15 Seniors to Play Chosen Sport in College

    Fifteen members of the Class of 2023 will continue their athletic careers in college, adding to the 61 collegiate student-athletes who have graduated from Hockaday in the past six years.
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  • Cum Laude Seniors Honored

    Congratulations to the newest members of Hockaday’s Chapter of Cum Laude!
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  • Amelia Brown ’18 has been named a Fulbright Scholar

    The Hockaday School is pleased to announce that Amelia Brown ’18 has been named a Fulbright Scholar for 2023! She received the Fulbright English teaching assistantship for the 2023-2024 academic year in the La Rioja region of Spain.

    Amelia graduated from Tulane as an honors student with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Early Childhood Education and a minor in Spanish. During her time at Tulane, she acted as a virtual tutor for elementary and middle school students and worked for the Tulane Center for Public Service as a service-learning assistant. She now works as an assistant teacher at Audubon Gentilly Charter School in New Orleans.

    As a Fulbright scholar, she will support teaching staff and serve as a resource person in conversation groups, provide small group tutorials, serve as an attendant in language laboratories, design motivational activities, promote critical and scientific thinking, and give presentations related to American culture at extracurricular events. As part of the grant, she will organize a community engagement project. “I plan to work with other educators to organize an after-school story time and book exchange for young readers and families,” said Amelia. “Interested individuals will have the opportunity to select a book from home, school, or a local library to read aloud to the group in English or Spanish. Practicing reading aloud promotes greater language fluency, so students learning English will have an opportunity to grow outside of the classroom.”

    Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by late Senator J. William Fulbright, the Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the US government. The program is part of the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and provides support for academics and professionals to engage in multi-country, trans-regional projects.

    Hockaday Alumnae have won numerous Fulbright Scholarships in the past, most recently Kenya Roy ‘15, Katherine Dau ’15, Kate Cooper ‘16, and Tanvi Jakkampudi ’18.
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  • Junior Avery Jackson Named USA Volleyball’s Junior Female Athlete of the Year

    Congratulations to Avery Jackson (Class of 2024) who was named USA Volleyball’s Junior Female Athlete of the Year! The award will be presented at the USA Volleyball Hall of Fame Banquet and Ceremony on May 24 at the Omni Hotel in Dallas, Texas. The Hall of Fame ceremony, a celebration of volleyball’s greatest athletes, coaches, officials, and leaders, will take place one day before the 2023 USA Volleyball Open National Championship starts at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.
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  • March

    Seniors Honored with Founder's Day Awards

    Congratulations to our four Founder’s Day awardees - Zoya Haq, Ava Tribolet, Lola Isom, and Elle Chavis!
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  • Hockaday Names Next Head of Lower School

    Today, Eugene McDermott Head of School Dr. Laura Leathers announced that Michelle Goldsmith had accepted the Head of Lower School position. 
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  • Upper School Debate Places Second in State

    Congratulations to the members of the Debate team who competed at State this weekend in Houston! The team of Sherry Long, Meera Thamaran, Mili Pathak, Ayla Sumer, and Eesha Neunaha made it to the final round and received second place in the state! The team of Evita Nino, Sanika Agarwalla, Diya Hegde, Dithyae Devesh and Aarnah Kurella make it to the round of top 16. There were 60 teams at the tournament, and the girls debated six preliminary debates. All teams with at least four wins in those six debates advanced to elimination rounds. 
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  • Upper School Students Attend Marine Biological Lab

    Nine Upper School students and four Hockaday teachers headed to Woods Hole, Massachusetts in March for a week at The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL). 
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  • Junior Finishes Second in State in Poetry Out Loud

    Congratulations to Ava Shipp (Class of 2024), who represented Hockaday at the Texas Poetry Out Loud competition and finished as runner-up in the state! 
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  • Junior Qualifies for USA Mathematical Olympiad

    Yoyo Yuan (Class of 2024) qualified for the USA Mathematical Olympiad based on scores from the American Invitational Mathematics Examination. 
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  • Middle School Robotics at State Championship

    On March 11th, four Hockaday teams (consisting of 23 students) competed in the FIRST LEGO League State Championship in Stafford, Texas. 
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  • Senior Named Coca-Cola Scholar

    Zoya Haq (Class of 2023) is now part of the 35th class of Coca-Cola Scholars.
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  • Debate Team Makes Sweet 16

    Members of The Hockaday School’s debate team make up one of 16 teams remaining in the 2022-2023 International Public Policy Forum competition.
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  • Middle School Orchestra TPSMEA Honors

    Congratulations to these seven Middle School Orchestra daisies, who won playing positions with the 2023 Texas Private Schools Music Educators Association Middle School Honor Orchestra!
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  • February

    Middle School MathCounts Team Places Third

    On Saturday, February 18, the Hockaday MathCounts team competed in the Dallas Chapter competition and placed third in a highly competitive field. 
    Eighth Graders Leila Hulme, Christina Zhu, and Kaitlyn Ouyang qualified for the Countdown Round and quick-on-the-buzzer Leila Hulme placed fourth overall.
    Competition team members included Eighth Graders: Jenny Chu, Anusha Chowdhary, Leila Hulme, Shreya Kirumaki, Kaitlyn Ouyang, Ira Sirohi, Christina Zhu; Seventh Graders: Kavya Chava, Michelle Cheng, Aashu Shankar, Sophia Zhou; and Sixth Grader Deetya Dinesh.
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  • Alumna Speaks at Assembly

    In February, Upper School welcomed back Nikky Phinyawatana '96, founder and CEO of Asian Mint Restaurant Group, to speak with Anya Ahuja (Class of 2025) about her experiences as an entrepreneur at an Upper School assembly.
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  • Junior Selected for Youth National Soccer Team

    Jaden Thomas (Class of 2024) was selected for the U.S. Under-17 Women’s Youth National Team, which traveled to England in February to play two matches against England.
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  • DECA Students Head to State Competition

    Seventeen Upper School students involved in DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) competed at the District 11 Career Development Conference in January and qualified for the Texas State Career Development conference in March.
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  • Middle School Robotics Advance to State Championship

    Congratulations to the four Hockaday FIRST LEGO League teams who qualified for and competed in the North Texas Championships in February.
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  • Model UN Competes at Harvard

    Members of Hockaday's Model UN club competed with 4,000 students from around the world at the Harvard Model UN Conference in Boston in February.
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  • SPC Winter Championships

    This past weekend, Hockaday’s Swimming and Diving, Basketball, and Soccer teams ended their seasons on high notes, and represented Hockaday proudly!
    The Swimming and Diving team placed third in SPC, with second-place finishes in the 200-yard medley relay, diving, and 100-yard breaststroke. 
    Basketball finished sixth in SPC 4A, playing three hard-fought games, including a 75-55 victory over St. John's in the second round.
    Finally, the Soccer team capped off an incredible season with a thrilling 2-1 victory in the title game against St. John's to WIN the SPC 4A tournament for the third year in a row. This senior class has never lost an SPC game in their careers! 
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  • Presidential Scholar Candidates

    Class of 2023 members Isabel Bhasin, Jayna Dave and Jordan Hanna were invited to apply for the U.S. Presidential Scholars program.
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  • Senior Named Coca-Cola Regional Finalist

    Zoya Haq (Class of 2023) was among 1,557 Semifinalists who were selected from over 91,000 initial applicants and is now one of just 250 students who have moved to the final selection phase, regional interviews.
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  • January

    Hockaday Parents' Association Board Nominations

    Nominations for the 2023-2024 Hockaday Parents’ Association Board are only open for ONE MORE WEEK and close on February 3! Volunteering is a great way to connect with the Hockaday community and there are many amazing opportunities… check them out here by division or for the entire school.

    Self-nominate or nominate a friend for the HPA Board. Multiple nominations are welcome, and nominations are always anonymous. We hope you will join the HPA Board 2023-2024! Questions? Contact Courtney Johnson at 972.514.9200.
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  • AP Computer Science Award

    Hockaday was one of 209 schools to earn the College Board AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award for achieving high female representation in AP Computer Science.
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  • 14 members of the Concert Choir Selected to Sing with the Treble and Mixed All-Region Choirs

    High school students from all over Texas prepare and audition to participate in the Texas Private School Music Educators Association (TPSMEA) All-Region and All-State festivals. This year, 14 members of the Upper School Concert Choir were selected and invited to sing with the Treble and Mixed All-Region choirs. Additionally, seven of these students advanced and were selected to sing in the All-State Choir Festival in January. Congratulations to the following Hockaday Upper School students!

    All-Region: Georgia Fuller (Class of 2025), Layo Isaacs-Sodeye (Class of 2024), Aiswarya Koratala (Class of 2025), Neha Kumar (Class of 2023), Charlotte Lauten (Class of 2024), Megan Manning (Class of 2023), and Mia Matthews (Class of 2025).

    All-Region and All-State: Erin Antes (Class of 2024), Zoe Bennett (Class of 2026), Jessica Cai (Class of 2024), Caraday Martin (Class of 2023), Aneeka Misra (Class of 2026), Jessica Moran (Class of 2026), Laya Ragunathan (Class of 2024)
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  • Middle School First LEGO League Teams Compete at North Texas FLL Regional Qualifier

    Congratulations to our four Hockaday Middle School First LEGO League teams who won big at their North Texas FLL Regional Qualifier this year.

    Daisies Energized (Aiza Ali, Joyce Jin, Sudha Kodem, Evie Lewis, Cate Strom, Kayla Zhang) competed at Academy High School in Plano on December 10th. They won the Engineering Excellence Award and 2nd place Robot Performance Award, in addition Mrs. Laura Baker won the Coach’s Award at this event.

    Flower Powered (Cecilia Chen, Siena Ebert, Virginia Epperson, Margaret Hohenshelt, Kashmira Kuloor, Naisha Randhar) won the 2nd Place Champions Award at Williams High School in Plano on December 10th, 2022.

    Power Pandas (Jenny Chu, Hannah Park, Sophia Salem, Natalia Salem, Ira Sirohi) won the 2nd Place Champions Award at UME Preparatory School in Dallas on January 14th, 2023.

    Might-ochondria (Kavya Chava, Miranda Chen, Michelle Cheng, Ameya Indaram, Sara Sidi, Connie Zhao) won 2nd Place Champions Award at Shelton School in Dallas on December 17th, 2022.

    In addition to these impressive awards, all four teams were each awarded a coveted spot at the North Texas Championship competition to be held in February 2023. 
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  • Brittani Carter-Durant Hite '05 Featured Speaker

    Hockaday welcomed Brittani Carter-Durant Hite '05 to campus on Friday to speak to students about making an impact in the world during the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr./One Hockaday celebration.
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  • Hartman Fellow on Campus

    Rachel Simmons, author of the New York Times bestsellers Odd Girl OutThe Curse of the Good Girl, and Enough As She Is: How to Help Girls Move Beyond Impossible Standards of Success to Live Healthy, Happy and Fulfilling Lives, spoke to parents, faculty, and students in January.
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  • Poetry Out Loud

    Congratulations to Anjy Fadairo (Class of 2025), Asha Gudipaty (Class of 2023), Jessica Chung (Class of 2024), and Ava Shipp (Class of 2024), who were finalists in Hockaday’s Poetry Out Loud competition! 
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  • Rowing Program Founder Returns

    Alinda Wikert ’66 met with Head Rowing Coach Will Forteith and Eugene McDermott Head of School Laura Leathers this winter to share the early history of Hockaday Rowing.
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  • TMEA Honors Student

    Emma Zhao (Class of 2024) was selected into the Texas Music Educators Association Region 20 Wind Ensemble.
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  • YoungArts Recognition

    Emily McShane (Class of 2025) and Ariana Wang (Class of 2024), were recently recognized by YoungArts.
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  • Middle School Students in NASA TechRise

    Congratulations to Class of 2028 students Kavya Chava, Aashu Shankar, Ameya Indaram, Anya Jain, and Caroline Hayes who are one of the 60 winning teams in the nation in NASA’s TechRise competition!
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  • Eighth Grader Carolyn Mitchell named Hockaday Scripps Spelling Bee Champion

    Congratulations to the 2023 Hockaday Scripps Spelling Bee Champion, Carolyn Mitchell (Class of 2027). Runners-up were Natalia Salem (Class of 2027) and Yuna Son (Class of 2028). Carolyn will go on to represent Hockaday at the Dallas County Private School Bee!
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  • Three Hockaday Athletes Announce College Decisions

    Three members of the Class of 2023 will continue their athletic careers in college, adding to the 61 collegiate student-athletes who have graduated from Hockaday in the past six years. 
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