Soccer Player Named Gatorade Texas Player of the Year

Jaden Thomas ’24 was named the 2023-24 Gatorade Texas Girls Soccer Player of the Year! Thomas is the first Gatorade Texas Girls Soccer Player of the Year to be chosen from The Hockaday School.
The award, which celebrates the nation’s top high school athletes for excellence on the field, in the classroom and in the community, distinguishes Thomas as Texas’ best high school girls soccer player. From CEOs and coaches to star athletes, Gatorade Player of the Year winners showcase the power of sport, touting an all-star group of alumni that includes Aly Wagner (1997-98, Presentation High School, Calif.), Mallory Swanson (2014-15, Mountain Vista High School, Colo.) and Kennedy Fuller (2022-23 & 2021-22, Southlake Carroll High School, Texas).  

The 5-foot-7 senior forward and Stanford signee scored 39 goals and passed for 10 assists this past season, leading the Daisies (15-2) to the Southwest Preparatory Conference Class 4A Tournament championship game. Thomas scored at least one goal in all 17 games with 13 multi-goal games and eight hat tricks. Ranked as the nation’s No. 10 recruit in the Class of 2024 by TopDrawerSoccer.com, she concluded her prep soccer career with 64 goals and 22 assists.

A member of Hockaday’s Black Student Union, Thomas has volunteered locally on behalf of Feeding the Need, which benefits the homeless in the Dallas area. She has also donated her time as a youth soccer coach.
Within the private school community, The Hockaday School is an independent college-preparatory day school for girls from grades PK–12 located in Dallas, Texas. Students realize their limitless potential through challenging academic curricula, arts, athletics, and extracurricular programs so that they are inspired to lead lives of purpose and impact.