History and Governance

History and Governance

The Dominican Sisters of Houston, Texas, in conjunction with the Diocese of Galveston-Houston, founded St. Pius X High School in 1956. This co-educational high school opened in September of 1956 with 253 ninth and tenth grade students, under the patronage of St. Pius X. In 1957, St. Pius X served grades nine through eleven, and by 1958, the school functioned as a four-year high school. St. Pius X numbers more than 5,000 graduates among its alumni, many of whom now have sons and daughters in attendance at the school.

In 1959, the State Board of Education accredited St. Pius X. It is now affiliated with the following educational associations:

  • Catholic Schools of the Galveston-Houston Diocese
  • The National Catholic Educational Association
  • The Texas Catholic Conference Education Department in conjunction with the Texas Education Agency
  • Cognia 
  • The College Board
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Education at St. Pius X High School is rooted in the Four Pillars of the Dominican charism. The development of the individual person -- spiritual, intellectual, physical, emotional, and social -- is fostered in a nurturing atmosphere. At St. Pius X, the Principles of Catholic Social Teaching are central to decision-making in all areas: academic, disciplinary, financial, social, and spiritual. The school offers a diverse curriculum of required courses in traditional academic subjects, theology, fine arts and technology.

SPX seeks to employ knowledgeable, skilled, and qualified faculty and staff committed to education and the cultivation of Christian character. Faculty and staff serve as role models for students and in terms of their intellectual endeavors, their behavior, and their treatment of others actively witness Christian values. They partner with parents and guardians in the formation of students to become productive citizens of good character.

Each person is unique and valuable, gifted with God-given talents. Each community member is challenged to acknowledge the responsibility to use their talents and knowledge in the service of God and others and to embody gospel values in daily life.

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