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A School for Leaders

Nolan Catholic High School prides itself on being a premier choice for parents seeking a top-tier education embedded in tradition and leadership. With a rich history of 62 years, our institution has consistently fostered academic excellence while nurturing leadership qualities in our students. Our motto 'Esto Dux,' meaning 'Be A Leader,' echoes throughout our curriculum and extracurricular activities, preparing our students not just for academic success but also for becoming impactful leaders in their communities. 

MISSION STATEMENT

Nolan Catholic High School is a ministry of the Diocese of Fort Worth providing a college preparatory education and evangelizing students to be tomorrow’s servant leaders through

EDUCATION IN FAITH, FORMATION IN HOPE, PERSEVERANCE IN CHARITY

"On September 5, 1961, the doors of the new co-institutional high school were first opened to 397 Catholic students from the city of Fort Worth, Hurst, and Arlington."

- NCHS Archives, 1965

A DEEP COMMUNITY HISTORY

Nolan Catholic High School stands tall as an emblem of unwavering dedication to excellence, fostering a legacy of academic brilliance and character molding since its inception in 1961. Rooted in a rich Catholic legacy, our school embodies the Marianist spirit of faith, service, and community.

Our institution's name echoes the leadership and altruism of Msgr. Robert M. Nolan, setting a standard in our journey toward shaping tomorrow's leaders. Demonstrating his altruism, he fearlessly rushed to aid his community during a devastating fire in 1909. Showcasing his remarkable impact as a leader, his work in the challenging neighborhood of Hell's Half-Acre, led to a significant reduction in crime. His collaboration with unlikely allies for community improvement, despite political differences, exemplified his commitment to the greater good. Msgr. Nolan's spirit continues to imbue our school with the virtues of courage, compassion, and unity as we shape tomorrow's leaders in his honor.

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Reverend Msgr. Robert M. Nolan

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Nolan Catholic was the shared vision of the Sisters of St. Mary of Namur and the Marianist Brothers. Born from the root of Our Lady Of Victory Academy (an all girls school), the school retained this name until it relocated to its present location thanks to the benevolence of Amon G. Carter's land donation. What started as a co-institutional enterprise (serving boys and girls in separate wings of the original campus), would one day become the premier coeducational choice for the families of Fort Worth.

Transitioning to the leadership of the Marianist Brothers in 1969, and for the next forty-five years, Nolan Catholic High School continued to redefine educational paradigms, offering a holistic experience where academic rigor converged with artistic expression, athletic prowess, and ethical leadership. The Marianist dedication to embracing innovation, and championing individual potential earned us the distinction of being a top-choice institution in the area.

As the school came under diocesan administration in 2014, we remain steadfast in our commitment to nurturing future Christian leaders. Our corridors echo with the footsteps of more than 10,000 alumni who have carved their paths across global sectors, standing as testaments to our commitment to academics, faith formation, and leadership development.

Points of Distinction
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over 50%

FACULTY & STAFF HOLD ADVANCED DEGREES

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40+

MASS SERVICES EACH YEAR

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57

CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS

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14,250

COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS

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19

ATHLETIC TEAMS

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26

ATHLETIC STATE TITLES

ACCREDITATION

Nolan Catholic High School is a College Preparatory High School (grades 9-12). NCHS was established in 1961 and is accredited by the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops Education Department (TCCB ED)Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and AdvancED.

The purpose of TCCB ED is to assist Catholic schools in the state of Texas with 1) continuous school improvement initiatives, 2) accountability with best educational practices, 3) strengthening of mission and identity, and 4) improving academic performance.

SACS only accredits schools that meet their rigorous academic criteria, including a commitment to continuous improvement. SACS accreditation also ensures that we are recognized nationally by most regional accrediting bodies and that our students will benefit from an expert teaching staff, comprehensive courses, and quality texts.

Education leaders work with AdvancED to set priorities, identify resources, and track the progress of improvement efforts for their institutions.

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