Welcome from the Principal
The education of students morally, ethically, and spiritually is the number one priority of Bishop Thomas K. Gorman Catholic School.
The faculty, staff, and school councils are all committed to making sure that the gospel message is alive at Bishop Gorman. Students are given an opportunity to grow and develop intellectually, physically, and emotionally as well as morally and spiritually. The ultimate process of learning and maturing, though, takes place within each student. It is the task of the educator as well as the parent to ensure and nurture this growth.
Bishop Gorman has been recognized as A Top 50 Catholic High School, (2005-2015); a Blue Ribbon “Excellence in Education” Award Winner by the U.S. Department of Education (1998); TAPPS 3A Overall State Champions (2001 and 2002); TAPPS 3A Academic State Champions (1999, 2000, and 2002); and Middle School PSIA State Academic Champions (2014).
The school recognizes the need for order and discipline in the formation of responsible Christians; therefore, policies and rules have been established to create an atmosphere of respect for all members of the Bishop Gorman community. A high value is placed on self-direction, personal responsibility, and self-discipline as a means for developing the self. All members of the Bishop Gorman community are expected to reflect the ideals and standards of the school, both on and off campus.
School Vision Statement
Bishop Gorman is a welcoming community of faithful learners dedicated to the continued formation of the total person according to the Gospel. Through this Catholic tradition, supported by parental involvement, the school promotes values, character, and self-discipline. A challenging academic environment with a college preparatory curriculum enables each student to become a contributing member of society.
Any explanation of our religious and educational philosophy includes three major areas:
As a Catholic faith community, Bishop Gorman infuses the teachings of Jesus Christ in all areas of student life. We are committed to the theology of peace and justice and actively seek students who reflect a diversity of ethnic, racial, and socio-economic backgrounds. We are all gifted by God and are called by God to share our gifts with others.
Through a challenging curriculum, Bishop Gorman prepares students with skills necessary for success in college programs, vocational training, and career fields. The college preparatory program prepares students to succeed in major universities and colleges. A variety of spiritual, service, athletic, and artistic activities coupled with a clear sense of expectations enhance the overall development of the student. Bishop Gorman recognizes a successful student as one who develops the skills, insight, knowledge, and strong personal character necessary to make informed and correct decisions as a mature Christian.
Bishop Gorman is an integral component of our Catholic co-educational community which prepares young people in the Tyler and surrounding areas for post-secondary education. Our school community is an extension of the Catholic Church and a continuation of the tradition of excellence, which begins at St. Gregory Cathedral School.
We welcome young persons of every faith, race, and ethnic background who are in agreement with the goals of the school. We believe that a healthy, wholesome, and mature relationship with God is essential for the development of the total person.
Academic performance, social involvement, coping skills, and personal development are also essential for a successful life and career after high school. We encourage students to strive for personal excellence and continual growth in academic work and in all areas of life.
Bishop Gorman is located in Tyler, Texas, on a 30-acre campus situated on the East Southeast branch of Loop 323. The high school building was constructed in 1957 and opened on September 2, 1958. By 1982, the Cameron Building (Middle School building) and the Milam J. Joseph Community Center (Middle School Gym) were added to this campus. A Fine Arts classroom addition was completed in 2003, the Sts. Peter and Paul Chapel was completed in 2011, and the Brodnax Family Crusader Center was completed in 2018.
Housed in the facilities are a 10,000 volume Holy Family Library, 170 networked work stations throughout the school, 26 inceiling projectors, four servers, sixteen document cameras, a 26-station computer lab, a 25-station library computer lab, a school chapel, two gymnasiums with performance areas, 32 classrooms and laboratories, two kitchens, a Fine Arts wing, administrative and faculty offices, two conference rooms, the Bishop Gorman Business Office, and a dining hall.
Completing these facilities are a football stadium, a soccer field, a football practice field, baseball and softball fields, tennis courts, a six-lane track, a 22,000 square foot training facility and weight room, batting cages, locker rooms, a maintenance building, and the Master's Garden.
Communication between the school and parents is essential. Letters, newsletters, calendars, website, e-mail, and RenWeb are the primary means of informing parents of upcoming events, school news, grading, and other important information. The most expedient and preferred form of communication between teachers and parents is e-mail.
A conference day is set aside each semester for parents and students to meet with teachers. Parents are asked to take advantage of this opportunity by promptly returning the conference request form.
Prayer and Liturgy
Bishop Gorman believes in the importance of daily prayer. Each day begins with a student-led prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance over the intercom. In addition, classes and school functions incorporate prayer. Mass is celebrated weekly; all students are required to attend. Additional prayer services are offered before school. Bishop Gorman recognizes students of many faith traditions and strongly encourages them to practice their faith. Teachings at the school, however, adhere to authentic Roman Catholic philosophy.
Inquiries, Visits, and Admission
Bishop Thomas K. Gorman Catholic School welcomes inquiries and visits to our campus. Since the school operates a closed campus, visitors must register in the office.