FROM THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL TO THE FIRST GRADUATION
Cistercian Preparatory School began in 1962 in a rented residence on the campus of Ursuline Academy in North Dallas. That year, fifty boys in grades 4 and 5 began the long, arduous journey towards Cistercian’s first graduation. Fr. Damian Szödényi, the school’s first headmaster (1962- 69), was able to instill enthusiasm into a group of pioneering parents and students ready for the new enterprise.
In 1964 and 1966 the first school buildings were constructed on Abbey grounds. Having added a new grade each year, Cistercian finally graduated its first seniors in 1970. Fr. Denis Farkasfalvy, the second headmaster (1969-74 and 1975-81), fleshed out a stable curriculum, established electives and extracurriculars, expanded the facilities, and began increasing the enrollment.