Cascia Hall Preparatory School

Cascia Hall Preparatory School is an Augustinian Roman Catholic coeducational College-preparatory day school in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It is a member of the Augustinian Secondary Education Association. It is one of Tulsa's two Catholic high schools, with Bishop Kelley High School.

Cascia Hall Preparatory School
Cascia Hall
2520 South Yorktown Avenue


Coordinates36°7′39″N 95°57′51″W / 36.12750°N 95.96417°WCoordinates: 36°7′39″N 95°57′51″W / 36.12750°N 95.96417°W
TypePrivate, Day, College-prep
Motto"Veritas, Unitas, Caritas. {"Truth, Unity, and Love"}
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
School number918-746-2600
HeadmasterFather Philip Cook, O.S.A
Enrollmentapproximately 525 (2016-17)
Campus size40 acres
Color(s)Navy and White         
Athletics conferenceOSSAA 3A/4A/5A
Team nameCommandos
RivalHolland Hall
AccreditationState of Oklahoma, Advanced Ed
NewspaperThe Cascian
YearbookThe Towers
Tuition$14,075 (for 2017-18)
Director of Upper SchoolShawn Gammill
Athletic DirectorLindsay Rogers


Cascia Hall was founded by the Province of Our Mother of Good Counsel, of the Order of Saint Augustine, in 1926 at its current location, a 40-acre (160,000 m2) campus at 2520 South Yorktown Avenue in midtown Tulsa.[1] The school's first headmaster was Francis A. Driscoll, who had previously been president of Villanova College (now Villanova University).[2] The school is named after St. Rita of Cascia, an Augustinian nun who lived in a monastery in Cascia, Italy in the early 15th century.

Cascia Hall was an all-male day school, which accepted boarders, until 1986. In that year, the school ceased to take boarders, added a middle school, and became a coeducational day school for grades 6-12. It has a total enrollment of about 525, about 45% of whom are Roman Catholic. Cascia Hall follows the Augustinian tradition of education, which traces its heritage to the educational philosophy of Saint Augustine of Hippo.


The mission of the athletic department is to develop perseverance, sportsmanship, endurance, strength, coordination, self-confidence and teamwork, as well as to create a winning attitude and an appreciation of recreational habits that will last a lifetime. Sports include football, basketball, track and field, baseball, volleyball, tennis, cheerleading, cross country, swimming, wrestling, golf, lacrosse, and soccer.

Notable people

Notable people who attended, or were otherwise associated with, Cascia Hall include:


  1. ^ Viewbook at Cascia Hall official website.
  2. ^ "Rev. Francis A. Driscoll, O.S.A. (1889-1945)" at Augustinians of the Midwest website (retrieved February 5, 2009)
  3. ^
  4. ^ Michael Smith, "Super Glad: Native Tulsan Bill Hader moves from ‘SNL’ success to big-budget film roles", Tulsa World, August 17, 2007.
  5. ^ Kent A. Schell, Francis Anthony Keating II bio Archived 2010-07-18 at the Wayback Machine at Oklahoma Historical Society Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture Archived January 5, 2009, at the Wayback Machine(retrieved February 5, 2009).
  6. ^ "Boardmember in the Spotlight" Oklahoma Cities and Towns (June 2005), pp. 5,6
  7. ^ Dianna Everett, Robert James LaFortune bio Archived March 9, 2009, at the Wayback Machine at Oklahoma Historical Society Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture Archived January 5, 2009, at the Wayback Machine (retrieved February 5, 2009)
  8. ^ Natasha Washington, "All You Need Is Lovie" Archived 2011-07-17 at the Wayback Machine, TulsaPeople (March 2007)
  9. ^ Rita Sherrow, "Former Tulsan gets seven-show appearance on 'Grey's Anatomy'", Tulsa World, November 18, 2007
  10. ^ John D. Ferguson "Cascia Great Inducted", Tulsa World, December 15, 2008

External links

Augustinian Secondary Education Association

The Augustinian Secondary Education Association (ASEA) is an organization founded in 1986 to "foster unity, efficiency, and continued development within the Augustinian ministry to secondary education" in North America. It operates without a budget, acting as a forum for member institutions to share resources, implement Augustinian ideals in the curriculum of its institutions, and to ensure that its member institutions present an "authentic Augustinian identity". It is based in Ojai, California, and reports to the Federation of Augustinians of North America (FANA). Its activity consists of informal networking and inservice programs, as well as annual meetings.ASEA has eleven member institutions, of which ten are in the United States and one is in Canada.

Villanova University (Villanova, PA) founded 1842;

Villanova Preparatory School (Ojai, CA) founded 1924;

St. Thomas of Villanova College (King City, ON, Canada) founded 1999;

Merrimack College (North Andover, MA) founded 1947;

Malvern Preparatory School (Malvern, PA) founded 1842;

Cascia Hall Preparatory School (Tulsa, OK) founded 1926;

St. Augustine College Preparatory School (Richland, NJ) founded 1959;

St. Rita of Cascia High School (Chicago, IL) founded 1905;

Providence Catholic High School (New Lenox, IL) founded 1918;

St. Augustine High School (San Diego) (San Diego, CA) founded 1922;

Austin Catholic Academy (Detroit, MI) founded 2011.Of these, Austin Catholic Academy and St. Thomas of Villanova College are independently operated and not officially sponsored by the Augustinian Order.The association operates the Augustinian Values Institute, a program to define the mission and values for Augustinian schools. The three core principles are "unitas", "veritas", and "caritas" (unity, truth, and charity).

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