We all know about the life of an Ursuline girl, but what about those girls at Bishop Lynch who must go to school with boys; what’s their life at school like?
Bishop Lynch is a college preparatory high school in south-east Dallas. It starts its mornings at 8:15 except on Wednesday when students start class at 9:25, they have four classes throughout the day, and they have A and B days.
“On my A day, I have programming for gaming first, then algebra, B lunch, theology and world geography. On my B day, I have cheer first period, then biology, A lunch, English, and last Spanish. I also have lacrosse after school every day and Saturday,” Julia White, a freshman girl at Bishop Lynch High School, said.
Each classroom has an even number of boys and girls, and the classes have about 20 students in each room. Each class is 90 minutes long, and students have two different lunches. Each lunch is 30 minutes long and A lunch starts at 11:35 and B lunch starts at 12:05. They also have nine minutes for their passing period.
Bishop Lynch is a co-ed school. “The co-ed aspect causes more drama,” Julia said, but she says it never distracts her from her studies.
The classroom life with boys makes the classroom very loud, but they also have some funny jokes to say in class,” said Hayley Neywick, a Bishop Lynch freshman.
“The environment at Bishop Lynch is very friendly; whenever you see someone you know in the halls, you always smile and wave at them. When walking through the halls, you can’t hear anything expect the loud talking around you,” Julia uttered.
“I rarely get stressed at school; the only time I did was around mid-terms. I never wake up and am unhappy about going to school. School makes me happy; seeing my friends in the hall and having lunch with them makes my day,” Julia added.
An important part of any school day at Bishop Lynch are sports, and they are either practiced first period or after school. Bishop Lynch offers baseball, basketball, brigade, cheerleading, crew, and cross country. Also offered as sports are golf, lacrosse, powerlifting, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, football, and wrestling. The most popular sport at Bishop Lynch is football.
“At Friday night football games, the stands are filled with parents, alums, and many many students. I am on the track and field area, and I help lead the cheers. Everyone in the crowd is standing up and cheering with us,” Julia said.
Bishop Lynch is known for its volleyball and football teams. Volleyball has won the Tapps Division One Champion the last six years in a row. Some of there biggest rivals are Ursuline Academy, Jesuit, Nolan, and Bishop Dunne.
Along with many sports, Bishop Lynch also has diverse clubs and offers unique arts program. Band, choir, dance, drama, and visual arts, many art classes such as sculpting and ceramics, to round out student choices.
The Bishop Lynch uniform for girls is a white oxford blouse and a green, black, and white plaid skirt with above the ankle white socks and saddle shoes. Many of the girls at Bishop Lynch like their uniform “It is very comfortable, and you can wear any Bishop Lynch jacket you like,” Hayley added.
A number of students take the bus to school from many places such as Plano. Richardson, North Dallas, Garland, and Oak Cliff, with proposals for new routes in the Rockwall, Mesquite, Forney, Crandall, Seagoville, and Pleasant Grove areas. There is a morning bus, one right after school, and a late bus for people who have sports.
“I take the bus to and from school and it honesty is fun: you can sleep, study, hangout with your friends, and you can also eat. The bus is also very helpful for my parents, so they can get to work on time,” Hayley said.
To get into the school every day, students use their ID, which has their name, class year and their picture on it. This is the only ID they will have for the next four years; you can only replace it if you lose yours, but it comes with a fee.
Everyday Bishop Lynch ends at 3:42 p.m. expect on Friday when students get out at 3 p.m. “On Fridays since we get off earlier, I usually always hang out with my friends’ afterschool at restaurants near-by,” Julia said.
Bishop Lynch High School was founded in 1963 and was named after Bishop Joseph P. Lynch, who served the Diocese of Dallas from 1911-1954. It started off with only 365 freshman and sophomores and now has over 1,150 students from all over the metroplex. Life at Bishop Lynch, very much like Ursuline, is full of traditions and history.