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Debate is a tremendous pedagogical tool and reaching the highest levels of debate requires mastery of arguments from many disciplines, including communication, argumentation, politics, law, social justice, philosophy and economics. Participating in debate builds persuasion and speaking skills, promotes critical thinking, and builds skills in reasoning, synthesis, research, writing, listening, and leadership far beyond the regular classroom experience. The skills cultivated in debate are highly sought by college admissions counselors and employers, and Jesuit Dallas has long been among the state and national leaders in advancing those proficiencies.

over 70 years of excellence

Jesuit Dallas boasts one of the most historically successful debate programs in Texas, and the school’s debaters have been recognized in the top 20 in the country almost every decade since the 1940s. The program has enjoyed a strong resurgence, winning four Texas Forensic Association State Debate Championships since 2000, including back-to-back state titles in 2010 and 2011. With three teams finishing inside at the top 20 at the 2016 TFA State Debate Championships, Jesuit Dallas could count at least one team in the top 20 for the 18th time in 22 years.

Texas Forensics Association State Debate Champions in 2011, 2010 Close Out, 2002, 2000, and 1979

Texas Forensic Association State Debate Finalists (Second Place) in 2007 and 2001
Texas Forensic Association State Debate Semifinalist in 2007, 2005 (2 teams), and 1998
Texas Forensic Association State Quarterfinalist in 2008 (2 teams), 2006, 2003, and 2001

Jesuit debaters have finished first or second at following state level tournaments

Colleyville Heritage High School, Houston Memorial High School, Hockaday School , Mansfield Timberview High School, Plano Senior High School, Plano West High School, Plano East High School, Flower Mound High School, Carrollton Newman Smith High School, Carrollton Creekview High School, Coppell High School, Southlake Carroll High School, Naaman Forest High School, University of North Texas

Jesuit Debaters have finished in the top ten at the largest tournaments in the country

Greenhill School, St. Mark’s School of Texas
University of Southern California
The Glenbrooks (Illinois) and 
Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, Emory University, University of California at Berkeley, University of Redlands, University of Texas, National Debate Coaches Association National Championships

Contact Debate
Dan Lingel
Counseling / Debate
972-387-8700 x361
Tracy McFarland
Social Studies / Debate
972-387-8700 x417
Current Topic

The United States federal government should substantially curtail its domestic surveillance. The resolution creates the focus of controversy and divides the ground between the affirmative and negative sides. The affirmative side supports the resolution by advocating a specific way to enact the resolution.