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Six reasons you should join the debate team

1. It’s the greatest sport on Earth — debate is one of the oldest and most competitive activities at Jesuit Dallas.

2. Jesuit debaters have been recognized in the top 20 in the country in almost every decade since the 1940s.

3. Jesuit debate has won more team and individual awards then almost all the other teams and clubs combined

4. Competitions are co-ed against public and private schools We travel all over the country

5. You get to argue about current events, politics, environment, law, economics, philosophy, international relations, military issues, and much much more.

6. You develop superior argument, persuasion, research and organization skills that you can use against family, friends, and in your other classes

Contact Coach Lingel at or Coach McFarland at for more information.

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The Jesuit Debate team celebrates over 70 years of excellence

The program has won more awards than almost all other sports teams and clubs combined including:

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)
Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville
Emory University
University of California at Berkeley
University of Redlands
University of Texas
JV/Novice Nationals at Woodward Academy in Atlanta
National Debate Coaches Association National Championships