ABOUT OUR SCHOOL
On August 10, 2009, Founding President Fr. TJ Martinez, SJ, along with his Board of Trustees and Directors opened Cristo Rey Jesuit with an inaugural class of 82 students, each of whom worked at leading businesses and corporations across Houston. It was the first Jesuit Cristo Rey school in the southern part of the United States. Today, under the visionary leadership of President Paul Beck, the school is the second-largest in the Cristo Rey Network. Now, with 500 enrolled students and 800 alumni, we are celebrating 10 years of miracles and milestones, and looking to the future.
Sponsored by the Jesuits of the Central and Southern Province, Cristo Rey Jesuit offers a rigorous college prep education available to students from low-income families in the Houston area
A unique Corporate Work-Study Program places students in Houston businesses and nonprofits where they earn up to 50 percent of the cost of their education
To inspire and prepare students of limited economic resources to succeed in college and lead their communities as compassionate, committed, and competent men and women for others for the greater glory of God.
Compelled by our Jesuit Mission and identity, we are a vibrant community that transforms the world by loving, learning and excelling in all we do.
Our Logo was inspired by Constantine’s vision of a cross in the sky on the night before battle.
THE SUN: Light of Christ, Light to the world, God in all things
THE CROSS: Followers of Christ, Evangelization
In the Fall of 2009, the first Cristo Rey Jesuit Student Council wrote a proclamation stating that the school mascot would be a Lion. The Lion was shortly thereafter named “Ledo” in remembrance of famous Jesuit Wlodimir Ledochowski. Marketing firm BrandExtract with the help of a focus group of students created a mascot that portrayed the characteristics of courage, love, heart and honor.
SUN: Light of Christ, Sign of salvation, Light to the world
CROSS: Followers of Christ, Sacrifice and salvation
CROSIER: Wisdom, Learning, Mentoring, Spiritual Guidance
OLIVE BRANCH: Men and women for others, Academic and moral excellence
SWORD: Leadership, Vision, Perserverence, Order, Planning
MAGIS: “The More,” For the greater glory of God
IHS: Symbol of the Society of Jesus, First three letters of Jesus in Greek
In celebration of our 10th anniversary, we will be using a new commemorative logo.
CRISTO REY NETWORK
Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory belongs to the national Cristo Rey Network of schools. The Network is comprised of 35 high schools that provide a quality, Catholic, college preparatory education to 12,000 urban young people who live in communities with limited educational options. All students at Cristo Rey Network schools participate in a work-study program in which they finance the majority of the cost of their education, gain real world job experience, grow in self-confidence, and realize the relevance of their education. Learn more at cristoreynetwork.org.