This year's Topic: The United States federal government should substantially reduce its restrictions on the legal immigration to the United States.

Interested in joining Debate?
Contact Dr. McFarland or Mr. Lingel


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.

Why join?

  • You like to argue and research and strategize and persuade
  • It’s the Greatest Sport on Earth—debate is one of the oldest and most competitive activities at Jesuit and you can earn a varsity letter
  • Jesuit debate has won more team and individual awards then almost all the other teams and clubs combined
    • Competitions are co-ed against public and private schools
  • We travel all over the country
  • You get to argue about current events, politics, environment, law, economics, philosophy, international relations, military issues, and much more.
  • You develop argument, persuasion, research and organization skills that you can use against family, friends, and in you’re other classes
  • Best tool for prepping for the SAT and ACT


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