Family's 10th son graduating from Strake Jesuit


The Garcia-Prats have had a son in attendance at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory in Houston since August 1990 -- 22 consecutive years.

And this month, the last of their 10 sons will graduate high school.

Timmy Garcia-Prats, the 10th son of Joseph and Cathy Garcia-Prats, will follow in his nine older brothers' footsteps.

All of the Garcia-Prats men have continued on to college. With Timmy choosing to attend Marquette University in the fall, the Garcia-Prats' sons will have attended 10 different undergraduate universities.

The eldest brother, Tony, is now 36. He graduated from St. Louis University and then went to medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. He is now serving in the Pediatric AIDS Corps in South Africa.

David, 35, graduated from Creighton University and then got a master's in education from Notre Dame. He is now the dean of academics at Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School of Houston.

Chris, 32, graduated from Trinity and earned his master's in elementary education. He is the men's head soccer coach at Luther College in Iowa.

Joe Pat, 31, graduated from Regis University and works in the cell phone industry in the Chicago area. Matt, 30, graduated from the University of San Diego and then got his master's degree from Loyola Marymount University. He is the new principal at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic School in Houston.

Mark, 27, graduated from Seattle University and taught at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic School. He recently moved to South Sudan with his new wife. Tommy, 25, graduated from Providence College in Rhode Island and now works for a nonprofit organization in Nicaragua.

Danny, 23, graduated from Santa Clara University and is currently working on his master's degree. Jamie, 20, graduated from Strake Jesuit College Preparatory in 2010. He now attends and plays soccer for Luther College in Iowa, under the coaching of his older brother, Chris.

And now it's Timmy's turn to set out into the world. At 18, he'll soon begin pursuing his undergraduate degree in business at Marquette University in Milwaukee.

His family thinks he may be the politician of the family.

Strake Jesuit's president Father Daniel Lahart says Timmy and his brothers have been "a blessing to the Strake Jesuit community for more than 20 years."

"Each of the boys have gone on to represent both their parents and the school exceptionally well," Lahart said. "As for the future, as we often tell our students, we want them to always consider this school home, and they will always be a part of the Strake Jesuit family."

Strake Jesuit's commencement ceremony is at 10am Sunday with just over 200 seniors graduating.

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