Our History

In the late 1990s, as the Jewish community of Dallas grew in size, a group of parents recognized the need for another day school. After many parlor-style meetings, the decision was made during the fall of 2002 to launch Torah Day School of Dallas.  Though new schools are typically advised to begin with a Kindergarten class and add a grade each subsequent year, TDSD’s founders were committed to making sure that every child could be a part of the Torah Day School experience that from its inception the school offered a nursery through eighth grade program.

The steering committee found bright and pioneering administrators to lead the fledgling school. Rabbi Udman, our Headmaster Emeritus, took leadership of the school and Dr. Chana Ruderman, now our Principal, oversaw the development of a K-8 curriculum that has proven dynamic and successful. Together, they began interviewing teachers and found highly qualified and committed individuals, who remarkably signed on before a building even existed. Our founders secured a building on a four-acre lot on the northeast corner of Hillcrest and Frankford Road by navigating the red tape of neighborhood associations, city planning and zoning. They worked with architects and Joe Funk construction to turn a once 38,000 sq. ft. grocery store into a fully functional school building! Miraculously, a one-of-a-kind school was ready to open its doors in August of 2003 with a building, headmaster, curricula, teachers and 175 eager children.

Torah Day School’s enrollment now nears 400 students. This dynamic growth was only possible thanks to the tireless work of Rabbi Udman, Dr. Ruderman, our Rabbis, teaching faculty, who have produced a learning environment that is now recognized from coast to coast. Learn more about us and browse our programs to find out why!