St. Pius X High School has a long and distinguished history of diversity, not only in demographics, but also in learning. Since the 1980s, SPX has been commended for its determination to help students struggling with a variety of learning differences. With the inception of the Learning for Success program in 2007, St. Pius X became the first Catholic high school in Houston to formalize and fund such a program.


The Paul A. Gilliam ‘98 Learning Center was built in 2011 to meet the growing needs of our Learning for Success students. The new facility was named to honor the legacy of Paul A. Gilliam‘98, who passed away on March 1, 2010. Paul was one of many students who received the benefits of the nurturing, yet challenging curriculum, which evolved into the Learning for Success program. Following graduation from SPX, Paul completed his college career, started his own business and married his high school sweetheart. Much of Paul’s success was grounded in the education he received during his time at St. Pius X High School—the Christian values and solid academics, along with the core values of Learning for Success: Self Discipline; Study Skills; Self Assurance.