Georgetown Preparatory School

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Georgetown Preparatory School
Schola Praeparatoria Georgiopolitana
Georgetown Preparatory School Logo.png
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10900 Rockville Pike

Montgomery County

United States
Coordinates39°01′57″N 77°06′34″W / 39.03250°N 77.10944°W / 39.03250; -77.10944Coordinates: 39°01′57″N 77°06′34″W / 39.03250°N 77.10944°W / 39.03250; -77.10944
TypePrivate school; day and boarding
MottoMen for Others
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic / Jesuit
Established1789 (233 years ago) (1789)
School districtArchdiocese of Washington Catholic Schools[1]
CEEB code210575
PresidentRev. James R. Van Dyke, S.J.
HeadmasterJohn Glennon
Teaching staff53.9 (FTE) (2015–16)[4]
Enrollment496 (2015–16)[4]
Student to teacher ratio9.2∶1 (2015–16)[4]
Campus size93 acres (380,000 m2)[2]
Campus typeLarge suburban[4]
Color(s)Blue and gray
Athletics16 varsity sports
Athletics conferenceInterstate Athletic Conference (IAC)
AccreditationMiddle States Association of Colleges and Schools[2]
NewspaperLittle Hoya
Tuition$37,215 (day) $60,280 (boarding)[3]
Last updated: April 30, 2019; 3 years ago (2019-04-30)

Georgetown Preparatory School (also known as Georgetown Prep) is a Jesuit college-preparatory school in North Bethesda, Maryland for boys in ninth through twelfth grade. It has a 93-acre (380,000 square meters) campus.[5] With an annual tuition of $56,665 in 2015, it is the 4th most expensive boarding school in the United States.[3] It is the only Jesuit boarding school in the United States and is in the district of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington.


Boland Hall (built 1916-19), Georgetown Prep School

Georgetown Preparatory School was founded in 1789 by John Carroll, the first bishop of Baltimore. In 1919, the school moved from Georgetown University's campus in the District of Columbia to its current location,[6] under the direction of university president Alphonsus J. Donlon.[7] Georgetown Prep remained part of Georgetown University until its legal separation in 1927.[7]

In 1990, The Washington Post reported that Georgetown Prep had a problem with students creating large parties involving consumption of alcohol and sexual activities occurring, such that the headmasters of multiple schools organized together to send a warning letter to parents.[8] Georgetown put together a public discussion with parents of students at the start of the 1990 school year to discuss the problem of parties occurring without proper adult supervision.[8] The headmasters of the schools involved called the letter to parents, "a rare joint effort".[8] The letter warned parents: "It would be hard to devise a better recipe for disaster than a social scene that includes the anonymity provided by an 'open party,' no adult supervision, considerable amounts of alcohol, and teenage hormones which encourage sexual or violent behavior."[8]

Mimi Fleury, mother of a child who attended Georgetown Prep, founded the organization called Community of Concern.[9] The organization, created in 2000, received positive encouragement from the Georgetown Prep headmaster.[10] Georgetown Prep headmaster Jim Power said the initiative "has been a great catalyst" for ways to set standards for teenage parties.[10] Fleury coordinated with other parents in Maryland to write A Parent's Guide for the Prevention of Alcohol and Other Drug Use, which advised parents to remove drugs and alcohol from their residences during parties where children would be in attendance.[9] The booklet was originally designed for use at Georgetown Prep, and subsequently saw usage as well in Memphis, Tennessee in 2000.[9] In 2001, the initiative was expanded and was utilized at 17 schools in Philadelphia.[10]

In January 2007, the school opened the Hanley Center for Athletic Excellence, an athletic center that features a 200-meter indoor track, 11-lane swimming pool with diving area, competition basketball arena, wrestling room, 6,000 square foot weight training/cardiovascular room, and a team film room.[11] Joe Hills, son of golf course architect Arthur Hills, redesigned and severely shrank the school's golf course, which reopened in 2008.[12] The field house was converted into a learning center featuring expanded and modern library facilities, classrooms, meeting rooms, and a recording studio.[11] This learning center, named after the immediate past president Fr. William L. George, S.J., opened for students on January 26, 2010.[13]

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  2. ^ a b "Fast Facts". Georgetown Preparatory School. Retrieved April 30, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Martin, Emmie; Loudenback, Tanza (February 27, 2016). "The 25 most expensive elite boarding schools in America". Business Insider. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d "Search for Private Schools – School Detail for Georgetown Preparatory School". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c McFadden, David; Khalil, Ashraf (September 20, 2018). "Will What Happened at Georgetown Prep Stay There?". Yahoo! News. Associated Press. Retrieved April 30, 2019 – via
  6. ^ "Georgetown in 1916: An online exhibit from the University Archives". Georgetown University. June 15, 2016. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  7. ^ a b Ochs, Stephen J. (Summer 2016). "The Land Before Prep Arrived". Alumnews. pp. 30–31. Archived from the original on December 8, 2018. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
  8. ^ a b c d Sanchez, Carlos (February 4, 1990). "Area Headmasters Warn Parents of Student Parties". The Washington Post. Retrieved September 29, 2018.
  9. ^ a b c Erskine, Michael (September 28, 2000), "Parents get book on drugs as homework", The Commercial Appeal, p. A1 – via NewsBank
  10. ^ a b c Langland, Connie (February 15, 2001), "17 schools act to stop substance abuse the 'Community of Concern' effort gives tips on preventing and spotting drug and alcohol abuse", The Philadelphia Inquirer, p. B3 – via NewsBank
  11. ^ a b Rasicot, Julie (April 19, 2007). "State-of-the-Art, All-in-One Athletics Center". Washington Post. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  12. ^ Bundy, Phil. "Course Review: Georgetown Prep Golf Course — Phil Bundy". Retrieved June 24, 2019.
  13. ^ Georgetown Prep Dedicates the Father William L. George Center. Georgetown Preparatory School Admissions. January 26, 2010. Archived from the original on December 21, 2021. Retrieved April 29, 2019 – via
  14. ^ Granberry, Michael (April 27, 2016). "Lone Star Soviets: The FX super-hit 'The Americans' carries deep ties to Texas". The Dallas Morning News.
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h Keneally, Meghan (September 26, 2018). "Inside the high school that produced Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Justice Neil Gorsuch and other famous alums". ABC News. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  16. ^ "Arizona Cardinals chairman Bill Bidwill, 'a bruising runner,' inducted into high school's hall of fame". The Arizona Republic. June 5, 2017.
  17. ^ Armour, Nancy (July 10, 2018). "Stick to sports? Cardinals' support of Supreme Court nominee shows NFL's hypocrisy". USA Today. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  18. ^ "Vargas Lleras, el hombre de las paradojas". La Silla Vacía. May 4, 2018.
  19. ^ Miller, Randy (February 2, 2017). "Yankees' Brian Cashman proud of prep school classmate and Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch". NJ Advance Media.
  20. ^ Carman, Tim (March 10, 2009). "David Chang: "Trust Me, I'm No Genius."". Washington City Paper.
  21. ^ Brown, Emma (February 7, 2019). "John Dingell, longest-serving member of Congress in U.S. history, dies at 92". Washington Post. Retrieved August 14, 2019. He was a congressional page throughout his teenage years, and graduated from Georgetown Preparatory School in 1944.
  22. ^ Bumiller, Elisabeth (July 13, 1983). "Christopher Dodd, His Father's Son". The Washington Post.
  23. ^ Bravin, Jess (March 19, 2017). "Gorsuch, a Conservative Firebrand in College, Evolved Into a Conciliator". Wall Street Journal.
  24. ^ Stepp, Laura Sessions (April 12, 2004). "Men Without Clues". The Washington Post.
  25. ^ Hendrickson, John (May 20, 2014). "How It Feels to Watch Your High School Teammate Take on the Best Player in the World". Esquire.
  26. ^ Shefte, Whitney (July 27, 2008). "Memory Games: Charles Jenkins, 74". Washington Post Magazine.
  27. ^ Albrecht, Leslie (October 2, 2018). "Mark Judge's memoir now selling for up to $1,999 on Amazon". MarketWatch. Dow Jones & Company. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  28. ^ Gamarekian, Barbara (October 10, 1984). "New Generation Takes Up the Kennedy Causes". The New York Times.
  29. ^ Leibovich, Mark (June 25, 2006). "Another Kennedy Living Dangerously". The New York Times.
  30. ^ "LoBiondo, Frank A. (1946-)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. U.S. House Historian. Retrieved March 9, 2020.
  31. ^ Metcalf, Andrew (July 17, 2017). "Madaleno Formally Announces Run for Governor". Bethesda Magazine.
  32. ^ Staff, State Historical Society of North Dakota (1949). North Dakota History. Vol. 16–17. Bismarck, ND: State Historical Society of North Dakota Foundation. p. 82 – via Google Books.
  33. ^ Kazanjian, Glynis (November 10, 2017). "Georgetown Prep alum nominated to be next Fed Chairman". Montgomery Sentinel.
  34. ^ Benwick, Bonnie S. (January 15, 2013). "Mo Rocca cooks with the senior set". The Washington Post.
  35. ^ "Rooney, Francis (1953-)". Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress. U.S. House Historian. Retrieved March 9, 2020.
  36. ^ a b Tsironas, Alex (March 29, 2018). "Eunice Kennedy Shriver". The MoCo Show.
  37. ^ Winchell, Mark Royden (2000). Where No Flag Flies: Donald Davidson and the Southern Resistance. University of Missouri Press. pp. 56. ISBN 9780826262318.

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