Bishop McDevitt High School (Wyncote, Pennsylvania)

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Bishop McDevitt High School
125 Royal Avenue
Wyncote, Pennsylvania, (Montgomery County), 19095
United States
Coordinates 40°5′39″N 75°9′20″W / 40.09417°N 75.15556°W / 40.09417; -75.15556Coordinates: 40°5′39″N 75°9′20″W / 40.09417°N 75.15556°W / 40.09417; -75.15556
Type Private, Coeducational
Motto Maria Impende Juvamen
(Mary, bestow your aid.)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1958
School district Archdiocese of Philadelphia
President Stephen Finley
Principal Mary Kirby
Asst. Principal Lisa Ford
Vincent Cacia
Faculty 25
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 475 (2014)
Student to teacher ratio 21:1
Color(s) Gold (color) and White         
Athletics conference Philadelphia Catholic League
Mascot Lancer
Team name Royal Lancers
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Newspaper 'The Royalist'
Yearbook 'The Realm'
Tuition $6,450 (Catholic, 2014) $7,700 (Non-Catholic, 2014)
Alumni 15,560+
Admissions Director Mary Beth Garrity
Athletic Director Patrick Manzi

Bishop McDevitt High School is a private, Roman Catholic high school in the Wyncote community in Cheltenham Township, Pennsylvania, United States. It is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia.


Bishop McDevitt Catholic High School is a comprehensive, coeducational diocesan secondary school of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia serving grades nine through twelve. The school is located in Wyncote, Cheltenham Township, a beautiful and quiet setting that allows our school community the opportunity to work in a safe environment conductive to higher learning. It serves a diverse mix of students with a rigorous academic program grounded in the teachings and formations of the Catholic faith. Bishop McDevitt Catholic High School emphasizes life-long learning and critical thinking skills that are supported by the latest technology and implemented by a caring and dedicated staff.

Bishop McDevitt Catholic High School is accrecdited by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Current enrollment is 475 students, with a student-teacher ratio of 21 to 1. The Faculty consists of dedicated lay and religious men and women, the majority of whom hold advanced degrees in their area of specialization.[2]


Bishop McDevitt High School was dedicated on December 8, 1958 and began its services to students the following day. The school celebrated its first graduating class in June, 1961. Soon after, McDevitt established many wonderful and lasting traditions now cherished by all who walked the halls. The school added vocational and technical education in 1965; won its first boy Philadelphia Catholic League title in 1966; became coeducational in September of 1970; won its first girls Philadelphia Catholic League title in 1979; welcomed its first lay principal in 1985; opened its first computer lab in 1987; achieved its Middle States accreditation in 1988; started a Development Office and Alumni Association in 1989; and moved into open enrollment and a restructured president and principal model of administration in 1993. In 2010, we welcomed Our Lady of Confidence to McDevitt, a special education school that is located on the ground floor of our building.

Today, the school’s rich history of success continues. Bishop McDevitt maintains a well-deserved reputation for providing an outstanding academic, faith-based education for young men and women in both the local and global communities. The student body is loyal, involved, and motivated to succeed. The faculty is dedicated and faithful to the school’s mission of Catholic education and continuous development. Parents and alumni are supportive in their desire to advance the school. Separately, each group plays a role in our school’s success. Collectively, they are the reason why Bishop McDevitt Catholic High School is such a thriving institution.[3]

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