Eastside Catholic School

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Eastside Catholic School
Eastside Catholic School Logo.png
232 228th Avenue SE
Sammamish, Washington, U.S.
Coordinates 47°36′25″N 122°01′33″W / 47.60694°N 122.02583°W / 47.60694; -122.02583 (Eastside Catholic School)Coordinates: 47°36′25″N 122°01′33″W / 47.60694°N 122.02583°W / 47.60694; -122.02583 (Eastside Catholic School)
Type Private, Coeducational
secondary school
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1980[1]
CEEB Code 480067[2]
President vacant (formerly Sister Mary E. Tracy)[3][4]
Principal Polly Skinner [4]
Chaplain Father William Heric[4]
Faculty 120[5]
Grades 612[5]
Enrollment 935[5] (2013-2014)
Average class size 20[5]
Student to teacher ratio 13:1[5]
Campus size 50 acres (20 ha) [5]
Campus type Suburban
Color(s) Orange, Navy Blue         
Fight song Catch the Spirit
of Eastside Catholic
(Mighty Oregon) [6]
Athletics WIAA
Athletics conference Metro 3A
Sports Football, Volleyball, Baseball, Track and Field, Cross Country, Fastpitch, Basketball, Lacrosse, Swimming, Wrestling, Special Olympics Bowling and Tennis.[7]
Mascot Crusader[7]
Nickname "EC"
"Eastside Catholic"
Accreditation Northwest Association of Independent Schools,[1]
Northwest Accreditation Commission,[1]
Newspaper The Insider
Tuition $18,995 [8]
Alumni more than 3,500[5]
Dean of Students Jeff Rodenburg, Amber Johnson[4]
Director of Admissions Charlene Kletzly[4]
Athletic Director Jeremy Thielbar[4]

Eastside Catholic School is a private Catholic secondary school located in Sammamish, Washington, a suburb east of Seattle. It has a faith-based educational program for students in grades 6 through 12. Founded by parents in 1980, the school is governed by an elected board of trustees. It is located in the Archdiocese of Seattle and is accredited by the state of Washington, the Northwest Association of Independent Schools and the Northwest Association of Schools. It is also a member of the National Catholic Education Association. The school has approximately 935 students in grades 6–12 and employs 120 faculty members and four counselors.[5] The Eastside Catholic athletics mascot is the Crusader and the school colors are orange and navy blue.


Eastside Catholic campus in spring

The idea for Eastside Catholic originated in 1974 and the new school opened its doors in 1980 in downtown Bellevue.

For the first nine years, the campus was south of the Bellevue Square mall, at the former Bellevue Junior High School (old Bellevue High), now the Downtown Park.[9]

The next campus was also rented from the Bellevue School District at the former Ringdall Junior High (1970–87) at 11650 SE 60th Street in Newport Hills. Eastside Catholic was located at that campus for nineteen years, from 1989 to June 2008.

In August 2008 Eastside Catholic opened a new $42 million campus in the city of Sammamish. The school also included an expansion to include grades 6–8.[1]

The school made headlines when the resignation of vice-principal Mark Zmuda was announced in December 2013.[10] Media reports said he was asked to resign because of his same-sex marriage in July 2013. Over 400 students conducted a sit-in protest in his support with teachers giving their consent as well.[11] The school stated in a letter to parents that "Mark's same-sex marriage over the summer violated his employment contract with the school" and that they had been "directed to comply with the teachings of the church".[12] In response to the student's protest, the school administration stated that students would be sent home for any additional campus protests[13] This failed to quell the controversy, and on January 22, 2014, the president of the school resigned.[3] The school board of trustees accepted her resignation, saying that "For Sister Mary it was a difficult but necessary decision so that a new leader can be brought in to ensure the entire Eastside Catholic community is on a positive path forward."[3] They have since removed all references to the school's anti-discrimination policy from its website.[14]

Sporting Championships[edit]

Eastside Catholic has won two state titles:[citation needed]

  • 2010: Division II Girls Lacrosse
  • 1984: Girls Cross Country

Fight song[edit]

Catch the Spirit Eastside Catholic,
The Crusaders won't be beat,
Our opponents learn the lesson
As we push them to defeat.

Give 'em all we've got and then some!
They'll remember Eastside's name.
As we're marching on to victory,
As Crusaders win this game![6]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "School History". Eastside Catholic High School. Retrieved 2013-09-13. 
  2. ^ "High School Code Lookup". Vanderbilt University. Retrieved 2009-09-19. 
  3. ^ a b c "Catholic School President Resigns after Gay Vice Principal's Ouster", CBS News, January 22, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Eastside Catholic Faculty and Staff". Eastside Catholic School. Retrieved 2013-09-14. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h "School Quick Facts". Eastside Catholic School. Retrieved 2013-09-19. 
  6. ^ a b "School Fight Song". Eastside Catholic School. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  7. ^ a b "Eastside Catholic Athletics". Eastside Catholic School. Retrieved 2009-03-26. 
  8. ^ "EC Tuition/Financial Aid/Scholarships". Eastside Catholic School. Retrieved 2009-03-26. 
  9. ^ Eastside Heritage Center - Bellevue Schools Timeline - accessed 2013-09-19
  10. ^ "Mark Zmuda Personnel Action Letter". Retrieved 2013-12-23. 
  11. ^ "Gay vice principal dismissed by Catholic school, 400 students walk out". KIRO TV. Retrieved 2013-12-19. 
  12. ^ Turnbull, Lornet (19 December 2013). "Eastside Catholic students rally around ousted vice principal". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  13. ^ Langeler, John (6 January 2013). "Eastside Catholic back to school; will discipline protesting students". King5.com. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  14. ^ http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/08/gay-vice-principal-sues-seattle-area-school-that-fired-him
  15. ^ a b "Alumni News". Eastside Catholic High School. Retrieved 2009-04-11. 
  16. ^ "Suzanne Patmore-Gibbs". ABC. Retrieved 2009-09-19. 
  17. ^ "About Us". Northwest Distillery. Retrieved 2009-12-10. 
  18. ^ Brendan Fraser at the Internet Movie Database
  19. ^ "Player Bio: Nick Hundley". University of Arizona. Retrieved 2010-05-24. 
  20. ^ "Eastside Catholic Spring Sports". Seattle Times. Retrieved 2010-05-24. 
  21. ^ "Nick Hundley, San Diego Padres, MLB". CBS. Retrieved 2010-05-24. 

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