Seattle Preparatory School
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Seattle Preparatory School, popularly known as Seattle Prep is a private Jesuit high school located on Capitol Hill, in Seattle. It was founded in 1891 and has maintained a long history of academic excellence. The school regularly sends some of its students to Ivy League and 'highly selective' universities every year. Seattle Prep uses the Jesuit motto "Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam" ("For the Greater Glory of God") in addition to its school motto "Virtus in Arduis" ("Virtue in Work"). Seattle Prep's long history, excellent academics, and strong athletics are all very well regarded.
|Seattle Preparatory School|
| "Virtus in Arduis"
"Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam"
|2400 11th Avenue East
Seattle, Washington, (King County), 98102
|Type||Private, Coeducational High School|
|Motto||Virtus in Arduis
(Virtue in Work)
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Vice principal||Michael Kelly (student life)
Ms. Kathy Tullis (academics)
|Average class size||13|
|Student to teacher ratio||11:1|
|Color(s)||Blue and White|
|Fight song||"Hail to thee our fighting Panthers"|
|Athletics conference||Metro AAA League|
|Accreditation(s)||Northwest Association of Accredited Schools |
|Newspaper||'The Seattle Prep Panther'|
Seattle Prep was founded in 1891 by two Jesuits, Father Victor Garrand and Father Adrian Sweere, as the School of the Immaculate Conception. Its original location was St. Francis Hall at the corner of 6th Avenue and Spring Street in downtown Seattle, and the school offered both high-school and college-level classes. In 1898, the school changed its name to Seattle College and moved to First Hill, at which point the high school split off as Seattle College High School and moved to its present location. Seattle College High School changed its name to Seattle Preparatory School in 1933; Seattle College changed its name to Seattle University in 1948.
Seattle Prep has an innovative curriculum arrangement with Seattle University wherein students of Seattle Prep can qualify for admission to Seattle University after three years of education at Seattle Prep under the Matteo Ricci College program, named after the 16th Century Jesuit missionary to China Matteo Ricci. Students admitted to Seattle University under the Matteo Ricci College program can acquire a Bachelor of Arts degree after three more years, thus reducing the combined study requirement for the Bachelor of Arts degree to six years, versus eight years in a traditional four year high school and a traditional four year college. Students can then elect a course load at Seattle University with electives which can qualify for a second bachelor's degree with an additional year of study (it is not uncommon for a student to acquire two bachelor's degrees through this program of study, such as one in the humanities and another in the sciences.) This unique curriculum arrangement is fully accredited and has received several awards, including recognition from the prestigious Academy for Educational Development as "one of the twelve most successful educational innovations" in America.
Not all Seattle Prep students elect or are able to pursue the Matteo Ricci program. Instead many pursue a traditional four year course of study at Seattle Prep and then pursue other arrangements (entrance into a four-year college, or a two-year college).
Seattle Prep emphasizes its curriculum for college preparation. Its literature and humanities courses are known as Collegio. Collegio combines the study of literature and social studies into a single interdisciplinary course. Art is taught in AAD (Artistic/Aesthetic Development) and freshman physical education is taught in PPD (Psychological-Physical Development).
A wide variety of extracurricular activities are offered at Seattle Prep including Chess Team, Mock Trial, Dance Team, Yearbook, Newspaper, ASB, Photography Club, One Voice, Global Justice Coalition, National Honors Society, Community Service Club, Philosophy Club, and Drama.
Admissions are based on grades, extracurricular activities, an entrance exam, reference letters, and essays, among other criteria.
Facts and figures
Facts and figures (as of 2008):
- Enrollment: 667
- Faculty: 55
- Faculty with advanced degrees: 90%
- Student/Teacher Ratio: 9.5:1
- Average Class Size: 13
- Percentage of College-Bound Graduates: 99%
- Tuition: 16,725
- Library Volumes: 20,000+
- Tuition Assistance: 1,000,000
Hail to thee our fighting Panthers
As we cheer your rip and roar
As we tear our foes asunder
Our fighting blood yells
More, more, more
By our spirits we have proven
That the Panthers won't give in
So fight, fight, fight, for Adelphia
And the Blue and White will win 
Magis Christian Service
Seattle Prep has a 4-year requirement of various community service. The four year Magis Christian Service Program at Seattle Prep exposes students to many different forms of service including service to family (freshman), to school (sophomore), to the poor and marginalized (junior), and to leadership for justice (senior).
In the 1950s, McDonnell Hall was added to the existing Adelphia Hall, and in the 1960s, Peyton Hall was added across the parking lot from McDonnell and Adelphia Halls. The McHugh Gymnasium was built in front of Adelphia Hall and opened in 1983, a result of the school's first major fundraising campaign. Funds from this campaign were used to remodel the third floor of Adelphia Hall for improved science facilities. During this time the library, which then became known as Loyola Library, was moved to Peyton Hall.
There were several major additions to Seattle Prep in the late 1990s. A new underground parking garage was built to replace the old parking lot, which was replaced by a grass quad. In addition, St. Ignatius Hall was erected across from Peyton and McDonnell Halls.
In 2007, the PACCAR Commons (Donated by the Pigott family) were completed, including new office space where reception desks and a sick room would be included. As of March 2007, construction was completed on the Thomas Healy, S.J. Theater and Classrooms. This was the first major renovation since the addition of St. Ignatius Hall. The theater, which also serves the school as a location where liturgies/masses to be held, features an orchestra pit. This orchestra pit runs on hydraulics, moving up and down for various uses, including the transportation of heavy equipment. The workout rooms and locker rooms were also altered in this remodel. The space below the theater is used for classroom space for the arts classes, a sacristy (to be used for liturgies and masses), and weight/workout rooms.
In 2008, specific sections of the pathways around the campus plaza were redone. Additionally, electronic doors were installed on several major entrances to accommodate for students needing assistance opening doors.
The Seattle Preparatory School mascot is the panther.
Entries on this list should either have an accompanying existing article link which verifies they are an alumnus, or reliable sources as footnotes against the name.
- Amanda Knox, famously imprisoned by Perugia authorities for four years
- Greg Nickels, former mayor of Seattle
- Mike McGavick, former CEO of Safeco and Former Republican candidate for the United States Senate
- Don Kardong, Olympic marathon runner
- Tom Gorman, professional tennis player
- Martell Webster, professional basketball player, Washington Wizards
- Spencer Hawes, professional basketball player, Philadelphia 76ers
- Bryce Fisher, professional football player, Tennessee Titans
- John Marchione, mayor of Redmond, Washington
- John McKay, former US Attorney for the Western District Of Washington http://www.law.seattleu.edu/x2991.xml
- John Spellman, governor of the State of Washington, 1981-1985 http://www.nndb.com/people/459/000122093/
- Grant Gauger, Professor of Neurosurgery at University of California, San Francisco http://neurosurgery.ucsf.edu/index.php/about_us_faculty_gauger.html
Seattle Prep Athletics and Activities
Seattle Prep has a mixed athletic tradition, winning numerous league and state titles in many different men's and women's sports. As of 2010, by size Prep is a high-end 1A class school, but plays up in 3A classification.
The girls' soccer team has had unprecedented success at Prep. Led by Hall of Fame coach, Andy Hendricks, the girls are back-to-back State Champions (2011 and 2012) and have four other appearances in the State Championship game.
The girls basketball team has qualified for State an astonishing 14 years in a row, winning it all in 2002.
Prep's volleyball team dominated the early part of the new century winning three straight state titles from 2001–2003, and returned to the champions cirlce in 2010.
The boys' basketball team won State Titles in 2000 and 2006 and narrowly missed another title in 2012 losing in the State Championship game. The team has qualified for State 6 of the last 7 seasons. Prep boys' basketball has a rich tradition of players who have gone on to star in college and the NBA, including Spencer Hawes(UW and Philadelphia 76ers), Martell Webster(Minnesota Timberwolves), Erik Bond(St. Mary's College and Cal), Patrick Nyeko(Nevada), David Emslie(Santa Clara), Jeffrey Day(Creighton and UW), Chad Troyer(Pacific), Mitch Brewe(UC Santa Barbara) and a number of other players at DII and DIII schools.
Prep men's cross country team won the title in 1966 (led by future 4th place finisher in the Montreal Olympics marathon Don Kardong), 1972 and 2000. Under current coaches Dr. John "Doc" Robertson and Mr. Savage, Prep's men's cross country teams have finished as one of the top four 3A teams for every year but one since 1996. During that span, Prep never placed lower than second in the Metro League. 2006 saw Prep gain its first All-American in cross country, Max O'Donoghue-McDonald, who placed 15th at the Footlocker Nationals meet. Max also broke a longstanding Lower Woodland course record, clocking 15:22 for the 5 kilometer distance. Also in 2006, Prep won its first women's Metro League team title.
Athletics is not the only programming that has experienced success amongst the best in the state.
The Mock Trial program boasts nine state titles in the last eleven years (winning State in 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013). They have gone on to compete at the National High School Mock Trial Championship each of these years, finishing in the top ten in 2003, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. In 2009 the team placed 3rd in the country.
The Prep Chess Team has played in the Washington High School State Team Championship in each of the past 17 years. Its highest finishes were 2nd (2002), 3rd (2009), 5th (2005 and 2010), and 6th (1999). In 1999, they also won the Metro Championship.
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