St. John's College High School
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|St. John's College High School|
Religio, Scientia (Latin)
|2607 Military Road, NW
Chevy Chase, Washington DC, 20015
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic
|President||Mr. Jeffrey Mancabelli|
|Principal||Bro. Michael Andrejko|
|Asst. Principal||Christopher Themistos
|Faculty||75, with 70% hold a master’s degree or higher|
|Campus size||30 acres (120,000 m2)|
|Color(s)||Scarlet and Gray|
|Dean of Students||Courtney Hall|
|Dean of Academics||Shannon Egan|
|Admissions Director||Susan Hinton|
|Athletic Director||Brian Griffin|
|Head of JROTC Program||CSM McConnell|
|JROTC website||JROTC website|
|Website||St. John's College High School|
St. John's College High School in Washington, D.C., established in 1851, is the second oldest Catholic Christian Brother's school in the United States, and the oldest Army JROTC school. It was founded by Brother John of Mary, F.S.C., and two other Christian Brothers in St. Matthew's parish, 15th and G Streets.
- 1 History
- 2 Curriculum and statistics
- 3 Athletics
- 4 St. John's College High School JROTC Regiment
- 5 Notable alumni
- 6 References
The second oldest Christian Brothers school in the United States, St. John's College was established for young men by Brother John of Mary, F.S.C., and two other Christian Brothers in St. Matthew's parish, 15th and G Streets NW. The three men had been members of the faculty of Calvert Hall College, Baltimore, since its founding in 1845.
A JROTC program, that is now optional, was established in 1915 under the guidance of the United States Army and Major J. Dupray. In addition to regular classroom instruction, cadets participate in regional and national competitions as members of Raiders, the Drill team (called the "McGovern Rifles", see Notable alumni below) and rifle team (Marksmanship club) and Color guard. The Regiment participates in many events each year, such as the annual Cherry Blossom Parade, and Presidential inaugurations (including the 2005 Inauguration of George W. Bush). As of 2005[update], 50 percent of the students participate in the JROTC Program.
Because of space limitations, the Brothers moved the school to Carroll Hall at 10th and G Streets NW in 1866 at the invitation of Father Walter. In 1868, the Brothers returned to St. Matthew's parish at the request of Father Charles White, who had built a new school named St. Matthew's Institute at the corner of 16th and L Streets NW.
In 1878, the Brothers purchased the 1225 Vermont Avenue NW site of St. John's from the estate of General Montgomery C. Meigs. In August of the same year, the construction of the building was begun. At first it was known as St. John's Collegiate Institute, and finally, in 1887, it assumed its title of St. John's College. In that year, the college as incorporated under the District of Columbia statutes with the power to confer the academic degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts. At the commencement of June 24, 1892, the bachelor's degree was conferred on six young men.
As the undergraduate departments of The Catholic University of America and Georgetown University expanded, it was decided in 1921 by the Board of Trustees of St. John's to discontinue the college department and devote the school facilities to secondary education alone. In the meantime, St. John's did pioneer work in commercial education by opening a school of commerce and finance at 13th and Massachusetts Avenue NW. Three years after the college department was discontinued, the annex building, housing the gym, swimming pool, and freshman classes, was built.
St. John's grew for the next thirty years, until it became apparent that the Vermont Avenue facilities were no longer adequate. With further expansion in mind, the Brothers purchased the present campus bounded by Rock Creek Park. This property, together with the mansion located there, provided sufficient space for the freshman classes and athletic events.
As the Vermont Avenue buildings became less useful, the Brothers decided to build a new school on the Military Road Campus. The new St. John's opened to more than one thousand students in September 1959.
In 1991 St. John's became a co-educational military optional institution.
Curriculum and statistics
St. John’s enrolls a student body that is ethnically and economically diverse. The student population of approximately 1,140 students is drawn from many communities in the Washington metropolitan area. A number of international students attend each year as well.
|Laboratory Science||3 years|
|Social Studies||3 years|
|Modern Language||2 years|
In 2005 there are 280 students in the ninth grade; 281 in the tenth grade; 271 in the eleventh grade; and 246 in the twelfth grade. In 2009 there are approximately 276 students in the sophomore class.
The average class size is twenty-three students. Admission to St. John’s is selective.[clarification needed] Approximately thirty-five percent of students receive some form of financial assistance. There are 75 faculty members, 70% of whom hold a master’s degree or higher.
The Benilde Program enrolls students with diagnosed learning differences. Students in this program attend regular classes and can participate fully in the co-curricular life of the school, but have scheduled time for assistance and skill-building; they are not grouped together in one class, but are integrated in their grade.
The De La Salle Scholars Program is a four-year academic program that provides opportunities for in-depth study, small group discussion, and interdisciplinary, independent and experiential learning. All students must complete a senior project in order to graduate.
There are two semesters in the St. John’s academic year. The final grade earned for a course is the average of the two semester grades. Semester grades are determined using the following formula: Quarter 1 (40%) + Quarter 2 (40%) + Semester Exam (20%). The following scale is used to determine letter grades:
The middle 75% of the class of 2003 scored between 600 and 610 on the verbal section of the SAT, and between and 600 on the math section.
Advanced Placement and Honors programs
St. John's teams play in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference.
The 2008 St. John's vs. Gonzaga College High School football game was recognized as one of the top 25 rivalries in the nation by inclusion into the Great American Rivalry Series. In 2013 the football team beat their rival Gonzaga and made it to the WCAC championship game[clarification needed] for the first time in over 20 years, where they lost to the DeMatha Stags, 10-31.
In 2007, the St. John's girls soccer team was ranked #1 in the nation in early September. After finishing with two losses for the season, they were ranked #5. In 2011 they were ranked #15 in the nation at the end of the season.
A new field with multipurpose for football was installed in the summer of 2009.
St. John's College High School JROTC Regiment
St. John's is home to one of the nation's first 100 US Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program. A mandatory military program was established in 1915 under the guidance of the U.S. Army and Major J. Dupray, the program is now optional today with 1/3 of the student body enrolled. The St. John's Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps is one of the 100 original programs established by the U.S. Congress in 1915. Since its inception over 90 years ago, the mission of the St. John's JROTC program has been to motivate students to become better citizens with the goals of developing leadership, citizenship, self-confidence and discipline.
Students are enrolled in one credited class per year while participating in the JROTC program. In addition to regular classroom instruction, students may also participate in challenging and fun activities throughout the year. Cadets participate in regional and nation competitions as members of the Raiders Team, Drill Team, Rifle Team, and the Color Guard. Furthermore, cadets may join the Regimental Band, and a limited number of cadets may attend an adventure-oriented summer camp. One of the highlights of the year is the annual Regimental Ball (The Regiment just held its 88th Regimental Ball). Each year the JROTC Regiment marches on the football field prior to the annual football game between St. John's and Gonzaga. In May the Regiment undergoes its annual federal inspections (AFI). The St. John's JROTC Regiment is an Honor Unit with Distinction, the highest unit award possible for any JROTC unit. The JROTC motto is "To motivate young people to become better citizens."
The McGovern brothers
First Lieutenant Robert M. McGovern (class of 1946) and Second Lieutenant Jerome F. McGovern (class of 1948). Robert was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Korean War and Jerome was awarded the Silver Star for his actions in the Korean War. They died in 1951 within 11 days of each other. The St. John's Drill Team is named "The McGovern Rifles" in honor of them. Their medals are on display at the school.
- Archbishop Philip Hannan (class of 1931), former Archbishop of New Orleans; a pioneer in Catholic media and advisor to presidents and popes.
- Joseph Rinaldi (class of 1944), jazz musician, he spent his early years with Big Bands such as Gene Krupa and Harry James; later fronted his own Dixieland band, The Foggy Bottom Six, as well as The Joe Rinaldi Jazz Quintet.
- Michael P.C. Carns (class of 1955), four-star general; director of the Joint Staff of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
- Patrick Noonan (class of 1960), conservation pioneer in bringing business and environmental interests together; Founder and Chairman Emeritus of The Conservation Fund.
- Bobby Lewis (class of 1963), basketball player. He was a Parade All-American in high school, an All-ACC and All-American selection at the University of North Carolina in 1966 and 1967, and played in the NBA for the San Francisco Warriors (3 seasons) and Cleveland Cavaliers (1 season).
- Tom McGrath (class of 1972), Producer of films "The Princess Bride" and "Stand By Me." Former COO of Viacom Entertainment Group (Paramount Pictures), currently chairman of Broadway.com and producer of the 2010 productions of "Hair" and "West Side Story."
- Tim Brant SJC Hall of Fame. Award winning commentator at ABC Sports
- Jim Speros, Clemson Football, youngest NFL assistant coach in league history, Super Bowl winning strength coach with the Washington Redskins, owner of the Baltimore Stallions and the Montreal Alouettes, owner of UFL expansion franchise in Norfolk, VA.
- Shane Salerno, screenwriter and producer of blockbuster motion pictures, such as Armageddon, Shaft, Ghost Rider, Alien vs. Predator and others. Salerno was the first write-in class President at St. John's since it was founded in 1851. Also co-captain of football team.
- James "Jim" Kimsey, first chairman and CEO of AOL
- Kevin Plank (class of 1990), founder and owner of Under Armour, a performance apparel company.
- Norman "Mr. Notch" Howell (class of 1993), hip-hop, R&B, reggae, dancehall and reggaeton artist; he was the founding member and lead singer of reggae duo Born Jamericans signed to Delicious Vinyl.
- Dwayne Anderson (class 2004), played basketball at Villanova sending them to the Final Four during the 2008/2009 season; now plays overseas.
- Marissa Coleman (class of 2005). She currently plays for the University of Maryland, College Park; three-time first-team All-Met player; she was the All-Met player of the year her senior season; Washington, D.C. girls Gatorade player of the year her junior and senior season; 2-time Parade All-American; McDonald's and WBCA All-American; MVP of WBCA All-American game; ACC Rookie of the Year; NCAA second team All-American; the only player in UM basketball history to record a triple double in a game. She was drafted second overall in the 2009 WNBA Draft by the Washington Mystics.
- Chris Wright (class of 2007), plays for Georgetown University; one of only two people to be a three time All-Met selection, competed at the McDonald's All American Game as well as other various tournaments.
- Perry Currin, Former MLB player (St. Louis Browns)
- L.J. Hoes, Current MLB player (Houston Astros) (Class of 2008) 
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- called the Rangers until changed in 1994
- Parker, Brandon. "DeMatha tops St. John’s to capture first WCAC football championship since 2008". http://www.washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
- Coach Joe Patterson enters his fifth season at the helm. From the St. John's website. Retrieved on November 25, 2007.
- NSCAA/Adidas National and Regional Rankings: National 2nd Poll. National Soccer Coaches Association of America (September 18, 2007). Retrieved on November 25, 2007.
- NSCAA/Adidas National and Regional Rankings: Final Regular Season Poll. National Soccer Coaches Association of America (September 18, 2007). Retrieved on November 25, 2007.
- "About James Kimsey". Kimsey Foundation. Retrieved October 12, 2007.
- Graham, Scott; Staff (December 26, 2003). "The man behind the 'armour'". Baltimore Business Journal. Retrieved October 12, 2007.
- "Washington Post Spring 2008 All Met - Baseball". The Washington Post.
- St. John's College High School website
- St. John's JROTC Program website
- Brotherhood of Soldiers at War – The McGovern Brothers
- The McGovern Brothers
- Jim Speros UFL Norfolk ESPN Story