Bishop Blanchet High School

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Bishop Blanchet High School
8200 Wallingford Avenue North
Seattle, Washington, (King County) 98103
United States
Coordinates 47°41′21″N 122°20′08″W / 47.68930°N 122.33551°W / 47.68930; -122.33551Coordinates: 47°41′21″N 122°20′08″W / 47.68930°N 122.33551°W / 47.68930; -122.33551
Type Private, Coeducational
Motto Fons sapientiae verbum Dei
(The fount of knowledge is the word of God.)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1954
Oversight Archdiocese of Seattle
President Antonio DeSapio
Principal Polly Skinner (Interim)
Faculty 73
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 941[1] (2013–14)
Average class size 22
Student to teacher ratio 12:1
Color(s) Green and Gold         
Slogan Tradition of Faith, Scholarship and Service.
Athletics conference Metropolitan (3A)
Mascot Braves
Team name Braves
Rivals Seattle Prep, O'Dea, Holy Names
Accreditation Northwest Accreditation Commission[2]
Publication Voices (Literary Magazine)
Newspaper Miter
Yearbook Pallium

Bishop Blanchet High School is a coed Catholic high school located just north of Green Lake in Seattle, United States. The school was founded in 1954 by the Archdiocese of Seattle, and named for the first bishop of the diocese, A.M.A. Blanchet (1797–1887). Originally named Blanchet High School, in 1999 the title Bishop was added to make the school easily identified as Catholic.[3]

Bishop Blanchet has an enrollment of approximately 940 students, 80% of whom are Catholic. The school employs 73 teachers, 69 of them full-time. Most students come from Archdiocesan elementary schools, and abroad countries representing a broad geographic area.


97% of students take 3 or more years of Mathematics, and 95% take 4 years. 86% of students take 3 or more years of science. Approximately 50% of students attend Honors or Advanced Placement classes. Bishop Blanchet offers Honors or Advanced Placement classes in Language Arts 1, 2, 3, and 4, Geometry, Advanced Algebra, Trig, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, United States History, Political Science, Studio Art, Spanish, French, German, and Japanese. 12 AP courses are offered as well as 12 honors courses. To graduate a student must have 52 credits including: 2 Art, 2 Business, 8 English, 6 Math, 4 PE, 8 Theology, 4 Science, 6 Social Studies, 4 Language, and 8 Elective.

Approximately 99% of Bishop Blanchet graduates continue on to higher education.[4]


The School underwent a technology upgrade over the summer of 2013 to accommodate their 1 to 1 iPad Program. This included school wide Wi-Fi connectivity and a new technology learning center in the library.


Bishop Blanchet High School has an athletics program. All Freshman and Sophomores take a PE class, though one semester can be waived. Blanchet has 36 teams in 17 interscholastic sports, and as of March 2016 had won 164 League Championships.[4]


More than 50% of students engage in performing and visual arts and music during the school year. Blanchet's drama program has been nationally recognized[by whom?] as one of the best programs in the Pacific Northwest.[citation needed] Many band, choir, drama and visual arts courses are available for students. The Drama department has a state of the art "black box" theater in the school where the fall play, one acts, improv, classes and rehearsals take place. In the spring Blanchet performs a musical at the Moore Theatre which has over 50 students involved. In 2008, Bishop Blanchet High School's Drama Program was awarded "The Top High School Theatre Program in the Northwest" by Stage Directions Magazine.[5] Over eighty percent of students take part in "co-curricular activities".

The Miter[edit]

Bishop Blanchet's student newspaper, The Miter, is published every month during the school year. It is open to freelance reporters and Miter staff (through the Journalism class). They publish all of their articles on the newspaper's website.[6]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Blanchet students are encouraged to take part in sports, clubs, and activities. Every single student at Blanchet partakes in some kind of extracurricular activity.[clarification needed] Popular activities include cross country, football, basketball, track, soccer, swimming, Lacrosse, Baseball, Bowling, Ping Pong, the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Diversity Club, Freshmen Welcome and Retreat, Kairos (retreat), International Thespian Society, drama activities, Orchestra, Pep Band, Chamber Choir, Jazz Band, Jazz Choir, Chess Club, Knowledge Bowl, Speech and Debate Club, French Club, Japanese Club, Spanish Club, and German Club.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Bishop Blanchet High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 8 March 2016. 
  2. ^ NAAS. "Northwest Association of Accredited Schools". Archived from the original on January 25, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-29. 
  3. ^ Smith, Craig (1999-11-23). "Prep Beat -- Blanchet High Adds `Bishop' To Name". The Seattle Times. 
  4. ^ a b "At a Glance". Bishop Blanchet High School. Retrieved 8 March 2016. 
  5. ^ "Five Five-Star Theatre Programs". Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  6. ^ "The Miter". Bishop Blanchet High School. Retrieved June 2, 2014.  (school newspaper)