Bishop McDevitt High School (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania)

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Bishop McDevitt High School
1 Crusader Way
Lower Paxton Township
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17111
United States
Coordinates 40°16′29.8″N 76°47′30″W / 40.274944°N 76.79167°W / 40.274944; -76.79167Coordinates: 40°16′29.8″N 76°47′30″W / 40.274944°N 76.79167°W / 40.274944; -76.79167
Type Private
Motto "Moral and Catholic, Challenging, Diverse"
(In Religion's Garden Grows Wisdom)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1918
Oversight Diocese of Harrisburg
Principal Sister Mary Anne Bednar, I.H.M
Chaplain Rev. Kevin Coyle
Faculty 60
Grades 9-12
Gender Coeducational
Enrollment 842 (2008)
Student to teacher ratio 14:1
Color(s) Blue and Vegas Gold         
Song Alma Mater
Sports football, basketball, baseball, soccer, field hockey, baseball, softball, wrestling, golf, lacrosse, swimming, tennis, and track and field (previously bowling)
Mascot Crusader
Team name Crusaders
Rival Harrisburg
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Publication The Larch
Newspaper The Twin Towers
Yearbook Pridwen
Principal of Academics Catherine Pagliaro
Principal of Student Services Cheryl Reider
Admissions Director Jill Hanes
Athletic Director Tom Mealy

Bishop McDevitt High School is a private, coeducational Catholic high school of the Diocese of Harrisburg, located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States. The school was founded in 1918 and renamed in 1957 to honor the memory of the Most Reverend Philip R. McDevitt, fourth bishop of Harrisburg and founder of the school.[2] Bishop McDevitt has an enrollment of over 850 students in grades 9th through 12th and around 60 full-time faculty.[3] On January 7, 2013 the new Bishop McDevitt High School opened on 1 Crusader Way. It replaced the historic building at 2200 Market Street after 70 years. Since the new facility's introduction, there have especially been several long time staff members and teachers who have left the school. The school's decisions have also been very controversial recently, causing the school to make national headlines several times.


Bishop McDevitt is a part of PIAA District III. McDevitt is known for its athletics especially the football team. Other sports at McDevitt include: Boys & Girls Basketball, Boys & Girls Soccer, Coed Cross Country, Coed Track & Field, Coed Golf, Field Hockey, Boys & Girls Tennis, Wrestling, Coed Swimming, Coed Bowling, Cheerleading, Ice Hockey, Volleyball, Baseball, Softball, and Lacrosse.

  • 1995 State AA Football Champions
  • 2005 & 2006 District 3 Football Champions
  • 2009 State AA Boys Track & Field Champions
  • 2010, 2011 & 2012 District 3 Football Champions and State Runner-up
  • 2010 MidPenn Champions Girls Track and Field
  • 2011 District 3 AA Girls Track & Field Champions
  • 2011 Conference Undefeated Title Girls Track and Field
  • 2011 MidPenn Champions Girls Track and Field
  • 2012 District 3 AA Girls Soccer Champions

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ MSA-CSS. "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". Archived from the original on 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2009-05-23. 
  2. ^ "History of Bishop McDevitt". Bishop McDevitt High School. 2006. Archived from the original on 2006-08-19. Retrieved 2006-12-18. 
  3. ^ Private School Review (2006). "Bishop McDevitt High School profile". Retrieved 2006-12-18. 
  4. ^ Biological Sciences, Lehigh University. "Department position on evolution and intelligent design". Retrieved 2016-01-03. 
  5. ^ Matt Miller. "Ex-Mayor Reed corruption case to be back in court next week". Retrieved 2016-01-12.