Bishop McDevitt High School (Wyncote, Pennsylvania)

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Bishop McDevitt High School
125 Royal Avenue
Wyncote, (Montgomery County), Pennsylvania 19095
United States
Coordinates 40°5′39″N 75°9′20″W / 40.09417°N 75.15556°W / 40.09417; -75.15556Coordinates: 40°5′39″N 75°9′20″W / 40.09417°N 75.15556°W / 40.09417; -75.15556
Type Private, coeducational
Motto Maria Impende Juvamen
(Mary, bestow your aid.)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1958
School district Archdiocese of Philadelphia
President Dr. Matthew Powell
Principal Patricia Rooney
Faculty 25
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 475 (2014)
Student to teacher ratio 21:1
Color(s) Gold (color) and White         
Athletics conference Philadelphia Catholic League
Mascot Royal Lancers
Team name Royal Lancers
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Newspaper The Royalist
Yearbook The Realm
Tuition $7,050 (2016-2017)
Alumni 15,560+
Admissions Director Megan Gerhard
Athletic Director Patrick Manzi

Bishop McDevitt High School is a private, comprehensive, co-educational Roman Catholic high school in the Wyncote community in Cheltenham Township, Pennsylvania, United States. It is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia.


The school serves grades nine through twelve with a diverse[clarification needed] mix of students with an academic program grounded in the teachings and formations of the Catholic faith.

It is accredited by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Current[when?] enrollment is 475 students, with a student-teacher ratio of 21 to 1. The faculty consists of lay and religious men and women, the majority of whom hold advanced degrees in their area of specialization.[2]


Bishop McDevitt High School was dedicated on December 8, 1958, and opened to students the following day. The school celebrated its first graduating class in June 1961. The school added vocational and technical education in 1965; won Philadelphia Catholic League marching band title in 1965; won its first boys' Philadelphia Catholic League title in 1966; became co-educational in September 1970; won its first girls' Philadelphia Catholic League title in 1979; welcomed its first lay principal in 1985; opened its first computer lab in 1987; achieved its Middle States accreditation in 1988; started a Development Office and Alumni Association in 1989; and moved into open enrollment and a restructured president and principal model of administration in 1993.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Frank Rizzo Jr. - member of Philadelphia City Council
  • Paul F. Tompkins '86 - American comedian, actor and writer
  • Chris Conlin - All-American football player at Penn State University, NFL player with the Miami Dolphins
  • Cindy Griffin '87 - women's head basketball coach at St. Joseph's University

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ MSA-CSS. "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". Archived from the original on December 2, 2011. Retrieved May 23, 2009.
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