DeMatha Catholic High School

Coordinates: 38°57′29″N 76°56′32″W / 38.95806°N 76.94222°W / 38.95806; -76.94222
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DeMatha Catholic High School
4313 Madison Street


Coordinates38°57′29″N 76°56′32″W / 38.95806°N 76.94222°W / 38.95806; -76.94222
TypePrivate, College-prep
MottoFaith Filled Gentlemen & Scholars
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Patron saint(s)St. John of Matha
FounderTrinitarian Order
School districtArchdiocese of Washington Catholic Schools[1]
PrincipalDaniel McMahon
Student to teacher ratio12:1
Campus size10 acres (40,000 m2)
Campus typeSuburban
Color(s)Red and blue    
SongDeMatha Forever!
Fight songOne DeMatha
Athletics conferenceWashington Catholic Athletic Conference
AccreditationMiddle States Association of Colleges and Schools[2]
Publication"Red & Blue Review" and "DeMatha Express"
NewspaperThe DeMatha Stagline

DeMatha Catholic High School is a four-year Catholic high school for boys located in Hyattsville, Maryland, United States. Named after John of Matha, DeMatha is under the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington and is a member of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference.


The United States Department of Education recognized DeMatha as a Blue Ribbon School in 1984 and 1991.[3]

Music program[edit]

According to the school's website, the music program includes "five concert bands, three choruses, three percussion ensembles, three string orchestras, six levels of music theory, and a History of Rock and Roll class" plus "two jazz ensembles, a pep band for basketball games, a gospel choir, as well as numerous small ensembles."[4]


Sports Illustrated recognized DeMatha as the #2 high school athletic program in the United States in 2005,[5] and again in 2007.[6]

Morgan Wootten Gymnasium

Notable alumni[edit]


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