DeMatha Catholic High School
|DeMatha Catholic High School|
4313 Madison Street
|Motto||Faith Filled Gentlemen & Scholars|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Patron saint(s)||St. John of Matha|
|School district||Archdiocese of Washington Catholic Schools|
|Student to teacher ratio||12:1|
|Campus size||10 acres (40,000 m2)|
|Color(s)||Red and blue|
|Fight song||One DeMatha|
|Athletics conference||Washington Catholic Athletic Conference|
|Accreditation||Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Publication||"Red & Blue Review" and "DeMatha Express"|
|Newspaper||The DeMatha Stagline|
DeMatha Catholic High School, named after John of Matha, is a four-year Catholic high school for boys located in Hyattsville, Maryland, United States. A member of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, DeMatha is under the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington.
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."
- Sister Susan Rose Francois (1990), known for tweeting a daily non-violent prayer for President Trump, and for Nuns on the Bus
Arts and entertainment
- Peter Bay (1974), conductor-music director of the Austin Symphony Orchestra
- Bob Bates (1971), designer of games for Infocom, Legend Entertainment, and Zynga
- Daniel DeWeldon (1989), film producer, actor and writer Actors Studio
- James Brown (1969) is a television sportscaster, and currently the host of The NFL Today.
- David Aldridge (1983) is a sports reporter affiliated with television's TNT, and The Philadelphia Inquirer.
- Justin Fairfax (1996) is a politician, attorney, and the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia.
- Kevin Shea (1972) is the former acting Secretary of Agriculture (2021). Shea has led the USDA agency Animal Plant Health Inspection Services since 2012.
- David J. Schiappa (1980) was the Secretary for the Majority in the United States Senate
- Michael Mewshaw (1961) is an author.
- Thomas S. Hibbs (1978) is an American philosopher and author, dean and president of the University of Dallas.
- Jim Nelson (1981) is an editor, formerly Editor-in-Chief of GQ magazine.
- Steve Farr (1974) is a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher (1984–1994).
- Brett Cecil (2004) is a current Major League Baseball pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals.
- Johnny Austin (1962) is a former professional basketball player in the NBA (1966–67) and ABA (1967–68).
- Bernard Williams (1965) is a former professional basketball player in the NBA and ABA.
- Sid Catlett (1967) is a former NBA player (1971–72).
- Kenny Carr (1974) is a former NBA player (1977–87), and member of the 1976 gold medal winning United States Olympics team.
- Adrian Dantley (1973) is a former NBA player (1976–91) and former interim NBA coach. A member of the 1976 gold medal-winning United States Olympics team, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.
- Charles Whitney (1976) is a former professional basketball player, perhaps best remembered for being convicted of kidnapping Hillary Clinton's attorney.
- Mike Brey (1977) is a collegiate basketball coach who is currently the men's head coach for the University of Notre Dame.
- Dereck Whittenburg (1979) is the former men's head basketball coach at Fordham University.
- Sidney Lowe (1979) is a former NBA player and coach. He is a former men's head basketball coach at North Carolina State University.
- Ron Everhart (1980) is a college basketball coach, formerly the head coach at Northeastern University and Duquesne University.
- Adrian Branch (1981) is a former NBA player (1986–90). He is also a television analyst for basketball.
- Danny Ferry (1985) is a former NBA player with the Cleveland Cavaliers who won an NBA championship with the San Antonio Spurs. Most recently he was general manager of the Atlanta Hawks.
- Steve Hood (1986) is a former professional basketball player who played.
- Jerrod Mustaf (1988) is a former NBA basketball player (1990–94).
- Heath Schroyer (1990) is the former head coach of University of Wyoming.
- Mike Pegues (1996) is a former professional basketball player and current college coach.
- Joseph Forte (1999) is a former professional basketball player, having played in the NBA and last played for Maccabi Tel Aviv of the Israeli Premier League.
- Keith Bogans (1999) is a former NBA player (2003–14).
- Jerai Grant (2007) is a professional basketball player in Europe and Australia and played collegiately at Clemson University.
- Jerian Grant (2010) is a professional basketball player for the Orlando Magic and played collegiately at the University of Notre Dame.
- Victor Oladipo (2010) is a professional basketball player who currently plays for the Miami Heat and was an All-American at Indiana University.
- Quinn Cook (2010) is a professional basketball player who currently plays for the Los Angeles Lakers and played collegiately at Duke University.
- Mikael Hopkins (2011) is a professional basketball player who currently plays for KK Cedevita Olimpija and played collegiate at Georgetown University.
- Jerami Grant (2012) is a professional basketball player who currently plays for the Detroit Pistons and played collegiately at Syracuse University.
- Markelle Fultz (2016) is a professional basketball player who was the first pick of the 2017 NBA Draft.
- Nate Darling (2016) is a professional basketball player who currently plays for the Charlotte Hornets and played collegiately at the University of Delaware.
- Justin Moore (2019) is an NCAA basketball player who currently plays at Villanova University.
- Hunter Dickinson (2020) is an NCAA basketball player who plays for the University of Michigan.
- Tom Forrest (1969) is a former offensive guard for the NFL's Chicago Bears (1974).
- Mike Johnson (1980) is a former All-Pro NFL linebacker (1986-1995).
- Tony Paige (1980) is a former NFL player (1984-1992).
- Steve Smith (1982) is a former NFL running back (1987-1995).
- JB Brown (1985) is a former NFL cornerback (1989–99).
- Bobby Houston (1985) is a former NFL linebacker (1990–98).
- Andrew Bayes (1996) is a former All-American punter at East Carolina University.
- Brian Westbrook (1997) is a former running back for the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles (2002–10).
- John Owens (1998) is a former NFL tight end (2002-2010).
- Cameron Wake (2000) is a former defensive end and two-time CFL Defensive Player of the Year.
- Quinn Ojinnaka (2002) is a former offensive lineman (2006-2012) and now a professional wrestler under the name "Moose" for Impact Wrestling.
- Byron Westbrook (2002) is a former defensive back for the NFL's Washington Redskins (2007-2011).
- Josh Wilson (2003) is a former defensive back for the NFL's Detroit Lions.
- Edwin Williams (2004) is a former offensive lineman for the NFL's Chicago Bears.
- Rodney McLeod (2008) is a safety for the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles.
- Arie Kouandjio (2010) is a former offensive lineman for the NFL's Washington Redskins.
- Cyrus Kouandjio (2011) is a former offensive lineman for the NFL's Denver Broncos.
- Ja'Whaun Bentley (2014), linebacker for the NFL's New England Patriots.
- John Lovett (2014), tight end for the NFL's Green Bay Packers.
- Chase Young (2017), 2020 Heisman Trophy finalist, drafted 2nd overall in the 2020 NFL Draft, defensive end for the Washington Football Team.
- Anthony McFarland Jr. (2017), running back for the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers
- Coy Gibbs (1991) is a former NASCAR driver, former assistant coach for the Washington Redskins, and the current owner of Joe Gibbs Racing Motocross. He is the son of former Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs.
- Jordan Graye (2005) is a professional soccer player for the Major League Soccer team Houston Dynamo.
- Drew Yates (2006) is a professional soccer player for the USL Harrisburg City Islanders.
- Bill Hamid (2008) is a professional soccer player for the Major League Soccer team D.C. United.
- Chris Odoi-Atsem (2013) is a professional soccer player for the Major League Soccer team D.C. United.
- Keegan Meyer (2015) is a professional soccer player for USL League One side New England Revolution II.
Track and field
- Derek Mills (1990) is an Olympic gold medalist in track and field at the 1996 Summer Olympics.
- Morgan Wootten is the school's former basketball coach. He coached the team to five national championships and in 2000 was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
- Eddie Fogler was an assistant basketball coach under Wootten for the 1970-1971 school year.
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In 1990, 21 female students graduated from DeMatha Catholic High School. The students came to DeMatha after Regina HS in nearby Adelphi, MD shut down the year before and then Principal John Moylan allowed the 21 would-be seniors to attend DeMatha in a one-time-only deal. Susan Francois '90, sister of Mike '83, and the daughter of a former prominent Prince George's County politician (Francis), was one of those students.
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Morgan Wootten invoked Ecclesiastes on Wednesday as he announced his retirement from DeMatha Catholic High School, where he won more basketball games than any coach in high school history ... (table includes alumni in NBA) ... James Brown of Fox Sports stood in the back, but he was not there as a member of the media. "I had to be here," said Brown, who played for Wootten in the 1960s
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Adrian Dantley ... Danny Ferry ... Brian Westbrook ... Paul Rabil ... Keith Bogans ... Joe Forte ... Derek Mills ... James Brown ... Sidney Lowe ... Dereck Whitteburg ...
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Former Post sportswriter David Aldridge, a DeMatha graduate now working for The Philadelphia Inquirer and TNT, calls himself the school's "patron saint of the uncoordinated."
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Legendary Coach Morgan Wootten saw 14 of his former Stags make it to the NBA ... From Detroit Piston great Adrian Dantley ('73) to journeyman Danny Ferry ('85) to 2003 Orlando Magic first-rounder Keith Bogans ('99). DeMatha has been a hoops institution for decades, even producing NBA journalists like network reporter David Aldridge
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Mewshaw graduated from DeMatha High School in 1961 and is visiting the school tonight to inspire students.
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"We want people to think of us differently," Editor in Chief Jim Nelson explained at the party ... Second surprise: that GQ's boyishly urbane editor is a 1981 grad of DeMatha -- the jock school ? The Greenbelt native laughed. "I grew up in the cult of DeMatha
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Steve Farr: Farr went to Dematha and then American University before signing with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1976. After an eight-year minor league career he was traded to Cleveland in 1983 and picked up by Kansas City in 1985 as a free agent. Farr saved 38 games for the Royals in 1989 and '89 and 78 from 1993 to '95 with the Yankees.
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In his third season of professional baseball, DeMatha High School graduate Brett Cecil is headed to the big leagues. The Toronto Blue Jays announced Friday morning that they are bringing the 22-year-old left-handed pitcher up from their Class AAA affiliate in Las Vegas.
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High School: DeMatha Catholic in Hyattsville, Maryland
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Prior to entering the collegiate ranks, Brey previously spent five seasons as an assistant coach at his high school alma mater, DeMatha High School in Hyattsville, Md., under Wootten before taking the assistant's post at Duke. He served as DeMatha head junior varsity coach and varsity assistant beginning in 1982. During the five years, DeMatha combined to finish 139-22
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High School: DeMatha Catholic, in Hyattsville, MD
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High School: DeMatha Catholic in Hyattsville, Maryland
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Schroyer worked on his game with his father and friends from that point until it was time to go to high school. Living in Walkersville, Md., ... He chose DeMatha High School and legendary coach Morgan Wootten, even though they were 90 minutes down the road.
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Detroit linebacker Mike Johnson has always been fascinated by structural design ... That search for harmony is a hallmark of Johnson's off-field interests as well. In his senior year at DeMatha High in Hyattsville, Md., he enrolled in architectural drawing classes and became engrossed in his projects.
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Leading by 14 with under five minutes remaining, Washington punter Rick Tuten fielded a low snap from center Ralph Tamm and had his kick smothered by rookie Louis Oliver. Cornerback J.B. Brown of Maryland and DeMatha High School recovered in the end zone.
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In addition to Westbrook, the Stags have sent to the NFL: Quinn Ojinnaka of the Atlanta Falcons, John Owens and Josh Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks, Derek Wake of the Miami Dolphins, and Edwin Williams and Byron Westbrook of the Washington Redskins.
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Coy Gibbs, the son of Redskins coach Joe Gibbs and former DeMatha High linebacker, will play for the Maryland all-stars in Saturday's Big 33 game against Pennsylvania on Saturday in nearby Hershey.
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