DeMatha Catholic High School

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DeMatha Catholic High School
4313 Madison Street
Hyattsville, Maryland 20781
United States
Coordinates 38°57′29″N 76°56′32″W / 38.95806°N 76.94222°W / 38.95806; -76.94222Coordinates: 38°57′29″N 76°56′32″W / 38.95806°N 76.94222°W / 38.95806; -76.94222
Type Private, College-prep
Motto Faith Filled Gentlemen & Scholars
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Patron saint(s) St. John of Matha
Established 1946
Founder Trinitarian Order
Principal Daniel McMahon
Faculty 85
Grades 912
Gender Boys
Enrollment 800
Student to teacher ratio 12:1
Campus size 10 acres (40,000 m2)
Campus type Suburban
Color(s) Red and blue          
Song DeMatha Forever!
Fight song One DeMatha
Athletics conference Washington Catholic Athletic Conference
Nickname Stags
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Average SAT scores 560 verbal
575 math
560 writing
Publication "Red & Blue Review" and "DeMatha Express"
Newspaper The DeMatha Stagline
Tuition $16,995

DeMatha Catholic High School, named after Saint John of Matha, is a four-year Catholic high school for young men located in Hyattsville, Maryland, USA. A member of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, DeMatha is under the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington.


DeMatha was founded by the Order of the Most Holy Trinity, or Trinitarians, in 1946 in Hyattsville, Maryland, about 2 miles south of University of Maryland, College Park.


The United States Department of Education recognized DeMatha as a Blue Ribbon School in 1984 and 1991.[2]

Music program[edit]

DeMatha's music program was founded in 1970 by John Mitchell; about 40% of students participate. The music department is based at the McCarthy Activity Center, which opened in 2009. 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."[3]


DeMatha's athletic teams, the Stags, have received national recognition for achievement in a variety of sports, from golf and baseball to basketball and football. Sports Illustrated recognized DeMatha as the #2 high school athletic program in the United States in 2005, and again in 2007. In 2009, it was named the top athletic program in Maryland.

Morgan Wootten Gymnasium

The Stags first gained national recognition in 1962 with their initial national championship in basketball with a team led by John Austin, Johnny Jones, Gary Ward, John Carroll and "Big" Bill McDermott, coached by Morgan Wootten. In 1965, the DeMatha basketball team won its second national championship defeating Power Memorial Academy of New York, with then Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), in a game called "The Greatest High School Basketball Game Ever".[4] Morgan Wootten earned a spot as the first high school basketball coach inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame for his achievements as the Stags' coach, including a career 1,274-192 record.[5]

DeMatha's basketball program has produced many championships in the school's Washington Catholic Athletic Conference league, and the team often participates in the City Title game against opposing schools from the District of Columbia. In 2005, DeMatha's varsity basketball team finished with the #1 ranking in The Washington Post and finished as the third-best high school squad in the country, according to USA Today.[citation needed]

The DeMatha varsity football team won the 2008 WCAC championship for the sixth consecutive year and finished ranked #1 in the DC area by The Washington Post. In 2004, Bill McGregor was named "High School Coach of the Year" by the NFL. He was nominated by his former player, Brian Westbrook, then playing for the Philadelphia Eagles. They won four consecutive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference titles from 2013-2016.[6]

The DeMatha varsity soccer team has won six WCAC championships, and had a 67-game undefeated streak from 2004 through 2007. DeMatha's 2010 soccer team was WCAC champs, went undefeated (24-0-0) and were ranked number 3 in the nation by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, and number 4 in the nation by ESPN. The 2010 team also scored 110 goals while allowing only 10 goals in all games. The 2011 soccer team were also WCAC champions and undefeated (20-0-0), and ended their season ranked number 1 in the nation by National Soccer Coaches Association of America.[7]

The DeMatha wrestling team is known as a national powerhouse, and won 23 consecutive WCAC championships until being beaten by Bishop O'Connell in the 2008-2009 season.[8][9]

DeMatha also fields competitive teams, each with a number of conference titles, in other sports, such as cross country, swimming/diving, hockey, baseball, lacrosse, golf, tennis, rowing (crew), rugby, and track. DeMatha has produced several All-American wrestlers. The lacrosse team have won several championships.

Notable alumni[edit]

Arts and entertainment[edit]




  • Michael Mewshaw (1961) is an author.[14]
  • Thomas S. Hibbs (1978) is an American philosopher and author, dean and distinguished professor of philosophy at Baylor University.
  • Jim Nelson (1981) is an editor, currently the Editor-in-Chief of GQ magazine.[15]








  • 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.

Track and field[edit]

Notable staff[edit]


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  2. ^ Schools Recognized 1982-1983 Through 1999-2002 Archived 2014-06-30 at the Wayback Machine., National Blue Ribbon Schools Program. Accessed December 29, 2016.
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  4. ^ Jones, Mark. "The Greatest Game Ever Played", WETA-TV Boundary Stones, January 30, 2015. Accessed December 29, 2016. "Some have called it the greatest high school basketball game ever played.On January 30, 1965, before a packed house at the University of Maryland’s Cole Field House, Dematha Catholic clashed with the aptly-named Power Memorial Academy out of New York City. Led by 7’1” center Lew Alcindor (who later became the all-time leading scorer in the history of the NBA as Kareem Abdul Jabbar), Power Memorial was riding a 71-game winning streak and had been tabbed as the mythical #1 high school team in the nation."
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  17. ^ "DeMatha grad to pitch for Toronto: Blue Jays call up former Stags' left-hander Brett Cecil; First start set for Tuesday", The Gazette (Gaithersburg, MD, USA), 1 May 2009, retrieved 14 November 2010, 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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  19. ^ "Mike Brey". biographic sketch. University of Notre Dame. Retrieved 13 November 2010. 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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  27. ^ Friend, Tom (26 August 1989), "Riggs, Redskins Run Over Dolphins", The Washington Post (Washington, DC, USA), retrieved 15 November 2010, 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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