Eastside Catholic School
|Eastside Catholic School|
|232 228th Avenue SE
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Chaplain||Father William "Bill" Heric|
|Average class size||20|
|Student to teacher ratio||13:1|
|Campus size||50 acres (20 ha) |
|Color(s)||Orange, Navy Blue|
|Fight song||Catch the Spirit
(Mighty Oregon) 
|Athletics conference||Metro 3A|
|Sports||Football, Volleyball, Baseball, Track and Field, Cross Country, Fastpitch, Basketball, Lacrosse, Swimming, Wrestling, Special Olympics Bowling and Tennis.|
|Accreditation||Northwest Association of Independent Schools,
Northwest Accreditation Commission,
|Alumni||more than 3,500|
|Dean of Students||Jeff "Roady" Rodenburg, Amber Johnson|
|Director of Options Program||Wendy Burnham|
|Athletic Director||Jeremy Thielbar|
Eastside Catholic School is a private Catholic secondary school located in Sammamish, Washington, a suburb east of Seattle within the Archdiocese of Seattle. It has a faith-based educational program for students in grades 6 through 12.
Founded by parents in 1980, the school is governed by an elected board of trustees. It is accredited by the state of Washington, the Northwest Association of Independent Schools and the Northwest Association of Schools. It is a member of the National Catholic Education Association. Eastside Catholic consists of a middle school; grades 6–8, with approximately 250 students, and a high school; grades 9–12, with approximately 700 students. The athletics mascot is the Crusader[clarification needed] and the school colors are orange and navy blue.
The idea for Eastside Catholic originated in 1974 and the new school opened its doors in 1980 in downtown Bellevue.
The next campus was also rented from the Bellevue School District at the former Ringdall Junior High (1970–87) at 11650 SE 60th Street in Newport Hills. Eastside Catholic was located at that campus for nineteen years, from 1989 to June 2008.
The school made headlines when the resignation of vice-principal Mark Zmuda was announced in December 2013. Media reports said he was asked to resign because of his same-sex marriage in July 2013. Over 400 students conducted a sit-in protest in his support, with teachers giving their consent as well. The school stated in a letter to parents that "Mark's same-sex marriage over the summer violated his employment contract with the school" and that they had been "directed to comply with the teachings of the church". In response to the student's protest, the school administration stated that students would be sent home for any additional campus protests. This failed to quell the controversy, and on January 22, 2014, the president of the school resigned. The school board of trustees accepted her resignation, saying that "For Sister Mary it was a difficult but necessary decision so that a new leader can be brought in to ensure the entire Eastside Catholic community is on a positive path forward."
In August 2017, the school underwent another major disruption of its leadership. The school's principal and the principal of the middle school were dismissed, and several other faculty members resigned in response. Amidst the dispute, an online petition was established that collected more than 400 signatures, calling for the dismissals to be reversed. The school's president (Father William Heric) and two board members who were blamed for the action then resigned, and the dismissed principals and other faculty members were invited to return.
Eastside Catholic has won nine state titles:
- 1984: Girls Cross Country
- 2010: Division II Girls Lacrosse
- 2014: 3A Football
- 2015: 3A Football
- 2016: Cheerleading Non-Tumbling
- 2016: Girls' Lacrosse
- 2017: Cheerleading Non-Tumbling
- 2017: Girls' Lacrosse
- 2017: Boys' Lacrosse – Private School
Catch the Spirit Eastside Catholic,
The Crusaders won't be beat,
Our opponents learn the lesson
As we push them to defeat.
Give 'em all we've got and then some!
They'll remember Eastside's name.
As we're marching on to victory,
As Crusaders win this game!
- Matt Boyd – baseball player for the Detroit Tigers.
- Suzanne Patmore-Gibbs – executive vice president, Network Scripted Creative at ABC Entertainment.
- Cal Towey – baseball player for the Miami Marlins.
Notes and references
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- "High School Code Lookup". Vanderbilt University. Retrieved September 19, 2009.
- "School Quick Facts". Eastside Catholic School. Retrieved September 19, 2013.
- "School Fight Song". Eastside Catholic School. Retrieved October 1, 2008.[dead link]
- "Eastside Catholic Athletics". Eastside Catholic School. Retrieved March 26, 2009.
- "EC Tuition/Financial Aid/Scholarships". Eastside Catholic School. Retrieved August 5, 2015.
- Eastside Heritage Center - Bellevue Schools Timeline – accessed September 19, 2013
- "Mark Zmuda Personnel Action Letter" (PDF). Retrieved December 23, 2013.
- "Gay vice principal dismissed by Catholic school, 400 students walk out". KIRO TV. Retrieved December 19, 2013.
- Turnbull, Lornet (December 19, 2013). "Eastside Catholic students rally around ousted vice principal". The Seattle Times. Retrieved December 21, 2013.
- Langeler, John (January 6, 2013). "Eastside Catholic back to school; will discipline protesting students". King5.com. Retrieved January 6, 2014.
- "Catholic School President Resigns after Gay Vice Principal's Ouster", CBS News, January 22, 2014.
- Esteban, Michele (August 18, 2017). "Eastside Catholic flip-flops on faculty changes, interim president, 2 board members out". KOMO News. Retrieved August 22, 2017.
- "Alumni News". Eastside Catholic High School. Retrieved April 11, 2009.
- "Suzanne Patmore-Gibbs". ABC. Retrieved September 19, 2009.