Eastside Catholic School

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Eastside Catholic School
Eastside Catholic School Logo.png
232 228th Avenue SE
Sammamish, Washington
Coordinates 47°36′25″N 122°01′33″W / 47.60694°N 122.02583°W / 47.60694; -122.02583 (Eastside Catholic School)Coordinates: 47°36′25″N 122°01′33″W / 47.60694°N 122.02583°W / 47.60694; -122.02583 (Eastside Catholic School)
Type Private, Coeducational
secondary school
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1980[1]
CEEB code 480067[2]
Chaplain Father William "Bill" Heric
Faculty 120[3]
Grades 612[3]
Enrollment 2015-2016
Average class size 20[3]
Student to teacher ratio 13:1[3]
Campus size 50 acres (20 ha) [3]
Campus type Suburban
Color(s) Orange, Navy Blue         
Fight song Catch the Spirit
Eastside Catholic
(Mighty Oregon) [4]
Athletics WIAA
Athletics conference Metro 3A
Sports Football, Volleyball, Baseball, Track and Field, Cross Country, Fastpitch, Basketball, Lacrosse, Swimming, Wrestling, Special Olympics Bowling and Tennis.[5]
Mascot Crusader[5]
Nickname "EC"
"Eastside Catholic"
Team name Crusader
Accreditation Northwest Association of Independent Schools,[1]
Northwest Accreditation Commission,[1]
Newspaper The Insider
Tuition $21,195 [6]
Alumni more than 3,500[3]
Dean of Students Jeff "Roady" Rodenburg, Amber Johnson
Admissions James Ward
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.[3] The athletics mascot is the Crusader[clarification needed] and the school colors are orange and navy blue.

Eastside Catholic also offers an integrated special education program for high school students called the Options Program.[citation needed]


Eastside Catholic campus in spring

The idea for Eastside Catholic originated in 1974 and the new school opened its doors in 1980 in downtown Bellevue.

For the first nine years, the campus was south of the Bellevue Square mall, at the former Bellevue Junior High School (old Bellevue High), which is now the Downtown Park.[7]

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.

In August 2008, Eastside Catholic opened a new $42 million campus in the city of Sammamish. The school also included an expansion to include grades 6–8.[1]

The school made headlines when the resignation of vice-principal Mark Zmuda was announced in December 2013.[8] 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.[9] 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".[10] In response to the student's protest, the school administration stated that students would be sent home for any additional campus protests.[11] This failed to quell the controversy, and on January 22, 2014, the president of the school resigned.[12] 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."[12]

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.[13]

Sporting Championships[edit]

Eastside Catholic has won nine state titles:[citation needed]

  • 1984: Girls Cross Country
  • 2010: Division II Girls Lacrosse
  • 2014: 3A Football[14]
  • 2015: 3A Football[15]
  • 2016: Cheerleading Non-Tumbling
  • 2016: Girls' Lacrosse
  • 2017: Cheerleading Non-Tumbling
  • 2017: Girls' Lacrosse
  • 2017: Boys' Lacrosse – Private School

Fight song[edit]

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![4]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "School History". Eastside Catholic High School. Retrieved September 13, 2013. 
  2. ^ "High School Code Lookup". Vanderbilt University. Retrieved September 19, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "School Quick Facts". Eastside Catholic School. Retrieved September 19, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "School Fight Song". Eastside Catholic School. Retrieved October 1, 2008. [dead link]
  5. ^ a b "Eastside Catholic Athletics". Eastside Catholic School. Retrieved March 26, 2009. 
  6. ^ "EC Tuition/Financial Aid/Scholarships". Eastside Catholic School. Retrieved August 5, 2015. 
  7. ^ Eastside Heritage Center - Bellevue Schools Timeline – accessed September 19, 2013
  8. ^ "Mark Zmuda Personnel Action Letter" (PDF). Retrieved December 23, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Gay vice principal dismissed by Catholic school, 400 students walk out". KIRO TV. Retrieved December 19, 2013. 
  10. ^ Turnbull, Lornet (December 19, 2013). "Eastside Catholic students rally around ousted vice principal". The Seattle Times. Retrieved December 21, 2013. 
  11. ^ Langeler, John (January 6, 2013). "Eastside Catholic back to school; will discipline protesting students". King5.com. Retrieved January 6, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b "Catholic School President Resigns after Gay Vice Principal's Ouster", CBS News, January 22, 2014.
  13. ^ Esteban, Michele (August 18, 2017). "Eastside Catholic flip-flops on faculty changes, interim president, 2 board members out". KOMO News. Retrieved August 22, 2017. 
  14. ^ http://seattletimes.com/html/highschoolsports/2025177164_prepfootballbellevue06xml.html
  15. ^ http://www.seattletimes.com/sports/high-school/3a-football-eastside-catholic-roars-back-to-beat-bellevue-in-overtime/
  16. ^ "Alumni News". Eastside Catholic High School. Retrieved April 11, 2009. 
  17. ^ "Suzanne Patmore-Gibbs". ABC. Retrieved September 19, 2009. 

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