Georgetown Preparatory School
|Georgetown Preparatory School|
Schola Praeparatoria Georgiopolitana
10900 Rockville Pike
|Type||Private school; day and boarding|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic / Jesuit|
|President||Rev. James R. Van Dyke, S.J.|
|Color(s)||Blue and Gray|
|Athletics||16 varsity sports|
|Athletics conference||Interstate Athletic Conference (IAC)|
|Accreditation||Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Tuition||$37,215 (day) $60,280 (boarding) |
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Georgetown Preparatory School (also known as Georgetown Prep) is a Jesuit university-preparatory school in North Bethesda, Maryland for boys grades 9 through 12. It has a 93 acres (380,000 m2) campus. It is among the most selective boarding schools in the United States. With an annual tuition of $56,665 in 2015, it is the 4th most expensive boarding school in the United States. It is the only Jesuit boarding school in the United States and is in the district of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington.
Founded in 1789, both Georgetown Preparatory School and Georgetown University sprang from the vision of John Carroll, the first bishop of Baltimore. Carroll regarded the school as critical to the future of the Catholic Church in the United States. He viewed it as a potential source of priestly vocations and of well-educated Catholic citizens able to play a significant role in the affairs of the new republic.
In 1990, The Washington Post reported that Georgetown Prep had a problem with students creating large parties involving consumption of alcohol and sexual activities occurring, such that the headmasters of multiple schools organized together to send a warning letter to parents. Georgetown put together a public discussion with parents of students at the start of the 1990 school year to discuss the problem of parties occurring without proper adult supervision. The headmasters of the schools involved called the letter to parents, "a rare joint effort". The letter warned parents: "It would be hard to devise a better recipe for disaster than a social scene that includes the anonymity provided by an 'open party,' no adult supervision, considerable amounts of alcohol, and teenage hormones which encourage sexual or violent behavior."
Mimi Fleury, mother of a child who attended Georgetown Prep, founded the organization called Community of Concern. The organization, created in 2000, received positive encouragement from the Georgetown Prep headmaster. Georgetown Prep headmaster Jim Power said the initiative "has been a great catalyst" for ways to set standards for teenage parties. Fleury coordinated with other parents in Maryland to write A Parent's Guide for the Prevention of Alcohol and Other Drug Use, which advised parents to remove drugs and alcohol from their residences during parties where children would be in attendance. The booklet was originally designed for use at Georgetown Prep, and subsequently saw usage as well in Memphis, Tennessee in 2000. In 2001, the initiative was expanded and was utilized at 17 schools in Philadelphia.
In January 2007, the school opened the Hanley Center for Athletic Excellence, an athletic center that features a 200-meter indoor track, 11-lane swimming pool with diving area, competition basketball arena, wrestling room, 6,000 square foot weight training/cardiovascular room, and a team film room.
Joe Hills, son of golf course architect Arthur Hills, redesigned and severely shrank the school's golf course, which reopened in 2008.
The field house was converted into a learning center featuring expanded and modern library facilities, classrooms, meeting rooms, and a recording studio. This learning center, named after the immediate past president Fr. William L. George, S.J., opened for students on January 26, 2010.
- Allen Tate, 1918 (d.) – poet and essayist; U. S. Poet Laureate and Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, 1943–44
- Chris Dodd, Class of 1962 - an American lobbyist, lawyer, and Democratic Party politician who served as a United States Senator from Connecticut
- Michael Bidwill, Class of 1983 – President, NFL's Arizona Cardinals
- Brian Cashman, Class of 1985 – General Manager, New York Yankees
- Mark Judge, Class of 1983 – Writer. Author of Wasted: Tales of a Gen X Drunk. 
- Brett Kavanaugh, Class of 1983 – Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
- Jerome Powell, Class of 1971 – Federal Reserve Board of Governors (May 2012 – February 2018); Chair of the Federal Reserve (February 2018 – Present)
- Neil Gorsuch, Class of 1985 – Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
- Ian Harding, Class of 2005 – Actor, best known for his role as Ezra Fitz in "Pretty Little Liars"
- Dylan Baker, Class of 1976 – actor, best known for his role as Dr. Curt Connor in "Spider-Man 2" and "Spider-Man 3" and arcs on television series such as The Americans and Damages
- Roy Hibbert, Class of 2004 – professional NBA basketball player: Indiana Pacers (2008–2015), Los Angeles Lakers (2015–2016), Charlotte Hornets (2016–2017), Denver Nuggets (2017)
- Frank LoBiondo – Congressman
- Francis Rooney – Congressman
- Mo Rocca – comedian
- Bill Bidwill – owner of the Arizona Cardinals NFL football team
- David Chang – restaurateur
- Chip Jenkins – Olympic gold medalist (Athletics, 1992)
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