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Georgetown Preparatory School

Coordinates: 39°01′57″N 77°06′34″W / 39.03250°N 77.10944°W / 39.03250; -77.10944
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Georgetown Preparatory School
Schola Praeparatoria Georgiopolitana
Georgetown Preparatory School in April 2022
10900 Rockville Pike

Montgomery County

United States
Coordinates39°01′57″N 77°06′34″W / 39.03250°N 77.10944°W / 39.03250; -77.10944
TypePrivate school; day and boarding
MottoMen for Others
Religious affiliation(s)Catholic (Jesuit)
Established1789 (235 years ago) (1789)
CEEB code210575
PresidentRev. James R. Van Dyke, S.J.
HeadmasterJohn Glennon
Teaching staff61.8 (on an FTE basis)[2]
Enrollment497 (2019–20)[2]
Student to teacher ratio8.0∶1[2]
Campus size93 acres (380,000 m2)[1]
Campus typeLarge suburban[3]
Color(s)   Blue and gray
Athletics16 varsity sports
Athletics conferenceInterstate Athletic Conference (IAC)
AccreditationMiddle States Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
NewspaperLittle Hoya
TuitionTuition for the 2024-2025 academic year is $44,725 (day) $73,535 (boarding)
Last updated: January 17, 2024; 4 months ago (2024-01-17)

Georgetown Preparatory School (also known as Georgetown Prep) is a Jesuit college-preparatory school in North Bethesda, Maryland for boys in ninth through twelfth grade. It has a 93-acre (380,000 square meters) campus.[4] It is the only Jesuit boarding school in the United States.


Boland Hall (built 1916–19), Georgetown Prep School

Georgetown Preparatory School was founded in 1789 by John Carroll, the first bishop of Baltimore. It is the oldest existing all-boys school in the United States, with George Washington having addressed its inaugural graduating class. In 1919, the school moved from Georgetown University's campus in the District of Columbia to its current location,[5] under the direction of university president Alphonsus J. Donlon.[6] Georgetown Prep remained part of Georgetown University until its legal separation in 1927.[6]

There are approximately 500 students at Prep, with the boarding students comprising 20% of the school’s population (2022–23).

In January 2007, the school opened the Hanley Center for Athletic Excellence.[7] Joe Hills, son of golf course architect Arthur Hills, redesigned and reconfigured the school's signature golf course, which reopened in 2008.[8] The field house was converted into a learning center,[7] which was named after the immediate past president Fr. William L. George, S.J., opened for students on January 26, 2010.[9]

The Campus Center and Residence Building opened in October 2022, which incorporates a health center, communal kitchens, student lounges and modern living quarters for the entire resident population and prefects.[10]


Georgetown Prep teams are known as the Hoyas and offer 28 team sports. The Hoyas have won 53 Interstate Athletic Conference (IAC) Championships from 2012 to 2022.[11]

William V. Bidwill '49 Stadium[edit]

Following an $8,000,000 donation from Michael Bidwill, alumnus and owner of the Arizona Cardinals, a new 1,508 seat stadium was constructed on campus. This new stadium was dedicated to Michael's father Bill Bidwill, who had also been the owner of the Cardinals from 1962 until his death in 2019. The stadium's field was jointly dedicated to Coach Jim Fegan and S.J. Aloysius Galvin as the Fegan-Galvin Field. Fegan was the Hoyas' football coach from 1961 to 1996 who had a record of 409 wins, 149 losses, 14 Interstate Athletic Conference titles and nine undefeated seasons until he was replaced by Dan Paro, a 1979 alumnus who is the current coach. Galvin served at the school for 37 years from 1970 to 2007 as a Mathematics teacher and the football team's chaplain. The William V. Bidwill ’49 Stadium became the new home to the Hoyas' Football, Soccer and Lacrosse programs following its dedication and blessing by S.J. James Van Dyke on November 12, 2022. The first game played at the new stadium was a homecoming game later in the afternoon on November 12 against the Hoyas' arch rivals, the St. Alban Bulldogs, which saw the Hoyas beat the Bulldogs 35 to 14.[12][13][14]

Notable alumni[edit]

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  26. ^ Shefte, Whitney (July 27, 2008). "Memory Games: Charles Jenkins, 74". Washington Post Magazine.
  27. ^ Albrecht, Leslie (October 2, 2018). "Mark Judge's memoir now selling for up to $1,999 on Amazon". MarketWatch. Dow Jones & Company. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
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