Gonzaga Preparatory School

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Gonzaga Preparatory School
1224 East Euclid Avenue
Spokane, Washington 99207
United States
Coordinates 47°41′9″N 117°23′31″W / 47.68583°N 117.39194°W / 47.68583; -117.39194Coordinates: 47°41′9″N 117°23′31″W / 47.68583°N 117.39194°W / 47.68583; -117.39194
Type Private
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic (Jesuit)
Established 1887; 130 years ago (1887)
President Al Falkner
Principal Cindy Reopelle
Grades 912
Gender Coeducational
Enrollment 860 (2012-2013)
Student to teacher ratio 18.2
Color(s) Navy and White         
Athletics conference Greater Spokane League
Team name Bullpups
Accreditation Western Catholic Education Association[1]
Yearbook The Luigian
Affiliation JSN
Dean of Students Peggy Haun-McEwen,
Ben Walker
Athletic Director Paul Manfred
Elevation 1,980 ft (604 m) AMSL

Gonzaga Preparatory School in Spokane, Washington, is a private, Catholic high school in the Inland Northwest. As a Jesuit institution, "G-Prep" has been recognized for its college preparation education and community service.

Rev. John C. McAstocker, SJ, first Principal.


Gonzaga High School was founded in 1887 in the basement of the Gonzaga University administration building. In 1922, the high school became a formal department of Gonzaga University. In 1954, the school moved from the original campus to its present site in the Logan neighborhood of Spokane, Washington. In 1975, in response to changing educational conditions, Gonzaga Prep became a co-educational school. In 1992, the high school implemented the Fair Share tuition program. Currently the school is within the Diocese of Spokane and is administered separately from the university.

The current campus was extensively remodeled in the late 1990s. Then in 2006 $4.4 million was allotted for the construction of a new chapel (Chapel of the Three Companions), renovation of the academic wings, and a new football field.[2]

Gonzaga Preparatory School was the first Jesuit school in the country to have a lay president, John Traynor.[3]

Presidents and Principals[edit]

President Tenure Principal Tenure
Rev. John C. McAstocker, SJ 1923–1925
Rev. Edward A. McNamara, SJ 1925–1926
Rev. Augustus J. Coudeyre, SJ 1926–1927
Rev. Henry J .Vrebosch, SJ 1927–1929
Rev. John J. Keep, SJ 1929–1930
Rev. Curtis I. Sharp, SJ 1930–1938
Rev. James T. McGuigan, SJ 1938–1942
Fr. Francis J. Altman, SJ 1944–1945 Rev. Cornelius V. Mullen, SJ 1942–1945
Fr. Francis E. Corkery, SJ 1945–1954 Rev. Gerald O. McDonald, SJ 1945–1948
Rev. Gordon E. Toner, SJ 1948–1962
Rector Tenure
Rev. Michael B. Kunz, SJ 1954–1959
Rev. Francis D. Masterson, SJ 1959–1965
Rev. William E. Hayes, SJ 1962–1969
Rector-President Tenure
Rev. Daniel C. Weber, SJ 1965–1969
Rev. William E. Hayes, SJ 1969–1976
President Tenure Principal Tenure
Rev. J. Patrick Stewart, SJ 1976–1982 Rev. Michael Tyrrell, SJ 1986–1989
Rev. Ivan L. Hutton, SJ 1982–1992 John Traynor 1989-1995
Rev. J.K. Adams, SJ 1992–1995 Al Falkner 1995–2004
John Traynor 1995–2004 Rev. Kevin Connell, SJ 2004–2012
Al Falkner 2004–present Cindy Reopelle 2012–present

Food drive[edit]

The Gonzaga Prep Food Drive consistently gathers over 100,000 pounds of food each year before the Thanksgiving holiday. Recipients of collected groceries and turkeys include over two hundred families, the Colville Indian Reservation, the Spokane Tribe, the Morningstar Baptist Church, residents of Summit View Apartments, Second Harvest food bank, and many local food pantries.


The Gonzaga Prep Bullpups compete in the 4A classification and are part of the GSL (Greater Spokane League), a league of 10 teams from around Spokane. As a member of the 4A Greater Spokane League, the Bullpups offer athletic opportunities in ten boys sports and ten girls sports: for boys, football, cross country, basketball, wrestling, soccer, tennis, baseball, track, lacrosse, robotics and golf; and for girls, volleyball, soccer, robotics, cross country, basketball, tennis, softball, track, golf, lacrosse, and cheerleading. Over sixty-five percent of Gonzaga Prep's student body participates in athletics.

Girls' Tennis

G-Prep won seven straight GSL Tennis championships from 1997-2003. The Bullpups tennis teams went undefeated for eight years. When Lewis and Clark High School defeated G-Prep on April 13, 2003, it was the Bullpups' first loss since 1996.

Athletic Directors[edit]

Director of Athletics Tenure
John W. "Puggy" Hunton c. 1929–1939
Rev. John W. McDonald, SJ 1939–1941
Rev. George Zelenak, SJ 1941–1942
Rev. Ed Doherty, SJ 1942–1943
William H. Frazier 1943–1951
Rev. Harry M. Jahn, SJ 1951–1966
Rev. Merlin J. Newmann, SJ 1966–1968
Nicholas P. Scarpelli 1968–1988–?
Mike Arte ?-2004
Paul Manfred 2004–present

Notable alumni[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ WCEA. "Secondary Accredited Schools 2015-16-5". 
  2. ^ Gonzaga Prep
  3. ^ "JHS Principal Receives Traynor Award for Collaboration in Jesuit Mission". www.jesuitportland.org. Retrieved 2016-01-03. 
  4. ^ Egan
  5. ^ NBA.com - John Stockton
  6. ^ Dan Miller (2015-01-16). "2015 XBIZ Award Winners Announced". XBIZ. Retrieved 2015-11-25. 
  7. ^ Dan Miller (2015-03-03). "2015 XRCO Award Nominees Announced". XBIZ. Retrieved 2015-11-25. 

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