Montrose Christian School
|Montrose Christian School|
|5100 Randolph Road
Rockville, Maryland 20852
|Motto||Shaping Leaders... Impacting the World!|
|Principal||Dr. Ken Fentress (Chancellor)|
|Website||Montrose Christian School website|
Montrose Christian School is a K-12 private school in Rockville, Maryland, operated by the Montrose Baptist Church, Maryland's second largest Southern Baptist church. It educates around 370 students. Its first Senior High School class graduated in 1986.
The history of Montrose Christian School is intimately connected with its parent organization, Montrose Baptist Church. While Montrose Baptist Church had established a nursery school in 1968 and a daycare in 1971, it recognized an opportunity to further its evangelical mission through the development of a full-time day school. On April 30, 1977, Montrose Christian School was officially incorporated in Rockville, Maryland. Starting with an inaugural kindergarten class of five children, it quickly expanded the next year to include Grades 1-4. During each subsequent year, another grade or two was added until eventually in May 1986, it graduated its first class of High School students.
The school has been recognized for its athletic accomplishments, particularly for those of its basketball team, which has been successful at recruiting players across the United States and around the world to play in Rockville. Kevin Durant's transfer to the school led USA Today to name Montrose its preseason pick for the top spot on its Super 25 rankings of the top high school basketball teams in 2005-06.
The school has appeared regularly on USA Today's Super 25 national rankings, finishing the season ranked 25th in 2000-01, 9th in 2002-03, 19th in 2003-04, 19th in 2005-06 and 22nd in 2006-07.
- Miguel "Ali" Berdiel (1983–), is a Puerto Rican professional basketball player.
- Jason Conley (1981–), the first freshman ever to lead NCAA Division I in scoring.
- Kevin Durant (1988–), basketball player for the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder.
- Linas Kleiza (1985–), basketball player for the NBA's Toronto Raptors.
- K.J. Matsui, guard on the Columbia University basketball team, who was the first Japanese born NCAA Division I player.
- Greivis Vasquez (1987–), guard on the University of Maryland basketball team, who played for the Venezuelan national team in the FIBA America Championships, and now plays for the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks.
- Terrence Ross (1991-), guard on the Toronto Raptors. He attended Montrose Christian for his junior year.
- Justin Anderson (basketball), Small Forward for the Dallas Mavericks.
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