Seattle Preparatory School

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Seattle Preparatory School
2400 11th Avenue East

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United States
Coordinates47°38′29″N 122°19′03″W / 47.641387°N 122.317531°W / 47.641387; -122.317531Coordinates: 47°38′29″N 122°19′03″W / 47.641387°N 122.317531°W / 47.641387; -122.317531
MottoVirtus in Arduis
(Virtue in Hard Work)
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Established1891; 128 years ago (1891)
CEEB code481160[1]
PresidentKent Hickey
PrincipalErin Luby
Average class size13
Student to teacher ratio11:1
Campus typeUrban
Color(s)blue and white         
Fight song"Hail to thee our fighting Panthers"
Athletics conferenceMetro AAA League
NicknameSeattle Prep
Team namePanthers
RivalsBishop Blanchet - Holy Names Academy - O'Dea High School
AccreditationNorthwest Accreditation Commission [2]
PublicationPanther Tracks Magazine
NewspaperThe Seattle Prep Panther
McDonnell Hall with PACCAR Commons

Seattle Preparatory School, popularly known as Seattle Prep, is a private, Jesuit high school located on Capitol Hill in Seattle, Washington.


Seattle Prep has a curriculum arrangement with Seattle University wherein students of Seattle Prep can qualify for admission to Seattle University after three years of education at Seattle Prep under the Matteo Ricci College program, named for a 16th Century Jesuit missionary to China, Matteo Ricci.

Students admitted to Seattle University under the Matteo Ricci College program can acquire a Bachelor of Arts degree after three more years, thus reducing the combined study requirement for the Bachelor of Arts degree to six years, versus eight years in a traditional four year high school and a traditional four year college. Students can then elect a course load at Seattle University with electives which can qualify for a second bachelor's degree with an additional year of study (it is not uncommon for a student to acquire two bachelor's degrees through this program of study, such as one in the humanities and another in the sciences.)

Not all Seattle Prep students elect or are able to pursue the Matteo Ricci program. Instead many pursue a traditional four-year course of study at Seattle Prep and then pursue other arrangements (entrance into a four-year college, or a two-year college).

A wide variety of extracurricular activities are offered at Seattle Prep including Chess Team, Mock Trial, Dance Team (also known as Pulse), Yearbook, Newspaper, ASB, One Voice, Global Justice Coalition, National Honors Society, and Drama.

Admissions are based on grades, extracurricular activities, an entrance exam, reference letters, and essays, among other criteria.

Facts and figures[edit]

Facts and figures (as of 2008):

Magis Christian Service[edit]

Seattle Prep has a 4-year requirement of various community service. The four year Magis Christian Service Program at Seattle Prep exposes students to many different forms of service including service to family (freshman), to school (sophomore), to the poor and marginalized (junior), and to leadership for justice (senior).

Physical structure[edit]

McHugh Gymnasium & St. Ignatius Hall

In the 1950s, McDonnell Hall was added to the existing Adelphia Hall, and in the 1960s, Peyton Hall was added across the parking lot from McDonnell and Adelphia Halls. The McHugh Gymnasium was built in front of Adelphia Hall and opened in 1983, a result of the school's first major fundraising campaign. Funds from this campaign were used to remodel the third floor of Adelphia Hall for improved science facilities. During this time the library, which then became known as Loyola Library, was moved to Peyton Hall.

There were several major additions to Seattle Prep in the late 1990s. A new underground parking garage was built to replace the old parking lot, which was replaced by a grass quad. In addition, St. Ignatius Hall was erected across from Peyton and McDonnell Halls.

Thomas Healy SJ Theater

In 2007, the PACCAR Commons (Donated by the Pigott family) were completed, including new office space with reception desks and also a sick room. Also construction was completed on the Thomas Healy, S.J., Theater and Classrooms. This was the first major renovation since the addition of St. Ignatius Hall. The theater, which also accommodates school Masses, features an orchestra pit with hydraulics moving it up and down for various uses, including the transportation of heavy equipment. The workout rooms and locker rooms were also altered in this remodel. The space below the theater is used for arts classes, a sacristy (to be used for liturgies and Masses), and weight/workout rooms. In 2008, sections of pathway around the campus plaza were redone and electronic doors were installed on several major entrances.

Notable alumni[edit]

Athletics and activities[edit]

Seattle Prep has won numerous league and state titles in many different men's and women's sports. As of 2010, by size Prep is a high-end 1A class school, but plays up in 3A classification.

The girls' soccer team are back-to-back state champions (2011 and 2012) and have four other appearances in the state championship game. The girls basketball team qualified for State 14 years in a row, winning it all in 2002. Prep's volleyball team won three straight state titles from 2001–03, and returned to the champions circle in 2010.

The boys' basketball team won state titles in 2000 and 2006 and narrowly missed another title in 2012 losing in the state championship game. The team has qualified for State 6 of the last 7 seasons. Prep boys' basketball has a rich tradition of players who have gone on to star in college and the NBA.

Prep boy's cross country team won the title in 1966 (led by future 4th-place finisher in the Montreal Olympics marathon Don Kardong), 1972, and 2000. Prep's boy's cross country teams have finished as one of the top five 3A teams every year but one from 1996-2013. During that span, Prep never placed lower than second in the Metro League. In 2006, Prep won its first women's Metro League team title.

The Mock Trial program boasts one national championship and twelve state titles in the last fourteen years (winning State in 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016). Prep has placed in the top-10 at the National High School Mock Trial Championship eight times during that span. Its 3rd-place finish in 2009 was the best in program history, until the program won the national title in 2014.

The Prep Chess Team has played in the Washington High School State Team Championship in each of the past 17 years. Its highest finishes were 2nd (2002), 3rd (2009), 5th (2005 and 2010), and 6th (1999). In 1999, they also won the Metro Championship.


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