Georgetown Preparatory School

Georgetown Preparatory School is a Jesuit university-preparatory school in North Bethesda, Maryland for boys grades 9 through 12. It is among the most selective prep schools.[5] The only Jesuit boarding school in the United States, it is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington on 93 acres (380,000 m2).

Georgetown Preparatory School
Schola Praeparatoria Georgiopolitana
Georgetown Preparatory School Logo
10900 Rockville Pike
North Bethesda, Maryland 20852
United States
Coordinates 39°01′57″N 77°06′34″W / 39.03250°N 77.10944°WCoordinates: 39°01′57″N 77°06′34″W / 39.03250°N 77.10944°W
Type Private, day and boarding
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1789
President Rev. James R. Van Dyke, S.J.
Headmaster John Glennon
Grades 912
Gender Boys
Enrollment 490, 1/4 boarding (2015)
Campus size 93 acres (38 ha)[1]
Color(s) Blue and Gray          
Athletics 16 varsity sports
Athletics conference Interstate Athletic Conference (IAC)
Nickname Hoyas
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[2]
Publication Blue & Gray (literary)
Newspaper Little Hoya[3]
Tuition $60,280 (resident, includes room & board)
$37,215 (day student)
$7,880 (additional for ESL Program)[4]
Affiliation Georgetown University
Society of Jesus


Founded in 1789, Georgetown Preparatory School is an independent, boarding and day school for boys in grades 9–12, located in North Bethesda, Maryland.

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.

The Georgetown College Preparatory School moved away from the University’s campus in the District of Columbia in 1919, to its current location in North Bethesda, Maryland.

In 2010, the school completed a reconstruction program to modernize its 93-acre (380,000 m2) campus. In January 2007, Georgetown Prep 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, 6000 s.f. 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 next phase of construction converted the existing field house into a learning center featuring expanded and modern library facilities, classrooms, meeting rooms, and a recording studio.[6] This learning center, named after the immediate past president Fr. William L. George, S.J., opened for students on January 26, 2010.[7]

The school gained some media attention in July 2018 after alumnus Brett Kavanaugh was nominated to the Supreme Court of the United States by President Donald Trump. Trump's previous Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch also graduated from Georgetown Prep, as did Jerome Powell, the Chairman of the Federal Reserve. [8]

Notable alumni

Literature, journalism and the arts

  • John Barrymore* (d.) – Shakespearean actor and grandfather of Drew Barrymore
  • Dylan Baker, ’76 – 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
  • Ian Harding '05 – Actor, best known for his role as Ezra Fitz in "Pretty Little Liars"
  • Dennis Murphy, ’65 – Dateline NBC correspondent; winner of four Emmy Awards for excellence in news reporting
  • Christopher Rose, ’78 – noted columnist for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans and Pulitzer Prize winner for his post-Katrina columns, later compiled into the national bestseller, "1 Dead in Attic"; frequent commentator for NPR's Morning Edition
  • Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa – Playwright, screenwriter, and comic book writer. Also, Chief Creative Officer of Archie Comics
  • Mo Rocca, '87 – comedian, writer, political satirist, and a contributor for CBS's "Sunday Morning," the host of "The Tomorrow Show" on, and a panelist on NPR's "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!"
  • Allen Tate, 1918 (d.) – poet and essayist; U. S. Poet Laureate and Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, 1943–44[9]


  • Bill Bidwill, ’49 – owner, NFL’s Arizona Cardinals
  • Michael Bidwill, '83 – President, NFL's Arizona Cardinals
  • Brian Cashman, ’85 – General Manager, New York Yankees
  • Roy Hibbert, ’04 – NBA center, Charlotte Hornets
  • Chip Jenkins, '82 – Olympic Gold Medalist, 4 x 400 relay, Barcelona, Spain (1992)
  • Marcus Mason, '03 – running back, Washington Redskins
  • Denny McCarthy, ‘11 — PGA Golfer
  • Thomas McHale* (d.) – former NFL player for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Philadelphia Eagles, and Miami Dolphins
  • Markel Starks, ’10 – NBL guard, Cairns Taipans
  • AJ Wood, '91 – former NCAA Soccer All-American and Soccer America Player of the Year; 1996 Olympian and player for MLS D.C. United and the New York/New Jersey Metrostars

Government and military


  • Thomas Hale Boggs, Jr., ’58 (d.) – founder and partner, Patton Boggs LLP
  • David Chang, ’95 – chef/owner, Momofuku restaurants in New York City
  • Paul G. Haaga, Jr., ’66 – financier, philanthropist and CEO of NPR
  • Christopher Kennedy, ’82 – President, Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. and son of Robert F. Kennedy
  • Chet Thompson, ‘86 — President and CEO, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM)

Activism and community service

Science and medicine

  • Charles Zubrod, ’32 (d.) – oncologist, widely regarded as the father of modern chemotherapy

*attended but did not complete graduation requirements


  1. ^ "Our Campus". Georgetown Preparatory School.
  2. ^ MSA-CSS. "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". Archived from the original on 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2009-07-31.
  3. ^ Publications
  4. ^ "Tuition & Financial Aid – Georgetown Preparatory School".
  5. ^ Acceptance, accessed 2014-05-22
  6. ^ Phase 2010
  7. ^ News 2010
  8. ^
  9. ^ Winchell, Mark Royden (2000). Where No Flag Flies: Donald Davidson and the Southern Resistance. University of Missouri Press. p. 56. ISBN 9780826262318.

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