Georgetown Preparatory School

Jesuit university-preparatory school in North Bethesda, Maryland, near Washington, D.C.

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. It is the only Jesuit boarding school in the United States.

Georgetown Preparatory School isn't your average high school. ~ Mark Abadi
Men For Others  (motto)
Prep is a school steeped in history, family, friendship, and tradition. ~ Mark Judge

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  • Georgetown Preparatory School isn't your average high school. Located in suburban Bethesda, Maryland, Georgetown Prep's 93-acre campus features perks like a recording studio, a swimming pool and a nine-hole golf course. A year's tuition at the all-boys Catholic school costs as much as $60,000. Soon, the Supreme Court could feature two Georgetown Prep alumni — Neil Gorsuch graduated in 1985, while nominee Brett Kavanaugh graduated in 1983.
  • Kavanaugh's nomination was well-received on campus. "Certainly it’s a feather in their cap," Kevin Dowd, Kavanaugh's high school basketball coach, told The New York Times. "I just hope they don’t get carried away and raise tuition."
  • Alumni, of course, were in the military from the very earliest stages of the war, some even before Pearl Harbor. By early 1943 over two hundred alumni were on active duty and a year later this figure had climbed to four hundred. Occasionally an alumnus would return to the School and invariably end up by speaking to the assembled student body and providing a firsthand account of action in the theater from which he had come. Notices of service awards to alumni were read. (The Prep could boast of a Medal of Honor awardee in Michael Daly '41.) And sadly, word would inevitably arrive, from time to time, of a death in action. (More than a dozen alumni were to give their lives before VJ Day).
    • William S. Abell, Fifty Years At Garrett Park, 1919-1969: A History of the New Georgetown Preparatory School (1970), p. 69
  • School boys and discipline are almost by definition at odds with one another.
    • William S. Abell, Fifty Years At Garrett Park, 1919-1969: A History of the New Georgetown Preparatory School (1970), p. 115
  • Founded in 1789, Georgetown Preparatory School is America’s oldest Catholic boarding and day school for young men in grades 9 through 12, and the only Jesuit boarding school in the country. Situated on 90 acres in suburban Washington, D.C., Prep’s mission is to form men of competence, conscience, commitment and compassion; men of faith and men for others.
    Georgetown Prep’s rigorous liberal arts curriculum is deeply rooted in the Jesuit ideals of intellectual excellence, reflection, and personal responsibility. Prep is dedicated to helping form young men who are open to growth, intellectually competent, religious, loving and committed to doing justice.
    • Archdiocese of Washington website description of Georgetown Prep[1]
  • Prep is a school steeped in history, family, friendship, and tradition. Many of the hundred boys in my class had gone to parochial school together. Our parents had gone to Gonzaga, Georgetown Visitation, and the other Catholic schools in the area. Many of our older brothers had also gone to Prep. Many of our older brothers had also gone to Prep. I'll never forget when I was in the eighth grade and had an interview as part of my application. I sat down with my parents in front of a teacher I had never met before. "You're a little taller than your brothers," he said after shaking my hand. "But I bet you're not as good an actor as your brother."
    This kind of atmosphere led to a sense of being part of a group that knew you better than you knew yourself. There was also the advantage of Prep being an all-boys school. At a critical time in our lives we were allowed to study, make friends, and get to know girls as friends due, paradoxically, to the fact that we were not distracted by girls. At age fifteen it was hard to think of anything else. And had there been girls on campus, Prep would not have been the place it was.
    • Mark Judge, God and Man at Georgetown Prep: How I Became a Catholic Despite 20 Years of Catholic Schooling. New York: Crossroad Publishing, paperback, p. 59
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