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Gonzaga College High School



Established: 1821

School type: Catholic - Jesuit - All Boys

President: Rev. Allen Novotny, SJ

Headmaster: Michael Pakenham

Enrollment: 930

School Song: Alma Mater

School Mascot: Eagle


Location: 19 Eye St., NW, Washington, DC 20001

Phone: 202-336-7100

Website: http://www.gonzaga.org/

Gonzaga College High School is a Jesuit high school for boys located in Washington, DC. The school is named in honor of St. Aloysius Gonzaga, an Italian saint from the 16th century. Gonzaga is the oldest boys' high school in Washington, D.C. Image File history File links Current_left. ... Year 1821 (MDCCCXXI) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Seal of the Society of Jesus. ... Aerial photo (looking NW) of the Washington Monument and the White House in Washington, DC. Washington, D.C., officially the District of Columbia (also known as D.C.; Washington; the Nations Capital; the District; and, historically, the Federal City) is the capital city and administrative district of the United... Aloysius Gonzaga (9 March 1568–21 June 1591) was the oldest son of the Marquis Ferdinand of Castiglione, a prince of the Holy Roman Empire, and Marta Tana Santena, daughter of a baron from Piemonte, of the Della Rovere family. ... For other uses, see Saint (disambiguation). ... (15th century - 16th century - 17th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 16th century was that century which lasted from 1501 to 1600. ...

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History

Gonzaga was founded by Father Anthony Kohlmann, a Jesuit, in 1821 and is the oldest educational facility in the original federal city of Washington. It was at first called Washington Seminary, operating under the charter of Georgetown College (now Georgetown University), and it was located on F Street, near 10th Street, N.W. in a building adjoining Saint Patrick's Church.The school was immediately popular among Catholic families and was well enough known in its early years to attract the attention of President John Quincy Adams, who visited the school to test the boys' Latin and Greek. However, there were financial problems that caused the Jesuits to withdraw in 1827: their order prohibited the charging of tuition for a day school youth education. Although it continued to be run by laity, Gonzaga did not come back under the control of the Jesuits until some twenty years later (with the ordinance regarding tuition changed) and President Zachary Taylor presided at the commencement exercises in 1849. Year 1821 (MDCCCXXI) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Georgetown University is an elite private research university located in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., United States. ... John Quincy Adams (July 11, 1767 – February 23, 1848) was a diplomat, politician, and the sixth President of the United States (March 4, 1825 – March 4, 1829). ... This article is about the twelfth President of the United States. ...


In 1858, Gonzaga was granted its own charter by Congress as a college empowered to confer degrees in the arts and sciences, which accounts for its name (Gonzaga College) to this day. Although some students did receive bachelor's degrees in the 19th century, Gonzaga no longer confers degrees, other than honorary doctoral degrees presented to commencement speakers or other notable guests. In 1871, the school moved to a building (now called Kohlmann Hall) in the Swampoodle area north of the US Capitol, just down the block from St. Aloysius Church, which had been built in 1859 and is now on the U.S. Register of Historic Buildings. Enrollment declined owing to the distance of the new neighborhood from the center, but the Jesuits persevered and by the end of the century the school was once again flourishing. A theater was built in 1896, and a large new classroom building (previously the Main Building and now called Dooley Hall) was opened in 1912. Swampoodle is also a neighborhood in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... United States Capitol The United States Capitol is the building which serves as home for the legislative branch of the United States government. ...


The curriculum of Gonzaga from its founding until the late 20th century was at once rigorously classical and emphatically Catholic. Mastery of Latin and deep involvement in the Catholic religion were at its core. Standards were high, and many hopeful boys who lacked the necessary qualities for success were denied admittance. For other uses, see Latin (disambiguation). ...


Gonzaga benefited greatly from the fact that the row houses built in Swampoodle were largely occupied by Irish Catholics from the late 19th century on. Although Gonzaga always drew students from other parts of the city as well, the departure of the Swampoodle Irish for the suburbs in the mid-20th century and more especially their replacement by poorer non-Catholics, brought on another period of difficulties. A decline in enrollments and the great inner-city riot of 1968 led some to suggest that Gonzaga should be closed, or moved to a more affluent area. However, the Jesuits once again persisted, and the school survived. In the last years of the 20th century, the school even expanded, adding several new buildings and a large playing field and field house. Today Gonzaga has regained its former status. A recent Wall Street Journal editorial referred to the institution as "the premier Catholic high school of Washington."[1] Irish Catholics is a term used to describe Irish people or people of Irish descent who adhere to the Roman Catholic faith. ... Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Wall Street Journal is an influential international daily newspaper published in New York City, New York with an average daily circulation of 1,800,607 (2002). ...


St. Aloysius

St. Aloysius is a parish church physically attached to Gonzaga. It was built in 1859. It is often used for school assemblies, masses, concerts, and graduation. The large painting above the altar is the work of Constantino Brumidi, who is famous for painting the frescoes on the interior of the dome of the US Capitol. St. ... Year 1859 (MDCCCLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Thursday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Look up Altar in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Constantino Brumidi Constantino Brumidi (July 26, 1805 in Rome, Italy-February 19, 1880, Washington, DC), was an Italian-American historical painter, best known and honored for his fresco work in the Capitol Building in Washington, DC. Parentage and early life Brumidis father was a native of Filiatra (in western... A XIV Century fresco featuring Saint Sebastian Note: Fresco is the NATO reporting name of the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17. ... United States Capitol The United States Capitol is the building which serves as home for the legislative branch of the United States government. ...


Athletics

Gonzaga College High School Purple Eagles are the athletic teams representing Gonzaga College High School. Gonzaga currently fields seventeen different varsity teams, most of which compete in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. Gonzaga Eagles School(s) Gonzaga College High School Association NCHSAA Division Private Conference Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Athletics director Joe Reyda Location Washington, DC Varsity Teams 17 varsity teams Stadium Buchanan Field Arena Carmody Center Nickname Eagles Fight Song Alma Mater Colors Purple and White   Homepage Gonzaga Athletics Gonzaga College...


An Eastern Motors TV commercial with Clinton Portis and others was filmed at Gonzaga's athletic fields.[2] Clinton Earl Portis (born September 1, 1981 in Laurel, Mississippi) is an American football running back. ...


Rivals & sister school

Gonzaga is considered rivals with DeMatha and Georgetown Prep. Their historic rival, however, is St. John's. The two schools make up the third-oldest Catholic High School rivalry in the United States. The football series dates from Gonzaga's 6-0 victory in 1921. DeMatha Catholic High School, a four-year Catholic high school for young men, was established in 1946 by the Order of the Most Holy Trinity. ... Boland Hall, Georgetown Preparatory School Georgetown Preparatory School, situated on 90 acres in North Bethesda, Maryland, is an independent, Jesuit college-preparatory school for young men in grades nine through 12. ... St. ...


During the 14 year run of the City Championship Football series, 1948-1962, Gonzaga appeared 4 times: 1948 lost to Central 26-6; 1949 defeated Wilson 12-7; 1955 tied Cardozo 6-6; 1959 defeated Eastern 7-6.


Georgetown Visitation is the "sister school" of Gonzaga. Students of the two schools frequently attend each others' dances and athletic events and participate in school dramatic and choral productions. Educating women of faith, vision, and purpose since 1799. ...


Other clubs and activities

The Gonzaga Dramatic Association (GDA) - One of Gonzaga's oldest and proudest institutions, the Gonzaga Dramatic Association was officially formed in 1863 (though the school had been putting on plays for the previous forty-two years). There are two productions each year: a smaller comedy or classical play in the fall and a larger musical in the spring. The theater program is housed in the Gonzaga Theater (formerly known as Gonzaga Hall), which is the oldest continuously-operated theater in the District of Columbia (operated continuously since 1896).[3] The GDA has a rich tradition of drawing upon girls from all the region's schools to play the female parts in its performances. In its most recent production of Annie, the girls schools represented included: Georgetown Visitation, Academy of the Holy Cross, Oakcrest, Good Counsel, Woodrow Wilson H.S., Stone Ridge, Connelly School of the Holy Child, and O'Connell, as well as several home schooled girls. GDA actors and actresses often go on to accomplish great things in professional theater, and the Gonzaga Dramatic Association Hall of Fame was established in 1999 to honor these individuals (as well as those who continue to add to the theater at Gonzaga or elsewhere in their lives). The GDA inspires great loyalty in its members and five of eight current members of the production staff were involved in the GDA during their high school years. [4] Educating women of faith, vision, and purpose since 1799. ... The Academy of the Holy Cross is Catholic high school for girls, located in Kensington, Maryland, founded in 1868 by the Sisters of the Holy Cross of Notre Dame, Indiana. ... Our Lady of Good Counsel High School is a private, Catholic, college-preparatory high school in Olney, an unincorporated area in Montgomery County, Maryland. ... Woodrow Wilson Senior High School is a secondary school located in Washington, DC, United States. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Connelly School of the Holy Child is an independent Catholic school located in Potomac, Maryland, USA. // The school was founded in 1961 by the Society of the Holy Child Jesus with the purpose of educating young women in grades 6-12. ... OConnell can refer to: // Anthony OConnell, American bishop Arthur OConnell (1908–1981), American actor Bill OConnell, American sports journalist and broadcast producer (AirGuy. ...


It's Academic - Gonzaga's It's Academic Team has been solid in Virginia-DC-Maryland tournaments in the past several years. Additionally, they have made a good showing on the It's Academic television show on NBC, receiving third place in the 2006 final and winning in 1998. The team practices twice a week using practice questions that encompass geography, history, mythology, literature, art, and more. Their wins-losses in individual games have also been improving in the past few years; in the 2002-2003 school year the team went 80-26; in the 2003-2004 season they went 91-22; in 2004-2005 they went 110-27; and in the school year 2005-2006 they went 106-32 and finished as a quarter-finalist at PACE national championships.[5] With the 2006-2007 season ending in June 2007, the team is now recouping to form another solid team for the 2007-2008 season. The team finished at 151-35 after competing in two national tournaments, where they placed tied for 5th and tied for 8th at the PACE-NSC tournament and the NAQT High School National Scholastic Tournament, respectively, leading to the best record and winning percentage ever attained by Gonzaga's team in one school year.[6] Throughout the year the team also won the most tournaments ever won by Gonzaga's quizbowl team, winning prestigious tournaments at Princeton University and Yale University. [7] PACE may refer to: Planetary Association for Clean Energy Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, in the United Kingdom Academy for Gifted Children in Richmond Hill, Ontario, the acronym PACE stands for Programming for Academic and Creative Excellence Partnership for Academic Competition Excellence... National Academic Quiz Tournaments (LLC) is a question-writing and quizbowl organizing company founded by former players in 1996. ...


Speech and Debate - Gonzaga's Speech and Debate Team has competed mainly in Student Congress debate for many years under the coordination and coaching of Mr. Mark McManmon. The team has gained prominence for the school's individual and group accomplishments. Among Gonzaga's greatest achievements is the team's victory for the Harvard Cup, which symbolizes the best overall effort on the part of one school out of the more than 100 schools that participate in the competition; furthermore, Gonzaga achieved the unprecedented feat of clearing four students to the finals of this tournament.


Community service

One important aspect of Gonzaga student life that sets it apart from that of other private schools in the area is the school's commitment to community service. Each senior must complete at least forty hours of service before graduation, and although there is no requirement for non-seniors, many students volunteer in programs like the McKenna Center, Food and Friends, So Others Might Eat, or other similar projects aimed at helping the surrounding community - including the Sursum Corda Cooperative, an adjacent DC neighborhood infamous for its violence and poverty. Gonzaga's emphasis on community service reflects its students' desire to carry out their school motto - "Men for Others." In 2005 Gonzaga became the first high school to participate in the Campus Kitchen service project, a previously all-college program. Map of Washington, D.C., with Sursum Corda highlighted in red Sursum Corda Cooperative is a small neighborhood located in Washington, D.C., bounded by North Capitol Street on the east, First Street NW to the west, K Street NW to the south, and New York Avenue NW to the... A Campus Kitchen is an on-campus student service program that is a member of the nonprofit organization, The Campus Kitchens Project. ...


Notable alumni

Over the years many famous men have passed through the doors of Gonzaga, including Senators, Congressmen, a Governor, and Presidential Candidates. The following are notable alumni of Gonzaga College High School in Washington, DC. // Don Beyer, Lieutenant Governor of Virginia (Class of 1968) Pat Buchanan, political advisor, author (Class of 1956) William Bennett, first drug czar of the United States (Class of 1961) Lawrence Hogan, Maryland Congressman, (Class of 1946) Frederick...


External links

  • Gonzaga College High School Official Site
  • St. Aloysius Catholic Church Official site
  • Gonzaga Athletics
  • Gonzaga Dramatic Association
  • Gonzaga It's Academic Team

History

Gonzaga was founded by Father Anthony Kohlmann, a Jesuit, in 1821 and is the oldest educational facility in the original federal city of Washington. It was at first called Washington Seminary, operating under the charter of Georgetown College (now Georgetown University), and it was located on F Street, near 10th Street, N.W. in a building adjoining Saint Patrick's Church.The school was immediately popular among Catholic families and was well enough known in its early years to attract the attention of President John Quincy Adams, who visited the school to test the boys' Latin and Greek. However, there were financial problems that caused the Jesuits to withdraw in 1827: their order prohibited the charging of tuition for a day school youth education. Although it continued to be run by laity, Gonzaga did not come back under the control of the Jesuits until some twenty years later (with the ordinance regarding tuition changed) and President Zachary Taylor presided at the commencement exercises in 1849. Year 1821 (MDCCCXXI) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Georgetown University is an elite private research university located in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., United States. ... John Quincy Adams (July 11, 1767 – February 23, 1848) was a diplomat, politician, and the sixth President of the United States (March 4, 1825 – March 4, 1829). ... This article is about the twelfth President of the United States. ...


In 1858, Gonzaga was granted its own charter by Congress as a college empowered to confer degrees in the arts and sciences, which accounts for its name (Gonzaga College) to this day. Although some students did receive bachelor's degrees in the 19th century, Gonzaga no longer confers degrees, other than honorary doctoral degrees presented to commencement speakers or other notable guests. In 1871, the school moved to a building (now called Kohlmann Hall) in the Swampoodle area north of the US Capitol, just down the block from St. Aloysius Church, which had been built in 1859 and is now on the U.S. Register of Historic Buildings. Enrollment declined owing to the distance of the new neighborhood from the center, but the Jesuits persevered and by the end of the century the school was once again flourishing. A theater was built in 1896, and a large new classroom building (previously the Main Building and now called Dooley Hall) was opened in 1912. Swampoodle is also a neighborhood in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... United States Capitol The United States Capitol is the building which serves as home for the legislative branch of the United States government. ...


The curriculum of Gonzaga from its founding until the late 20th century was at once rigorously classical and emphatically Catholic. Mastery of Latin and deep involvement in the Catholic religion were at its core. Standards were high, and many hopeful boys who lacked the necessary qualities for success were denied admittance. For other uses, see Latin (disambiguation). ...


Gonzaga benefited greatly from the fact that the row houses built in Swampoodle were largely occupied by Irish Catholics from the late 19th century on. Although Gonzaga always drew students from other parts of the city as well, the departure of the Swampoodle Irish for the suburbs in the mid-20th century and more especially their replacement by poorer non-Catholics, brought on another period of difficulties. A decline in enrollments and the great inner-city riot of 1968 led some to suggest that Gonzaga should be closed, or moved to a more affluent area. However, the Jesuits once again persisted, and the school survived. In the last years of the 20th century, the school even expanded, adding several new buildings and a large playing field and field house. Today Gonzaga has regained its former status. A recent Wall Street Journal editorial referred to the institution as "the premier Catholic high school of Washington."[8] Irish Catholics is a term used to describe Irish people or people of Irish descent who adhere to the Roman Catholic faith. ... Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Wall Street Journal is an influential international daily newspaper published in New York City, New York with an average daily circulation of 1,800,607 (2002). ...


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