Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School

Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School
17700 Dominican Drive

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United States
Coordinates 38°34′0″N 77°17′15″W  /  38.56667°N 77.28750°W  / 38.56667; -77.28750 Coordinates: 38°34′0″N77°17′15″W / 38.56667°N 77.28750°W / 38.56667; -77.28750
Type Private, Coeducational
Motto Veritas

Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 2008
Authority Diocese of Arlington
Oversight Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia
Principal Sr. Mary Veronica Keller, O.P.
Chaplain Rev. Keith Cummings (2017-Present), Bjorn Lundberg (2012-2017), Matthew Zuberbueler (2008-2012)
Grades 912
Enrollment 750
Average class size 20:1
Classes offered College Prep; Advanced, Honors, and AP
Campus size 40 acres (160,000 m2)
Color(s) Green, Black and White             
Mascot Wolf
Team name Wolfpack
Accreditation SACS [1]

Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School is a private, coeducational Catholic high school in Potomac Shores, Virginia led by the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia. As a diocesan school of the Diocese of Arlington, it is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

In 2012 it was included in the Cardinal Newman Society's Top 50 Catholic High Schools list.[2] It was placed on the list again in 2014.[3]

In 2013 it was chosen by the editors of Virginia Living magazine as a 2013 Top Virginia School.

History [ edit ]

The school broke ground in September 2006 as the newest high school in the Diocese of Arlington with a construction cost of a state of the art facility at $60 million, funded by bonds, donations, and a capital campaign.[4] The school was built on 40 acres of land, valued at $14.5 million, that was given to the diocese.[4]

In October 2007, the Diocese announced it would be named after Pope John Paul II.[5] The school says that it has the only Catholic bioethics curriculum in the US.[6]

The school is led and taught by the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia,[7] commonly known as the Nashville Dominicans, an order of Catholic sisters who are much younger on average than other orders, and whose stated mission is teaching.[4]

The newly constructed school opened to incoming 9th and 10th graders in August 2008.[8] The school's first graduating class graduated in 2011.[9] Graduates from the Class of 2012 and 2013 were accepted into universities, including Ivy League schools, military appointments, Catholic institutions, and other Virginia schools. Combined, these students earned more than $12 million in academic scholarships to the universities of their choice.

In August 2013 the school opened with more than 600 students. The school intends to have an eventual capacity of 1,000 students.[6]

In May 2014 it was announced that, following John Paul II's canonization the previous month, the name of the school would be changed to Saint John Paul the Great.

The school is the only high school in the U.S. to offer a 4-year Catholic Bioethics Curriculum, and has a House system (Aquino, Castello, Diego, Dominic, Gianna, Martin, More, Ruiz), with eight Houses named after Roman Catholic Saints. Houses compete against each other throughout the month to earn the title "House of the Month" and eventually, "House of the Year".

Sports [ edit ]

The school offers 17 sports. In 2009, the varsity football team completed their second season with a record of 9-1 and was the first team to represent the school in a state playoff tournament.[10] The junior varsity boys basketball posted the first winning record for a basketball team with nine wins and three losses.

In the 2010-2011 school year, both JV soccer and JV basketball went undefeated with soccer having an 11-0 season and basketball a 14-0 season.

In 2012, John Paul the Great's boys Track & Field team won the Virginia Catholic State Championship, the first state championship won in the school's history. The boys' track and field team won the Catholic State Championship again in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2019.

The girls Track & Field team won the Virginia Catholic State Championship in 2015.

John Paul the Great's boys Cross Country team won the Virginia Catholic State Championship in 2017, 2018, and 2019, and had individual champions in 2012, 2014, and 2015.

In 2015, The Varsity boys football team produced a good record at 7-3 and once more clinched the State Playoffs. They lost in the first round to Bishop Ireton, who went on to lose to the State Champions, the Benedictine School.

External links [ edit ]

Notes and references [ edit ]

  1. ^ "AdvancED - Institution Summary". Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  2. ^ 2012 Catholic High School Honor Roll Top 50
  3. ^ "Catholic Education Honor Roll Announced". The Cardinal Newman Society. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  4. ^ a b c "Roman Catholic Vocations: Nashville Dominicans to Run New High School in Virginia". Roman Catholic Vocations. 25 November 2007. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  5. ^ Gretchen R. Crowe (11 October 2007). "Dumfries high school named". Catholic Herald. Archived from the original on 23 September 2015.
  6. ^ a b Amy Flowers Umble (23 August 2013). "Commute gets shorter for Catholic students". Archived from the original on 3 September 2014.
  7. ^ "Dominican Leadership - Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School". Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  8. ^ Kipp Hanley (26 August 2008). "John Paul The Great Kicks Off to a Great Start". Inside Nova News. Archived from the original on 9 August 2011. Retrieved 21 September 2017. CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  9. ^ Gretchen R. Crowe (3 June 2011). "'Pioneers' receive first diplomas". Catholic Herald. Archived from the original on 10 June 2011.
  10. ^ Katy and Alan Metzler. "A Second Season of Firsts". Arlington Catholic Herald. Archived from the original on 29 June 2011. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
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