Georgetown Day School
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|Georgetown Day School|
|Head of School||Russell Shaw|
|Average class size||16|
|Student to teacher ratio||6:1|
|Campus||10 overall acres |
|Color(s)||Green and white|
|Athletics||14 interscholastic sports|
63 interscholastic teams
|Athletics conference||Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference (boys)|
Independent School League (girls)
Georgetown Day School (GDS) is an independent coeducational PK-12 school located in Washington, D.C. The school educates 1,075 elementary, middle, and high school students across two campuses in the city's Northwestern quadrant. Russell Shaw is the current Head of School.
Founded in 1945 as Washington's first racially integrated school, it is known for its progressive climate and dedication to social justice. Students call teachers by their first names, and the high school allows students to leave the campus during school hours.
The school has educated the children of several high-ranking government officials, including Justice Thurgood Marshall, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, United States Attorney General Eric Holder, Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, Texas Senator Phil Gramm, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, Florida Congressman Kendrick Meek, Maryland Congressman Jamie Raskin, and Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu.
GDS offers 18 Advanced Placement courses, which are currently being phased out. The high school features a curriculum covering the humanities, mathematics, sciences, and the arts. Students are required to take four years of English courses and a freshman seminar focusing on diversity issues.
The school enrolls approximately 1,075 students and graduates about 130 seniors in any given year. As a college preparatory school, GDS sends 100% of its graduates to four-year universities. The most frequently attended universities for GDS alumni include Harvard, Brown, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Michigan, New York University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Wisconsin and Yale. The mean SAT scores for the 2017 senior class at GDS were Math (700), Writing and Reading (720). The Class of 2018 included 8 National Merit Semifinalists, 27 Commended Students, and 3 National Hispanic Scholars.
Each year the school sponsors the Ben Cooper Lecture in memory of a student killed in a car accident in 1997. Past speakers have included Samantha Power, immigration activist Jose Antonio Vargas, journalist Michele Norris, journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates, writer-brothers Franklin, Jonathan, and Joshua Foer (all three alumni), journalist David K. Shipler, feminist Zainab Salbi, civil rights activist Julian Bond, historian John Hope Franklin, political scientist James C. Scott, architect William McDonough, author Sherman Alexie, Senator George J. Mitchell, journalist Anna Quindlen, author and humanitarian Elie Wiesel, poet Maya Angelou, scientist Harold Varmus (a GDS parent), historian Taylor Branch, and US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
- Elliot Ackerman, decorated veteran and author
- James Alefantis, owner of Comet Ping Pong
- Kelly AuCoin, actor
- Schuyler Bailar, first openly transgender NCAA Division I swimmer
- Sean Fine, documentary filmmaker, best known for the Academy Award-nominated War/Dance
- Ruben Fleischer, film director
- Franklin Foer, The New Republic editor
- Jonathan Safran Foer, novelist and professor of creative writing at New York University
- Joshua Foer, freelance journalist and author of Moonwalking with Einstein
- Gina Gionfriddo, playwright and television writer. Twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
- Andrew Sean Greer, Pulitzer prize winning American author
- Matt Jackson, holder of the 4th longest winning streak on Jeopardy!
- Judy Kuhn, Tony-nominated theatre actress, known for her originating roles in Les Misérables, Chess, and Fun Home, as well as being the singing voice for Pocahontas in the Disney film Pocahontas
- Ben Mankiewicz, producer and actor
- Thurgood Marshall, Jr., partner at Bingham McCutchen, LLP, chairman of the Board of the Governors USPS, Assistant to the President and Secretary to the Cabinet at Clinton Administration
- Judith Martin, journalist, author, and etiquette authority
- Sam Means, comedy writer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, 30 Rock, and Parks and Recreation; producer on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
- Guy Picciotto, singer, songwriter, guitarist, musician, and producer most widely known for his role as guitarist and vocalist in Fugazi and Rites of Spring
- Alice Randall, American author and songwriter of African-American descent. She is perhaps best known for her novel The Wind Done Gone, a reinterpretation and parody of the popular 1936 novel Gone with the Wind.
- Jamie Raskin, elected to House of Representatives from Maryland
- David Reich, geneticist and professor in the department of genetics at Harvard Medical School, and an associate of the Broad Institute, whose research studies compare the human genome with those of chimpanzees, Neanderthals and Denisovans
- Noah Robbins, American actor
- Paul Shapiro, vice president of farm animal protection for the Humane Society of the United States
- Kevin Sheekey, political operative
- Ethan Slater, actor, singer, writer, and composer, best known for his Tony nominated role as SpongeBob SquarePants in the musical SpongeBob SquarePants
- Sarah Stillman, journalist and winner of the 2012 George Polk Award, the 2012 Hillman Prize, and a 2016 MacArthur Fellowship
- Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, author and activist
- Olivia Wilde, film and television actress, starred in House
- Sophia Yilma, journalist and politician
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