Georgetown Prep – widely known for producing nationally-ranked boys’ lacrosse teams over the years – is on the verge of having yet another monumental distinction.
The North Bethesda private school could soon boast two United States Supreme Court Justices.
Brett Kavanaugh, who graduated from Georgetown Prep in 1983, was nominated by President Donald Trump on July 9. If he’s confirmed by the United States Senate, Kavanaugh would join fellow Georgetown Prep graduate Neil Gorsuch on the nation’s highest court.
Gorsuch, who graduated from Georgetown Prep in 1985, was sworn into office last year.
Kavanaugh, a 53-year-old Bethesda native, has served as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit since 2006.
“I would like to congratulate Judge Kavanaugh on his nomination to serve on the nation’s highest court, said Rev. James R. Van Dyke, S.J., president of Georgetown Prep. “I had the opportunity to meet Judge Kavanaugh at Georgetown Prep’s alumni business network event in May 2018; he is a proud Prep alumnus and holds the school in the highest regard. Judge Kavanaugh has Georgetown Prep’s prayers and support as he faces the confirmation process.”
During his tenure at Georgetown Prep, Kavanaugh was a member of the varsity football and basketball teams and served on the staff of the Little Hoya, the school’s newspaper.
Kavanaugh has drawn public support from Arizona Cardinals President Michael Bidwell, a former high school classmate and football teammate.
Bidwell along with fellow Class of ’83 members DeLancey Davis, Paul Murray and Don Urgo spearheaded the effort for Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court candidacy by drafting a letter that features signatures from more than 150 Georgetown Prep alumni including the New York Yankees General Manager.
Brian Cashman, who also attended Georgetown Prep with the Supreme Court nominee, is among Kavanaugh’s most ardent supporters.
The Georgetown Prep letter was sent via email to Senate leaders overseeing the process and reads, in part, “We, his classmates and fellow alumni, are confident that you will conclude what we already have known for approximately 35 years because of his character and intellect: Brett M. Kavanaugh is an excellent jurist who is singularly qualified to be an Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. We respectfully request that you promptly and fully consider his nomination as an Associate Justice to the U.S. Supreme Court.”
Kavanaugh’s nomination was met with pride from former Georgetown Prep head football coach Jim Fegan and his son Michael who played on the team with the Supreme Court Justice hopeful.
“Brett was a real good football player – a team player,” Jim Fegan recalled. “A real pleasure to coach.”
Michael Fegan, who also graduated in 1983, echoed his father’s sentiments and revealed that Kavanaugh took time out of his busy schedule to attend his mother’s funeral two years ago.
“He was an even better basketball player,” said Michael Fegan. “He was captain of the basketball team his senior year. He was a good athlete.”
Kavanaugh, who played wide receiver and defensive back at Georgetown Prep, has been described as a “family man” by his closest friends and comrades.
“I think he’s going to be a good jurist and uphold the Constitution and uphold the law,” said Michael Fegan.
What are the odds of one high school having two graduates sit on the nation’s highest court?
Probably a million to one, but hey, anything is possible in America.
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