Bishop Blanchet High School

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Bishop Blanchet High School
8200 Wallingford Avenue North

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United States
Coordinates47°41′21″N 122°20′08″W / 47.68930°N 122.33551°W / 47.68930; -122.33551Coordinates: 47°41′21″N 122°20′08″W / 47.68930°N 122.33551°W / 47.68930; -122.33551
Other nameBlanchet
School typePrivate, college preparatory school[1]
MottoFons sapientiae verbum Dei
(The fount of knowledge is the word of God.)
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Founded1954; 67 years ago (1954)
OversightArchdiocese of Seattle
PresidentAntonio DeSapio
PrincipalSamuel Procopio
ChaplainFr. Colin Parrish
Faculty72.6 (2015–16)[2]
Enrollment855 (2015–16)[2]
Average class size22[1]
Student to teacher ratio12∶1 (2015–16)[1][2]
Color(s)  Green
SloganTradition of Faith, Scholarship and Service.
Athletics conferenceMetro League
SportsBaseballBasketballCross-countryFootballGolfLacrosseSoccerSoftballSwim and DiveTennisTrack and fieldUltimateVolleyballWrestling
MascotBraves (1954-2021)
  • Brave Magazine
  • Voices (Literary Magazine)
NewspaperThe Miter
Tuition$19,450 (2021-22)[1]
Last updated: February 4, 2019; 2 years ago (2019-02-04)

Bishop Blanchet High School is a private coeducational Catholic high school located north of Green Lake in Seattle, United States. The school was founded in 1954 by the Archdiocese of Seattle, and named for the first bishop of the diocese, A.M.A. Blanchet (1797–1887). Originally named Blanchet High School, in 1999 the title Bishop was added to make the school easily identified as Catholic.[3]

Bishop Blanchet has an enrollment of approximately 850 students, 80% of whom are Catholic. The school employs 73 teachers, 69 of them full-time. Most students come from Archdiocesan elementary and middle schools.[1]


Approximately 50% of students attend Honors or Advanced Placement classes. To graduate, a student must have 52 credits. This school does not offer a Running Start program. According to the Blanchet Admissions Office, approximately 99% of Bishop Blanchet graduates continue on to higher education.[1]


The school was founded in February 1954, and opened in 1955. The school underwent minor renovations in 2002 and 2013.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Blanchet has a range of sports, clubs, and activities. Most students at Blanchet partake in some kind of extracurricular activity.[clarification needed] Several student retreats are offered, including a four-day Kairos retreat.

The Miter[edit]

Bishop Blanchet's student newspaper, The Miter, is published every month during the school year. Articles are published on the newspaper's website.[4]


Blanchet has 36 teams in 17 interscholastic sports, and as of March 2016 had won 164 League Championships. Sports played include cross country, football, basketball, track, soccer, swimming, lacrosse, baseball, bowling, and ping pong.[1]

Athletic scholarship scandal[edit]

In 2015, the Bishop Blanchet athletics program was investigated by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association for self-reported violations to the association's recruiting policies. The head coach of the Blanchet football team had set up a scholarship program funded by the school to provide scholarships to Blanchet athletes to stay at the school, even if they did not qualify for normal scholarships or financial aid.

As part of the WIAA's sanctions against the school, the school's girls' basketball and football teams' records in several previous seasons were expunged and the school's athletic program was put on a two-year probation, and the head football coach was fired.[5][6][7]


Band, choir, drama and visual arts courses are available for students. The Drama department has a "black box" theater in the school where the fall play, one acts, improv, classes and rehearsals take place. In the spring, Blanchet performs a musical at the Moore Theatre. In 2008, Bishop Blanchet High School's Drama Program was awarded "The Top High School Theatre Program in the Northwest" by Stage Directions Magazine.[8]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "At a Glance". Bishop Blanchet High School. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Search for Private Schools – School Detail for Bishop Blanchet High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  3. ^ Smith, Craig (November 23, 1999). "Prep Beat -- Blanchet High Adds `Bishop' To Name". The Seattle Times.
  4. ^ "The Miter". Bishop Blanchet High School. Retrieved June 2, 2014. (school newspaper)
  5. ^ "Bishop Blanchet football coach fired over illegal recruiting". Retrieved April 22, 2020.
  6. ^ "Bishop Blanchet self-reports violations within girl's basketball, football teams". Retrieved April 22, 2020.
  7. ^ "Bishop Blanchet sports penalized for violations". Retrieved April 22, 2020.
  8. ^ "Five Five-Star Theatre Programs". Retrieved September 17, 2012.
  9. ^ "Boeing senior VP, Seattle native nominated for role at Pentagon". Bonneville International. March 16, 2017. Archived from the original on April 3, 2017. Retrieved January 2, 2019. Shanahan is a Seattle native who graduated from Bishop Blanchet High School and the University of Washington.
  10. ^ "A Brave Future Capital Campaign". Bishop Blanchet High School. Archived from the original on January 3, 2019. Retrieved January 2, 2019.