Georgetown Prep Receives $20 Million Donation

Georgetown Prep Receives $20 Million Donation

Gift is largest in school's 228-year history

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Georgetown Preparatory School in North Bethesda received a $20 million anonymous gift that the 228-year-old private boys school will use to renovate its two residential buildings and make other improvements, a school spokesman said Friday.

Georgetown Prep is the only Jesuit boarding school in the United States and attracts students from around the world. The gift is the largest in the school’s history, according to the spokesman.

“This gift will allow the school to imagine new ways to leverage this position while making necessary upgrades and updates to existing living areas,” a news release from the school said.

Georgetown Prep has two residence halls. Boland Hall will celebrate the centennial of its groundbreaking on Oct. 25, Georgetown Prep spokesman Patrick Coyle said. Gunlocke Hall opened in the fall of 1971.

Georgetown Preparatory School sits on 90 acres and was founded in 1789 by Archbishop John Carroll, the first Catholic bishop of the United States. It is an independent, Jesuit college-preparatory school for young men in grades nine through 12. Georgetown Prep is America’s oldest Catholic boarding and day school for young men.

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