Noted Catholic School Graduates
Washington Auxiliary Bishop Roy E. Campbell Jr. is a graduate of Sacred Heart School and Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington. Before entering the seminary, he had a 33-year career with the Bank of America, working his way up from teller to vice president and project manager. At Carroll – one of Washington’s first integrated schools – he formed lifelong friendships. “We all got along well,” he said.
Jerome “Jay” Powell, the Federal Reserve Board chairman, is a 1971 graduate of Georgetown Preparatory School.
Michelle Sakayan, a member of the class of 1984 at Connelly School of the Holy Child in Potomac, is an architect and was the project manager on Oprah Winfrey’s Leadership Academy for Girls in a small town south of Johannesburg, South Africa.
Kevin Plank, the founder and CEO of the apparel company Under Armour, is a 1990 graduate of Saint John’s College High School in Washington and is a strong supporter of the athletic program at his alma mater. “Saint John’s gave me the education I needed to succeed at the college level,” Plank said. “But more than that, my experience there provided me with a sense of confidence that has helped me lead my life. Going to Saint John’s played an important role in my success as a businessman and a person.”
The Honorable Neil Gorsuch, an associate justice on the United States Supreme Court, is a 1985 graduate of Georgetown Preparatory School in North Bethesda.
Raul Fernandez is the vice chairman of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, a private partnership that owns the NBA’s Washington Wizards, the NHL’s Washington Capitals and the WNBA’s Washington Mystics. He is a 1984 graduate of Saint John’s College High School. He founded Proxicom, which became a leading global provider of e-commerce solutions for Fortune 500 companies.
Katie Ledecky, a five-time Olympic gold medalist, graduated from Little Flower School and Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda. In March 2017, Ledecky became the youngest-ever inductee in the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame, joining other esteemed women such as Harriet Tubman, Clara Barton, and Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton. A few months later, the Associated Press named Katie Ledecky their 2017 Female Athlete of the Year.
Jeff Kinney, one of the world’s best-selling authors, confesses that growing up and attending a Catholic high school and parish in Maryland helped inspire many of the funny incidents in his “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” children’s book series. A member of the class of 1989 at Bishop McNamara High School in Forestville, Kinney has returned many times to his alma mater to speak at school assemblies and show students how to draw cartoons. Kinney, who has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, got his start cartooning at McNamara when his first cartoon ran in the school’s newspaper.
Colonel Benjamin Alvin Drew Jr., astronaut and 200th person to walk in space as a part of the crew of Discovery on NASA’s final space shuttle flight. During that mission, Drew also began a reading program for children, titled, “Story Time in Space,” where he read books to kids via satellite, including “Max Goes to the Moon,” written by Jeffrey Bennett.