Georgetown Prep congratulates Kavanaugh despite allegations about his high school behavior

The elite Maryland prep school whose name has become almost synonymous with the allegations of sexual misconduct and drunken debauchery by alumnus Brett Kavanaugh has extended its congratulations to the new Supreme Court justice. 

Georgetown Prep published a statement in honor of Kavanaugh’s confirmation on Saturday evening just before his swearing in, the culmination of a particularly ugly confirmation process during which the judge was accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women.

Two of the allegations – those made by Christine Blasey Ford and Julie Swetnick – were said to have occurred at wild parties attended by Kavanaugh and other students at Georgetown Prep.

As a result, the school has been put under a microscope and painted as a haven for underage drinking, drug use and sexual debauchery.  

However, Georgetown Prep opted to gloss over the gory details of the confirmation and the damage its done to the school’s reputation as it congratulated Kavanaugh’s ultimate triumph.

Brett Kavanaugh's high school alma mater Georgetown Prep extended its congratulations to the new Supreme Court Justice on Saturday, despite the school's name having become synonymous with the allegations of sexual misconduct and drunken debauchery against him

Brett Kavanaugh's high school alma mater Georgetown Prep extended its congratulations to the new Supreme Court Justice on Saturday, despite the school's name having become synonymous with the allegations of sexual misconduct and drunken debauchery against him

Brett Kavanaugh’s high school alma mater Georgetown Prep extended its congratulations to the new Supreme Court Justice on Saturday, despite the school’s name having become synonymous with the allegations of sexual misconduct and drunken debauchery against him

Kavanaugh's swearing in was the culmination of a particularly ugly confirmation process during which the judge was accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women

Kavanaugh's swearing in was the culmination of a particularly ugly confirmation process during which the judge was accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women

Kavanaugh’s swearing in was the culmination of a particularly ugly confirmation process during which the judge was accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women

The statement begins by declaring: ‘The Honorable Brett Kavanaugh ’83 has been confirmed by the United States Senate to serve on the United States Supreme Court.’

It then proudly outlines the native Washingtonian’s path to the Supreme Court, beginning, of course, with his high school years playing on the Georgetown Prep football team  and writing for the school paper.

The statement then mentions his time at Yale Law and up through his years as clerking for Justice Anthony Kennedy and serving under President George Bush before being appointed to the Court of Appeals for the Washington, DC, Circuit in 2006.

Two of the allegations against Kavanaugh - those made by Christine Blasey Ford and Julie Swetnick - were said to have occurred at wild parties attended students at Georgetown Prep

Two of the allegations against Kavanaugh - those made by Christine Blasey Ford and Julie Swetnick - were said to have occurred at wild parties attended students at Georgetown Prep

Two of the allegations against Kavanaugh – those made by Christine Blasey Ford and Julie Swetnick – were said to have occurred at wild parties attended students at Georgetown Prep

Needless to say, the proud depiction of Justice Brett Kavanaugh detailed by the Georgetown Prep press office is a far cry from the one painted over the course of the judge’s bitter confirmation battle. 

A storm of allegations particularly concerning Kavanaugh’s high school years cast him as an out-of-control drinker with a devious group of friends who joked about their sexual conquests. 

Many of the unflattering details came directly from Kavanaugh’s best friend Mark Judge, who wrote about his career two books that are now out of print but were obtained by CNN. 

In the 2006 book ‘Wasted: Tales of a Gen X Drunk’, Judge describes the group’s goal to polish off 100 kegs of beer by the end of senior year and a party with a stripper in attendance.  

In ‘God and Man at Georgetown Prep’, Judge writes: ‘Prep was a school positively swimming in alcohol, and my class partied with gusto.’

POSH GEORGETOWN PREP EXPERIENCE

Georgetown Preparatory School is a small, all-boys private school located in North Bethesda, Maryland, with fewer than 500 students. 

Founded in 1798, Prep is the oldest Jesuit school in the country, but students do not have to be Catholic to attend. 

The 93-acre campus in the DC suburbs boasts a nine-hole golf-course, swimming bool, indoor track and a recording studio.  

Tuition for the 2018-2019 school year costs $37,215 for day students and $60,280 for resident students.

Just over a quarter of families receive financial aid. 

Notable alumni include:

  • Supreme Court Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch
  • Congressmen Frank LoBiondo and Frances Rooney 
  • Comedian Mo Rocca 
  • Arizona Cardinals owner William Bidwill
  • Producer James Whitaker
  • Restaurateur David Chang 
  • NBA star Roy Hibbert
  • Olympic Gold Medalist Chip Jenkins 

Judge’s claims were linked directly to Kavanaugh through the publication of the school’s 1983 yearbook, which is riddled with apparent references to sex and alcohol. 

One page titled ‘Those Funny Guys’ shows photos of Kavanaugh and his friends at school and at a party as well as one from the ‘100-keg challenge’. 

‘100 kegs or bust,’ the photo caption read. Next to it, another caption that showed the boys said: ‘Do these guys beat their wives?’ and one more: ‘Prep parties raise question of legality.’

At several places in the yearbook Kavanaugh and 13 other pals describe themselves as ‘Renate Alumnius’, which other classmates told the New York Times was a sexual boast referring to Renate Shroeder, then a student at a nearby Catholic girls’ school. 

But in his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, Kavanaugh claimed the reference was a term of endearment but apologized to her for it.

He slammed the ‘media circus’ that reported the phrase referred to sex. ‘It did not,’ he maintained.

Kavanaugh described her as ‘a great friend of ours’ and ‘a bunch of us went to dances with her.’

But the reports prompted Schroeder – who now goes by her married name Dolphin – to tell the New York Times that the reference is ‘horrible, hurtful and simply untrue.’

She also requested that her name be removed from a list of women supporting Kavanaugh’s nomination.

Two other sexual-sounding terms mentioned in the yearbook – ‘boofing’ and ‘Devil’s Triangle’ – also came up during Kavanaugh’s Senate hearing.

The nominee claimed they were, respectively, just juvenile words for farting and a weird drinking game.

However, Kavanaugh’s Yale roommate James Roche explained that the terms were, in fact, sexual.  

‘Those words were commonly used, and they were references to sexual activities,’ Roche told CNN. 

‘If you think about the context in which you might hear those words, the way that he described [how] they are defined and the way they are defined, they’re not interchangeable.’

The term ‘boofing’ is believed to be a euphemism for anal sex, while ‘Devil’s Triangle’ allegedly refers to a threesome between one woman and two men.  

Pages in Kavanaugh's senior yearbook from Georgetown Prep in 1983 appear to be riddled with references to sex and alcohol, painting an unsavory picture of his high school years

Pages in Kavanaugh's senior yearbook from Georgetown Prep in 1983 appear to be riddled with references to sex and alcohol, painting an unsavory picture of his high school years

Pages in Kavanaugh’s senior yearbook from Georgetown Prep in 1983 appear to be riddled with references to sex and alcohol, painting an unsavory picture of his high school years

Page 18, titled 'Those Funny Guys' shows a photo from the 100-keg challenge as well as photos from teen boys at school and at a party

Page 18, titled 'Those Funny Guys' shows a photo from the 100-keg challenge as well as photos from teen boys at school and at a party

Page 18, titled ‘Those Funny Guys’ shows a photo from the 100-keg challenge as well as photos from teen boys at school and at a party

Although largely substantiated, the explicit details of the alleged party scene at Georgetown Prep fueled concerns that the school’s culture could have fostered and protected the sexual misconduct Kavanaugh has been accused of. 

The judge seemed to make that point himself when he mentioned his high school years while speaking at Catholic University in 2015.

Kavanaugh said: ‘We had a good saying that we’ve held firm to to this day, as the dean was reminding me before the talk, which is: “What happens at Georgetown Prep, stays at Georgetown Prep.” That’s been a good thing for all of us, I think.’ 

However, the elite Jesuit school has denied any blame in the alleged misconduct by its students. 

In a defensive statement responding to recent criticism, the school said: ‘The temptations, and the failings, presented in these stories are not unique to Georgetown Prep. 

‘The problems and abuses of alcohol and drugs, sexual assault and misconduct, emotional and physical violence toward others are real; educators at every institution of primary, secondary, or higher learning in our nation face these problems every day.’ 

GEORGETOWN PREP’S FULL STATEMENT CONGRATULATING KAVANAUGH 

‘The Honorable Brett Kavanaugh ’83 has been confirmed by the United States Senate to serve on the United States Supreme Court.

‘Since 2006, Justice Kavanaugh has served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Washington, D.C., Circuit.

‘A native Washingtonian, Justice Kavanaugh was a member of Georgetown Prep’s varsity basketball and football teams and served on the staff of the Little Hoya, the school’s newspaper. After graduating from Prep in 1983, he matriculated at Yale University (1987) and earned his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1990. He served as the Notes Editor for the Yale Law Review while in law school.

‘After law school, Justice Kavanaugh clerked for Judge Walter Stapleton of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and Judge Alex Kozinski of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In 1993, he earned a clerkship with Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy of the United States Supreme Court. Justice Kennedy announced his retirement from the Court in late June.

‘In 1994, Justice Kavanaugh served as an Associate Counsel in the office of the Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr during the President William Clinton investigation. He was later named as a partner of the law firm Kirkland and Ellis in Washington, D.C. In 2003, Justice Kavanaugh was named Assistant to the President and Staff Secretary to President George W. Bush.

‘Justice Kavanaugh is the second Georgetown Prep alumnus to be confirmed to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court; on January 31, 2017, Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch ’85 was nominated by President Trump and confirmed in April 2017 as an Associate Justice.

‘Justice Kavanaugh mentioned in his acceptance of the nomination that one of the goals of Jesuit education is the aspiration to be a “man or woman for others.” The call to public service is one of the highest manifestations of that ethic. We congratulate Justice Kavanaugh on his confirmation and promise our prayers for him and his family as he strives to be that person for others in the service of our nation.’

Read the statement on the Georgetown Prep site 

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