Moniker Change

June 8, 2021

Dear BBHS Community:  

Today, we announce the decision to retire “the Braves” moniker at the end of the 2020-21 school year, based on the unanimous approval by the BBHS Board of Directors, and as a result of the comprehensive Moniker Review process conducted over this past year. This decision is rooted in our mission and informed by the key findings presented in the Moniker Review study. We encourage you to read the final report that outlines the core findings and the six recommendations that have been adopted by the Board regarding our moniker.   

We move into this summer and the new school year ahead focused on conducting a process to identify a new moniker that will take into account not only the proud tradition and history of Bishop Blanchet High School, but will also capture the energy, spirit and momentum of our bright future as a school community. With input from current students, families, alumni, faculty and staff, we plan to identify a new moniker over the course of the 2021-2022 school year.  We will share more detail about that process and timeline as we begin the new school year. 

Embarking on such a change invites our community to reimagine many long-held aspects of our communal life together. Just as a process like this raises questions on how to proceed from here, it also gives us the opportunity to channel the unique energy and spirit of who we are as a school and how we hope to engage the world around us. We have created a new Frequently Asked Questions document to reference as we move through this process of identifying a new moniker.

We look to this change with hope, to establish new traditions, while honoring the fundamental tenets we hold dear. We are Bishop Blanchet - a community committed to the Catholic Social teaching of Solidarity - that we are one human family - called to love one another and to love our neighbor.  This call to solidarity compels us to move with confidence into this new chapter that we will write together. 

We wish you a well-deserved summer of rest and rejuvenation - and we look forward to communicating with you again as we prepare to kick off the 2021-22 school year in August.

Ursula Reutin                                          Tony DeSapio
BBHS Board of Directors, Chair            BBHS President

Moniker Review Committee Members
(in alphabetical order)

Iisaaksiichaa Ross Braine, Tribal Liaison at the University of Washington
Antonio DeSapio, BBHS President
Ramona Emerson, BBHS Board of Directors
Leoma James ‘13, BBHS Board of Directors
Robert Lukevich ‘04, BBHS Assistant Director of Development
Jesse McFeron ‘96, BBHS Faculty
Korrie Miller, BBHS Board of Directors
Michael Pierce, ‘86 BBHS Director of Admissions
Jack Peterson, Facilitator to the committee, Managing for Mission

BBHS Legacy Council

Kira Bifone '22
Natasha Drewry '22
Valerie Heckel '22
Josephine Partridge '22
Isaac Hartin Pasco '22

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Located in  Seattle, Washington, Bishop Blanchet High School is a private, coed Catholic school for grades 9-12. Students benefit from a challenging college preparatory academic program, campus ministry, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.
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