Our Mission & History

Our Mission

Bishop Blanchet is a Catholic, college preparatory high school established by the Archbishop of Seattle. Rooted in Gospel Values, we educate students within a challenging, positive and diverse learning environment. We inspire students to transform the world around them through a lifelong commitment to faith, scholarship and service.


A Message from President DeSapio


Our History

List of 4 items.

  • 1950-1960 Timeline

    • February 1954 Construction began on Blanchet High School, but the building was not ready for use in September 1954 as planned, so Blessed Sacrament served as a temporary home for the students.
    • 1954 Representing the first faculty, Principal Msgr. John Doogan and Vice Principal Fr. James Mallahan founded the school with five communities of religious sisters in the Archdiocese of Seattle.
    • 1954 The Miter, the school's student-run newspaper began. The paper was distributed in paper form for 59 years before becoming an online newspaper this year.
    • May 1955 231 freshmen boys and girls moved to the south wing of the new building.
    • November 6, 1955 the cornerstone of the school is blessed.
    • 1955 First chocolate sale, a tradition that would continue on for 58 years.
    • 1958 First commencement held at Civic Auditorium in downtown Seattle. Students of all Catholic high schools were presented diplomas by Most Rev. Thomas Gill, D.D.
    • 1959 Math teacher and coach Bill Herber started the wrestling program at Bishop Blanchet. He went on to coach for 50 years, and continues to assist the program to this day. He is a member of the state wrestling Coaches' Hall of Fame.
    • 1959 Maury Sheridan began the Blanchet drama program.
    • 1961 Rick Redman '61 excelled at theater, track, basketball, wrestling and most notably football. He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the 1965 AFL Draft.
    • 1963 Tom Workman led the men's basketball team to a state championship defeating Garfield 36-29. The Braves had an undefeated season with a record of 27-0 under Coach Don Zech. Workman went on to play basketball for Seattle University and was drafted by the NBA in 1967.
    • 1963 The honor of monsignor was bestowed on Principal Fr. John Doogan at the age of 41.
    • 1965 Fr. Mallahan became the second Blanchet principal.
    • 1969 New administrative format changed the leadership from one vice principal to three: Mr. Thenell (Activities), Sr. Mary Victorine (Academics) and Mr. Pinsoneault (Dean of Men).
    • 1964-1972 Coach Ed Thenell developed the track and cross-country programs. He also taught history and served as vice principal and dean of boys.
  • 1970- 1980 Timeline

    • 1970 Fr. Mike McDermott became principal.
    • 1973 Boys Soccer League Champions.
    • 1974 Mickey Naish led Blanchet to the football State Championship.
    • 1970s Joe Steele '76 rushed for 3,814 yards and 44 touchdowns and helped Blanchet win the 1974 AAA (now Class 4A) state championship. He earned All-Pac-10 Conference recognition at University of Washington.
    • 1972 Sandy Schneider three sport athlete in the BBHS. She has been inducted into the WIAA Coaches Hall of Fame after many years as a girls basketball coach.
    • 1973 Pete Klein becomes VP for Discipline
    • 1974 Alumna Kerry Burrows '65 returned to her alma mater as a math teacher. She remains on the faculty 40 years later.
    • 1975-1979 A major dress code change occurred when parents lobbied to allow girls to wear nonuniform dresses.
    • 1978-1979 Harry Purpur became VP Principal Academics. He would later become Superintendent of Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese.
    • 1980 Jo Ann Carbonetti '68 served as beloved volleyball coach and teacher
    • 1975 In front of a crowd of 12,951 fans at Memorial Stadium, Bishop Blanchet High School and Garfield High School battled through four overtimes spanning 2 hours and 55 minutes in the 1975 Metro League Football Championship game. After tremendous efforts by both teams, Blanchet emerged as the winner.
    • 1976 First Gala Auction.
    • 1979 Dr. Joe Haggerty became the first lay principal of Bishop Blanchet.
    • 1980 The Braves boys' soccer team, coached by Pat Carr, won the State Soccer Title when Mike Quinn scored a goal midway through the 2nd half to defeat Shorewood 1-0 at Memorial Stadium in front of a packed crowd.
    • 1980 softball wins state title
    • 1980's Bernadette McLaughlin, Class of 1981, one of the finest all-around athletes in the school's history, was a three-sport athlete in basketball, volleyball and soccer. She played all three sports at Seattle University and played professional soccer in Rome, Italy.
    • 1980s Legendary cross-country coach Leo Genest led the 1983, 1984 and 1986 cross country teams to the state title. Genest qualified 22 boys' teams and nine girls' teams for state tournaments, capturing six state championship titles in all.
  • 1990-2010 Timeline

    • 1991 State Volleyball Champions under Coach Joanne Gilligan. The volleyball court in the Ernie Rose Gymnasium bears her name.
    • 1991 and 1992 State Cross Country champions.
    • 1992-2006 Blanchet conducted two capital campaigns under the guidance of Development Director Jim Pinsoneault to renovate and expand the facility.
    • 1995 and 1996 Girls Basketball captured state championships under Coach Terry Wilkinson. The basketball court in the Ernie Rose Gymnasium bears his name.
    • 1996 State Baseball Champions.
    • 1998 Dedication of the Bradburn Library Media Center (named after past parents Bruce and Marge) and renovations to the social studies complex and art studio.
    • 1999 Kent Hickey became principal and added Kairos retreats to the campus ministry program.
    • 1999 Added “Bishop” to our school name to easily identify us as a Catholic School
    • February 2000 Dedication of the Ernie Rose Activities Center (named after a past parent and generous BBHS supporter) and the Blair Fitness Center (named after past parents and generous supporters Robert and Sara).
    • 2001 State Cross Country Champions led by Coach Leo Genest.
    • 2002 Addition of an elevator connecting five levels.
    • 2003 Don Bosco Chapel moved to the center of the school where the library was previously located, and the front of the school got a new facelift.
    • 2003 Marge Bradburn Blackbox Studio Theatre opened, built where the previous chapel was located.
    • 2003 BBHS students began working with Teen Feed.
    • February 2004 Dedication of the Joseph and Margaret Haggerty Music Hall which includes a performing arts center and studio theater.
    • September 2004 Dedication of Mickey Naish turf playfield with scoreboard, bleachers and press box.
    • 2006 and 2009 State Volleyball Champions
    • 2007 Lacrosse became an official school sport.
    • 2008 Drama Program was awarded The Top High School Theatre Program in the Northwest by Stage
    • Directions Magazine.
    • 2009 Pat Miranda '62 retired after serving BBHS for
    • more than 35 years.
  • 2010-2020 Timeline

    • 2010 Fr. Gordon Douglas retired after 38 years of service to BBHS.
    • 2010 Campus Ministry office revamped the service program to require each student to contribute 20 hours of service annually.
    • 2012 BBHS adopted the president/principal model, a strategy that divides multiple administrative roles and responsibilities between two individuals. Antonio DeSapio became the first president, and Sheila Kries became the principal.
    • 2012–Peter Johnson won Men's 3A State Wrestling Title.
    • 2013 BBHS robotics team was formed.
    • 2013 Ultimate Frisbee became the newest sport offered at BBHS.
    • 2013 Graduated the 55th Class in BBHS history.
    • March 25, 2013 Baseball coach George Monica '67 earned his 500th career win. He was inducted into the WSBCA Coaches Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004.
    • 2013 BBHS underwent a technology upgrade to accommodate the 1:1 iPad Program. This included school wide Wi-Fi connectivity and a new technology learning center in the Bradburn Library Media Center.
    • 2013 Social studies and theology teacher Sr. Lorene Heck, O.P, celebrated her Golden Jubilee (50 years since she took her vows as a religious in the early 1960s). Sr. Heck has been part of the BBHS faculty for more than 35 years.
    • 2014 BBHS began a pilot program of new furniture, outfitting six classrooms and the library with modern, collaborative furniture.
    • 2014 BBHS completed a 10-year strategic plan.
    • 2017: New Ernie Rose Activities Center (locker rooms, fitness/cardio/weight room, classroom) opens
    • 2019: Works begins on beautifying the newly named Jim Pinsoneault Quad
    • 2019: The Grotto in the Jim Pinsoneault Quad is completed.
    • 2019: The Boys Cross Country team completes an epic season winning Metros, Districts and coming in 2nd Place in State. The Girls Cross Country Team comes in 2nd in Metro and Districts, and 3rd in State.

Bishop Blanchet High School

8200 Wallingford Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98103

Phone: 206-527-7711
Fax: 206-527-7712
Attendance: 206-985-3750
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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