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Georgetown Day School
4200 Davenport St NW


United States
Coordinates38°57′07″N 77°04′59″W / 38.9520°N 77.0831°W / 38.9520; -77.0831
Preparatory school
Established1945 (79 years ago) (1945)
CEEB code090081
Head of schoolRussell Shaw
Average class size16
Student to teacher ratio6:1
Campus size10 acres (4.0 ha)
Color(s)Green and white
Athletics14 interscholastic sports
63 interscholastic teams
Athletics conferenceMid-Atlantic Athletic Conference (boys)
Independent School League (girls)

Georgetown Day School (GDS) is an independent coeducational PK-12 school located in Washington, D.C. The school educates 1,075 elementary, middle, and high school students in northwestern Washington, D.C.[1][2] Russell Shaw is the current Head of School.

Founded in 1945 by anthropologists Philleo and Edith R. Nash, as Washington's first racially integrated school, it is known for its progressive climate and dedication to social justice.[3] Students call teachers by their first names, and the high school allows students to leave the campus during school hours.[4]


The school has educated the children of several high-ranking government officials, including Justice Thurgood Marshall, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, United States Attorney General Eric Holder, United States Assistant Attorney General Matthew G. Olsen, Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, Texas Senator Phil Gramm, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, Florida Congressman Kendrick Meek, Maryland Congressman Jamie Raskin, Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu,[3][5] Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, as well as Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson.

Georgetown Day recently finished construction on the new lower and middle school campus (2021), thereby unifying the high school and lower/middle school campuses. Both are now located in Tenleytown. The project raised over fifty-two million dollars from more than 2,000 donors, surpassing the fifty-million dollar fundraising goal.[6]

Each year the school sponsors the Ben Cooper Lecture in memory of a student killed in a car accident in 1997.[7]

Notable alumni

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