Holy Names Academy, the oldest continually operating school in the State of Washington, was founded by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary on November 9, 1880. This Catholic secondary school serves young women of diverse ethnic, economic, and religious backgrounds. The unique character of a Holy Names education is achieved in various complementary ways.
We teach, model, and promote Gospel values. This heritage is transmitted to students through school policies, academic programs, and co-curricular activities that encourage personal growth and respect for others. The Academy seeks to prepare young women for lives of leadership and loving service through excellent academic offerings and meaningful student life programs. The academic curriculum challenges students to develop their scholastic capabilities and individual talents through a four-year program of college preparatory courses. An extensive student leadership program offers multiple avenues for participation.
Holy Names Academy seeks to prepare educated women for a life that proclaims the love of God for the human person. Instructed in an atmosphere that fosters the formation of a conscious ethical stance, young women who graduate from the Academy will discover the power that is theirs to direct their lives in peace, justice, and mercy––a manner befitting those whose faith inspires others. We pledge ourselves to preserve the lasting values of our tradition while we design the Academy of the future.
Policy of Nondiscrimination
Holy Names Academy admits students of any race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin in its administration or policies.
Policy of Non-Harassment
Holy Names Academy strictly prohibits harassment of any kind. Holy Names Academy believes that all students, faculty, and staff members must be allowed to work in an environment free from harassment, discrimination, intimidation, hazing, or bullying. Such actions include any systematic or repeated attempts to inflict emotional, psychological, or physical distress on another person. The school reserves the right to discipline students for conduct occurring on or off school property.
Holy Names Academy Business Manager Francis Olson (L) and Athletic Director Lacey London celebrate
the fourth annual honor from the Puget Sound Business Journal ranking the school among "Washington's Best Workplaces" (Aug. 2018).
One of "Washington's Best Workplaces 2018"
—Puget Sound Business Journal
One of "America's Most Challenging High Schools"
DIRECTORY OF FACULTY AND STAFF 2018-2019
BA Foreign Languages/Spanish, MA Teaching, Seattle University
Fine Arts Department Chair, Visual Arts
BA Interdisciplinary Visual Arts, University of Washington; MA Teaching, Seattle University
Medical Assisting Certificate, Bellevue College
BA Art History, MA Modern Thought and Literature, Stanford University
Science Department Chair, Biology, Environmental Science
BS Wildlife Sciences, University of Washington; MA Teaching, Seattle University
Director of IT and School Plant
AA, South Seattle Community College
Receptionist, Chapel Weddings Coordinator
BA History, Gonzaga University; MA History, Providence College
Cavanaugh, Tricia ’03
Religion, Campus Ministry
BA Psychology and Theology, University of Portland; MA Teaching, Seattle Pacific University
BA Accounting, Pacific Lutheran University
Academic Administrative Assistant
BS Business Administration, University of LaVerne
Mathematics, Computer Science
BS Mathematics, MA Education, University of Notre Dame
Executive Assistant to the Head of School/Principal, Secretary to Board of Trustees
Vice Principal of Student Life, English
BA English, MA Teaching, Seattle University
BA English, College of Saint Benedict; MA Religious Education, Loyola University (New Orleans)
Dees, SNJM, Sister Dorothy
BA English, Marylhurst College; MA American Literature, College of the Holy Names
Admissions and Marketing Director
BA History, Seattle University
BA Journalism and Mass Communications, MEd Student Development Administration, Seattle University
BA Spanish, BA Humanities, Seattle University; MA Spanish and Latin American Literatures & Cultures, New York University in Madrid; MA Teaching, Seattle Pacific University
BA English, University of Puget Sound; MA English, MA Teaching, Boston College
Drake, Abby ’96
BA History, Linfield College; MS Education, Walden University
Dworshak, SNJM, Sister Mary Annette
BA English, Fort Wright College; MA Philosophy, Gonzaga University
BA French/Political Science/Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs, Miami University of Ohio; MA French, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
International Language Department Chair, Spanish
BA Foreign Languages/Spanish, University of Washington; MA Spanish Language & Culture,
University of Salamanca
Auction & Deck the Dome Coordinator
BA Psychology, Whitman College
Social Studies Department Chair, Social Studies
BS Psychology, University of Washington; MA Teaching, Seattle University
Groppo, Aoife Gallagher ’00
BS Mathematics, University of Portland; JD, Seattle University
BA Physical Education, MS Human Movement and Performance, MA Education,
Western Washington University
Haller, Avery ’11
BA Anthropology, Davidson College
BA Political Science, Whitman College; MA Teaching, Willamette University
Hawes, Jen ’98
BA History, New York University; M.Phil Modern European History, University of Cambridge;
MEd School Counseling, Seattle University
BA Mathematics, University of Washington; MA Teaching, University of Portland
Health, Physical Education
BS Anthropology, Santa Clara University
Auction & Deck the Dome Assistant
BA Sociology, University of Washington
BS Mechanical Engineering, Washington State University; MA Teaching, Western Governors University
BA Mathematics and Italian, Middlebury College; MS Mathematics Education, Fordham University
Business Office Assistant
BA Business, Western Washington University
BA Hotel and Restaurant Administration, Washington State University
BA English, Swarthmore College; MA, PhD English, University of Washington
BA English, Santa Clara University; MA Literature and Culture, Oregon State University
BA History, Gonzaga University; MEd Curriculum and Instruction, Seattle University
BA Mathematics, George Fox University; MA Teaching, National University
Knight, Lora ’88
Library Specialist, Receptionist, Yearbook
BA English, University of Washington; MA Teaching, Seattle University
BS Mathematics, Whitworth University; MA Teaching, Gonzaga University
BA English, MA Teaching, Seattle University; MA Educational Administration, University of Notre Dame
Vice Principal of Academics, English
BA English, Ohio University; MA English, University of Washington
Lofqvist Traum, Cecilia
BA French, Boise State University; MA French Literature, University of Washington
Athletic Director, Physical Education
BA Education, Western Washington University; MA Coaching Leadership & Athletic Administration, Concordia University
BS Religious Studies, Gonzaga University; MA Transformational Leadership, Seattle University
McClain, Caitlin ’01
Assistant Athletic Director, Crew Coordinator
BA Political Science, BA Urban Studies, Loyola Marymount University; MEd Student Development Administration, Seattle University
McGah, Marianne ’01
Religion Department Chair, Assistant Campus Minister, Religion
BA Theology, University of Portland; MA Secondary Education, Providence College; EdD Education Leadership, Seattle University
McKenzie, Emily ’01
BA Psychology, Seattle University; MA Counseling Psychology, Northwest University
English Department Chair, English
BA English and Creative Writing, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey; MA and PhD English, University of Pennsylvania
BA English, University of Toronto
BA Business Administration, Seattle University
Perisich, SNJM, Sister Rosemary ’56
BA Latin, Marylhurst College
Priestley, Cara ’97
Planned Giving Officer
BA Business Administration & Finance, Seattle University; Master of Public Policy, University of California at Los Angeles
BS Biology, Oregon State University; MA Teaching, Western Oregon University
Raney, Julie ’82
Assistant Business Manager
BA Business Administration, Seattle University
Reiser, Kendra ’11
Marketing & Admissions Associate
BA Psychology, University of Notre Dame
Ricci, Anna ’09
BA Psychology, University of San Diego
Maintenance Director and IT Assistant
AA, Highline Community College
Riggers, SNJM, Sister Linda
BA Social Studies, Fort Wright College of the Holy Names; MA Religious Education, Boston College
Sager, Rebecca ’07
BA English Literature, MA Teaching, University of Washington
Sebree, Anna ’01
BA English, MA Library and Information Science, University of Washington
Shope, Becca ’95
Biology, Physics, Statistics
BS Biology, Western Washington University, MA Education, Antioch University
Mathematics Department Chair, Mathematics
BA Mathematics, Gonzaga University; MEd Learning and Technology, Western Governors University
Spielman, Christie ’68
BA Education, Western Washington University
BA Mathematics, MA Teaching, University of Washington
Swift, Elizabeth ’71
Head of School and Principal, Physics
BA Mathematics, BA Chemistry, MA Library Science, University of Washington
BA Mathematics, MEd Mathematics, MA Counseling and Guidance, University of Oregon; EdD Education Leadership, Seattle University
Campus Minister, Religion
BA Psychology/Spanish, MEd Secondary, University of Notre Dame
Director of Theatre and Film, Religion
BA Philosophy, University of Washington; MDiv, Seattle University
BA Music Education, Syracuse University; MA Music Education, University of Washington
BS Chemical Engineering, University of Tennessee; MA Secondary Education,
Ball State University
Director of Grounds and Vehicles, Technology Assistant
Choral Music Director
BA Music Education, Seattle Pacific University
LONG-TERM SUBSTITUTE IN SCHOOL COUNSELING
Holy Names Academy seeks a long-term substitute in school counseling. The position in personal counseling is from October 22, 2018, through January 18, 2019. Required: MA in counseling or related field, and experience in a secondary school.
• Competitive salary
• Medical insurance
• Stable, inclusive, welcoming corps of faculty colleagues
• Motivated, high-achieving students from a wide array of ethnic, economic, religious, and geographic backgrounds
Send letter of inquiry and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org to the attention of Elizabeth Swift, Head of School. Open until filled.
About Holy Names Academy
Holy Names Academy, founded in 1880 by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, is an independent Catholic school for young women in grades 9–12, with an enrollment of 712. For 138 years, the passionate, inspiring teachers and staff of Holy Names Academy have successfully prepared young women of diverse ethnic, economic, and religious backgrounds for lives of leadership and loving service.
• The school has three times been named one of “Washington’s Best Workplaces” by the Puget Sound Business Journal and won 1st place among nonprofit companies in “Washington’s 100 Best Companies To Work For” by Seattle Business magazine.
• The U.S. Department of Education has honored Holy Names Academy four times as a Blue Ribbon School.
• Academy students are sought by the nation’s most selective colleges and universities. 90% of the Class of 2018 received entrance honors and academic scholarships collectively worth $28.75 million. More than 10,000 young women have graduated from Holy Names Academy, and today its alumnae serve their communities around the world, professionally and personally.
Updated: September 13, 2018
Joan Sullivan, President
Cindy Oh Lohman ’80, Vice President
Mike Whitlock, Secretary
Diana Perkinson, Treasurer
Elizabeth Eldredge Swift ’71, Head of School and Principal
Cristina Medina Bailet ’79
Celeste McDonell ’73
Sister Jocie-Rhea Chism, SNJM
Mary Moran ’92
Anne Read-Andersen ’82
Sister Mary Slater, SNJM ’72
Jennifer Bosa Sorensen ’00
Caryn Geraghty Jorgensen ’89
Jeanne Marie McAteer Lee ’47
Mary Lou Wickwire
Holy Names Academy was founded in 1880 by the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. This religious community, guided by the vision of its foundress, Blessed Mother Marie Rose Durocher, was dedicated to providing education for young women, just as the Academy is today. In 1859 the Congregation sent its first sisters to Oregon and, some 20 years later, responded favorably to the request of Father Francis Xavier Prefontaine to establish a Catholic school for young women in Seattle. Four sisters, led by Sister Mary Francis Xavier, arrived on November 9, 1880, a date celebrated every year at Holy Names Academy as Foundation Day.
Second and Seneca
Seventh and Jackson
The Academy was first located in two buildings at Second and Seneca Streets. It opened with 21 day students, one boarder, and one music student. Within four years, the growth of the school and the press of downtown development necessitated the Academy’s move to a new site, at Seventh and Jackson Streets, where a new building was built and dedicated in 1884. By the turn of the century, the growth of both the school and the city once again caused the sisters to consider moving, this time to what was then considered “the wilderness” of Capitol Hill. Under the leadership of their energetic new Superior, Sister Mary Leontine, construction of the present Holy Names Academy was begun in 1906. Bishop Edward J. O’Dea presided at the laying of the cornerstone in 1907 and at the dedication of the school on November 9, 1908, occasions that brought together many members of the community. Mother Martin of the Ascension, Superior General of the Sisters of the Holy Names, came from Montreal, Canada, for the dedication.
The new building, although not quite finished, accommodated all 12 grades and a new Normal School for the training of teachers. Seventeen sisters taught a student body made up of 155 day students and 127 boarders. In 1909, the auditorium was completed, a project given priority so that proceeds from music and drama presentations could be used to fund other work in the building. The chapel was completed in 1925, the music department in 1929, and the underground tunnel, now used for locker space, in 1948. The school’s historic elevator, one of the oldest in Seattle and renovated in 2004, was installed in 1931.
The Academy’s imposing architecture, designed in the neo-classical style by Albert Breitung, has been carefully preserved over the years. Few exterior changes have occurred other than the removal of the north tower after a 1965 earthquake, and the addition in 1990 of a new gym––which so closely resembles the original building that visitors often think it has been in place for much longer. Inside the main building, however, educational needs have prompted a number of changes. Classrooms and offices have been remodeled, technological infrastructure has been upgraded, and new facilities, such as a professional-grade recording studio, have been added. In 2016, a fitness center and student commons area were built between the gym and the 1908 building; the three-story project also added an ADA-accessible elevator. Renovations have always been respectful of the school’s history; for example, new moldings and floors match the originals throughout the building, and the old laundry chutes now house technology cables and telephone wires.
In 1972 Holy Names Academy encountered a major challenge when the Seattle Fire Department ruled that the school was out of compliance with fire safety regulations and needed substantial renovation. The issue galvanized the HNA community of parents and friends, and the sisters engaged an advisory board to assist with fundraising and facility planning. This original advisory board evolved into a high-functioning Board of Trustees, which became the policy-making body for the school and assumed full responsibility for the fiscal health of the organization. In 1980 the Board launched its first official capital campaign in order to repair the roof and dome, renovate the physics lab, and create a college counseling center. Five years later, on June 21, 1985, Holy Names Academy was separately incorporated from the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. This mutual agreement, which grew out of a strong and vibrant relationship with the sisters that remains to this day, ensures the long-term future of the school.
Another major milestone in the recent history of the school was the construction of the Jeanne Marie McAteer Lee Gymnasium in 1990 on the former site of the tennis courts. Prior to completion of the gym, all athletic practices and competitions were held in rented or loaned spaces. The new gym provided a tremendous resource as HNA developed its athletic program. The capital campaign that funded this project was so successful that the school was able to establish a reserve fund for future repairs and maintenance of the new gym.
In the mid-1990’s, HNA undertook a third capital campaign, Secure the Future, which resulted in wonderful enhancements to the school that coincided with the growth of its program and enrollment. The campaign provided funds for extensive building improvements, new science, technology, and art facilities, classroom renovations, computer networking of the entire school, dome and parlor restoration, and endowment growth.
A fourth capital campaign, Momentum: Advancing the Mission, was launched in fall 2004 and successfully raised over $4.6 million to support the complete replacement and redesign of the roof and cornices on the main building, the construction of a new high-tech music facility, and the strengthening of the endowment.
In the wake of a long-range study plan in 2012, the school successfully undertook an endowment and building campaign, Transcend: Beyond Excellence. By the campaign’s conclusion in 2015, over $10.5 million was raised to maintain the school’s historic commitment to keeping an Academy education affordable to young women from a variety of economic backgrounds and to enhancing the educational experience of its students. A new science center was created on the fourth floor, a robust wireless system installed, the cafeteria renovated and enlarged. The campaign also provided funds to launch the fitness center and student commons addition.
Today, those entering the Academy will find within the traditional walls an up-to-date, future-oriented academic program and facility. They will encounter an optimal learning environment in which students succeed wonderfully in all arenas: an extensive Advanced Placement program, pace-setting commitment to digital learning and STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and math), impressive arts presentations, spiritual and service commitments, and highly competitive sports teams. The school’s continuing success in enhancing its program and facilities has earned HNA the U.S. Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon School Award four times. In 2012, the Academy received first place among nonprofit organizations in a Seattle Business magazine survey of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” and was named a Gold Medal Workplace in the Puget Sound Business Journal’s survey of “Washington’s Best Workplaces.” In 2014, the Academy was again named one of “Washington’s Best Workplaces” by the Business Journal, and in 2016 won third place among companies with 50-99 employees.
More than 10,000 young women have graduated since the school’s founding in 1880. Students at Holy Names Academy today inherit the traditions of the past while preparing for success in the contemporary world. They discover that an Academy education includes not only academics and activities but values that have been present from the beginning. What continues to inspire the school community is the guiding vision of Mother Marie Rose as expressed in the Holy Names Academy Mission Statement and as lived out in every aspect of school life.
The Mary Herche Pavilion (photo by Erin Schedler ’01)
In June 2017, Holy Names Academy dedicated its most significant building project in three decades: a three-story pavilion that joins the south side of the landmark 1908 school building to the 1990 Jeanne Marie McAteer Lee Gymnasium. The new Mary Herche Pavilion provides:
• A state-of-the-art fitness center, designed to promote lifetime fitness among all students.
• A commons area in which students can gather, collaborate, share digital information, or just relax.
• An outdoor rooftop deck; a multipurpose conference room; and expanded seating in the HNA Café (formerly the cafeteria).
The project also includes major improvements to the library, and a new, ADA-accessible elevator to supplement the historic elevator in the main building.
The facility—designed by Broderick Architects—opened to students in May 2017, and is named the Mary Herche Pavilion in honor of former Board of Trustees President, alumna parent, and community leader Mary Herche.
West exterior (view from 21st Ave. E.) of Mary Herche Pavilion.
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East exterior (view from 22nd Ave. E) of Mary Herche Pavilion.
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HNA students get first glimpse of new Mary Herche Pavilion.
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Students' reaction to new Mary Herche Pavilion.
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Fitness center: Expresso Bikes help develop lifetime fitness habits.
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Fitness center: Interactive video screens guide students through workouts.
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Pavilion cutaway rendering (Broderick Architects).
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Commons area rendering (Broderick Architects).
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East side under construction, Summer 2016.
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Cougar Den rendering (Broderick Architects).
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Last updated: July 2017
Holy Names Academy was founded in 1880 by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM), an international congregation of Catholic Women Religious, Associates, and Lay Consecrated who are dedicated to the full development of the human person through education, social justice, contemplation, and the arts. The SNJM congregational headquarters is located in Longueuil, Québec (near Montréal).
The SNJM United States/Ontario Province headquarters is located in Marylhurst, Oregon.
Other SNJM High Schools in North America:
Academy of the Holy Names High School - Tampa, Florida
Academy of the Holy Names - Albany, New York
Holy Names High School - Oakland, California
Ramona Convent School - Alhambra, California
St. Mary's Academy - Portland, Oregon
St. Mary's Academy - Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
The chapel, completed in 1925, is the spiritual center of Holy Names Academy. It provides a place for student worship and reflection, as well as a sacred and beautiful setting for Catholic weddings for alumnae, faculty, staff, Board of Trustees and Committee Members.
Wedding rehearsals are usually scheduled for one hour. Rental of the chapel on the wedding day is in blocks of 3 and-a-half hours, with the first 2 and-a-half hours being preparation/picture-taking time followed by an hour-long wedding. The bride and groom provide their own priest, musician(s), florist, photographer, and videographer.
The cost is $1,250 for alumnae, faculty, staff, Board of Trustees and Committee Members. This cost includes a refundable $250 damage deposit. Renters are also obligated to obtain liability insurance in the amount of $500,000 to cover the dates of the rehearsal and wedding.
Please contact Val Bromfield, Chapel Weddings Coordinator, at (206) 323-4272 or email@example.com.
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728 21st Avenue East
Seattle WA 98112-4058
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Holy Names Academy is located at the intersection of 21st Avenue East and East Aloha Street on Capitol Hill in Seattle (click here for Google Maps directions).
From North or South I-5
Take I-5 to SR-520 East. Take the Montlake Blvd. exit; turn right, heading south on Montlake Blvd., which will turn into 24th Ave. East. At the top of the hill, turn right on Aloha. Go two blocks west; turn left on 21st Ave. East.
From the Eastside
Take SR-520 West. Take the Lake Washington Blvd. exit; at the end of the off-ramp, turn right and follow to Montlake Blvd; turn left, heading south on Montlake Blvd., which will turn into 24th Ave. East. At the top of the hill, turn right on Aloha. Go two blocks west; turn left on 21st Ave. East.
Metro Bus Service and Link Light Rail Connections
King County Metro buses serving Holy Names Academy include #8 (via East John St.), #10 (via 15th Ave. East), #12 (via 19th Ave. East), and #43 and #48 (via 23rd Ave. East). The #8, #10, and #43 buses connect to the Capitol Hill Station on Sound Transit's Link Light Rail; the #43 and #48 buses connect to the University of Washington Station on Sound Transit's Link Light Rail.