A Heights Timeline (1963-2019)
The Heights Educational Center opens oat 3817 Cathedral Avenue in the Cathedral Heights section of Washington, D.C. Classes are offered in study habits. The goal of the Center is to develop leadership qualities in young men and to assist in their spiritual development as future Catholic leaders. From the beginning, the Center was referred to as The Heights because of its location in Cathedral Heights.
The Heights merges with the Washington Career Institute, which specializes in career and college counseling for high school boys.
Twenty-seven course offerings are available at The Heights. Due to the limited space at the Cathedral Avenue Center, several of the courses are taught at St. Albans School.
The Heights moves from its location at Cathedral Avenue to a newly constructed facility at 4300 Garrison Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.
The Heights School is officially opened with thirty-six students in grades seven and eight.
The first class of seniors graduates from The Heights School.
Fall of 1978
Capture the Flag is played for the first time at the School. The School expands to include grades three through twelve. Seventy-six students comprising grades three through eight move to a twenty-five acre campus on Seven Locks Road in Potomac, Maryland.
The first Maryland Day Gala was held to commemorate the founding of Maryland on the feast of the Annunciation, March 25, in the year of 1634.
The construction of a new high school building is completed on the Potomac campus allowing the entire school to move to Potomac. The Garrison Street location is renamed the Tenley Study Center.
The construction of a chapel is completed, allowing Mass to be celebrated daily on the Potomac campus.
The first Garden Party is held.
The student enrollment of The Heights School reaches 155.
The construction of a new gymnasium is completed and dedicated on April 18.
The Heights School receives accreditation from the Middle Atlantic States Association.
The first Annual Golf Classic is held at a public course in Poolesville, Maryland to grow scholarship dollars for deserving students.
Student enrollment at the School reaches 330.
A new log cabin is constructed in the “Valley” and becomes home for the fifth and sixth grades.
Student enrollment at the School reaches 460 – the limit established by Montgomery County.
Construction of the School’s library is completed.
The baseball diamond is redone; a new soccer field, four tennis courts and improvements to the driveway and parking lot are completed. The first son of an alumnus graduates from the School.
Crescite Week, a time for growth and learning outside the classroom for the Upper School, begins.
A Strategic Plan is adopted by the Administration and approved by the Board of Directors.
The Tower Fund, an endowment for faculty and students, is established.
An updated Campus Master Plan is approved by the Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors authorizes preparations for the Tower Campaign to fund the implementation of the Campus Master Plan.
Construction is completed on the grand stone staircase leading from the Valley to the Upper School.
The Heights Men’s Chorus perform at the Music Center at Strathmore.
The Tower Campaign raises more than $9.5 million in support of the Campus Master Plan.
100 alumni attend the annual fall alumni reunion.
The Tower Campaign reaches nearly $12 million in support of the Campus Master Plan.
Construction is completed on the new upper school and administrative building; the new chapel is dedicated by the Very Rev. Msgr. Thomas G. Bohlin, S.T.D., Vicar of Opus Dei in the United States.
The position of Director of Alumni Relations is created to increase alumni engagement in School development.
As evidence that demand is strong for The Heights School, enrollment is full for the 10th straight year.
The first Jackson Scholars are announced.
The Heights School celebrates its 40th anniversary.
The Heights Men’s Chorus records Sing Dem Hern at St. Peterskirche chapel in Austria during Crescite Week.
The Winter Auction raises more than $100,000 for the first time in its history.
The Alumni Scholarship Fund is launched to encourage alumni support of scholarships for deserving students.
The History of Western Thought course is introduced into the Upper School curriculum.
Rugby is added as a varsity sport.
The Heights School hosts the “Educating Leaders Conference,” an international gathering of teachers and administrators from independent schools around the world.
Heights alumni celebrate their annual reunion with a seated dinner in Chesterton Hall.
The Peter Vincent Galahad Blatty Scholarship Fund is endowed for the next fifty years.
A weight training facility is constructed overlooking the upper athletic field.
The Heights School launches a planned giving program to provide for the future development and security of the School.
The Campus Campaign is approved and launched to provide for the construction of a turf upper athletic field, a renovated baseball diamond, and a new music facility.
Construction on the turf field, music facility, and baseball field is completed.