Historical Highlights


Dr. Shannon Gomez (above) becomes head of school when Maureen Appel retires after 20 years of service. Newly renovated sports and performing arts center is dedicated.


New Neil T. Coakley sports stadium, with state-of-the-art digital scoreboard and artificial turf field, is dedicated.


Mrs. Mary Hopkins, longtime teacher and daughter of former admissions director, principal, and teacher Mary Kosch, is appointed head of Middle School. New Chapel is dedicated, in the main building.


A fitness center was added to Connelly Hall. In the main building, the service (food) kitchen was moved and upgraded. The senior locker room was expanded.


Connelly Hall opens! Besides being home to the Middle School, includes music room, computer room and computer classroom, dance studio, and new spacious library. Dr. Christine Churchill steps in as head of Middle School


“White House” (home to nuns and administrative offices) and “chapel” classrooms are demolished; Construction on Connelly Hall begins.


Visits from Cardinal McCarrick and Congresswoman Connie Morella. Mrs. Rosemary Waugh takes over as head of Middle School.


Mrs. Maureen Appel is appointed as headmistress, the first lay person to head the school. She resigned Holy Child in 2014, the head with the most tenure in the Archdiocese of Washington.


Sixth grade added to the Middle School: population–16 eighth graders, 9 seventh graders, and 6 sixth graders. Colors change to Blue and Gold.


The Middle School opens (with seventh and eighth grades) in the Ranch House. Sister Margaret Doyle is headmistress; Mrs. Kathleen Prebble is head of the Middle School (also Dean of the Upper School).


Robert F. Kennedy speaks at graduation.


Rings designed, with Latin inscription that translates to “Learn from me for I am gentle and humble at heart”; yearbook named Onyx for stone in class rings. The first Holy Child graduation was held in the faculty parking lot.