This is a picture of an open parking lot located on H Street NW. To the left of the parking lot is the new development with Walmart, Starbucks, Capital One Bank and luxury rental apartments. To the right is 800 N. Capitol Street home to Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA). In the distance of the photo is Gonzaga College High School. Each time I’ve visited, this parking lot has been roped off with no cars. I wanted to include this picture since it shows the new construction on the left with Gonzaga’s old, historic buildings in the background, contrasting with the run-down parking lot in the foreground.
While in the library I made my way over to a window facing the Collins Courtyard. Before I continue, take a look at this map to get a feel for the location. Collins Courtyard is an open air brick space in the center of campus. It is located in between Ruesch/Cantwell Halls and the main buildings which are internconnected. As you can see in the picture, there are large trees and plants which take away from the city-feel. While I was visiting there were some students in the courtyard doing work and others were simply chatting. In the distance of the photo there are taller buildings on North Capitol St. Interestingly, Ruesch/Cantwell Halls are only two stories high. There is an old story at Gonzaga that when you are in the center of Collins Courtyard and clap your hands, you hear a faint squeaking noise. Some people say its due to sound waves, global warming, pesticides, Megabus parking lot nearby and even moles. However, nothing has been proven. Simply, the Gonzaga students perpetuate this old myth for fun. Check out this funny article on page 3 of the school newspaper here.
Going off of the previous picture titled “Finally Past the Gates,” which could be found here, I continued to walk along the brick pathway. Just outside of Dooley Hall, I came across a huge letter “G” surrounded by bricks in a circular pattern. In order to get a feel for the location on campus, take a look at this map. The location of the “G” is particularly interesting because Dooley Hall is a very important building. It is the main entrance to the school, has all of the administrative offices, but most of all, the chapel. From an outsider the “G” is definitely overwhelming and large. It is seemingly impossible to miss this huge “G” when you visit Gonzaga College High School.
I was finally able to get passed the gates during my most recent visit! My two prior trips to Gonzaga were on the weekend and there weren’t many people around. This time, I decided to visit during the week. This picture was taken just passed the large black gates which you can check out here. I spoke with a parent waiting to pick up their child on the other side of this walkway. Interestingly, she told me that this used to be a road open to the public which connected I Street. Recently, Gonzaga installed the black gates and added fancy brick pavers. Now, people are forced to drive around Gonzaga’s campus. While it keeps the campus safe and looks nice, it is definitely a burden for those that have to go from N. Capitol Street to 1st Street.
I took this picture when I arrived at Union Station. I rode the Metro to Gonzaga College High School because it is just a short 1/2 mile walk down the road. Find the Google Maps directions here. Even though I’ve been to Union Station many times, I am still amazed every time I emerge from the underground rail system. Coming up from the dark Metro to the bright open-air with carefully crafted arches and soaring dome ceilings, I don’t know where to look. The people, the sounds and the extraordinary view of our nation’s capital. Union Station is the epitome of an amalgam. People from all over walk through Union Station, many of which live in other states. However, people don’t just go to Union Station for transportation purposes. There are sit-down restaurants and high-end fashion stores. Check-out the directory of stores here. Many of the Gonzaga students take the Metro to and from school. On Gonzaga’s website they even have a “Directions” tab which you can look at here.
This picture of the chapel is one of the most significant photos I was able to take while visiting Gonzaga College High School. The chapel is something you see right when you enter Dooley Hall, and is a huge part of everyday life for Gonzaga students. Because Gonzaga is a religiously affiliated school, all students are required to spend time in the chapel and pray. There is a huge campus ministry support system which provides resources for students to further their religious commitment. Gonzaga strives to give students an all encompassing education. In a letter from Gonzaga’s President Rev. Stephen W. Planning, SJ he writes, “For an education to be truly Jesuit, it must always point in some meaningful way to the ongoing presence of Christ in our world.” This outlines the true importance of creating well-rounded citizens that engage in community service and balance academics. Overall, the culture at Gonzaga is rooted with tight-knit bonds between the student and faculty that foster a hard-working environment and a central core of Jesuit principles.
This is a picture of the main entrance to Dooley Hall. In order to get into this entrance, you need to scan a Gonzaga ID, but I was able to catch the door and take a peek inside. Straight ahead is the chapel on campus where students are required to pray. The wood door on the right leads to the secretary followed by the principals office. There is also a mail room and copy machine in the area where the secretary sits. On the left hand side there are numerous plaques with Gonzaga’s accomplishments. The majority of the awards are in athletics. When I walked in the door I was overwhelmed by the high ceilings with crown moldings, vast amount of marble and detailed tile floor. Once past the Pastrick Foyer, there is long hallway with classrooms and administrative offices.
This is another picture of the field. This picture highlights some of the buildings on the campus of Gonzaga College High School. As I previously stated, the large brick building in the background of this picture is St. Aloysius Church. The other building to the right of the church is rectory followed by Dooley Hall and Kohlmann Hall. Gonzaga places a huge emphasis on athletics. Many of the students participate in at least one of the seventeen sport teams available. As you can see here, the end-zone is painted purple and has “EAGLES” written in bold white letters. The eagle is Gonzaga’s mascot.
This is a picture of the large sports field at Gonzaga College High School. It appears to be made of artificial turf. There is a track surrounding the field which the Gonzaga track and field team uses. Also, there are two football end-posts, soccer goals and other training equipment on the field. This field is where the Gonzaga football and lacrosse home games take place and where the soccer and rugby team practice. In the distance of this picture there is a large purple scoreboard and bleachers along the right side of the field. Gonzaga is well-known for football and came in first place in the Jesuit Gridiron tournament this past season. The building behind the scoreboard is called 77H, with luxury rental apartments.
This is a close-up picture of the sign on the brick gate pillars. The sign is made of cement and reads “AMDG GONZAGA COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL ESTABLISHED IN 1821 BY THE SOCIETY OF JESUS.” This is an important picture because it is the first thing you see when you walk up to the gate. Right away, someone is able to figure out it is a religious affiliated school. The gate as a whole is very well-kept. There are no apparent bricks missing, scrapes or noticeable damage. On the right side of this pillar there is a keypad to get in. During my visit, only 2 students entered and 1 student exited. This brings me to the assumption that most students enter/exit on First Street NW.