The Gonzaga Fathers’ Club established the Gonzaga DC Classic Pedro Arrupe Service Award in 2007. The award is named in honor of the great Jesuit priest, Father Pedro Arrupe, whose life personified service to others and who is often referred to as the “Second Founder” of the Jesuits. Created in 2007 by Jim Hanagan, the award recognizes a Gonzaga graduate who has lived his life in service to others and meets the standards of being a “Man for Others.”
The Gonzaga Fathers’ Club and the Gonzaga DC Classic Tournament Committee are proud to present the 2014 Pedro Arrupe Service Award to Marcus Washington, Class of 1998.
As a young child growing up in Washington D.C., the value of education was impressed upon Marcus early by his family. Marcus graduated from Holy Comforter Saint Cyprian Elementary School and matriculated at Gonzaga College High School. Under the tutelage of many great teachers and coaches, he learned the value of service, dedication, and hard work. Gonzaga emphasized giving back and it was through service projects that Marcus solidified his interest in mission driven work. During his time at Gonzaga, Marcus was a member of back to back WCAC football championships, and also won the Class of 1959 Leadership award.
Marcus then attended the College of William and Mary, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and Government. While at the College, Marcus started at defensive tackle for The Tribe for three years and was a four year letter winner. Even though he was committed to both academics and athletics, Marcus made it a point to continue his dedication to community service, and while in Williamsburg he was a member of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. It was also at the College that Marcus began his lifelong commitment to teaching. While in school, Marcus served as a substitute teacher in various schools in the Williamsburg area and decided to make teaching his career.
Since that time, Marcus worked as a sixth grade teacher at the Potomac School, while earning his Master’s Degree in Secondary Education. After a few years, Marcus returned to Gonzaga, and taught U.S. History. He also served as a football and track coach, and served as on the admissions committee. He also helped to lead several service projects during this time to such places as Emmitsburg and Red Cloud.
In 2010, Marcus became the Assistant Headmaster at the Washington Jesuit Academy, a middle school for boys from low income communities that focuses on interrupting the cycle of poverty in D.C.’s most underserved communities. In 2011, he became Headmaster and oversaw the expansion of WJA to a fifth grade. Since then, Marcus has helped expand the reach of WJA through parent initiatives and partnerships throughout the city. In addition to helping provide students with first rate educational opportunities, Marcus has helped many young boys in the DC area reach their full potential and grow to become “Men for Others”