Gonzaga returns to a competitive-packed 2021-22 schedule following last year’s abbreviated Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) season. Coach Steve Turner, now in his 18th season with a record of (396-142), has a veteran team led by his son 6’8” senior guard Jared Turner, committed to Northeastern, 5’10” senior guard Devin Dinkins, committed to George Mason, 6’6” senior small forward Quinn Clark, 6’9” senior power forward Nick Evans, and 6’7” junior small forward Thomas Batties. Other players to watch include 6’3” senior combo guard Eddie Paquette, committed to Swarthmore College and 6’1” freshman point guard Nykolas Lewis. Gonzaga’s WCAC schedule includes nationally-ranked opponents DeMatha, Paul VI, St. John’s, and O’Connell. Along with nonconference games against national powers at the Mid-Atlantic Invitational Tournament (Hagerstown, MD) , the Chicago Elite Classic (Chicago, IL) where they will take on Nationally ranked Whitney Young, IL, the Les Schwab Invitational (Hillsboro, OR), and a game against Top 5 opponent Oak Hill Academy in the Hoophall Classic (at Springfield, MA).
The oldest all-boys school in Washington, DC, Gonzaga has a rich legacy that stretches back 200 years. Over the course of that history, Gonzaga has demonstrated and reaffirmed a deep commitment to Jesuit education. And it has chosen to do so in the heart of the inner city—on a street shared with leaders of business and government, and on a block where it ministers to the least fortunate in society. At times, our location was seen as a liability. But the decision to remain on Eye Street was driven by the recognition that where we are plays a major role in shaping who we are. Today, Gonzaga’s downtown location is one of the many reasons for our success. Three blocks from the Metro and the main railway line at Union Station, Gonzaga draws students from all over the Washington area. Our location also reinforces our commitment to service. Located on Gonzaga’s campus, The Father McKenna Center is a Catholic social service agency serving men struggling with homelessness as well as very low income families. With a total enrollment of 960, Gonzaga annually awards over $4 million in financial aid to over 35% of its students. Learning opportunities abound on Eye Street through the availability of over 100 honors and AP sections, and our students are well prepared for college and beyond. Students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of athletics and other extra-curricular activities. With 18 sports offered, and 41 athletic teams, more than 80% of our students participate in a sport each year. Gonzaga also produces two large-scale theater productions annually and offers opportunities to take part in multiple musical groups – including a chorus, jazz ensemble and winds ensemble. Our commitment to spirituality and social service is realized annually by over 700 students who participate in Kairos and other class retreats, and through over 20,000 student hours spent in service locally, nationally, and internationally. Through religious studies, retreats, opportunities for prayer, and service, Gonzaga seeks to help students answer these questions – as well as the three pivotal questions of St. Ignatius: “What have I done for Christ? What am I doing for Christ? What will I do for Christ?” The answers to these questions, central to Jesuit spirituality, are the four-year quest of a Gonzaga student- a quest which then continues for life.