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Bishop Gorman High School

Bishop Gorman High School
The new BGHS.jpg
5959 South Hualapai Way

Las Vegas
Clark County

United States
Coordinates36°4′54″N 115°19′2″W / 36.08167°N 115.31722°W / 36.08167; -115.31722
TypePrivate, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
EstablishedSeptember 7, 1954
OversightRoman Catholic Diocese of Las Vegas
PrincipalKevin P. Kiefer
Enrollment1500 (2007-2008)
Color(s)Orange and Blue         
Athletics conference
RivalsPalo Verde High School
AccreditationNorthwest Accreditation Commission [1]
PublicationThe Gael Gazette
NewspaperThe Lance
DeansIrene Anderson
Tessa Rivera
Kenny Sanchez
Kelsey McCall
Athletic DirectorGrant Rice

Bishop Gorman High School (also commonly referred to as Gorman High School or BGHS) is a Roman Catholic, private, preparatory school located in Summerlin, Nevada. The school is administered by the Diocese of Las Vegas. The school opened in 1954. Its mascot is a Gael, or a mounted Irish Knight.


Aerial photo of Bishop Gorman, 2015

Bishop Gorman High School was established by Romy and Dorothy Hammes, Kathlyn Hammes Mowbray, Bishop Robert J. Dwyer of Reno-Las Vegas, and Father John F. Brown, Provincial Superior of the Clerics of St. Viator. The school opened its doors on September 7, 1954. Bishop Dwyer named it after his predecessor, The Most Reverend Thomas Kiely Gorman, the first Bishop of the Reno-Las Vegas Diocese. From its inception, the school has been administered by the Clerics of Saint Viator.[citation needed]

The campus was originally located near Downtown Las Vegas, at 1801 S. Maryland Pkwy. Classes began at its current Summerlin location on September 5, 2007. The new 187,000 square feet (17,400 m2) school, located on a campus of 36 acres (15 ha), cost $96 million.[2]

Extracurricular activities


Mock Trial

  • State Championships
    • 2005
    • 2008
    • 2009
    • 2010 [3]
    • 2011
    • 2013
    • 2014
    • 2018
  • National High School Mock Trial Championship Rankings
    • 2008, 19th
    • 2009, 5th (Previous State Record)
    • 2010, 18th
    • 2011, 11th
    • 2013, 4th (State Record)
    • 2018, 20th


The athletics program and teams of Bishop Gorman are known as the Gaels, and compete in the Southwest Division of the Sunset 4A Region. The Gaels have become one of the most prominent high school athletics program in the state of Nevada, frequently winning numerous state championships each year. Additionally, the Gaels have been recognized by many national publications including USA Today and Sports Illustrated as being among the top ten high school athletic programs in the United States.[4][5]

In the summer of 2008, the Gaels baseball team, sponsored by American Legion Post 76 in Las Vegas, won the American Legion World Series, a first for any Nevada high school.[6] They ended up fielding 798 points total in football, more than any other high school in the nation for the 2009 season and ended up being ranked 46th in the nation by Rivals. In the 2009/2010 year they became the first Nevada school in over forty years to win the state championship in all three major sports (football, basketball, and baseball). Its basketball team is consistently ranked in the Nation's Top 10.[citation needed]

Coach Tony Sanchez took over as Bishop Gorman High School's head football coach in March 2009. In 2010 and 2011, he led Gorman to a varsity record of 28-2 and an overall program record of 61-4. At the start of the 2012 season, Gorman beat nationally ranked teams Our Lady of Good Counsel in Maryland and St. Louis High School in Hawaii to raise its high school ranking into the top ten schools. Both matches were televised, by ESPN and Fox networks, respectively. In 2014 and 2015, Bishop Gorman won back-to-back National Championships.[7]

Former D1-wrestler, 3rd degree black belt in Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 3xTeam USA member, 5x World grappling champ (152-5 overall, 78-0 FILA Int), and head strategist coach for MMA, Ricky Lundell is the current head wrestling coach for the Gaels, along with his assistant coach Todd Prace.[citation needed]

Men's Sports State Championships

[8] Baseball

Class/Division Year(s)
AAAA 2006–2011
Division I 2015

Gorman holds the state record for most consecutive championships in this sport.[9]


Class/Division Year(s)
A 1962–1963
AAA 1978–1979, 1984, 1988-1989
AAAA 1997, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2012
Division I 2013–2015


NIAA State Champions
2001–2003, 2004–2006


Class/Division Year(s)
AAA 1970, 1974, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985
AAAA 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011
Division I 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
National Champions 2014, 2015, 2016


Class/Division Year(s)
AAA 1981
AAAA 2002–2003
Division I 2014
NIAA State Academic Champions 2007–2008


Southern Nevada Lacrosse Association Year(s)
Division II 2009


Class/Division Year(s)
AAA 1992
AAAA 2002, 2006–2007
Division I 2012


Class/Division Year(s)
AAA 1989


Class/Division Year(s)
AAA 1983–1990
Division I 2015

Women's Sports State Championships[8]


Class/Division Year(s)
AAAA 2006-2008, 2010


NIAA State Academic Champions
2002-2004, 2005-2006


Class/Division Year(s)
AAAA 2003-2006
NIAA State Academic Champions 1993-1994, 2001-2002


Southern Nevada Lacrosse Association Year(s)
Division II 2013-2014


Class/Division Year(s)
AAA 1994, 1996
AAAA 1997, 1999, 2001, 2012


Class/Division Year(s)
AAAA 2010-2012
Division I 2013-2014
NIAA State Academic Champions 1993-1995
NIAA State Swimming & Diving Champions 2010-2014


Class/Division Year(s)
AAA 1988-1989, 1992-1995
AAAA 1997-1999, 2001-2002, 2005–2009
Division I 2012-2013

Track & Field

NIAA State Academic Champions

Notable alumni


  1. ^ "Northwest Accreditation Commission". Archived from the original on May 15, 2011. Retrieved June 27, 2011.
  2. ^ "New Bishop Gorman High School opens in Summerlin master plan". Las Vegas Review Journal. September 15, 2007. Retrieved October 3, 2011.
  3. ^ McMurdo, Doug (March 27, 2010). "Bishop Gorman Nevada champs". Las Vegas Review Journal. Retrieved December 4, 2011.
  4. ^ "USA Today Super 25 High School Sports Expert Rankings". USA Today. Retrieved September 14, 2014.
  5. ^ Armstrong, Kevin (June 19, 2008). "The top high schools in each of the 50 states and D.C." Sports Illustrated. Retrieved August 29, 2008.
  6. ^ Edwards, Jay (August 28, 2008). "AMERICAN LEGION WORLD SERIES:Title worth the wait for Gorman". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved August 29, 2008.
  7. ^ "Update: Gorman football finishes No. 1 in two rankings for mythical championship, No. 2 in two others - High School Sports News - Las Vegas Sun News". Retrieved September 17, 2016.
  8. ^ a b "Bishop Gorman Championship Teams". Retrieved September 17, 2016.
  9. ^ Brewer, Ray (May 21, 2011). "Gorman's Evan Dunn overcomes adversity, pitches Gaels to sixth straight state baseball title". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved September 9, 2011.
  10. ^ "Las Vegas Golfer Tommy Armour III Uses Titleist to Win". Archived from the original on November 25, 2010. Retrieved January 8, 2011.
  11. ^ "Seven Questions With Jillian Bell '02". Bishop Gorman High School Alumni Newsletter: 12. Summer 2012. Retrieved February 10, 2014.
  12. ^ "Alizé Jones". Retrieved July 29, 2016.
  13. ^ Santiago, Brianna (June 19, 2015). "13 celebrities you didn't know graduated from L.V. high schools". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
  14. ^ "Panic! comes home to play House of Blues". Las Vegas Sun. June 18, 2011. Retrieved October 26, 2011.
  15. ^ "Ronnie Stanley". Retrieved July 29, 2016.