One of the fastest growing segments of the rugby playing population are the high school programs. The DC area boasts one of the oldest boys high school competitions in the country, dating back to the 1970s. Currently, there are dozens of high school boys or under-19 teams in the Rugby Maryland High School leagues and the number grows each year. Many of those teams have achieved national recognition and their players have competed for and won spots on elite invitational teams, the USA Under-19 and Under-17 national team. Growth for the girls sides has been slower, but more teams are expected for the girls, with many colleges recently adopting rugby as a varsity sport for women and the NCAA declaring rugby an emerging sport.
Notably, the Maryland Inter-scholastic Athletic Association adopted rugby as a varsity sport a number of years ago and became the first school system recognized varsity rugby conference in the country. The elevation to a varsity sport in the MIAA echoes the status of other local high schools such as Georgetown Preparatory High School, Gonzaga High School, St. John’s College HS and Landon.
PAC Youth Alumni are represented in many of the local high school and U19 clubs including: Georgetown Prep, Gonzaga High School, St. John’s College HS, DeMatha, the Academy of the Holy Cross (Girls), the French International School and the Maryland Exiles U19.
Many of the area high schools are listed below:
- Georgetown Prep High School (Bethesda, MD)
- Our Lady of good Counsel High School (Olney MD)
- DeMatha Catholic HS (Hyattsville, MD)
- St. John’s College HS (Wash DC)
- Academy of the Holy Cross (Kensington, MD)
- Gonzaga High School (Wash DC)
- The Landon School (Bethesda, MD)
- The Heights School (Potomac, MD)
- Perry Street Prep Charter School (Wash DC)
- Mount St. Joseph [MIAA] (Baltimore, MD)
- Calvert Hall (Baltimore, MD)
- Loyola-Blakefield HS [MIAA] (Towson, MD)
- Archbishop Spalding HS [MIAA] (Severn, MD)