Various elements of Georgetown Prep’s 1983 yearbook have caused a stir after Christine Blasey Ford accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault around that time.
Along with painting a picture of heavy drinking and real or perceived debauchery, the yearbook reportedly also references the Ku Klux Klan.
An elite Catholic boys’ high school founded in 1789, Georgetown Prep has many alumni who have gone into public service. Justice Neil M. Gorsuch of the Supreme Court is a graduate, as is Jerome H. Powell, chairman of the Federal Reserve.
Kavanaugh, a member of the football team and the captain of the basketball team, played a prominent role in Georgetown Prep’s firmament in the early 1980s. The school’s culture was one of heavy drinking and at times insensitivity.
The 1983 yearbook, for example, includes multiple apparent references to the Ku Klux Klan (but not on Kavanaugh’s page). His page, in addition to the “Alumnius” entry, mentions his role as “treasurer” of the “Keg City Club.”
Kavanaugh has said his time at Georgetown Prep centered on his studies and “being a good friend to the boys and the girls” he was friends with, according to an interview the nominee gave to Fox News.
Some of Kavanaugh’s high school peers said there was a widespread culture at the time of objectifying women.
“People claiming that they had sex with other people was not terribly unusual, and it was not terribly believable,” said William Fishburne, who was in Kavanaugh’s graduating class and was a manager for the football team. “Not just Brett Kavanaugh and his particular group, but all the classmates in general. People would claim things they hadn’t done to sort of seem bigger than they were, older than they were.”
Bill Barbot, who was a freshman at Georgetown Prep when Judge Kavanaugh was a senior, said Judge Kavanaugh and his clique were part of the school’s “fratty” culture. “There was a lot of talk and presumably a lot of action about sexual conquest with girls,” Mr. Barbot said.