Bishop Gorman High School

Not to be confused with Bishop T. K. Gorman High School in Texas.
Bishop Gorman High School
5959 South Hualapai Way
Las Vegas, Nevada, Clark County 89148
United States
Coordinates 36°4′54″N 115°19′2″W / 36.08167°N 115.31722°W / 36.08167; -115.31722Coordinates: 36°4′54″N 115°19′2″W / 36.08167°N 115.31722°W / 36.08167; -115.31722
Type Private, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established September 7, 1954
Oversight Roman Catholic Diocese of Las Vegas
Principal Kevin P. Kiefer
Staff 130
Grades 912
Enrollment 1132 (2007-2008)
Color(s) Orange and Blue         
Athletics conference
Mascot Gael
Rivals Palo Verde High School
Accreditation Northwest Accreditation Commission [1]
Publication The Gael Gazette
Newspaper The Lance
Yearbook Archive
Deans Irene Anderson
Tessa Rivera
Kenny Sanchez
Kelsey McCall
Athletic Director Sally Nieman

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, and has been serving Clark County and the Las Vegas Valley for over 50 years. The school opened in 1954 and its mascot is a Gael, or 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 September 7, 1954. Bishop Dwyer named it after his predecessor, The Most Reverend Thomas K. Gorman, the first Bishop of the Reno-Las Vegas Diocese. From its inception, the school has been administered by the Clerics of Saint Viator.

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


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.

Coach Tony Sanchez took over as Bishop Gorman High Schools 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 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.

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
AAAA 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011
Division I 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
National Champions 2014, 2015


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, 2011, 2012, 2013, 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". Retrieved 2011-06-27.
  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 (27 March 2010). "Bishop Gorman Nevada champs". Las Vegas Review Journal. Retrieved 4 December 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 2008-08-29.
  6. Edwards, Jay (August 28, 2008). "AMERICAN LEGION WORLD SERIES:Title worth the wait for Gorman". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 2008-08-29.
  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 2016-09-17.
  8. 1 2 "Bishop Gorman Championship Teams". Retrieved 2016-09-17.
  9. Brewer, Ray (21 May 2011). "Gorman's Evan Dunn overcomes adversity, pitches Gaels to sixth straight state baseball title". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 9 September 2011.
  10. "Las Vegas Golfer Tommy Armour III Uses Titleist to Win". Retrieved 8 January 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.
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