Needless to say, a lot of work went into making that first day happen, and it was that work which helped put St. Andrew’s on an upward trajectory right from the start. It took just three years for St. Andrew’s to go from the basement of Pilgrim Lutheran Church, to Clara Barton School in Cabin John, to the Bradmoor Campus at North Bethesda Junior High – but the growth continued throughout the 1980s.
There were constants throughout the first 10 years. Joanne Beach, Mary Eileen Stevens, Irene Walsh, Daryl Looney, Gabe Hodziewich and Alice Anne Freund all made their mark on St. Andrew’s lore. Those 10 years also saw the addition of some additional St. Andrew’s legends – John Holden, Skeeter Lee, Tracey Goodrich, Kurt Sinclair, Phyllis Robinson, Gary Wyatt, Ruth Faison, Roy Barber, John McMillen, Ginger Cobb and Buck Brumbaugh to name a few.
Gifted with space to grow and dedicated leadership, St. Andrew’s flourished, both in the classroom, with the addition of several Advanced Placement classes and the creation of a number of Accelerated courses, and on the athletic fields and courts, where the Lions won banners in soccer, tennis, cross country, volleyball, and basketball.