Yearbook

Kavanaugh’s high school yearbook has been criticized for its references – now you can read them all


The yearbook entry for SCOTUS candidate Brett Kavanaugh from his senior year at Georgetown Preparatory School includes a list of internal jokes and what appear to be references to the party. These details have been scrutinized by both senators and the media since Kavanaugh began defending himself against Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s claim that he sexually assaulted her in 1982. Now, if you like, you You can browse the Kavanaugh High School directory through the Internet Archive, a nonprofit digital archive.

“By providing access to the 1983 Georgetown Prep directory, the Internet Archive is fulfilling its library mission, helping people better understand the background to Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court,” Mark Graham, director of the Wayback Machine at the Internet Archive, The Intercept reported.

Previously, only parts of the “Cupola” directory – such as the pages of Kavanaugh and his friend, Mark Judge – were released, and they were written to protect the privacy of specific people named. Now, almost the entire Georgetown Prep directory is available online, missing only a few pages related to professors and lower grades, says The Intercept.

By denying Ford’s claim, Kavanaugh attempted to paint a picture of himself as a young pious. In an interview with Fox News, he admitted there had been parties, but said: “I was concentrating on studying and athletics, going to church every Sunday in Little Flower, working on my service and friendship projects. “

His yearbook entry, with phrases like “Keg City Club (Treasurer) – 100 Kegs or Bust” and “Beach Week Ralph Club,” paint their own picture of his days at Georgetown Prep.

Of all the evidence relating to Kavanaugh’s youth (his personal calendars, a letter to friends), the yearbook has drawn particular attention for its number of seemingly crass references, such as “boofing,” which Kavanaugh says makes reference to flatulence. Urban Dictionary, however, has another definition. There’s also “Devil’s Triangle,” which Kavanaugh says is a drinking game. However, a quick online search indicates that the term is also slang for a sexual act.

The “Renate Alumnius” line has come under particular scrutiny for its alleged connection to Renate Schroeder Dolphin, one of 64 women who signed a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee saying they knew Kavanaugh in high school and defended him against the Ford’s allegations. The reference to Dolphin appears at least 14 times in the directory, the New York Times reports, adding that two of Kavanaugh’s former classmates say the “Renate Alumnius” line is a boast of conquest.

Dolphin, then a student at a nearby Catholic girls’ school, told the Times she was unaware of the directory entry when she signed the letter attesting to Kavanaugh’s “decency and respect” to women.

“I learned of the existence of these directory pages only a few days ago,” she said in a statement to Times. “I don’t know what ‘Renate Alumnus’ means. I can’t figure out what’s going on in the minds of 17-year-old boys who write such things, but the innuendo is horrible, hurtful and just plain wrong. . ” Kavanaugh said “Renate Alumnius” interpretation was incorrect, adding that he had never had sex with Dolphin.

The near-complete copy of the directory available online not only provides a closer look at Kavanaugh’s page, but also a glimpse of the entire Georgetown Prep community. Other students also mention “100 barrels or bust”, “week at the beach” nights, “the devil’s triangle” and the “ralph club” in their entries, but conservative columnist John Ziegler maintains that these jokes were made because of their lack of action. While admitting that his phone book was a “disaster” when testifying Thursday, Kavanaugh simply concluded that “As high school kids, we sometimes do goofy or stupid things.”