The Viatorian Community quietly took note of the first round picks in the recent NFL draft. That’s because Ronnie Stanley, the offensive tackle from Notre Dame was selected sixth overall by the Baltimore Ravens.
He played football at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, started by the Viatorian Community more than 60 years ago, and is the third Gorman graduate active in the NFL.
His years at Bishop Gorman were prolific. He played varsity basketball all four years, helping to win the state championship three times, and played football every year, playing on the offensive line on the state championship football team.
Among his graduating class members, Stanley was one of three All-Americans. He returned to his alma mater last fall to encourage players during their season, reminding them that just four years ago, he was in their shoes.
Viatorian Associate Kim Martinez, one of the campus ministers at Bishop Gorman, says that while sports dominated his time at the school, he attended a day of reflection each year with his class and completed 100 hours of service over his four years, as mandated by Campus Ministry.
“He was such a nice kid,” Martinez says, “and very respectful.”