WASHINGTON (Circa) -- President Donald Trump's picks to fill the Supreme Court share quite a bit in common. But before Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh reached the heights of the judiciary, they were school boys at one of the country's most elite prep schools.
Gorsuch and Kavanaugh were wandering the campus of Georgetown Preparatory Academy, located just outside of Washington, D.C. Since 1789, it has produced some of the nation's leading business and political figures.
"Prep's mission is to form men of competence, conscience, commitment and compassion; men of faith and men for others," according to the school's website.
Georgetown Prep is the oldest Catholic prep and boarding school in the country. It boasts a 100 percent college enrollment rate for graduates, and a high SAT score. Kavanaugh, class of '83, was a couple years ahead of Gorsuch, who graduated in '85. It's unclear if they knew each other at the time, but they would have overlapped for as many as two years.
Like many of their fellow Prep alumni, Gorsuch and Kavanaugh went on to the Ivy Leagues for college. Kavanaugh went to Yale for both his undergraduate and law school education. Gorsuch made his way to Columbia followed by law school at Harvard. The similarities continued when both clerked for retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, albeit at different times.
"The framers established that the Constitution is designed to secure the blessings of liberty. Justice Kennedy devoted his career to securing liberty. I am deeply honored to be nominated to fill his seat on the Supreme Court," said Kavanaugh after Trump announced his nomination Monday night.
Judicial clerkships are highly sought after by recent law graduates in order to springboard their careers in the legal profession. Many of the serving Supreme Court justices clerked for predecessors before taking the bench.
The Trump administration and congressional Republicans wanted a "Gorsuch 2.0" for their next Supreme Court nominee, CATO Institute constitutional studies fellow Ilya Shapiro explained to Circa in an interview. Kavanaugh and Gorsuch not only have a similar pedigree but they also share a solid conservative judicial record while on the bench. Of all Trump's potential picks, that fact may have helped put Kavanaugh over the edge when the decision was finally made.
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