> wiki   Explore:web images videos games  

Episcopal High School

KidzSearch Safe Wikipedia for Kids.
Jump to: navigation, search
Episcopal High School

motto = Fortiter, fideliter, feliciter
"Strongly, faithfully, joyfully"

Alexandria, Virginia, USA
Type Private Preparatory Boarding School
Religious affiliation(s) Episcopal
Established 1839
Headmaster F. Robertson Hershey
Faculty 80
Enrollment 420
Average class size 12
Student to teacher ratio 6:1
Campus City, 135 acres (.55 km²)
26 buildings
Color(s) Maroon and Black
Athletics 15 Interscholastic Sports
Athletics conference IAC (Boys)
ISL (Girls)
Mascot Maroon
Average SAT scores 629 verbal, 647 math  (2005)

Episcopal High School was founded in 1839. It is a private boarding school in Alexandria, VA. The school's nickname is 'The Holy Hill' and it's campus is 130 acres large. Around 435 students live on the campus. These students are from 30 states, the District of Columbia and 17 countries.[1] The school does not take any day students, all of the students have to live on campus.[2]


When it was founded in 1839, it was the first high school in Virginia.[3] It was originally called the 'Howard School'.[4] It became known as 'The High School'.[3] Originally only males were allowed to study at Episcopal. In 1991 the school allowed 48 female students to study. Today 50% of students are female.[5]

Honor Code

The school has a set of simple rules it calls honor code. Many schools have rules similar to Episcopal's Honor Code. Episcopal's Honor Code says:

  • I will not lie.
  • I will not cheat.
  • I will not steal.
  • I will report the student who does.

After a student finishes an important document, he or she must write the following and sign their name:

  • I hereby certify upon my honor that I have neither given nor received assistance on this examination, nor am I aware of any breach in the honor system.

Notable Alumni


  1. "EHS: At a Glance". Episcopal High School website. Retrieved 2008-02-18. 
  2. Price, Douglas C.. "EHS: Admissions". Episcopal High School website. Archived from the original on 2006-12-08. Retrieved 2006-12-10. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "EHS: History". Episcopal High School website. Retrieved 2008-02-18. 
  4. Kinsolving, Arthur Barksdale (1922), The story of a southern school: the Episcopal High School of Virginia, Baltimore, Maryland: The Norman, Remington Co., pp. 18–21,,+Alexandria+1839+howard&source=gbs_summary_s&cad=0 
  5. "EHS: History". Episcopal High School website. Retrieved 2008-03-29. 
  6. William Gaston Caperton III
  7. McCain has repeatedly noted in speeches that his high school days, and in particular the influence of William Bee Ravenel III were an important formative influence on his life. See McCain, John S. (2008, 1 April). Episcopal Offered Me a Home Text of speech at Episcopal High School (Alexandria, Virginia). Retrieved on 2008-05-04. Also see Ringle, Ken (2008, 12 May). A Hero's Life. The Weekly Standard Volume 013, Issue 33. Retrieved on 2008-05-04. Also see NNDB entry on John McCain. Retrieved on 2008-05-04.