Episcopal High School

high school in Alexandria, Virginia, United States

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.[2] The school does not take any day students, all of the students have to live on campus.[3]

Episcopal High School
1200 North Quaker Lane


United States
Coordinates38°49′28.5″N 77°5′39.9″W / 38.824583°N 77.094417°W / 38.824583; -77.094417Coordinates: 38°49′28.5″N 77°5′39.9″W / 38.824583°N 77.094417°W / 38.824583; -77.094417
TypePrivate college-preparatory boarding school
MottoFortiter, fideliter, feliciter
(Strongly, faithfully, joyfully)
Religious affiliation(s)Episcopal Church
Established1839; 182 years ago (1839)
Head of SchoolCharley Stillwell
Faculty92 (FTE)
Enrollment440 Template:NCES Private School ID
Student to teacher ratio8.6
CampusCity, 130 acres (0.53 km2), 26 buildings
Color(s)Maroon and Black    
Athletics16 Interscholastic Sports
Athletics conference
Team nameMaroon[1]


When it was founded in 1839, it was the first high school in Virginia.[4] It was originally called the 'Howard School'.[5] It became known as 'The High School'.[4] 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.[6]

Honor CodeEdit

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 AlumniEdit


  1. "Maroon Athletics". Episcopal High School. Retrieved October 17, 2020.
  2. "EHS: At a Glance". Episcopal High School website. Archived from the original on 2008-03-02. Retrieved 2008-02-18.
  3. Price, Douglas C. "EHS: Admissions". Episcopal High School website. Archived from the original on 2006-12-08. Retrieved 2006-12-10.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "EHS: History". Episcopal High School website. Archived from the original on 2008-02-06. Retrieved 2008-02-18.
  5. 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
  6. "EHS: History". Episcopal High School website. Archived from the original on 2008-02-06. Retrieved 2008-03-29.
  7. "William Gaston Caperton III". Archived from the original on 2005-02-15. Retrieved 2008-12-15.
  8. 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 Archived 2011-07-26 at the Wayback Machine 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.