National Cathedral School

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The National Cathedral School for Girls
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Noblesse Oblige (French)
"Unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required." St. Luke XII, 48[1]
Address
Mount Saint Alban
Washington, D.C., 20016
United States
Information
Type Private, Day, College prep
Religious affiliation(s) Episcopal
Patron saint(s) Hilda of Whitby
Established 1900
Sister school St. Albans School for Boys
Head of School Kathy Jameson
Faculty ~70
Grades 412
Gender Girls
Enrollment ~580
Student to teacher ratio 8:1
Color(s) Purple and Gold
Slogan "Women's education without limits."
"Educating women for the world"
Athletics conference ISL
DCSAA
Team name Eagles
Accreditation MSA
AIMS MD-DC
Website

National Cathedral School (NCS) is an independent Episcopal private day school for girls located on the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Founded by philanthropist and suffragist Phoebe Apperson Hearst and Bishop Henry Yates Satterlee in 1900, NCS is the oldest of the institutions constituting the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation.

NCS has about 580 students in grades 4 through 12. Its mascot is the eagle. Its brother school, St. Albans, and the shared coeducational elementary school (K-3), Beauvoir, are also located on the 57-acre (230,000 m2) Cathedral Close in Northwest Washington near the Washington National Cathedral. Kathleen O'Neill Jamieson is the Head of School.[2] The school motto is Noblesse Oblige ("Unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required," St. Luke XII, 48).[3]

Traditions[edit]

As the National Cathedral School is chartered by the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation, and is a selective Episcopal School, the school holds a mandatory chapel service every Monday for Upper School students, as well as a weekly Friday morning service in the National Cathedral for all students. Graduation is held in the Washington National Cathedral. However, students of various religions attend the school, and the chapel services are generally ecumenical in nature.

The school's patron saint is Hilda of Whitby.

The school has charity functions and music and choral performances.

Final Cathedral services for the year include the induction of seniors into the Alumnae Association at the Alumnae Service and a "Senior Service" in which the graduating seniors plan and run the service.

NCS also has two school hymns, one dating back to the beginning of the school, and one for the school's centennial celebration composed by Richard Wayne Dirksen, former director of the National Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys.

Extracurriculars and Clubs[edit]

Extracurriculars include student government (grades 7-12), two student newspapers, literary publications, Mitre (a yearbook), and more than 30 different clubs, including the BSU (Black Student Union), QSA (Queer-Straight Alliance), Half in Earnest, Model U.N., Vestry, Chorale, Madrigal Singers, Choristers, and Service Board.

Students from classes 7-12 can serve as acolytes for Friday morning Cathedral services.

NCS students also have the unique opportunity of participating in the Whitechapel Guild to learn traditional change ringing on the Cathedral bells.

Notable Alumnae[edit]

Other families who chose the National Cathedral School for their daughters are the Roosevelts, the Rockefellers, the Firestones (Mary), the Wilsons of Wilson sports, the Marriotts of Marriott International, and former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and James Baker.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ About — Facts at a Glance
  2. ^ Welcome from the Head National Cathedral School
  3. ^ Facts at a Glance National Cathedral School
  4. ^ Stolberg, Sheryl Gay (January 25, 2014). "Old Democratic Name (Nunn) Stakes Bid on Shifting Georgia". The New York Times. p. A1. 
  5. ^ Pickert, Kate (December 2, 2008). "2-Minute Bio: Susan E. Rice". Time Magazine. Retrieved November 14, 2012. 
  6. ^ "ComPost". The Washington Post. Retrieved November 14, 2012. 

Coordinates: 38°55′53″N 77°04′20″W / 38.9313°N 77.0722°W / 38.9313; -77.0722