St. George's School, Newport
|St. George's School|
|Motto||Sapientia Utriusque Vitae Lumen|
|Type||Private coeducational secondary, boarding|
|Location||Middletown, Rhode Island, USA|
St. George's School--Church of St. George, Little Chapel, and Memorial Schoolhouse
|Location||372 Purgatory Rd., Middletown, Rhode Island|
|Area||less than one acre|
|Architectural style||Tudor Revival, Late Gothic Revival|
|NRHP Reference #||04001235|
|Added to NRHP||November 12, 2004|
St. George's shield
St. George's School is a private, Episcopal, coeducational boarding school in Middletown, Rhode Island, USA, just east of the city of Newport. The school was founded in 1896 by the Rev. John Byron Diman, a member of a prominent Rhode Island family. It sits on a hill overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. It is a member of the Independent School League and one of five schools collectively termed St. Grottlesex.
- Church of St. George - The oldest building on campus, Old School serves a variety of purposes. The first floor serves as the office of the Head of School, Eric Peterson, as well as administrators and admissions counselors. To the east, the Main Common Room is mainly used by the Admission Office for meetings with prospective families. The Faculty Lounge and kitchen are attached to the Main Common Room. On the second and third floors are Old School (girls dorm) and Red (boys, day student) dorms.
- Little Chapel - A classic Gothic Chapel built in 1928 with John Nicholas Brown's donation and designed by Ralph Adams Cram. The whole school congregates in the Chapel for two services weekly, one of which is a full Episcopal service. The other features a chapel talk by a member of the sixth-form.
- Memorial Schoolhouse - The main academic building in which most classes are held in subjects other than art, music and science.
As of the 2014-15 school year students are required to take a minimum of 4 years of English, mathematics through precalculus, three years of a foreign language, 2 years of laboratory science courses, 2 years of social sciences, 1 or two semesters of religious studies, and 2 semesters of art classes.
In recent years, St. George's swimming, squash and sailing programs have been especially successful with the sailing team placing third in the country at Nationals multiple times.
Middlesex School is St. George's athletic rival in the ISL. Each fall, on the final weekend of the season, the schools play against each other in various sports. Banners are made, T-shirts are sold and on Friday night a wooden zebra is burned in a bonfire while teams cheer it on.
The school also has a rivalry with Portsmouth Abbey School, independent of official school leagues. Both schools were founded by John Diman. Once every season, the schools' athletic teams play each other on "Abbey Monday" (Portsmouth calls the event "St. George's Monday"). Wins and losses are tallied over the course of all three seasons. The school with the most varsity wins gets to display the "Diman Cup" in their trophy case.
Geronimo is a Ted Hood designed 69-foot fiberglass sloop. Three times during the academic year, Geronimo carries students from St. George's School on six-week long voyages. She sails year round between Canadian waters and the Caribbean. Students are taught Nautical Science and Oceanography/Marine Biology while on board. Summer trainees range in age from high school to adult.
Music and drama
The school has three choirs, Chapel Choir, the all male Hilltoppers, and the all female Snapdragons. While Chapel Choir is open to all students, auditions are required for the others.
The School maintains an ensemble and an orchestra. The Orchestra plays classical music and is led by Ed Mudrak, who also leads the Jazz Ensemble. The St. George's Jazz Ensemble plays jazz of various eras and composes its own pieces, which are then played at school functions.
"Jerusalem" (Hymn 110) is the school's preferred hymn. It is sung frequently in chapel along with the School Hymn, set to Duke Street, and the St. George's Day Hymn (Melita).
The Red & White
The Red & White is the newspaper of the St. George's School community. A student run institution, it prints approximately nine times a year on a monthly basis. The paper is a half tabloid and prints in black and white. The paper is available for free to students and faculty, and, at a nominal fee, any member of the school's extended community can subscribe.
Founded in 1906, it is the second longest existing publication in the school (The Dragon, the school's literary magazine, is older), and has printed since its inception, with the exception of a ten-year period between World War I and World War II.
In popular culture
- St. George's is mentioned in F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic first novel, This Side of Paradise, where the school is described as "prosperous and well-dressed"
- Featured in The Official Preppy Handbook by Lisa Birnbach
- The Education of Charlie Banks (2007), co-starring Jesse Eisenberg and Eva Amurri and directed by Fred Durst, was filmed on the campus of St. George's. The establishing shots of the Old School building, King Hall and the chapel were used to represent Vassar College. The motion picture also filmed at Brown University in Providence, R.I.
Notable St. Georgians (Old Boys)
- Vincent Astor, Philanthropist, major holder in Newsweek Magazine, Member of the prominent Astor family
- John Jacob Astor VI, Major Investor, Member of the prominent Astor family
- John Jacob Astor V, Philanthropist, Owner of The Times Newspaper
- Leonard Bacon 1905, Well recognized Poet, Writer and Book Critic. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1940
- Livingston L. Biddle, Jr. 1936, a descendant of the storied Philadelphia family who wrote the legislation that led to the creation of the National Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts and was chairman of the endowment from 1977 to 1981. From 1968 to 1970, he was a professor and the chairman of the arts division at Fordham University in New York City and in 1971 and 1972 he was chairman of the Pennsylvania Ballet Company
- Julie Bowen 1987, Actress best known for playing Claire Dunphy on Modern Family
- John Nicholas Brown 1918, Philanthropist, Donor of the School's Synagogue, member of the prestigious Brown Family of Rhode Island, former Assistant Secretary of the Navy
- Billy Bush 1990, Access Hollywood Anchor, host of an NBC prime-time show of Let's Make A Deal
- Prescott Bush 1913, WWI artillery Captain, U.S. Senator from Connecticut 1953-1963, father of President George H.W. Bush and grandfather of President George W. Bush
- Tucker Carlson 1987, writer and former host of Crossfire on CNN followed by Tucker on MSNBC. Now pan-NBC political commentator
- Peter Cook (American anchor) 1985, Washington anchor for Bloomberg Television
- Philippe Cousteau Jr. 1998, founder of EarthEcho International, grandson of Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau
- Charles Dean 1968, brother of Howard Dean, captured and executed in Laos
- Howard Brush Dean III 1966, MD, longest-serving Vermont Governor 1991-2003, Presidential Candidate 2004 and Chairman of the Democratic National Committee 2005-2009
- Robert E. Gross 1915, famous American businessman in Aviation, Founder and President of the Lockheed Corporation from 1934 to 1956. Featured in the 2004 blockbuster hit The Aviator
- William C. Hayes 1961, leading authority on Egyptian history, and former curator of Egyptian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Laurence G. Leavitt, headmaster of Vermont Academy, Saxtons River, Vermont, for 25 years
- Ogden Nash 1920, famous American Poet and Writer
- Diane Nelson 1985, President of DC Entertainment
- Morgan Parker, inventor of the disposable scalpel
- Claiborne Pell 1936, longest-serving Rhode Island Senator (in office 1961-1997), famous for creating the Pell Grant
- Roger W. Straus, Jr., was co-founder of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, a New York book publishing company
- Ian W. Toll 1985, American author and historian
- Whitney Tower, longtime horse racing journalist and former chairman of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame
- Russell E. Train 1937, founder and past-president of the World Wildlife Fund
- William Henry Vanderbilt III, Governor of Rhode Island, philanthropist
- Harry Werksman, Writer-producer for the third season of Grey's Anatomy
- Wilfrid Zogbaum, widely-respected US avant-garde sculptor
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
- "National Register of Historic Places Listings November 19, 2004". www.nps.gov. National Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
- "Diploma Requirements". www.stgeorges.edu. St. Georges School. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
- "Independent School League". isleague.org. Independent School League. Retrieved 24 January 2015.
- "Member Schools - NEPSAC". www.nepsac.org. New England Preparatory School Athletic Council. Retrieved 24 January 2015.
- "St. Georges School: Geronimo". http://www.stgeorges.edu. St. Georges School. Retrieved 24 January 2015.
- "Vessel Details - Geronimo". http://www.sailingshipadventures.com. Retrieved 24 January 2015.
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