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St. George's School, Newport

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St. George's School
Motto Sapientia Utriusque Vitae Lumen
Established 1896
Type Private coeducational secondary, boarding
Affiliation Episcopal
Headmaster Eric Peterson
Students 370
Grades 9–12
Location Middletown, Rhode Island, USA
Campus Suburban
Mascot Dragon
Rival Middlesex School

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St. George's School--Church of St. George, Little Chapel, and Memorial Schoolhouse
St. George's School, Newport is located in Rhode Island
St. George's School, Newport
Location 372 Purgatory Rd., Middletown, Rhode Island
Coordinates 41°29′27″N 71°16′6″W / 41.49083°N 71.26833°W / 41.49083; -71.26833
Area less than one acre
Built 1910
Architectural style Tudor Revival, Late Gothic Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 04001235[1]
Added to NRHP November 12, 2004

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St. George's School is a highly selective, 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.

The Hilltop[edit]

The school's campus is familiarly known as "The Hilltop", as it is located on a prominent hill just east of Newport. Its oldest buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[2]

  • 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.[citation needed]
  • 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.[citation needed]
  • Memorial Schoolhouse - The main academic building in which most classes are held in subjects other than art, music and science.[citation needed]


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.[3]

Extracurricular activities[edit]


The school is a member of the Independent School League (ISL) and the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC).[4][5]

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]


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.[6][7]

Music and drama[edit]

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

"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).[citation needed]

The Red & White[edit]

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

In popular culture[edit]

Notable St. Georgians (Old Boys)[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Listings November 19, 2004". National Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Diploma Requirements" (PDF). St. Georges School. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "Independent School League". Independent School League. Retrieved 24 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "Member Schools - NEPSAC". New England Preparatory School Athletic Council. Retrieved 24 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "St. Georges School: Geronimo". St. Georges School. Retrieved 24 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "Vessel Details - Geronimo". Retrieved 24 January 2015. 

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Coordinates: 41°29′28″N 71°16′24″W / 41.49111°N 71.27333°W / 41.49111; -71.27333