The Bishop's School (La Jolla)
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|The Bishop's School|
|Motto||Simplicitas, Serenitas, Sinceritas ("Simplicity, Serenity, Sincerity")|
San Miguel: 1951
Fully Merged: 1971
|Headmaster||Aimeclaire Lambert Roche|
|Location||7607 La Jolla Boulevard,
La Jolla, California, 92037, United States
|Campus||Urban, 11 acres (45,000 m2)|
|Colors||Maroon & Gold|
|Newspaper||The Daily Urinal
Reflections (Upper School Literary Magazine)
Dragonwings (Middle School Literary Magazine)
The Bishop's School is an independent college preparatory Episcopalian day school located at 7607 La Jolla Boulevard in La Jolla, a community of San Diego. Bishop's offers courses for students in the sixth through twelfth grades and has a 8:1 student-teacher ratio.
Bishop's was founded in 1909 by the Right Reverend Joseph Horsfall Johnson, at that time Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, with gifts of land and money by notable La Jolla, California philanthropists Ellen Browning Scripps and Virginia Scripps, her half-sister. Originally it was a boarding school for girls only. The earliest parts of the campus were designed by architect Irving Gill, responsible for a multitude of buildings in downtown La Jolla. The current tower building was designed by Carleton Winslow as a replacement for the original Gill tower.
The school was led from 1921 to 1953 by Headmistress Caroline Cummins, who has an academic hall named after her on the campus. Upon the arrival of Headmaster Michael Teitelman in 1983, the School's reputation in academics, arts and athletics grew.
Bishop's became co-educational after merging with the San Miguel School of San Diego, California in 1971. In June 1983, the boarding department was closed. The school expanded to include sixth grade in the fall of 2009. Bishop's is both an academic rival and an athletic rival with Francis W. Parker School, and the La Jolla Country Day School.
The Bishop's School's 11 acre campus is located in the heart of La Jolla, only 1 block away from the Pacific Ocean. At the center of the campus is the Quad, a grassy quadrangle that is an important part of school life at Bishop's. Tradition prohibits anyone from setting foot on the Quad before noon on school days. Most of the school's buildings are situated around the Quad, including three of the school's most prominent buildings: Bentham Hall, St. Mary's Chapel, and the Tower. The school campus contains a total of 12 buildings, the oldest of which was built in 1898. Many of the historic buildings on campus were designed by architect Irving Gill, one of the pioneers of the modern movement in architecture.
The school has been designated a historical landmark by the city of San Diego. Bentham Hall (designed by Irving Gill) was listed as historic in 1994 and the remainder of the campus in 1998. Designated elements include Scripps Hall (Irving Gill, 1910–11), Gilman Hall (Irving Gill and Louis Gill, 1916), St. Mary's Chapel (Carleton Winslow, 1916), The Tower (Carleton Winslow, 1930), Wheeler J. Bailey Library (Carleton Winslow, 1935), and gardens.
Aimeclaire Lambert Roche, Michael Teitelman's successor, is the head of school. A graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, she earned an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and a master's from Columbia University. She is the eleventh head of school in Bishop's 100-year history.
The College Board Advanced Placement Program ranked the AP Biology program the strongest in the nation for two consecutive years (2004 & 2005), as Bishop's achieved the highest rate of achievement for medium sized schools (300-799 students).
The Bishop's Academic League team participates in the Northern division of the City League. Recent results include winning the Northern Division championships in 2011 and 2013. The Bishop's School has lost, though, both city championships to La Jolla High School in 2011 and Madison High School in 2013. The team also competes in NAQT tournaments throughout the year, finishing 2013 with an invitation to the National Finals of NAQT.
The Bishop's Singers have performed in New York's Carnegie Hall and in Chicago's Symphony Hall, as well as on The Today Show. The group won its 18th consecutive superior rating at the California Music Educators local choir festival in March 2012.
The school (known in competition as the "Knights") currently offers 40 varsity and junior varsity teams. 70 percent of the Upper School student body competes in one or more sport.
Bishop's is known throughout Southern California as a water polo power, winning the California Interscholastic Federation (C.I.F.) title in boys water polo in its district in 2002-2006, 2008, and 2010. The girls water polo team won in 2000-2007 and 2011.
The 1997 football team, led by future college All American and NFL safety Shane Walton, won the C.I.F. State Championship.
The 2010 football team earned the school's second State Championship after finishing the season 14-0 under second year coach Joel Allen. The Knights defeated Brookside Christian (Stockton) 40-14 in the C.I.F. State Championship Division IV Bowl Game. The team was also crowned "Coastal League" Champions and C.I.F. San Diego Section - Division IV Champions.
The equestrian team - one of only a few in San Diego County - finished its third season in 2010.
The 2011 Men's Cross Country team were Coastal League and CIF champions led by seniors Hoagie Hoagland and Will Wilde Botta.
The 2011 JV Cross Country team led by Senior Bobak Pousti were Conference Champions.
The Bishop's Mock Trial team won the San Diego County championship for three consecutive years 2010, 2011 and 2012. The team participated in the California state tournament each year following its victory. Numerous graduates have continued to participate in mock trial at the collegiate level at schools such as Duke, University of Illinois, George Washington, Princeton, and Tufts.
Bishop's has several student publications. Noteworthy publications include:
- The Daily Urinal, an independent daily newspaper which was founded in 2004 and is posted in boys' and girls' restrooms. Although originally intended to be solely a humorous publication, the "DU" has tackled both important and controversial issues at Bishop's. It is distributed each morning by hand and online via email, and has a daily circulation of over 300 readers.
- Reflections, the Upper School Literary Magazine, is an annual publication that accepts prose, poetry, and art of all kinds. In 2007, Reflections was one of four magazines to receive a Superior rating by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines.
- The Tower, the Upper School student newspaper published monthly.
- Dragonwings, the Middle School Literary Magazine.
The Bishop's School does not have a cheerleading squad, but has a Spirit Team called "The Dungeon." The Dungeon is a co-educational spirit team that cheers at various "Knights" athletic events. The Dungeon is responsible for attending all of the athletic events and raising crowds of students to support their peers. Community and school spirit is a fundamental part of the curriculum, and The Dungeon serves as a co-educational spirit team to further student involvement in school life.
- Elliott Liu, 2008, chess player.
- Andrew Campbell — 2002, yachtsman, four time All-American and 2008 Summer Olympics competitor.
- Andrew Cunanan — 1987, serial killer, 449th member of FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives.
- M.F.K. Fisher — epicurean, culinary historian, and memorist, of whom W. H. Auden once said "I do not know of anyone in the United States who writes better prose."
- Gary Jules — 1987, singer-songwriter.
- J. J. Isler — 1981, yachtswoman, 1992 Summer Olympics medalist and America's Cup competitor.
- Eric Lax — 1962, editor, writer and author.
- Bonnie St. John — the first African-American woman to win a silver medal at the Paralympics.
- Kevin Stadler — 1998, professional golfer.
- Shane Walton — 1998, NFL defensive back.
- Brett White — 1978, CEO of CB Richard Ellis.
- Melissa Winter — 1985, Deputy Chief of Staff for First Lady Michelle Obama.
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- "The Bishop's School, 1909-2009," The Journal of San Diego History 54:4 (2009) by Molly McClain