Virginia Episcopal School

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Virginia Episcopal School
400 VES Road
Lynchburg, VA, 24503
Coordinates 37°27′9.5″N 79°11′26.5″W / 37.452639°N 79.190694°W / 37.452639; -79.190694Coordinates: 37°27′9.5″N 79°11′26.5″W / 37.452639°N 79.190694°W / 37.452639; -79.190694
Type Private Preparatory Boarding School
Motto Toward the Full Stature of Manhood
Religious affiliation(s) Episcopalian
Established 1916
Headmaster Mr.G.Thomas Battle, Jr. '83
Faculty 40
Enrollment 200
Average class size 10-12
Student to teacher ratio 6:1
Campus Suburban - 160 acres (0.65 km2)
Color(s) Garnet & White
Athletics 18 interscholastic
Athletics conference VIC (Boys)
BRC, LIS (Girls)
Mascot The Fighting Bishops
Virginia Episcopal School
Location 400 Virginia Episcopal School Rd., Lynchburg, Virginia
Area 10 acres (4.0 ha)
Built 1916 (1916)
Architect Brooke, Frederick H.
Architectural style Colonial Revival, Georgian Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 92001392[1]
VLR # 118-0224
Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 28, 1992
Designated VLR June 17, 1992[2]

Virginia Episcopal School is a college preparatory school located in Lynchburg, Virginia, USA. It was founded in 1916 by Bishop Robert Carter Jett. By design, VES is a coeducational community of approximately 200 students and 40 residential faculty. Virginia Episcopal School's 160-acre (0.65 km2) campus is near the James River along the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.


By design, VES is a small academic community of students and residential faculty.

Jett Hall

The school was first conceived in 1916, by Robert Carter Jett, and was founded the same year.

Dr. Jett conceived the first buildings on the VES campus while riding a train in Raleigh, North Carolina. There, he drew his architectural view of the campus on the back of an envelope. You might recognize the outline of his drawings in the framework of Main Hall, which opened in September 1916. Three years later, the chapel opened, thanks to a generous donation by Chiswell Dabney Langhorne, followed by the "Little Gym" in the 1930s, which is rumored to be based on the measurements of King Solomon's temple in Jerusalem.[3]

Our student body has grown significantly from those early days, and now includes young men and women from all over the country and the world. Each day, we live out the vision of Dr. Jett - continually striving, constantly growing, but in a comfortable, supportive environment that is in so many ways like home.

The School Today[edit]

The campus includes two gymnasiums, classroom buildings, residence halls, and an art center. The student body has grown from 60 boys to approximately 200 young men and women who come from all over the country and the world. Over two-thirds of VES's student body lives on campus. Recent VES graduates have been accepted at some of the finest colleges and universities in the country, including Brown University, Carnegie Mellon University, The College of William and Mary, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Davidson College, Duke University, Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, Middlebury College, New York University, Princeton University, Rice University, Stanford University, United States Naval Academy, University of California, Berkeley, University of California, Los Angeles, University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Michigan, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Pennsylvania, University of Southern California, University of Virginia, Vanderbilt University, Wake Forest University, Washington and Lee University, Washington University in St. Louis, and Yale University.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Calder Loth (March 1992). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Virginia Episcopal School". Virginia Department of Historic Resources.  and Accompanying photo

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