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. The school was first conceived in 1906 by the Reverend Robert Carter Jett. After many years of tireless work by Reverend Jett and others, the school opened its doors to students in September 1916. By design, VES is a coeducational community of approximately 240 students representing 20 states and countries. Virginia Episcopal School's 160-acre (0.65 km2) campus is located above the James River in Lynchburg 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 1906 by Reverend Robert Carter Jett and opened its doors to students in September 1916.

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. Main Hall (today's Jett Hall), which opened in September 1916, is based on these drawings. In 1919 Langhorne Memorial Chapel, which was made possible by a gift from Chiswell Dabney Langhorne in memory of his wife Nancy Witcher Keene (parents of Lady Astor), was consecrated. This was followed by the opening in 1920 of Barksdale Gymnasium, which is rumored to be based on the measurements of King Solomon's temple in Jerusalem.[3]

The School Today[edit]

The campus today includes two gymnasiums, classroom buildings, residence halls, and an art center. An arts and entertainment facility is currently under construction and is expected to open in 2016. The student body has grown from 60 boys to approximately 240 young men and women from 20 states and countries. 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 world, including Boston College, 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, The University of St Andrews, 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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