Linsly School

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The Linsly School
Linsly Insignia.jpg
60 Knox Lane, Wheeling, WV
Wheeling, West Virginia
United States
Type Private College Preparatory
Motto Forward and No Retreat
Established 1814
Founder Noah Linsly
President Reno DiOrio
Headmaster Justin Zimmerman
Grades 5-12
Number of students Approx. 450
Color(s) Orange and Black         
Nickname The Cadets
Rival Wheeling Central Catholic
Publication Linsly Today
Newspaper The Linsly Line

The Linsly School, formerly known as the Linsly Military Institute, is a boarding and day school located in Wheeling, West Virginia. It was founded in 1814 by Noah Linsly and chartered by the State of Virginia in the same year. The school is the oldest preparatory school west of the Alleghenies. It was originally known as the Lancastrian Academy.

In 1861, the school adopted the dress and discipline of an all-boys military school. In 1978 the board of trustees voted to change the military structure and adopt the philosophy of a traditional boys preparatory school.

In 1988, Linsly became a co-educational school.[1]

In 2007, Linsly ranged from 5th to 12th grade with a student body of about 420. Linsly boasts a 100% college acceptance rate for its graduating seniors[citation needed]. In the 2013-2014 school year, the Linsly School has about 440 students in grades 5-12. As a both day and boarding school, Linsly is home to students from many countries, including China, Finland, Canada, South Korea, and Japan.

In celebration of Linsly's 200th academic year, a campaign is underway to raise $10,000,000 for an addition to Banes Hall, the main academic building, renovations to many other on-campus facilities, and to enrich Linsly's instructing capability. "Forward and No Retreat," is the school theme for the 2013-2014 school year, the same motto under which the school was founded in 1814. Currently, all major on-campus renovations have been completed.

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The Linsly Institute building (erected 1858) in Wheeling, which served as the state's first capitol building from statehood in 1863 until March 28, 1870 when the capitol was transferred to Charleston.



Coordinates: 40°04′23″N 80°41′44″W / 40.07306°N 80.69556°W / 40.07306; -80.69556