St. Paul's Episcopal School
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|St. Paul's Episcopal School|
Sword of the Spirit (Latin: Spiritus Gladius)
|161 Dogwood Lane
Mobile, Alabama 36608
|NCES School ID||00000758|
|Director||Anne Davis (Lower School)
Scott McDonald (Middle School)
Victor Helmsing (Upper School)
|Faculty||204 (including staff)|
|Number of students||approx. 1,199 Students (K-12)|
|Campus size||32 acres|
|Color(s)||Red and Blue|
|Fight song||When the Saints Go Marching In|
|Athletics conference||AHSAA - 5A|
|Rival||UMS-Wright, Spanish Fort High School|
|Accreditation||Southern Association of Independent Schools
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
|Average SAT scores (2011)||530 - 670 (critical reading)
540 - 670 (math)
520 - 650 (writing)
|Average ACT scores (2011)||23 - 29 (composite)|
St. Paul's Episcopal School was founded in 1947 with one section of twenty kindergarten students. William S. Mann, former Rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, nurtured the development of the parish school from 1953 until he left St. Paul's in 1969. With the addition of sections and grades, enrollment grew to 243 students by 1965. In 1966 Jack Noble White joined the staff at the church as organist/choirmaster and minister of youth. He then succeeded Rev. Mann as Headmaster of the growing school. St. Paul's ceased to be a parish school with its incorporation as an independent institution in 1968, yet maintained its parochial core in Episcopal dogma as compliment to a growing academic curriculum.. The original Dogwood Lane campus, which included the main building and 5 acres (20,000 m2), was purchased in 1969. Primary grades remained housed at the church property with upper levels moving to the new property only two blocks away. Students of that year's 6th grade class progressed throughout each following school year - becoming original members of each grade level - until expansion was complete through grade 12. In 1974, the first graduation was held for 73 seniors. Mr. White had completed the expansion of the church school that Rev. Mann had begun. That summer of 1974 found St. Paul's with 53 employees and 800 students. Jack Noble White's vision and leadership remained active as Headmaster into 1976 and at the church through 1977. He was followed by Headmasters Webb Reyner (previously Asst. Headmaster under White) and Rufus Bethea. All worked steadfastly to create and maintain exemplary standards across all school programs including academics, athletics, music and spiritual guidance. These first St. Paul's students established a campus of superior reputation based on both sacred and secular honor system philosophies that foster student contributions of individual learning and talents as effort toward the more holistic goals (like teamwork and cooperation) and objectives that act to unify the student body into a single school community. These tenets of interdependence, independence, faith, and honor continue to nourish the growth of Saint Paul's almost fifty years later as it currently employees more than 200 personnel and has an enrollment of over 1000 students.
The school has a four-level structure: the Lower School (Pre-K through 2nd grade), the Intermediate School (3rd grade and 4th grade), the Middle School (5th grade through 8th grade), and the Upper School (9th grade through 12th grade).
The main campus houses the Intermediate School, Middle School, and Upper School grade-levels. The main building, off Dogwood Lane, can be found on "The Horseshoe." "The Horseshoe" is a looping driveway that surrounds Saints' Square, a memorial-square and common meeting place on the school's campus. Also located on the main campus are buildings containing 85 classrooms, auxiliary buildings, two gymnasiums, a football field and track, a baseball field, a softball field, multiple practice fields, and a cafeteria.
The Lower School campus is separate from the school's main campus and can be found 0.4 miles down Old Shell Road at the same location as the church associated with the school.
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St. Paul's has won a total of 178 Alabama state championships in 18 sports, including: baseball, girls' basketball, girls' cross-country, boys' cross-country, football, boys' golf, girls' golf, girls' indoor track, boys' indoor track, girls' soccer, girls' swimming and diving, boys' swimming and diving, girls' tennis, boys' tennis, girls' outdoor track, boys' outdoor track, volleyball, and girls' heptathlon.
St. Paul's also has a long-standing athletic rivalry with UMS-Wright, another local private high school that is just 2.2 miles away down Old Shell Road. In football, the two teams meet every year in the "Battle of Old Shell Road."
St. Paul's has been coined as being a "Pathway to the pros" by regional news media in recent years referring to the vast number of professional athletes who were local stars appearing first at SPS athletic events.
- Jake Peavy (1999), 2007 NL Cy Young Award Winner, two-time MLB All-Star starting pitcher for the San Francisco Giants
- Tiger Jones (1999), Wide Receiver for the Philadelphia Soul
- Chevis Jackson (2004), Former Defensive Back for the Atlanta Falcons (2008 to 2009) and the Jacksonville Jaguars (2010) of the National Football League.
- Kyle McPherson (2004), Starting pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates
- Zack Sucher (2005), Professional Golfer on PGA Tour
- Mark Barron (2008), Strong Safety for the Los Angeles Rams, drafted by Tampa Bay with the 7th overall pick in 2012 NFL Draft
- Destin Hood (2008), Professional Baseball Player for the Miami Marlins
- A. J. McCarron (2009), Current Backup Quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals, Former National Championship Winning Quarterback for the Alabama Crimson Tide
- Jacob Coker (2011), former quarterback for the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Florida State University Seminoles.
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