Tatnall School

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The Tatnall School
Tatnall School logo.png
1501 Barley Mill Road
Wilmington, DE 19807

Greenville, Delaware
Type Nonprofit, college-prep day school
Motto Omnia in Caritate
(All things in love)
Established 1930
Founder Frances D. S. Tatnall
Head of school Timothy M. Burns, Ph.D.
Grades PreK–12
Enrollment Grades 9-12 (130 girls, 130 boys)
Grades pre K through 8th (600 combined gender) (2011-2012)
Color(s) Black and Yellow
Mascot Hornet
Yearbook Triangle

The Tatnall School is a private college prep school in Greenville, Delaware, for students from three years old through 12th grade. The school was founded as an all-girls school in 1930 by Frances Dorr Swift Tatnall at her home in downtown Wilmington, Delaware, and moved to its current location in 1952. Tatnall began to admit boys in 1952 (the class of 1964). The school's mascot is the hornet. Its motto is "Omnia in caritate", which means all things in love.[1]




Tatnall competes as a member of the Delaware Independent School Conference in interscholastic sports such as cross country, field hockey, football, soccer, volleyball, cheerleading, basketball, ice hockey, swimming, wrestling, winter track, lacrosse, baseball, golf, tennis, and spring track. Tatnall is particularly strong in Cross Country and Track and Field (winning 34 State Championships since 2003); field hockey, and boys' lacrosse (winning 6 of 22 state championships). The ice hockey team also won 3 consecutive DSHA state championships from 2008-2010. Tatnall's girls' cross country team has run in the National Championship 7 times since 2006 and placed third in the nation in fall 2008 and again in 2011. They have also finished fifth (2010), twelfth (2006), thirteenth (2007), and 14th (2009) The girls' cross country team has won the Division II State Championship the past eleven years in a row and the boys' team has won the past six. The field hockey team has made it to the DIAA state tournament the past two years, making it to the final four in the 2013 season.


Tatnall offers a variety of visual and performing arts programs, including photography, drawing, instrumental and vocal performance.[2] One notable instructor is Wilson Somers, who is also a composer and performer; Somers was also a recipient of an Emmy award in 2000.[3] Students at the school are required to participate in art programs, and have won numerous state awards throughout the years.[4]

2008 election[edit]

Tatnall was a Delaware polling booth in the 2008 United States presidential election. Senator Joe Biden (a native Pennsylvanian but Delaware resident since 1953), who lives near the school, cast his vote in Tatnall's main lobby in that election cycle.


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Coordinates: 39°46′07″N 75°37′02″W / 39.7686°N 75.6173°W / 39.7686; -75.6173