Head of School’s Report
On a perfect morning in early June, I had the honor and pleasure of presenting an Episcopal diploma to each of the 109 remarkable members of the Class of 2017. These amazing young people, who have ventured out to 70 different institutions of higher learning in 27 states and Great Britain, were invaluable assets to me in my first year. They are young women and men of tremendous character and great potential. Their concern for this community, their passions for all areas of school life, and their impressive work ethic set an outstanding leadership example for all to follow.
The growth and development of these seniors, however, did not happen by accident. In my first year I also quickly appreciated what a fabulous group of faculty and staff the School has attracted over the years. I am grateful for the hard work of Rob Hershey and his team, and Sandy Ainslie ’56 before him, in setting the stage for all that we have accomplished this year. The adults on campus understand the power of inspirational relationships, and their dedication to the students is outstanding.
The accomplishments of this past year have come in so many areas of school life. Our top scholars led groups like our Science Olympiad and Robotics teams to great years. Four of our varsity teams won league championships: soccer, basketball and softball for the girls, and the IAC title in football for a second consecutive year. Our students put on three impressive theatrical productions over the course of the year, and the musical component of our annual “Lessons and Carols” event stays with me even now as just one example of the dozens of times the vocal and instrumental talents on display inspired us all.
The School also engaged actively with the intriguing resources of Greater Washington to offer unique and powerful educational experiences. Government students spent a morning with a Supreme Court Justice. Episcopal students were the very first school group to visit the new National Museum of African American History and Culture. We witnessed the Presidential Inauguration and collaborated with numerous organizations over thousands of hours to support the local community.
We also benefitted greatly from special events this year that brought Episcopal’s inspiring past before this future generation of Maroon alumni. To celebrate our 25th year of coeducation, a special alumnae panel returned to reflect upon their experiences during this critical transition for the School. Similarly, as part of our first-ever MLK Day Symposium, we were fortunate to have on campus a panel of alumni to speak honestly about their experiences at Episcopal as some of the School’s first African American students.
Undergirding every accomplishment and every highlight last year and every year are the special relationships that develop here. Our students’ friendships with each other and close bonds with our remarkable adult community play a crucial role in their educational journey. This journey would also not be possible without the amazing generosity and support of our alumni, parents, grandparents, and many special friends. This report reflects the incredible dedication of the entire School family. All of us here on The Holy Hill remain grateful for the opportunities you make possible to guide and shape these wonderful students into impressive future leaders. Thanks again to all who have made this very special year for me and for the School possible.
Charles M. Stillwell
Head of School