A Coeducational, College Preparatory School for Ages 3 Through Grade 12
Episcopal School of Dallas
A Coeducational, College Preparatory School for Ages 3 Through Grade 12

HISTORY

The Episcopal School of Dallas is a coeducational academic community founded in 1974 by the Reverend Stephen B. Swann and a group of Episcopalian local leaders. The first ESD class was held in 1974 and included eight 7th graders. Today, more than 1,150 students attend ESD, aged Beginner (age 3) through 12th grade, with 400 students in the Upper School (9th – 12th grade). 

1974

ESD opens in two rooms at St. Michael's with eight 7th grade students.

1977

22 acres of land is purchased at Midway and Merrell.

1977

ESD hires first full-time faculty members in English, French, and science.

1979

Hart Athletic Center opens. This is the first building at ESD's permanent home.

1980

ESD's first class graduates.

1981

Former Dallas Mayor Erik Jonsson and Lamplighter parents encourage ESD to add 5th grade.

1982

The school house and commons open adding 38,000 sq. ft. in classroom space.

1984

ESD purchases 13.6 acres on the north side of Merrell Road.

1986

Gill Library, the first fully-automated library at a local independent school opens.

1990

National Honor Society chapter formed. Campus store opens.

1994

The Gail B. and Dan W. Cook III Math-Science-Computer Building opens.

1995

ESD and The St. Michael School merge offering an ESD education to ages 3-12th grade.

1997

The Wolf Run Outdoor Education Center becomes the permanent location for outdoor education.

1998

ESD hosts its first homecoming game.

2000

Trout Athletic fields are developed.

2002

All Saints Chapel opens and serves to spiritually nurture students, faculty, and staff of all religious practices.

2005

The 66,000 sq. ft. Susan M. Frank Center for Arts and Humanities opens.

2006

The Gene and Jerry Jones Family Stadium opens.

2007

ESD is accepted into the academically-elite Cum Laude Society.

2011

Stephen B. Swann Athletic and Wellness Center opens. Houses the Daryl Johnston Family Dining Commons, a robotics laboratory, a geodesic growing dome, auxiliary offices, and wellness and physical education facilities.

2013

The 105 member Class of 2013 received more than $12.0 million in merit scholarship offers and acceptance to 161 colleges and universities.

2013-14

In September 2013, ESD installed its second Head of School, Meredyth M. Cole. “Children become what they behold; this joint venture between parents and educators must reflect a shared understanding of a school’s mission,” Cole says. “The best schools, like ESD, meet students where they are, then provide challenge, nurture, inspiration, and structure so that each student can reach his or her full potential.”

Lower School

4344 Colgate Avenue
Dallas, Texas, 75225
214-353-5818

Middle & Upper School

4100 Merrell Road
Dallas, Texas, 75229
214-358-4368

Wolf Run Ranch

located near Anna, Texas

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