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The Westminster Schools
Seal of The Westminster Schools.
"And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man." (Luke 2:52)
1424 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta, Georgia, Fulton County, 30327
United States
Religion Christian
Denomination Non-denominational
President Dr. William Clarkson IV

1,826 students in grades pre-first to 12; coeducational Seal of The Westminster Schools, Atlanta, GA File links The following pages link to this file: The Westminster Schools ... Atlanta redirects here. ... Fulton County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. ... Mr. ... For other uses, see Christian (disambiguation). ... A non-denominational church (usually Christian) is a religious organization which does not necessarily align its mission and teachings to an established denomination. ... Coeducation is the integrated education of men and women. ...

Faculty 271
School type Private
Tuition $15,440 for grades Pre-first-5
$18,000 for grades 6-12
Endowment $239,000,000
Campus 180 acres (0.73 km²), suburban
Accreditation(s) Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Mascot Wildcat
School Colour(s) Forest green and white
Yearbook The Westminster Lynx
Newspaper The Westminster Bi-Line
Established 1951; traces origins to 1878
Alumni 8,820

The Westminster Schools is a private secondary school in Atlanta, Georgia. Founded in 1951, Westminster has the largest endowment of any non-boarding secondary school in the United States. The school's expressed mission is "to develop the whole person for college and for life through excellent education." For the film of this title, see Private School (film). ... USD redirects here. ... Illustration of the backyards of a surburban neighbourhood Suburbs are inhabited districts located either on the outer rim of a city or outside the official limits of a city (the term varies from country to country), or the outer elements of a conurbation. ... The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) is a regional accreditor for over 13,000 public and private educational institutions ranging from preschool to college level in the Southern United States. ... Binomial name Felis silvestris Schreber, 1775 subspecies See text The Wildcat (Felis silvestris), sometimes Wild Cat or Wild-cat, is a small predator native to Europe, the western part of Asia, and Africa. ... Forest Green Rovers F.C. are an English football team based in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire, currently playing in the Nationwide Conference. ... Year 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1878 (MDCCCLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... Atlanta redirects here. ... State nickname: Peach State / Empire of the South Other U.S. States Capital Atlanta Largest city Atlanta Governor Sonny Perdue Official languages English Area 154,077 km² (24th)  - Land 150,132 km²  - Water 3,945 km² (2. ...



The Westminster Schools originated in 1951 as a reorganization of Atlanta's North Avenue Presbyterian School, an affiliate of the North Avenue Presbyterian Church. Dr. William L. Pressly was brought from Chattanooga, Tennessee's McCallie School to become Westminster's first president. The school moved to its current campus in 1953 thanks to a land grant by trustee Fritz Orr. Also in 1953, Washington Seminary, another local private school, closed and merged with Westminster. Westminster was coeducational until the sixth grade, with separate schools for boys and girls continuing through the twelfth grade. In 1962, the administration building, later named Pressly Hall, was constructed, bringing the number of permanent buildings on campus to four. Three years later, in 1965, Westminster became one of the first Southern private schools to integrate, and four African American students graduated in 1973.[1] Chattanooga redirects here. ... This article is about the U.S. state of Tennessee. ... The McCallie School is an all-male college preparatory school in Chattanooga, Tennessee. ... Children at a parade in North College Hill, Ohio Manifestations Slavery Racial profiling Lynching Hate speech Hate crime Genocide (examples) Ethnocide Ethnic cleansing Pogrom Race war Religious persecution Blood libel Paternalism Police brutality Movements Policies Discriminatory Race / Religion / Sex segregation Apartheid Redlining Internment Ethnocracy Anti-discriminatory Emancipation Civil rights Desegregation...


Westminster is situated on 180 wooded acres in the Buckhead community of Atlanta. A new campus road, completed in June 2004, rerouted traffic away from central campus. In addition to a new junior high facility, completed in August 2005, Westminster has three main high school academic buildings — Campbell Hall, Askew Hall, and J. Mack Robinson Hall; Pressly Hall, housing administration offices, the Malone Dining Hall, and McCain Chapel; Turner Gymnasium, which underwent major expansion in 2001; Broyles Arts Center; Love Hall, the elementary school; and various auxiliary buildings. Buckhead is a community within the city of Atlanta, comprising over 100,000 residents, forming approximately the northern one-fifth of Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Buckhead is legally defined as that portion of the city of Atlanta northwest of I-85 and northeast of I-75. ...


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Name The Lovett School Address 4075 Paces Ferry Road Atlanta, GA 30327-3099 Established 1926 Community Suburban Students Coeducational Grades Kindergarten to 12 Headmaster William S. Peebles IV Accreditation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Southern Association of Independent Schools Mascot the Lovett Lion Colors Blue and White Motto Omnia... Woodward Academy is a private day school located in College Park, Georgia, USA. // Woodward Academy was founded in 1900 as the Georgia Military Academy, a military boarding school for boys. ... Marist School Marist School is run by the Marist priests. ... Pace Academy is a pre-first through twelfth grade college preparatory private school, located at 966 West Paces Ferry Road in the Buckhead area of Atlanta, Georgia. ...


  • Fieldigras — discontinued circa 2000
  • Westafest — discontinued in 1994


  • 81 athletic teams, including baseball, basketball — boys and girls, cheerleading — fall and winter, crew, cross country — boys and girls, football, golf — boys and girls, gymnastics, lacrosse — boys and girls, soccer — boys and girls, softball, swimming and diving — boys and girls, tennis — boys and girls, track and field — boys and girls, volleyball, water polo, and wrestling.
  • 204 state championships won since 1951.
  • Recipient of the Georgia Athletic Directors' Association Directors Cup in its respective classification all eight years it has been awarded (2000-2007).
  • Recipient of the GADA Boys and Girls Cup for best all-around boys and girls athletic programs in its respective classification for five years (2002-2006).
  • Has won the boys cross country state championship for the past ten seasons (AA, 1996-1999; AAA, 2000-2005), the boys tennis state championship for the past 7 seasons (AA, 2000; AAA, 2001-2007), the A-AAAA girls swimming state championship for the past 6 seasons (2001-2006), the AAA girls soccer state championship for the last 5 seasons, and the A-AAAA boys swimming state championship for the past 4 seasons (2003-2006).
  • The varsity boys' tennis team has won the Georgia State High School AAA State Championship for the past eight seasons (1999-2007). The boys' team has yielded many Division 1 NCAA scholarship tennis players over the years, and it has won several regional tournaments as well, notching 24 wins in the 2006-2007 season. Head Coach Wade Boggs has been at the helm of the program for 34 years.
  • The sole varsity squash team south of Woodberry Forest School in Virginia featuring full interscholastic competition, and placing 16th in the 2004 U.S. National High School Team Championships, held at Yale University. The team is coached by Tom Rumpler, a former hardball tour player and current U.S. #2 in the 55s-age division.

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Notable extracurricular activities

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  • Academic Quiz Team
  • ASK, after school kids, includes many extracurricular activities including swimming, cooking, dancing, chess, knitting, arts and crafts, and tennis.
  • Discovery, an experiential learning program for freshmen headed by Don Snider and Meghan Brown
  • Peer Leadership, a senior-freshmen guidance and counseling program
  • Policy Debate: The team has won 16 state championships as well as many large national tournaments, including the national Tournament of Champions. The team finished first place (both individually and as a team) at the Glenbrooks Tournament, the largest national debate invitational of the fall semester (2005). The team also won the Greenhill tournament, the Greenhill round robin, and the New Trier tournament in 2006. The team also came in finals in the 2007 Tournament of Champions and received top speaker.


  • Bridge Club
  • Campus Conservation Corps, an environmental conservation club largely responsible for new attitudes toward conservation at Westminster headed by high school math teacher Dr. Chris Harrow
  • Community Service Club headed by school Community Service Coordinator Stan Moor
  • Culinary Society
  • Economics Club
  • Far Out Far East, a cultural club that explores Eastern cultures and traditions
  • FIRST Robotics Club, an award winning organization that helps lead students on a path towards higher education in science and engineering in a hands on manner.
  • Human Rights Club
  • Origami Club
  • Squash Club
  • Tea Club, a club that meets twice monthly and serves teas from around the world
  • Young Democrats Club
  • Young Republicans Club

Fine Arts

  • Men's A Capella, Women's A Capella, Ensemble
  • The Westminster Players: Westminster's theater department, led by Eric Brannen, is widely regarded as one of the best high school theater programs in the region.


  • The Westminster Bi-Line, the nationally acclaimed monthly newspaper publication
  • Crossroads, a literary magazine in languages other than English
  • Embryo, an arts, music, and literature magazine
  • Evolutions, a poetry and creative writing periodical

Notable alumni

Notable alumni of The Westminster Schools include: An alumnus (masculine) or alumna (feminine) is a former student of a college, university, or school. ...

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  1. ^ "History of Westminster."
  2. ^ "At Elite Prep Schools, College-Size Endowments." Fabrikant, Geraldine. The New York Times, January 26, 2008. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/26/business/26prep.html?pagewanted=2
  3. ^ "Teaching For Tomorrow Assures Excellence for Today." Adams, Abby. The Westminster Bi-Line, December 8, 2006. pg. 3.
  4. ^ "Grad Gossip". The Westminster Bi-Line, May 26, 2006. pg. 3.
  5. ^ Pendered,David: "City Council head takes step for mayoral run". Atlanta Journal Constitution, 04-25-2007.

External links

  • The Westminster Schools' website

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