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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Sometimes one cannot help and marvel at the energy and vision of earlier generations of leadership at the Seminary.  Stepping out in faith to make a difference was part of our DNA.  Congregations were founded by the Seminary; and today, we celebrate another Seminary offspring - the Episcopal High School. 

Virginia Theological Seminary founded the Episcopal High School in 1839.  We did so because we believed in the importance of the education of children.  The Rev. William Pendleton was the first Principal, but other Faculty would teach classes, including Dean William Sparrow.  In 1929 the Episcopal High School became independent from the Seminary.  And today, we have a vital, strong, neighbor which sends out alums that have a major impact on the United States and the world.

I am delighted to announce today that the Seminary and EHS are committing to working together.  Students are already enjoying the best gym facilities of any free standing Seminary.  When possible, we are making our Faculty Housing available to each other.  And on Thursday January 13, the Seminary signed an historic agreement.  Our much-loved Butterfly House will now become a facility capable of receiving children from both sides of the fence.  From six month old babies to children ready to go to Elementary School, the Butterfly House will provide an outstanding, educational home for growth.

The Board of Episcopal High School are providing a million dollar gift to help to realize this exciting vision.  And so two institutions whose histories are so intertwined find themselves coming together once again to meet an important need.  Today I take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the Headmaster of Episcopal High School, Mr. F. Robertson Hershey.

The Very Rev Ian Markham
Dean and President
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