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St. Paul's Episcopal School

St. Paul's Episcopal School
Spirit of the Sword (Latin: Spiritus Gladius)
161 Dogwood Lane
Mobile, Alabama, 36608
United States
Type Private / Coeducational / Secondary
Religious affiliation(s) Episcopal
Founded 1947
CEEB Code 011833
NCES School ID 00000758
Director Anne Davis (Lower School)
Scott McDonald (Middle School)
Victor Helmsing (Upper School)
Headmaster Marty Lester
Faculty 204 (including staff)
Grades Pre-K through 12th
Number of students approx. 1,199 Students (K-12)
Classrooms 85
Campus size 32 acres
Color(s) Red and Blue
Fight song When the Saints Go Marching In
Athletics conference AHSAA - 5A
Nickname Saints
Rival UMS-Wright
Accreditation(s) Southern Association of Independent Schools
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Average SAT scores 530 - 670 (critical reading)
540 - 670 (math)
520 - 650 (writing)  (2011)
Average ACT scores (2011) 23 - 29 (composite)
Publication The Epistle
Yearbook The Halo
Endowment $1,831,803
Tuition $10,512
(grades 6 through 12)
(grade 5)
(grades 3 and 4)
(grades 1 and 2)
(Kindergarten All-Day)
(Pre-K All-Day)
(Pre-K Half-Day)
**All rates shown are annual rates.
Information 251-342-6700

St. Paul's Episcopal School is an independent, religious, co-educational preparatory school in Mobile, Alabama.


St. Paul's Episcopal School was founded in 1947 with one section of twenty kindergarten students. William S. Mann, former Rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, nurtured the development of the parish school from 1953 until he left St. Paul's in 1969. With the addition of sections and grades, enrollment grew to 243 students by 1965. In 1966 Jack Noble White joined the staff at the church as organist/choirmaster and minister of youth. He then succeeded Rev. Mann as Headmaster of the growing school. St. Paul's ceased to be a parish school with its incorporation as an independent institution in 1968, yet maintained its parochial core in Episcopal dogma as compliment to a growing academic curriculum.. The original Dogwood Lane campus, which included the main building and 5 acres (20,000 m2), was purchased in 1969. Primary grades remained housed at the church property with upper levels moving to the new property only two blocks away. Students of that year's 6th grade class progressed throughout each following school year - becoming original members of each grade level - until expansion was complete through grade 12. In 1974, the first graduation was held for 73 seniors. Mr. White had completed the expansion of the church school that Rev. Mann had begun. That summer of 1974 found St. Paul's with 53 employees and 800 students. Jack Noble White's vision and leadership remained active as Headmaster into 1976 and at the church through 1977. He was followed by Headmasters Webb Reyner (previously Asst. Headmaster under White) and Rufus Bethea. All worked steadfastly to create and maintain exemplary standards across all school programs including academics, athletics, music and spiritual guidance. These first St. Paul's students established a campus of superior reputation based on both sacred and secular honor system philosophies that foster student contributions of individual learning and talents as effort toward the more holistic goals (like teamwork and cooperation) and objectives that act to unify the student body into a single school community. These tenets of interdependence, independence, faith, and honor continue to nourish the growth of Saint Paul's almost fifty years later as it currently employees more than 200 personnel and has an enrollment of over 1000 students.

Mission statement



The school has a four-level structure: the Lower School (Pre-K through 2nd grade), the Intermediate School (3rd grade and 4th grade), the Middle School (5th grade through 8th grade), and the Upper School (9th grade through 12th grade).[4]


The main campus houses the Intermediate School, Middle School, and Upper School grade-levels. The main building, off Dogwood Lane, can be found on "The Horseshoe." "The Horseshoe" is a looping driveway that surrounds Saints' Square, a memorial-square and common meeting place on the school's campus. Also located on the main campus are buildings containing 85 classrooms, auxiliary buildings, two gymnasiums, a football field and track, a baseball field, a softball field, multiple practice fields, and a cafeteria.[5]

The Lower School campus is separate from the school's main campus and can be found 0.4 miles down Old Shell Road at the same location as the church associated with the school.


St. Paul's has won a total of 169 Alabama state championships in 17 sports, including: baseball, girls' basketball, girls' cross-country, boys' cross-country, boys' football, boys' golf, girls' golf, girls' indoor track, boys' indoor track, girls' soccer, girls' swimming and diving, girls' tennis, boys' tennis, girls' outdoor track, boys' outdoor track, volleyball, and girls' heptathlon.[6]

St. Paul's also has a long-standing athletic rivalry with UMS-Wright, another local private high school that is just 2.2 miles away down Old Shell Road. In football, the two teams meet every year in a game called the Battle of Old Shell Road.[7]

Notable alumni



External links

  • St. Paul's Episcopal School Page
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Coordinates: 30°41′47″N 88°08′03″W / 30.69647°N 88.13410°W / 30.69647; -88.13410

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