Episcopal School of Dallas

Episcopal School of Dallas

Episcopal School of Dallas
Religio, Disciplina, Eruditio
Faith, Discipline, Sound Learning
4100 Merrell Road
Dallas, Texas, 75229
United States
Type Private
Denomination Episcopal
Established 1974
Head of School Meredyth Cole
Faculty 200+
Grades Preschool through 12th grade
Gender Co-ed
Number of students 1,190+
Student to teacher ratio 7:1
Campus 39 acres (160,000 m2) Wolf Run- Outdoor Education Facility 159 acres (0.64 km2)
Color(s) Blue and white
Athletics 25 varsity teams; 70+ total teams, 16 sports
Athletics conference Southwest Preparatory Conference
Mascot Bald eagle
Accreditation Independent School Association of the Southwest (ISAS)
Newspaper ESD Eagle Edition
Tuition $20,750 - $25,990

The Episcopal School of Dallas (ESD) is an independent, co-educational preparatory day school located in Dallas, Texas.


  • History 1
  • Campus 2
  • Demographics 3
  • Controversy 4
  • Notable alumni 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


ESD was founded in 1974 by Dallas-area leaders and Reverend Stephen B. Swann. In 1995, ESD merged with St. Michael's Elementary School, which allowed the school to offer education beginning at age 3 through 12th Grade.[1] The school is led by Meredyth Cole, as Headmaster.[2][3][4]


The campus, which is continuing to expand, contains three major buildings, with a total of 248,000 sq ft (23,000 m²) in facilities.[5] The campus encompasses over 39 acres (160,000 m2). The school's first building, the gymnasium, was built in the late 1970s. Until the main building was in 1981, classes had to be held in the gym. In 1986, the school had another major expansion, which added a library, publication suite, and fine arts facilities, along with additional classrooms and offices.

The Cook Math and Science Building was completed in 1994 to allow the construction of additional science labs, computer labs, and math classrooms. Daily chapel was moved from the gym to the All Saints Chapel following its completion in 2002. In 2005, another project, the Susan M. Frank Center for Arts and Humanities Building opened, allowing for the construction of additional humanities classrooms, as well as expanded music facilities. In addition, the school also offers a Proscenium and a black box theater, ceramics studio, and a digital imagine suite and darkroom. Additional improvements include a 55,000 sq ft (5,100 m²) humanities building added to the Merrell Road campus, a new stadium and new turf field, and improved locker room facilities. The new stadium also features improved accommodations for fans. The school also acquired an outdoor education center in norther Collin County, spanning spans 165 acres (0.67 km²).

In 2010, the school opened its Stephen B. Swann Athletic and Wellness Center. The building houses Dining Commons, physical education facilities, and additional office space. The building, covering over 100,000 ft. sq, also includes a gymnasium, indoor track, several conditioning and workout facilities, a dance studio, and sports medicine facilities. The building was later modified to expand locker rooms and add a team room and athletic offices. The new dining facilities can seat 480 students, and overlook the school's quarry and Louise Crespi Benners Courtyard. The kitchen also houses a laboratory for instruction from nutritional experts and professional chefs, based on guidelines from the Center for Human Nutrition at The University of Texas Southwest Medical Center.


ESD has an enrollment of more than 1,000 students and more than 200 faculty members. They have a student-faculty ratio of 7:1. The student population contains a plurality of Episcopalian (34%) and Caucasian students (85%).[6] Students are accepted from a variety of faith and backgrounds.[7] The school requires all students to attend an Episcopalian chapel service on a daily basis, and do not discriminate based on individual religion.[8][9] The school attempts to maintain a 50-50 sex ratio.[10] In addition, they offer financial assistance programs that provide tuition grants in order to encourage socioeconomic diversity.[11]


In 2012, the school was found guilty of fraud and negligent behavior for mishandling a 2009 statutory rape. The 34-year-old teacher pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 16-year-old student in the criminal case.[12][13][14] Administrators forced the victim to withdraw upon hearing about their relations.[15] The student's parents pressed civil charges against ESD and were awarded $9 million for punitive and compensatory damages from the withdrawal.[16][17]

Notable alumni


  1. ^ Episcopal School of Dallas: A Brief History
  2. ^ Episcopal School of Dallas: Head of School Search
  3. ^ Episcopal School of Dallas: Administration
  4. ^ "Months after civil judgment, Episcopal School of Dallas searching for new headmaster". dallasnews.com. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "ESD is situated on three campuses and continues to develop" CJMARTINS.COM. Accessed 10/30/2012. [2]
  6. ^ Episcopal School of Dallas: ESD Fast Facts
  7. ^ Episcopal School of Dallas: Diversity
  8. ^ ESD Admission Philosophy
  9. ^ Episcopal School of Dallas: Daily Chapel
  10. ^ Episcopal School of Dallas: Admission Philosophy
  11. ^ Episcopal School of Dallas: Affording an ESD Education
  12. ^ Former teacher at Episcopal School of Dallas won’t do time for sex with student
  13. ^ ESD found negligent in teacher-student relationship case | wfaa.com Dallas - Fort Worth
  14. ^ Episcopal School of Dallas, family reach settlement in lawsuit
  15. ^ Forensic psychologist testified that Episcopal School acted in girl’s best interest by forcing her to go
  16. ^ ESD promotes administrator who testified in trial | Dallasnews.com - News for Dallas, Texas - The Dallas Morning News
  17. ^ The ESD Sex Scandal - D Magazine
  18. ^ "Barrett Brown Is Anonymous". dmagazine.com. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 

External links

  • Episcopal School of Dallas
  • Episcopal School of Dallas – Eagle Online - Online Newspaper