Our Story

Since its founding, Saint Mary’s Hall has called four campuses home. And, although the faces and structures may change over time, the heart of Saint Mary’s Hall endures from generation to generation. We invite you to take a walk down memory lane as you read the story of Saint Mary's Hall.

1879

Saint Mary's Hall was founded by Bishop Robert W.B. Elliott, the first Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of West Texas.

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1925: Motto

The Saint Mary's Hall motto, "Teach us delight in simple things" first appeared on the French Place campus where it was set in bronzed lettering in the stone steps of the school building.

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1968

The Starcrest campus was occupied in November, with more than 300 students (including 119 boarding students) and faculty.

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1987

Coeducation in the Upper School (Forms 9-12) was fully implemented in 1987. The school had included boys in their educational program through Form 2 for many years prior to this.

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Football

The fall of 2010 ushered in a new era at Saint Mary's Hall as the first ever JV football team was introduced. Twenty-eight young men joined the team in its first year.

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2010

For the first time in nearly 50 years, Saint Mary's Hall set out to raise funds as part of a capital campaign to improve, expand, and build six major projects on campus.

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2013

By the end of the I AM Saint Mary's Hall campaign, the Peggy Pitman Mays Dining Hall, Social Science & History Center, Alonso Ancira Event Center, McCombs Family Athletic Complex, Coates-Seeligson Theater/Chapel

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2015

Former Head of School Bob Windham's dedication to improving and maintaining Saint Mary's Hall resulted in the creation of The Windham Fund for Excellence,

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