Lovett School

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The Lovett School
The Lovett School, Atlanta, Georgia.jpg
Lovett School visitor center
4075 Paces Ferry Road


Coordinates 33°51′42″N 84°27′09″W / 33.86178°N 84.452573°W / 33.86178; -84.452573
Latitude and Longitude:

33°51′42″N 84°27′09″W / 33.86178°N 84.452573°W / 33.86178; -84.452573
MottoOmnia ad Dei Gloriam
Religious affiliation(s)Non-denominational
PrincipalDaniel Alig
PrincipalDeborah Franks
PrincipalJames Choi
HeadmasterMeredyth Cole
ChaplainRev. Steve Allen
Number of students1,611
Campus size100 acres
Campus typeSuburban
Color(s)   Blue and white
MascotThe Lovett Lion
Rival The Westminster Schools (Atlanta, Georgia)
Accreditations Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Southern Association of Independent Schools
PublicationLovett Magazine
NewspaperThe OnLion
YearbookThe Leonid
Tuition$26,500- $30,800

The Lovett School is a coeducational, kindergarten through twelfth grade independent school located in north Atlanta, Georgia, United States.


In September 1926, Eva Edwards Lovett, an innovative educator who emphasized the development of the whole child, officially began the Lovett School with 20 boys and girls in first through third grades at a former home in Midtown Atlanta. By 1936, Lovett was able to become a true country day school, with a move to a wooded campus north of the city off West Wesley Road.

In 1963, the Lovett School became the focus of a desegregation controversy when it rejected the applications of three black students, including Martin Luther King III. [1] At the center of the debate were the school's ties to the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, which had been established in 1954. The national Episcopal Church had issued directives to its member dioceses to integrate their institutions; the Lovett School's refusal to do so placed the bishop of Atlanta, the Rt. Rev. Randolph Claiborne Jr., in a difficult situation. [2] After a number of pickets at the school organized by the Episcopal Society for Cultural and Racial Unity, the diocese and school attempted to resolve the situation by severing ties with each other. In later years, the school revised its admission policy with regards to race. Today, the school features many multicultural programs. [3]

In 1963, Coretta Scott King contacted the school and asked if it had a racially nondiscriminatory admissions policy. [4] When the school responded that it would admit black student, her son, Martin Luther King III applied. [5] After King was rejected because of his race, the Episcopal Diocese distanced itself from the school [4]

By 1964, both the elementary and high schools were accredited by the Georgia Commission of Accreditation (and each year subsequently), and the Upper School was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Aggressive campus building projects continued through the 1960s, 70s and 80s, bringing to campus the Kilpatrick Stadium, Loridans House, Smith Natatorium, Vasser Woolley Library, Fuqua Center, Wallace Gym, Hite Wellness Center, and more.

In the early 1980s, Lovett became one of the select groups of schools in the country that was invited to nominate seniors for the prestigious Jefferson Scholarship at the University of Virginia and the Morehead Scholarship at the University of North Carolina.

In 1992, the school philosophy was reviewed and a mission statement was developed. The school also purchased more than 500 acres (2.0 km2) of rainforest, known as Siempre Verde, in Ecuador for the purpose of establishing a research and education center. In 1995 Lovett began hosting Summerbridge Atlanta (now known as Breakthrough Atlanta), an academic enrichment program for middle school students from Atlanta's public schools.

During the 1998–99 school year, the Lovett School Board of Trustees worked in earnest toward a new strategic plan. Working committees met to plan for the school's future in the areas of governance, educational environment, co-curricular programs, character education, inclusivity, faculty/staff, technology, facilities and endowment/development. The school was named an "independent school of distinction" in its Fall 1999 interim review by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

The school celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2000-01 and celebrated with such events as a history exhibition and a reunion for former alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the school. That year, Lovett also embarked on its 75th Anniversary Campaign to raise funds for a construction and improvement plan, which was designed to improve the quality of student and faculty life. The fundraising goal for Phase I of that project was $55 million. Phase II of the project was started in 2003 under new headmaster William S. Peebles IV. It was completed in 2009 and included a new middle school and community center.

The school instituted its Character Pledge in 2000:

"We, who are members of the Lovett community, seek to live lives of good character. We believe that good character grows from daily acts of honesty, respect, responsibility, and compassion. We pledge ourselves to develop these ideals with courage and integrity, striving to do what is right at all times."

In 2017, the school announced that Meredyth Cole would replace retiring Headmaster William S. Peebles IV at the end of the 2017–18 school year. [6]

Notable alumni


  1. ^ "Desegregation of the Lovett School". Archived from the original on September 18, 2007.
  2. ^ Shattuck, Gardiner H. Christian Witness and Racial Integration in the Deep South. ISBN  0813127726.
  3. ^ "Multicultural Programs".
  4. ^ a b Webb, Clive (2005-07-21). Massive Resistance: Southern Opposition to the Second Reconstruction. Oxford University Press. p. 108. ISBN  9780198039563.
  5. ^ Kruse, Kevin M. (2013-07-11). White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism. Princeton University Press. p. 175. ISBN  1400848970.
  6. ^ "Lovett Names New Head of School". Retrieved 2017-12-29.
  7. ^ "Alumni Artists in the News". The Lovett School. Retrieved 2018-05-25.
  8. ^ Thrash, Maggie (September 5, 2017). "I Went to the Nazi Beer-Pong High School, and That's Exactly Why I Write Satire". Book Riot. Retrieved 2018-02-22.

External links

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