A Tradition of Excellence

Celebrating many years of dedicated service to Jacksonville families, Episcopal will soon reach its 50th Anniversary, an important milestone that reinforces the School’s permanence and strength within the community. Since 1966, the School has lived up to its founding mission of excellence in academics, service, athletics, arts, and Christian leadership.

The Beginning

Episcopal's 56-acre campus includes the 28-acre estate that once belonged to the Packer-Cummings family, and was fondly known as the “Keystone Estate” after Mary Packer-Cumming’s native Pennsylvania estate. Upon her death in 1912, she willed the land to St. John’s Cathedral in Jacksonville, which used the gracious gift by opening a boys’ home for needy children in 1921. The home closed in 1953 as a result of financial complications. During that time, discussion within the Episcopal church began regarding the establishment of an Episcopalian high school which would “develop doers of good and leaders of men,” and educate students with a well-balanced curriculum of athletics, arts, and religion.

The Purple Book

These discussions led to the formation of a planning committee, that created the Report of the Planning Group– the renowned "Purple Book." The book outlined the guiding principles of the future school. In 1966, the articles of indoctrination were drawn, and Episcopal would be named Jacksonville Episcopal High School, or JEHS.