Opening Day 2019

The first day of classes began with St. Albans students, faculty, and parents gathered in Washington National Cathedral for an Opening Day Service. Seniors and C Formers processed into the Cathedral together, providing a striking visual reminder of the transformation boys undergo at St. Albans. “How can one not feel inspired when observing the tender and poignant ritual that just unfolded before us, watching our oldest students walk into the National Cathedral with the youngest students, our C Formers tradition? It truly is a heartwarming and lovely way to start the new year,” noted Headmaster Robinson.

“We believe boys reach their fullest potential—academically, athletically, ethically, and humanly—by being in an environment that exposes them to many different ideas, perspectives and experiences,” noted Headmaster Robinson. Headmaster Robinson encouraged the boys to take time to understand and learn from the array of voices, ideas, and activities they will encounter at St. Albans: “Give yourself time. Work hard, but do not be in a rush to have it all figured out. … Not knowing who you will become during your time here is a gift to be embraced as it will allow you to experience the transforming grace at the heart of a St. Albans education. In our sacred spaces and rituals of chapel, the refectory, and our classrooms, we will help you find yourself and your calling, drawing you into a communion with the fundamental questions at the heart of your humanity: Who am I? What do I believe? What will I become? What gives life meaning and significance? And how can I use the privilege of my education to serve causes larger than myself?”

Enjoy the video and photos from the service, and click here to read Headmaster Robinson’s homily in its entirety.

Opening Day 2019
Located in Washington D.C.,  St. Albans School is a private, all boys day and boarding school. For more than a century, St. Albans has offered a distinctive educational experience for young men in grades 4 through 12. While our students reach exceptional academic goals and exhibit first-rate athletic and artistic achievements, as an Episcopal school we place equal emphasis upon moral and spiritual education.