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St. Albans School of Public Service

The St. Albans School of Public Service (SPS) lasts only four weeks each summer, but our students describe it as "life-changing." The School of Public Service is a unique program that brings 40-45 rising high school seniors from all over the United States and the world to the heart of Washington, D.C., where they undertake an in-depth exploration of government, politics, and public service.

The Thrill of the Stanley Cup at STA

It was a great day to be a Bulldog when the Stanley Cup came to visit. Many thanks to STA alum Don Fishman ’87, assistant general manager for the Washington Capitals, who shared the thrill of the Cup with us!

Headmaster Robinson's Installation Homily

Robinson Installation Service

On Tuesday, October 2, 2018, Jason F. Robinson was installed as the eighth headmaster of St. Albans School and Canon of Washington National Cathedral.

Behind the Lower School Photo

It takes dozens of Lower School teachers working behind the scenes to organize 259 boys—and to get them to stand still long enough—for that one perfect photo. The hard work paid off; it took less than 30 minutes.

Opening Day Homily

Headmaster Jason Robinson, in his first homily to our wider community, encouraged students always “to choose the good—to live one’s life within the light and grace of the highest truths” and, borrowing words familiar to generations of St. Albans graduates, “to choose the hard right over the easy wrong.”

Opening Day Cathedral Service

The first day of classes began with St. Albans students, faculty, and parents gathered in Washington National Cathedral for an Opening Service. Seniors and C Formers processed into the Cathedral together—providing a striking visual reminder of the transformation boys undergo at St. Albans.

Class of 2018 Tribute

After receiving their diplomas, the Chorale seniors began the school hymn, joined by fellow members of the Class of 2018 to rise as one cohesive voice and to share the joy of the tight-knit bonds developed as St. Albans students.

Final Charge

Following the 109th Commencement Service, the Class of 2018 charged forth from the Cathedral - diplomas in hand - no longer as students, but now as alumni of St. Albans.

The 109th Commencement

The 109th Commencement of St. Albans celebrated the 78 boys in the Class of 2018 on June 9th, 2018.

Prize Day 2018

Upper School Prize Day was held on June 8th, 2018 in the Washington National Cathedral.

Life in the Lower School

Enjoy Form B teacher Erl Houston’s photos from a spectacular year in the Lower School, which includes a trip down memory lane for the Class of 2022 and retiring faculty members!

A Final Chapel Walk for 2018

The Class of 2018 and Headmaster Vance Wilson walked to the Little Sanctuary in silence for their final chapel service, May 24, 2018, where Mr. Wilson delivered the closing homily.

Headmaster Wilson’s Retirement

On Thursday, May 17, we gathered in Washington National Cathedral to celebrate Vance Wilson and his nineteen years of service to St. Albans School. You can also view photos from the evening and Mr. Wilson’s tenure.

A Riot of Color and Patterns

On February 28, Lower Schoolers were encouraged to think outside the dress code and wear their boldest, most Fred Chandler-friendly attire, in honor of our Head of Lower School’s birthday. Bright, clashing colors and patterns were encouraged!

Celebrating Chinese New Year

Lower Schoolers experienced good fortune when the Jow Ga Shaolin Institute visited St. Albans to perform an ancient Lion Dance. According to traditional Chinese beliefs, the Lion Dance chases away evil spirits and ghosts. Dancers dress in lion costumes to signify the creature’s courage, stability, and superiority; the movements of the head and mouth are mimicked to bring longevity and vitality as the tail sweeps away bad fortune and unpleasantness from the past year. Students had the chance to bring additional good luck by “feeding” the lion with red envelopes of lucky money.

C Form’s Dream

C Form students gathered in the Little Sanctuary to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by reciting his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Teachers Tim Brockway, Kristin Elliott, and Lauren Goodyear said, “Our intention is for the boys to understand Dr. King’s message of social justice and the power of working together for positive change.”

A Trip to the North Pole

Headmaster Wilson continues his favorite St. Albans holiday tradition of reading aloud to Form C students The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. Enjoy the video.

A Favorite Form C Tradition

One of Headmaster Wilson’s favorite St. Albans holiday traditions is reading aloud to Form C students in the Parrott Library. 

A Joyful Noise!

Forms C, B, and A presented their annual holiday concert in Trapier Theater on December 12. Students provided lots of holiday cheer with traditional Christmas songs, a timely Hanukkah song (on the first day of the holiday), and festive songs from various parts of the world. Enjoy the concert!

Thanksgiving Wishbone Pull

Headmaster Vance Wilson challenges Senior Prefect Christian Potter ’18 to a wishbone pull at the annual Thanksgiving lunch. Enjoy the video.

Homecoming Kickoff!

Lower Schoolers kicked off Homecoming by racing onto the field before the soccer game. Looking forward to a great weekend!

The Challenge of 256 Names

Following in the tradition of Paul Herman, Lower School Head Fred Chandler challenged himself to learn the name of all 256 Lower Schoolers during the first month of school. Yesterday morning, he put himself to the test—with a pocket of one dollar coins to award any boy whose name he failed to remember. The boys turned out in full force, with the entire Lower School in attendance. Undaunted, Mr. Chandler went home with his pockets still full of coins, and each boy greeted–and named—correctly.

Lower School Photo (2017)

Each September, Lower School students gather on the Pilgrim Steps beside the Cathedral for a group photo. In the photo, which will eventually hang in the Lower School lobby, the boys stand tall—and still. Behind the scenes, it’s a different scene, with teachers shouting instructions and even using a bullhorn siren to line up an apparent beehive of boys.

Opening Service

The 109th school year began with the traditional Opening Cathedral Service on September 6, 2017. In his homily, Headmaster Vance Wilson said to the students, "You are called to this school to care for each other and take that caring into the world around us."


STA Names New Head of School

At an early morning gathering in the Little Sanctuary, Governing Board Chair Maria Donoghue Velleca announced today that Jason F. Robinson will be the eighth headmaster of St. Albans School, succeeding Vance Wilson in July 2018.
You can read more at STA Names New Head of School.

The Beauty of St. Albans Traditions

The Alumni Office was fortunate to have several members of the Class of 2017 interning with us over the summer. One of their projects was to produce a short video that celebrates St. Albans and the unique traditions that make it such a wonderful place to teach and to learn.

A Race Toward Their Future

The Class of 2017 entered the Washington National Cathedral as students and exited as lifelong alumni. Godspeed, Gentlemen!

Commencement Tribute

After the last diploma was handed out at Commencement, members of the Class of 2018 joined together to sing Men of the Future, Stand in a moving tribute to St. Albans School.

The 108th Commencement

St. Albans School celebrated the 108th Commencement for the Class of 2017 on June 10, 2017.

Prize Day 2017

Upper School Prize Day services were held on Friday, June 9, in the Washington National Cathedral.

The Class of 2017 “Year in Review”

Each year, members of the graduating class are asked to create a slideshow to play on the Cathedral monitors before the Commencement service begins. Enjoy their look back at their Form VI year.

A Celebration of the Lower School

Erl Houston, B Form teacher, offered a special end-of-the-year slideshow at the final chapel service, May 26. Said Mr. Houston: “This show is meant to be a celebration of what we do and therefore who we are, both as a community and as individuals. I hope that in these photos you will see a reflection of your school year - a year brimming with friendship, joy, reflection, growth, and hard work.”

Class of 2017 Chapel Walk

Members of the senior class walked in silence to the last chapel service of the year on May 25. Doug Boswell, associate athletic director, delivered the closing chapel homily.

STA Athletics “Year in Review”

A "Year in Review" slideshow of St. Albans athletics, shown at the Varsity Athletics banquet, May 24, 2017.

Fire Away!

The winds were perfect to shatter records on Steuart Field during the thirty-fifth annual St. Albans Physics Catapult Contest on May 24. Students in Physics and AP Physics were challenged to design and construct a catapult for either distance or precision. Congratulations to Ryan Friberg ’17 and Ryan Hennessey ’17, who used their knowledge of pulleys to engineer an elastic-powered impact catapult that hurtled their racquetball 58 meters, which obliterated the previous record set in 2013, by 11 meters. Upper School physics teacher Will Segal ’00 said, “Speaking in technical terms, their racquetball went super duper far.”

Performing Arts “Year in Review”

An exciting year of NCS-STA Upper School student performances in dance, music and theater. Enjoy the Performing Arts “Year in Review” slideshow, shown at the Performing Arts banquet, May 23.

Rube Goldberg Showcase

It was an amazing display of creativity and inventiveness at the St. Albans Lower School Science Week. Here are a few highlights from the Form I Rube Goldberg Machines Showcase. Rob Wolfe, Form I Science teacher, said “the boys worked hard for weeks building these machines, they learned a lot about engineering and team work in the process. Even when the project didn’t work as planned, the boys learned to fix the problems by communicating and working together.”

Fred Chandler Day Declared

In honor of Mr. Chandler’s birthday, Headmaster Vance Wilson declared February 28 to be Fred Chandler Day, when all are encouraged to wear their best and brightest clothes - Madras and bowties included! Enjoy the video, and Happy Birthday, Mr. Chandler!

Form C Has A Dream

Form C students gathered in the Washington National Cathedral on January 18, to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by reciting his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Lauren Goodyear, Form C teacher, said “When kids learn words by heart, they internalize and own the meaning. Our intention is for the boys to embrace Dr. King’s message of social justice, brotherhood, and love.”

Hymn Sing

Upper School students and teachers gathered together in the Little Sanctuary to raise their voices in celebration by singing favorite hymns during the annual St. Albans Hymn Sing. Enjoy the sounds of this much-loved chapel tradition.

Lessons & Carols

If you couldn't make it to the annual Festival of Lessons and Carols on December 15, we've posted it online. Enjoy this special holiday service.

Lower School Carol Sing

For more than 100 years, boys and teachers have gathered together to sing Christmas carols at St. Albans. Listen in as Mark Wilkerson, Form B teacher and school archivist, gives a history lesson on the importance of this tradition and the first service of Lessons and Carols, as the Lower School community sings together once again.

LEGO Robot Field Day (2016)

Form A science students have been hard at work learning engineering and coding skills to build robots designed to compete in the annual LEGO Robot Field Day. The first challenge - the Egg Race.

Lower School Name Game

In a tradition started by Alfred True when he became Head of the Lower School in 1931, current Lower School Head Fred Chandler set out to learn the names of all 262 boys in Forms C through II. On October 13, he faced the ultimate test to know the name of each boy he greeted in front of the True-Lucas Building. At stake, a golden $1 coin for each one missed. Enjoy the challenge!

The All-Lower School Photo

On Friday, September 23, all 250 Lower School boys gathered on the Pilgrim Steps for their annual all-Lower School photo. It took about 30 minutes to organize the Lower Schoolers and get the boys still long enough for the photo. Join us as we take a look backward to the one picture perfect moment. Enjoy the pandemonium!

Opening Day

The 2016-17 school year began with the traditional Opening Cathedral Service on September 7. In his homily, Headmaster Vance Wilson encouraged students to assume the best of others.

Favorite moments at St. Albans?

Please enjoy this video created by the Alumni Office interns (all of whom are members of the Class of 2016) about a few of their favorite moments at St. Albans last year.

Memories in the STA Dorm

Richard Figueroa ’14 shares his views on the importance of living in the St. Albans Dormitory.

The 107th Commencement

The 107th St. Albans School Commencement for the Class of 2016 was held on Saturday, June 4 at 1 pm, in the Washington National Cathedral. Congratulations to the Class of 2016!

Prize Day 2016, Upper School

St. Albans School held the Upper School Prize Day service on June 3, 2016, in the Washington National Cathedral.

A Service Honoring Mr. Herman

On May 12, 2016, more than 1,000 students, alumni, parents, faculty, and staff gathered in the Washington National Cathedral to celebrate Lower School Head Paul Herman in a service in Thanksgiving for his 44 years of dedicated service at St. Albans School.

106th Field Day Tugs-of-War

Check out the tugs-of-war from the 106th Blue-White Field Day!

106th Blue-White Field Day

The Lower School boys charged Steuart Field at 9:30 a.m. on May 11, for the 106th Blue-White Field Day, the first on our new athletic fields.

A Running Legacy

On Wednesday, March 16, 2016, St. Albans hosted its first home track and field meet in nearly 50 years! According to school archivist Mark Wilkerson, STA hosted its last home track meet in 1969. Thanks to the generous donations from the STRIVE Campaign, STA now has a state-of-the-art, 400-meter track, with superb field venues. Enjoy the video!

Paul Herman's Running Club

On Friday, April 29, the entire Lower School, the Herman family, and former faculty and students surprised Mr. Herman with a special Running Club. Mr. Herman has served the Lower School for 44 years. In his 26 years as the head, we estimate he's spent 832 Fridays with thousands of boys running nearly 150,000 miles. Many thanks to the parents, faculty, staff, and students who helped pull off this memorable surprise and to the Parents' Association for sponsoring the event. Congratulations, Mr. Herman!

Form A Balloon Launch

Form A science students traveled to Gettysburg College on May 5, eager to launch their science experiments into the upper atmosphere using high-altitude weather balloons. By all accounts, the launch was a success! Enjoy the video.

Form A LEGO Robot Field Day

Form A’s work building and programming LEGO robots culminated in a lively Robot Field Day, with each of Mr. Miller’s classes participating in a different competition: the Soccer Goal Shoot Out, the Rectangle Race, and the Sprint There and Back. Enjoy the video by C-B-A science teacher and film director J.T. Miller!

All-Lower School Photo

On Friday, September 18, 2015, all 250 Lower School boys gathered on the Pilgrim Steps for their annual all-Lower School photo. It only took twenty minutes to organize the Lower Schoolers for that one perfect photo. Enjoy the mayhem!

Headmaster's Lecture Series

The Courage of Our Mistakes

As part of the Headmaster’s Lecture Series on Empathy and Ethical Decision-Making, the Rev. Dan Heischman, former Upper School head and assistant headmaster of St. Albans, spoke about failure and mistakes. Heischman suggested that if we have the courage to face our mistakes, they can provide a "precious" learning opportunity. "We can actually make them work for us."

Rev. Daniel R. Heischman

What Distinguishes an Episcopal School?

The Rev. Dan Heischman, executive director of the National Association of Episcopal Schools and our former Upper School head and assistant headmaster, shared key characteristics of an Episcopal school, in a September 2015 lecture at St. Albans.

Jonathan Ogden '92 Presents NFL Golden Football

At the varsity football game against Landon on November 14, St. Albans welcomed back NFL Hall of Fame Offensive Lineman Jonathan Ogden '92 for a special presentation of an NFL Commemorative Golden Football. This golden football is part of the Super Bowl High School Honor Roll Program that celebrates high schools and communities that have contributed to Super Bowl history. We congratulate Mr. Ogden on his many career accomplishments and thank him for his contributions to St. Albans School. Enjoy the video of the ceremony. Go, Dogs!

Dr. Wilhelm Verwoerd

On September 16, 2015, Dr. Wilhelm Verwoerd spoke to STA and NCS students about his family’s legacy of Apartheid and his life’s work to counteract this cycle of suffering and violence by reaching out to those on the other side of the conflict.

Taking the All-Lower School Photo

It only took twenty minutes to organize the Lower Schoolers for the perfect all-school picture… Enjoy the mayhem!

STA Battle Of The Books

On September 12, 2014, the entire Lower School gathered in Trapier Theater for the annual Battle of the Books. Divided into two teams—the Bulldogs and the Saints—the boys were quizzed on the various books that each Form read over the summer. Watch to see who won this hard fought competition.

Q&A with Ted Eagles ’54

At the Feb. 11, 2014, Parents’ Association meeting, Parents’ Association President Tom Billington ’82 conducted a Q&A with alumnus and economics teacher Ted Eagles ’54 and seniors Thomas Boley ’14 and James Reston ’14. The conversation focused on the school Eagles attended, the school he returned to as a teacher in the 1970s, and the school today.

STA Salutes Alfred Randall True

In 1977, Stuart Dunnan ’77 interviewed various members of the St. Albans community about Mr. True. There was commentary from Stanley D. Willis ’46, Upper School master and English teacher; Earl R. “Doc” Arnds, Upper School math teacher, Mr. Alfred R. True himself, Mrs. M. Virginia Martin, who served as the Lower School receptionist for more than 50 years; John C. Davis, Upper School master; and Canon Charles C. Martin, Headmaster from 1949 to 1977.

STA Launches High-Altitude Weather Balloon Program

STA students will soon be exploring the world from new heights. Several faculty members participated in an all-day training to learn how to use high altitude weather balloons and implement them into the science curriculum. Working with a representative from the education company StratoStar, science teachers Rob Wolfe, J.T. Miller, Brian O’Malley, Will Segal ’00, Steve Wheeler ’95, and Form A homeroom teacher John Stephany launched a tethered balloon with a camera attached to take pictures of St. Albans and the Cathedral from 150 feet in the air. Later this year, students will be sending weather balloons to 90,000 feet with HD cameras and with experiments they designed.

32nd Annual Physics Egg Drop

Mr. Segal’s Form V and VI classes participated in the 32nd Annual Physics Egg Drop on December 17, 2013. With a limited budget of paper and drinking straws, as well as an unlimited supply of Scotch tape, students created their ideal containers to cradle their eggs from the 50-ft. drop off Frist Terrace onto Decker Terrace. There was a high survival rate among eggs this year, and, as always, the event was highly attended by the STA community. Dr. Robert Morse, who began this beloved St. Albans tradition and created the contraption from which eggs are dropped, was in attendance to help judge the designs and outcomes. Eggcellent job, boys!

Athletic Field Construction Update

We have made tremendous progress on our athletic fields project. Director of Capital Projects Mike Carline gives an up-close glimpse of what is to come.

Life Lessons Learned on the STA Athletic Fields

“It’s not how many times you fall down—it’s how many times you get up. … The great things in life take a tremendous amount of persistence, vision, and purpose.”
—Nick Lowery ’74, Former Placekicker for the Kansas City Chiefs

STA Celebrates Jonathan Ogden ’92

St. Albans welcomed Jonathan Ogden ’92, who was recently inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. A Hometown Hall of Fame ceremony was held in his honor on Friday, September 20, 2013, in the Martin Gym. Ogden was greeted by his family, former coaches, teammates, the entire STA community, and was recognized for his legendary career as a lineman with the Baltimore Ravens, the foundation of which, began at St. Albans.

A Century in the Making

A look at what makes St. Albans such a special school.

All-Lower School Photo (2013)

A behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to organize the annual St. Albans Lower School photo.

STA Science Fair 2013

On April 23-24, 2013, the 57th Annual St. Albans Lower School Science Fair was in full swing in the Activities Gym with boys in Forms C, B, A, I, and II presenting their most inventive projects, which ran the gamut from taste tests on real vs. substitute sugars to a working reverse osmosis desalinization plant. As in years past, the Lower School science faculty, with the help of an army of volunteer judges including AP Science students, current and past parents, alumni, and local scientists, awarded medals and honorable mentions for the top projects.

Headmaster's Lecture Series

As part of the Headmaster’s Lecture Series on the World at Mid-Century, Dr. Anthony Fauci shared his views on future scientific and health challenges in his lecture “The Perpetual Challenge of Infectious Diseases.” Dr. Fauci is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health and a leading contributor in research in the areas of HIV/AIDS and other immunodeficiency disorders.

Retirement Service for Paul Barrett

St. Albans celebrated the vocation of teaching at a Cathedral service in honor of Associate Headmaster, Head of Upper School, and English teacher Paul Barrett on May 23, 2013.

Headmaster's Lecture Series

Renowned civil rights leader, Julian Bond, a featured guest speaker in the inaugural Headmaster’s Lecture Series on "Civil War to Civil Rights" spoke with the St. Albans Community on April 4, 2013. Mr. Bond is a distinguished professor in residence at American University, retired professor of history at the University of Virginia, and former chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Headmaster's Lecture Series

The Headmaster’s Lecture Series on Civil War and Civil Rights featured guest speaker Professor Chandra Manning on January 3, 2013. The lecture topic “Civil War Contraband Camps, Emancipation, and the Reinvention of the American People.” Professor Manning, an associate professor of history at Georgetown University, is the co-director of the Georgetown Workshop in 19th Century U.S. History, and the author of the award-winning book What This Cruel War Was Over: Soldiers, Slavery, and the Civil War.

Headmaster's Lecture Series (Part 2)

The second half of Professor Chandra Manning's lecture “Civil War Contraband Camps, Emancipation, and the Reinvention of the American People.”

Headmaster's Lecture Series

Yale Professor David Blight offered the inaugural talk in the Headmaster's Lecture Series, Civil War and Civil Rights, on December 13, 2012. Lecture topic: “From Emancipation to Civil Rights and Beyond: Legacies of the Civil War at 150 Years.” Professor David Blight is a professor of American history and the director of the Gilder-Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance & Abolition at Yale University.

Dr. Paul V. Piazza - Retirement Celebration

After 40 years of teaching at St. Albans School, Associate Headmaster Dr. Paul V. Piazza will retire at the end of the 2010-2011 academic year. A Cathedral service of celebration to honor Dr. Piazza's four decades at St. Albans was held on Thursday, May 26, 2011, in the Washington National Cathedral.

Centennial Political Roundtable 2008 (Part I)

St. Albans hosts distinguished alumni as well as past and present parents in the National Cathedral for a political discussion with the St. Albans community.

Centennial Political Roundtable 2008 (Part II)

St. Albans hosts distinguished alumni as well as past and present parents in the National Cathedral for a political discussion with the St. Albans community.

Centennial Political Roundtable 2008 (Part III)

St. Albans hosts distinguished alumni as well as past and present parents in the National Cathedral for a political discussion with the St. Albans community.

Marriott Hall Groundbreaking Ceremony (2007)

Headmaster Vance Wilson speaks to the community at the Marriott Hall Groundbreaking ceremony in 2007.

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.