Our History

Go ahead, take a walk around our campus. Stashed somewhere amidst the classrooms and dormitories, you’ll find treasures from the past. You’ll probably start your visit at Main Building, the center of campus activity since 1893.

Maybe you’ll spend a quiet moment in our Quaker meetinghouse, built in 1812 and moved to George School from Philadelphia in 1974. Or if you’re feeling more adventurous, you might discover the abandoned railroad tracks that run through the woods along the western edge of campus, where the remains of a trestle bridge lie virtually intact. With a little bit of imagination, you can almost hear the whistle of a steam engine passing through.

Even as we travel forward into the future, these landmarks serve to remind the community about all of the places we’ve been. But a campus filled with historic buildings isn’t all that we’ve inherited from our predecessors. In fact, the beliefs, ideas, and philosophies of previous generations are probably the most valuable of our artifacts to withstand the test of time.

Our collective culture of traditions and values is a reminder of George School’s founding principles, amongst them a strong commitment to Quaker ideals such as peace, equality, community, integrity. At George School, our history teaches us that where we’ve been is very much a part of who we are and where we’re going. We are a school, after all, and there’s always something more to learn.