St. Andrew’s is celebrating its 40th anniversary and the school has never looked so good. The largest Episcopal school in the Diocese of Washington with nearly 620 students, St. Andrew’s is poised for another 40 years of educational leadership and innovation. How did we get here? Take a quick stroll down memory lane at the different decades that helped shape St. Andrew’s.


Official records list September 6, 1978 as the day St. Andrew’s Episcopal School opened its doors and began educating its 40 students in seventh, eighth and ninth grades.
Needless to say, a lot of work went into making that first day happen, and it was that work which helped put St. Andrew’s on an upward trajectory right from the start. It took just three years for St. Andrew’s to go from the basement of Pilgrim Lutheran Church, to Clara Barton School in Cabin John, to the Bradmoor Campus at North Bethesda Junior High – but the growth continued throughout the 1980s.
There were constants throughout the first 10 years. Joanne Beach, Mary Eileen Stevens, Irene Walsh, Daryl Looney, Gabe Hodziewich and Alice Anne Freund all made their mark on St. Andrew’s lore. Those 10 years also saw the addition of some additional St. Andrew’s legends – John Holden, Skeeter Lee, Tracey Goodrich, Kurt Sinclair, Phyllis Robinson, Gary Wyatt, Ruth Faison, Roy Barber, John McMillen, Ginger Cobb and Buck Brumbaugh to name a few.
Gifted with space to grow and dedicated leadership, St. Andrew’s flourished, both in the classroom, with the addition of several Advanced Placement classes and the creation of a number of Accelerated courses, and on the athletic fields and courts, where the Lions won banners in soccer, tennis, cross country, volleyball, and basketball.


Between moving to a new campus, shifting athletic conferences, switching from grass fields to turf field, and acquiring a Lower School and expanding to become a preschool through Grade 12 school, it was a decade of growth for St. Andrew’s.
On Labor Day 1998, more than 1,200 students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff and other members of the St. Andrew’s community came out to dedicate the Postoak Campus. The next day, school opened in a mostly completed building. For a few weeks, some classes met in the gym, three or four at a time. Along with shifting to a new physical location, the athletic teams shifted to new conferences, with the boys teams moving to the MAC and the girls teams joining the ISL.

The school launched summer programs in 1999, its first website in 2000, hired a new head in 2002, installed turf fields in 2008, and built stadium seating for Brumbaugh Field, and on February 28, 2008, announced to the world that the it was acquiring St. Francis Episcopal School and becoming a school that would serve student from age 2 through Grade 12.

It was a busy time on the personnel side as well with David Brandt, Dresden Koons, Gregg Ponitch, Jennifer Robertson and Amanda Freeman all joining St. Andrew’s. The Bokamoso partnership was created during this time as well. And there may have been one or two memorable senior pranks.

Let's Come Together for 40 Years of Inspiration!

We hope you will join us on Saturday, October 13 as we celebrate our 40th Anniversary during Homecoming & Reunion.


St. Andrew’s had just barely celebrated its 10th anniversary when an eviction notice arrived from Montgomery County. At the time, the school was informed it needed to vacate the Bradmoor Campus by August 31, 1991. Negotiations with the county managed to extend that deadline to August 31, 1998. That gave the school time to purchase the Postoak Campus and begin construction on a new school. None of that would have been possible without the dedication of the St. Andrew’s community, especially the six trustees and the Diocese of Washington who personally guaranteed loans to the school.
Despite the news that St. Andrew’s would need to move, and questions remaining about where that would be, enrollment did not suffer during those years. From 1990 through 1997, enrollment stayed between 350 and 390 students. The school added sixth grade during those years and continued to dominate in the PVAC, adding banners nearly every year. Mike Davila came to St. Andrew’s to teach and begin a decades long run as boys cross country coach.

Long-time nurse Susan Murray and current Assistant Head of School David Brown joined the St. Andrew’s community during these “teen years,” and the first Technology Committee was formed to discuss the role of computers in St. Andrew’s future. To the consternation of students, the Oral History Project is born in the final year on the Bradmoor Campus as Alex Haight and Glenn Whitman joined the history department.


When the decade began, St. Andrew’s was coming off a year of near-record enrollment with 455 students of which 25% were students of color. When the fourth decade closed, St. Andrew’s, with an enrollment of nearly 620 and more than 45% students of color and international students, was the largest Episcopal school in the Diocese of Washington. In those 10 years, St. Andrew’s added an Intermediate School, built a 43,000-square-foot Student Center, created the Izzo Quad, and launched an internationally recognized Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning, which has trained thousands of teachers in hundreds of schools across the nation and in six different countries, impacting tens of thousands of students along the way.
The decade would be see the retirement of a number of long-time faculty members and administrators. In 2012, Joanne Beach stepped down as Head of Upper School. In 2013, John Holden gave his final fresh start speech before retiring at the end of the school year. In 2018, after 39 years of teaching, Irene Walsh hung up her goggles and lab coat for the final time.

That 10-year stretch also saw a renovation of MacDonald Hall to better support the arts and the addition of 10 championship banners in seven different sports. The school opened the doors to its first D!Lab, and closed its 40th year with the announcement of a new 31,000-square-foot Lower School on the Postoak Campus. This building will bring together the entire preschool through Grade 12 St. Andrew’s community on one campus for the first time, beginning the Fall of 2019.

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St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is a private, coeducational college preparatory day school for students in preschool (Age 2) through grade 12, located in Potomac, Maryland.