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History

A Foundation of Excellence

Ensworth School was chartered in 1958 and opened its doors on September 10, 1958 with 152 students and 10 teachers spread across eight grades. Red Gables, a large Tudor-style home, was purchased for the school, and John Comfort was named first Head of School.

The school had its origin in the desire of several dedicated Nashville parents for an independent, coeducational school that would provide challenging academics, small classes and a nurturing environment for elementary and middle school children. In the year following inauguration, the Ensworth program expanded to serve kindergarten-aged learners.

Building on Distinction

Through the next three decades, the school attracted more students, added facilities and began development efforts. The first Annual Fund was inaugurated in 1973 and four years later the Endowment Fund was established.

The generous support from the community enabled Ensworth to add a number of unique offerings and programs, while faculty-driven initiatives in technology integration and curriculum review strengthened the teaching program. Ensworth's athletic director and administrative team were instrumental in establishing the Harpeth Valley Athletic Conference, which still provides avenues for middle school students to take part in varsity sports competitions.

Upholding the Student-Centric Commitment

Capital campaigns enabled Ensworth to renovate spaces and add major new facilities. The many new facilities included an academic building for the middle school, a library and Frist Hall, a venue dedicated to music education, performances and special events. Brown Athletic Center was also built on the Lower/Middle School Campus.

In 2002, the board of trustees voted to expand Ensworth and establish a high school on a new campus. The land for the second campus was identified, and Ensworth purchased Devon Farm, a historic property spanning 127 acres. The doors on the new campus opened in August 2004, welcoming the charter class of 9th graders.

Continuing the Pursuit of Excellence

In recent years, Ensworth has continued to demonstrate its commitment to excellence, placing students at the heart of every decision made. David Braemer was named Head of School in 2012, entering the academic year with an expanded fifth grade program and a total enrollment of 1,072 students. The following January, an Aquatics program was initiated with the opening of Ensworth's Natatorium.

As Ensworth looks to the future, the leadership, faculty and unique community of parents, grandparents, alumni and friends stand united behind Ensworth, dedicated to following the highest principles with the greatest love, as characterized by moral integrity, intellectual vitality, discipline, compassion, humor and joy.

1958

Ensworth School opened its doors to 152 students

1959

Kindergarten was added to the Ensworth program

1979

Ensworth hosted its first alumni event

2004

Ensworth officially opened the doors on its High School campus

2008

Ensworth celebrated 50 years of excellence in coeducation

2012

David Braemer is named Head of School