Evansville Day School

Evansville Day School (EDS) is a private, Jr. PreK-12 college-preparatory school located in Evansville, Indiana.[1] It is the only independent coeducational, day school in Evansville and the surrounding region. To accommodate a wide range of grade levels, the school is separated into three divisions: Primary School (Jr. PreK-4), Middle School (5-8), and Upper School (9-12).

History

Evansville Day School began in 1946 as the Episcopal Nursery School, enrolling seven students at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. The school was incorporated on June 10, 1949, as a not-for-profit coeducational school, serving students in the primary and secondary grades. The school relocated in 1952 to S.E. First Street, and was renamed Evansville Pre-School, with the addition of a kindergarten class. In February 1958, the school became Evansville Day School, added instruction for all primary school grades, educated 80 students, and established its new location in the former residence of the Austin S. Igleheart family at 800 Sunset Ave. In 1961, to accommodate the addition of high school classes, the school added a 4,000-square-foot classroom, library, and laboratory addition. In 1965, the first high school graduating class advanced all of its 11 students to college. With enrollment in 1967 exceeding two hundred, the school initiated a capital campaign to raise $500,000 for a new facility. By 1968, EDS had opened the doors at its current location, 3400 N. Green River Road, with 216 students enrolled. By 1981, enrollment reached 300 students, taught by 35 faculty and teachers. In that year, construction was completed on a $250,000, six-room primary school addition, followed by a million-dollar Upper School structure in 1984, at which time enrollment reached 355.[2] Its most recent improvement project is still in progress. Improvements that have been finished thus far include the enlargement of many classrooms, the construction of tennis courts, and a new track. A new atrium has recently been constructed.

Notable Alumni

Molly Newman ’72 – University of Denver – nominated for 1985 Tony Award for Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical for Quilters (musical)
William Snyder ’77 – Rochester Institute of Technology – four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer for the Dallas Morning News (1989,1991,1993, 2006)
Reggie Williams ’88 – Harvard University – produced HBO documentary “Cutting Edge” released 2006.

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