TMI — The Episcopal School of Texas

TMI — The Episcopal School of Texas

Infobox Private School

name = TMI-The Episcopal School of Texas
motto= Nihil Supra Mores/ Ducit Qui Servit
established = 1893
type = Preparatory, Boarding
religion = Episcopal
head_name = Headmaster
head = James Freeman, Ph. D.
city = San Antonio
state = TX
country = USA
campus = 80 acres
enrollment = 367 students, mostly day.
faculty = 46
class = 12 students
ratio = 8:1
year = 2007
athletics = 19 Interscholastic Sports
colors = Orange and Black
mascot =Panther
school song= For the Splendor of Creation
homepage =
SAT = 1200 [] CEEB Code: 446255

TMI - The Episcopal School of Texas is an Episcopal college preparatory school in San Antonio, Texas, USA, with an optional boarding program.


TMI was founded in 1893 by the Rt. Rev. James Steptoe Johnston, D.D, first Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas. During its history, long by the standard of the Southwestern U.S., it has gone through the names West Texas School for Boys (used for a brief period), West Texas Military Academy (1893-1926) and Texas Military Institute (1926-2005). Since 2005, the school has presented its name as TMI-The Episcopal School of Texas, while its legal name remains Texas Military Institute. TMI is one of the oldest Episcopal schools in Texas and is the only Episcopal secondary school in the diocese. The JROTC or Corps of Cadets, has been optional for girls since their admission in 1972, and for boys since 1974. In 1963, John F. Kennedy visited the school. The next day, he was assassinated in Dallas


Class sizes are small, ranging from one to 20 students, with an overall teacher:student ratio of 1:8. There is a wide range of teaching styles, but most classes tend to be organized as informal seminars. TMI offers a wide range of classes, including 18 Advanced Placement classes. All students are required to take three years of science, including Physics, Chemistry and Biology; four years of mathematics, including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II and Trigonometry; four years of history, including Ancient World Civilization, Modern World Civilization, American History and an elective of the student's choice; three years of a language, either Spanish or Latin; one year of religion which may include Old Testament, New Testament, World Religions, or Philosophy. Honors courses are available in many subjects. Students choose additional courses, such as more advanced math or language, based on their interests. Electives include Cultural Literacy, Classic Film, Economics, Environmental Science, Introduction to Computer Programming, Journalism, and Hemingway and Fitzgerald.


The school offers a full range of boys' and girls' sports for middle- and upper-school students. Participation is mandatory for at least one season. TMI has competed against other schools in the Southwest Preparatory Conference (SPC) for several years and now competes in the localized private-school league, the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS). However, TMI also occasionally plays 1A public schools in non-district games.

A TMI American football team participated in the first high-school game in Texas in 1894. The team also is credited for having thrown and completed the first pass in Texas football after learning of its use by northeastern college teams.


TMI has moved three times, each time moving to the edge of an expanding city. The first campus was on Government Hill, the second in Alamo Heights, and the last time was in 1989 when it moved to its current location in far northwest San Antonio, on the edge of the Texas Hill Country. The campus is modern in architecture and built almost entirely from local limestone. A fairly unique aspect of the campus are the open-air hallways connecting classrooms. These, along with a butterfly garden and amphitheater are often noted as striking features of the campus and are widely photographed. Other campus facilities include two gyms, a theater and residence halls opened in 2005 for residential life (boarding) students. At the beginning of the 2007 school year a welcome center was added at the gates of the campus. A new 500 seat chapel is currently under construction with a completion date of May 2008. In September, ground was broken for another state of the art residence hall. It will house students at the start of the 2008-2009 school year. Recently a sports court was added to the campus.

Honor Code

All students sign their name to the school's Honor code at the start of each term, and from then on write the word "pledge" on all their tests and papers, signifying their pledge to uphold their promise. The Honor Code reads, "Because I believe integrity is essential, I promise not to lie, cheat, or steal." Students suspected of being in violation of the Honor Code are sent before the Honor Council, which is an elected body of students which hears evidence and can prescribe certain punishments, such as community service. It can also require that the student write a letter of apology. Repeat offenders may be referred to the headmaster.


The Corps of Cadets is almost entirely student-run. The commandant is Major Douglas D McVey. Major McVey heads the program and teaches the junior-senior level LET (Leadership Educational Training) class. The deputy commandant is Sergeant Major Turner N. McGarity . SGM McGarity assists Major McVey, teaches the freshman-sophomore LET class, and runs the upper school rifle team. The assistant commandant is First Lieutenant Christopher N. Adams. Lt. Adams is currently attending Ranger training, but when he returns he will resume his position as Ancient World Civilizations teacher. Lt. Adams also leads PT (Physical Training) Platoon, a voluntary activity that cadets can choose to participate in during the spring. The battalion is organized into three companies: Alpha, Bravo, and Charlie. Each company has one LET class period a day that all upper school cadets are required to attend. Upper school cadets are assigned companies based on which company period will fit into their class schedule. Companies are completely organized by the students. Each company has a senior company commander and a junior first sergeant. It is their job to make sure that everything runs smoothly. The companies are divided into two platoons with two or three squads in each platoon. The corps is run by a staff consisting entirely of junior and senior cadets. There are many different special teams that corps members can choose to participate.


The school motto is "Nihil Supra Mores," Latin for "Nothing above Honor." The unofficial motto is "Ducit qui Servit" or "One who serves, leads."


Famous alumni include
*Gen. Douglas MacArthur, Commander of Allied Forces in the Southwest Pacific during World War II and Commander of U.N. Forces in the Korean War;
*Julian Onderdonk Painter, primarily known for Texas landscapes, called the "Father of Texas Painting";
*David Lee "Tex" Hill air-ace, member of Flying Tigers;
*Tom Frost, banker and philanthropist, senior chairman of the boards of Frost National Bank in San Antonio and Cullen/Frost Bankers;
*Dan Blocker, actor and producer, co-star of the “Bonanza” television series;
*U.S. Rep. Lamar S. Smith, representing the 21st Congressional District from 1987 to the present;
*Ross Youngs, Hall of Fame professional baseball player;
*Sam Barshop, Founder of La Quinta Inns
*Maury Maverick, Jr., attorney, Texas state legislator and longtime columnist for the San Antonio Express-News
*David Scott, astronaut, pilot of the Gemini 8 and Apollo 9 space flights and commander of Apollo 15
*Henry Catto, former Ambassador to the Court of St. James (the United Kingdom) and El Salvador
*Ray M. Keck III, President Texas A&M International University
*Ralph E. Haines, Jr., U.S. Army four star general

In addition, the following well-known people have sent their children to TMI:

*Maury Maverick, Sr.
*Max Lucado
*Red McCombs
*George Strait
*David Gardner
* Members of the Somoza family
*Pete Conrad Commander, Apollo 12

Notable Faculty

*Paul K. Davis— History, current
*Mary Rohde Scudday— Theatre, current
*Frederick M. Ahl- Latin, now at Cornell.

External links

* [ TMI website]
* [ Private school review]

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