All Saints Episcopal School began as St. Christopher’s Episcopal School in 1956 by several community leaders who were seeking to provide a quality private school opportunity for the Lubbock community. An accelerated and enriched educational program was needed in Lubbock to meet the needs of children. The school opened, offering a Preschool and Kindergarten program.
Although the school used the name “St. Christopher’s” and used the church’s property, it was not a part of the parish. Early in 1960, the status of the school changed when the vestry of St. Christopher’s Church voted to include the school as part of the church.
First grade was added in the fall of 1958. In the fall of 1959, classes were offered through the third grade, with the fourth, fifth, and sixth grades being added in consecutive years from 1961 through 1963. The first sixth grade graduation was held in 1963.
In the June of 1975, St. Christopher’s School, having operated nineteen years as a mission under St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, became a free-standing Episcopal Institution, changing its name to All Saints Episcopal School in reflection of the three Episcopal Churches in the area, St. Christopher’s, St. Paul’s, and St. Stephen’s. All directions and policies for the school were transferred to an independent Board of Trustees.
Faced with limited space for the student body, a capital campaign was undertaken for All Saints to build its own facility. The school moved into a rented facility in September 1980 and remained there until September 1984, when it moved to its 53-acre campus located at 3222 103rd Street. Grades 7-9 were added when the school moved to its new facility. The school remains at this location today with additional building spaces and upgraded facilities.
Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, All Saints enjoyed a successful era and became a thriving community of teachers, parents, and students. The academic standard of All Saints’ original founders remained intact. However, as the school has matured and developed over the years, it has grown its program to allow paths for diversified, creative, individual expression. The addition of extracurricular activities, including a fine arts program featuring cultural offerings in orchestra, band, choir, studio art, and theatre, and an athletic program that competes in basketball, volleyball, football, track, golf, and tennis, has offered new ways for students to enjoy self-fulfillment.
All Saints Headmaster Dr. Dana Beane, who served from 1998-2003, introduced “The All Saints Way,” as a guideline for manners and respect for others. “The All Saints Way,” is an important part of the school today. In fact, in 2007, Hartford Avenue, just west of the campus, was renamed “All Saints Way.”
During the early 2000s, a new football field and field house were donated, swimming and tennis became strong sports, and the fine arts programs continued to prosper, including orchestra, band, and choir. A new play structure was added to the Lower School play area on the east side of the campus, and a recreational area including an outdoor basketball court and two sand volleyball courts were added for the Middle School students.
Dr. Mike Bennett began leading the school in June 2005 and has taken the school to a new level. Enrollment has increased each year, academics remain at the forefront, and planning for the future of the school is a continuing conversation. Dr. Bennett is a strong proponent of development and fund raising. He created the Office of Institutional Advancement, which is responsible for establishing resources for the school outside the operations budget. In 2007, the Advancement Office began an endowment campaign that endowed teacher salaries, scholarships, and facility operations.
In 2011, the Board of Trustees voted to begin a Capital Campaign to raise money for new and expanded facilities that include space for high school classrooms. In November, the Board voted to add grades nine through twelve in successive years beginning in the Fall of 2012.
In August 2012, All Saints Episcopal High School opened its doors with its first students and a 52,000 square foot high school addition and 13,000 square feet of renovations to the existing campus, which included spaces for all of the students including the high school, Fine Arts Center, administrative offices, Patriot Gym, and Kirby Commons at a cost of $11.1 million.
In the fall of 2017, Mr. Bruce Latta joined All Saints as the new Head of School. Bruce’s educational philosophy consists of a mix of the traditional and the innovative. He is a fervent advocate for the liberal arts who believes engineering, design, and entrepreneurship are vital skills that all students need to thrive in our world.
In October 2018, under his leadership, All Saints announced a new expansion project that will bring both a renovation to the current middle school and a two-story addition that includes more classrooms and Science and Robotics labs. This expansion also includes new programming to bring instruction in technology and robotics to students at all levels along with improvements to the athletic facilities. The new building is slated to open for classes in the fall of 2020.
In its 60+ years, All Saints has grown from a small preschool/kindergarten school with 20 students housed inside a church in 1956 into a campus that houses around 500 students on 53 acres for preschool through 12th grade students in 2020. The school is widely known for its academic excellence and fine arts curricula as well as its high-achieving athletic programs throughout all grade levels.