“Episcopal Offered Me a Home”
McCain Praises Honor Code, Recalls Beloved Teacher
April 1, 2008
On April 1, U.S. Senator and Presidential candidate John S. McCain ’54 returned to campus for a Town Hall meeting with the students and faculty of Episcopal High School.
Speaking before a crowd of more than 600 in Flippin Field House, Sen. McCain recalled his early days at EHS and an Episcopal teacher, William Ravenel, who was “one of the best men I have ever known” and who taught him the true nature of Episcopal’s value system.
“His influence in my life was more important and more benevolent than that of any person outside my family,” the Senator said, recalling Ravenel’s support as crucial to his personal development.
McCain also praised Episcopal’s Honor Code, which he has said was critically important during his years as a prisoner-of-war in Vietnam. “I learned to [appreciate the Honor Code] when my honor was challenged by more serious threats than I ever faced in high school,” he said.
After his speech, McCain answered questions from students and faculty, saying at the outset that he would talk about “anything that’s on your mind.” The discussion ranged from serious to light-hearted, as McCain reflected on the Presidential campaign, the values he learned at Episcopal, and who would win the NCAA men’s basketball tournament this year.