1981-98: Lee Sanford Ainslie, Jr. '56
"More important than appearances, is the maintenance of the basic character and personality of EHS, whether that is defined by a commitment to high standards or by the observance of past traditions … If this institution remains true to its character and is committed to high spiritual, academic, athletic, and social standards, regardless of what it looks like, it is Episcopal High School." - Lee Sanford Ainslie, Jr. ’56
Like his predecessor, Lee Sanford Ainslie, Jr. ’56 ushered the School through transition, while remaining true to the School’s traditions. Under the leadership of Mr. Ainslie, the School embraced coeducation, presenting its female students with equal opportunities for excellence and leadership in all facets of school life, in the classroom, and on the athletic fields.
Determined that Episcopal be more than a boys’ school that admits girls, Headmaster Ainslie led the School through a process of preparation with workshops and recruited distinguished and experienced female faculty to lead Episcopal in a new era.
Mr. Ainslie guided EHS through other changes as well, including a complete revision of the curriculum, strengthening traditional subjects and expanding it in recognition of developing technology to include the Computer Science Department. His imprint on the physical plant included Callaway Chapel, Penick Hall, and dormitory construction and renovation. Upon his retirement, Mr. Ainslie handed over to his successor a school prepared to enter the new century.