Cover photo: The chapel at The Bishop’s School in La Jolla. The school was founded in 1909 by Joseph Horsfall Johnson, the first bishop of the Los Angeles Diocese of the Episcopal Church. It opened its La Jolla campus with boarding facilities in 1910. Ellen and Virginia Scripps were benefactors of the school which now has some 500 boys and girls in grades seven through twelve.
The Bishop’s School, was founded in 1909 by Bishop Joseph Horsfall Johnson (right), seen here with the Reverend Bedford Jones.
The beautiful campus of The Bishop’s School was designed by noted architect Irving Gill. The stark simplicity of Gill’s work was in sharp contrast to the Victorian “gingerbread” style still in vogue at the time.
Students and faculty at the original Bishop’s School (near First and Redwood in San Diego) gathered for a group portrait c. 1915.
The second campus with boarding facilities opened in La Jolla in 1910.
The Irving Gill-designed tower at the La Jolla campus no longer exists due to remodeling work completed in the 1930s.
Students planted and maintained a Victory Garden as part of an effort for World War I.
Students c. 1920-21. The Bishop’s School fostered an atmosphere of simplicity for its pupils. In most rooms furniture was plain, walls were unadorned, floors often without rugs, and light bulbs left bare.
Faculty c. 1920-21.
Miss Caroline Seely Cummins, headmistress of The Bishop’s School for over thirty years (1921-1953).
The plain architecture of Irving Gill, set a tranquil tone for The Bishop’s School campus.
Photographs from this article are from The Bishop’s School archives.