“Old School”

Mr. Diman’s Genius

Curated by School Archivist Valerie Simpson, this slideshow focuses on the history of Old School. Headmaster John Diman’s genius lay not only in persuasion, but also in his ability to ignite genuine, sustained enthusiasm. He was the kind of man people trusted—and although the challenges were daunting, the more Diman persisted in his effort to establish a permanent, highly-respected boarding school, the more support he garnered. Five years after founding a tiny institution in a rental property in Newport, Diman launched his plan to build Old School on a beautiful Middletown ocean bluff, a move that proved critical in the long-term success of St. George’s.

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Mr. Diman at the Front Steps circa 1901

Mr. Diman at the Front Steps circa 1901

Architects drawing of Old School 1901-02 for the School Catalogue

Architects drawing of Old School 1901-02 for the School Catalogue

Architectural drawing of the Old School front elevation January1901

Architectural drawing of the Old School front elevation January, 1901

Certificate of stock shares sold by John Diman to raises funds.

Certificate of stock shares sold by John Diman to raises funds.

Handwritten record of stockshares issued as of December 23, 1905

Handwritten record of stockshares issued as of December 23 1905

Clipping from The Herald, February 1901 in which John Diman describes the new building.

Clipping from The Herald, February 1901 in which John Diman describes the new building.

Front page of the June 1901 Dragon Editorial about the new school building

Front page of the June 1901 Dragon Editorial about the new school building

Summary of the First Year's Expenses March 14, 1901

Summary of the First Year's Expenses March 14, 1901

Old School Under Construction 1901

Old School Under Construction, 1901

Contract for the Front Facade Clock signed by Edward Sturtevant and John Diman

Contract for the Front Facade Clock signed by Edward Sturtevant and John Diman

Drawing of the Main Hall Fireplace Mantel 1901

Drawing of the Main Hall Fireplace Mantel, 1901

First Year on the Hilltop 1901-1902

First Year on the Hilltop, 1901-1902

Student Photo of Old School when it was considered The %22New Building%22

Student Photo of Old School when it was considered The "New Building"

View of Old School from the Northwest circa 1902

View of Old School from the Northwest circa 1902

View of the Main Drive from the Front Steps circa 1901

View of the Main Drive from the Front Steps circa 1901

Notice announcing the donation of trees for the Main Drive 1901.

Notice announcing the donation of trees for the Main Drive 1901.

Mr. Diman, Mr. Sturtevant, and Mr. Cabot circa 1902

Mr. Diman, Mr. Sturtevant, and Mr. Cabot circa 1902

Old School Center Hall set for tea circa 1904

Old School Center Hall set for tea circa 1904

Sketch of Main Hall in The Dragon January1905

Sketch of Main Hall in The Dragon, January 1905

Relaxing at West Steps circa 1914

Relaxing at West Steps circa 1914

Postcard of Old School and King Hall 1915

Postcard of Old School and King Hall, 1915

Postcard of Old School 1915

Postcard of Old School, 1915

Cars parked in front of Old School 1916

Cars parked in front of Old School, 1916

Ivy-covered Old School facade established circa 1916

Ivy-covered Old School facade established circa 1916

Post Card of Front Drive and Old School circa 1916

Post Card of Front Drive and Old School circa 1916

Post Card of Campus Buildings 1916

Post Card of Campus Buildings, 1916

Photo of Old School Terrace from The Lance 1917

Photo of Old School Terrace from The 1917 Lance

Dormitory Room Desk circa 1919

Dormitory Room Desk circa 1919

Dormitory Room circa 1919

Dormitory Room circa 1919

Dormitory Room decorated with SG banner circa 1919

Dormitory Room decorated with SG banner circa 1919

The Master's Room (now the Faculty Mailroom) circa 1919

The Master's Room (now the Faculty Mailroom) circa 1919

Lower Formers Running to the Front Steps circa1920

Lower Formers Running to the Front Steps circa 1920

The Expanded Campus Pre-Chapel Early 1920s

The Expanded Campus Pre-Chapel Early 1920s

The Navy at the Front Circle circle 1919

The Navy at the Front Circle circle 1919

Horse Drawn Sleigh from the Lance 1920

Horse Drawn Sleigh from the Lance 1920

Dormitory Room circa 1921

Dormitory Room circa 1921

Seniors on Sixth Form Porch 1922

Seniors on Sixth Form Porch 1922

Old School Common Room Library 1923

Old School Common Room Library 1923

New Headmaster's Study Door circa 1926

New Headmaster's Study Door circa 1926

The Headmaster's Study from the West in the 1926 Lance

The Headmaster's Study from the West in the 1926 Lance

The Headmaster's Study Looking South from the 1926 Lance

The Headmaster's Study Looking South from the1926 Lance

Old School Center Hall from the Lance 1930

Old School Center Hall from the Lance 1930

The Heads Study Publicity Photo from the1930s

The Heads Study Publicity Photo from the1930s

Miss Diman's Room Publicity Photo from the 1930s

Miss Diman's Room Publicity Photo from the 1930s

Snacks in the Merrick Apartment circa 1935

Snacks in the Merrick Apartment circa 1935

students in Bathrobes on the West Steps 1930s

students in Bathrobes on the West Steps 1930s

Old School - Leafy Spring 1946

Old School - Leafy Spring 1946

Headmasters Eccles, Merrick, Diman, Cabot, Nevins on West Steps May 1946

Headmasters Eccles, Merrick, Diman, Cabot, Nevins on West Steps May 1946

Buell reminisces about making omelettes for the students in Old School in the 1950's.

Buell reminisces about making omelettes for the students in Old School in the 1950's.

The Faculty Room 1953-54

The Faculty Room1953-54

The Reverend Buell and Wife Lois in the Faculty Room 1954

The Reverend Buell and Wife Lois in the Faculty Room, 1954

Octet Performs at Common Room Dance 1956

Octet Performs at Common Room Dance, 1956

Maggie Galvin and Student in the Pantry Lance 1958

Maggie Galvin and Student in the Pantry, Lance 1958

Jesters Call to the Feast - Common Room 1960s

Jesters Call to the Feast - Common Room, 1960s

Baseball Outside Heads Study 1961
Baseball Outside Heads Study, 1961
Movie in the Common Room 1962
Movie in the Common Room, 1962
Snowy West Steps c1963
Snowy West Steps, c1963
Alumni Weekend Registration Center Hall 1965
Alumni Weekend Registration Center Hall, 1965
Students on West Steps 1960s
Students on West Steps, 1960s
archives photo of the faculty room at St. George's boarding school
Faculty Room, c1970
the headmaster's study at St. George's boarding school
Headmasters Study, Student Meeting, c1973
Yearbook photo of St. George's School Main Drive in 1983
Lance Spring Supplement Cover, 1983
Poet Gwendolyn Brooks at St. George's School
Poet Gwendolyn Brooks Book Signing in the Common Room, April 1998
Prize Day graduation ceremony at St. George's
Prize Day Front Steps, Mercer Centennial Book, 1996
The clock on the facade of Old School at St. George's
Old School Clock, Mercer Centennial Book, 1996
The Old School building at the private boarding school St. George's
Red Doors from Main Drive 2017