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An Episcopal, co-educational 100% boarding school in Middletown, Delaware for grades 9 – 12


The History Department introduces students to the serious study of the world's civilizations, and cultivates a perspective through which students begin to see themselves as individuals with opportunities and responsibilities in a modern, post-industrial world. With a focus on primary documents, our aim is for students to gain a particular knowledge of their own immediate culture through the study of United States history, as well as to initiate a study of the human condition in the broadest sense of the term.

By learning to evaluate and use evidence to make qualified generalizations, our students develop analytical skills that will serve them in college and beyond. All history courses require short, carefully structured papers that demand close analysis of primary sources, and longer term papers that require extensive research on a particular topic or issue.

Ultimately, we are committed to the notion that the study of history is an integral component in the general humanizing process of a liberal education. We encourage our students, as they study specific periods, cultures, and historical themes, to develop the intellectual skepticism and analytical rigor to identify demagoguery, hagiography, and the parochialisms of ethnicity and gender.

History Courses

Yearlong Courses

Semester-long Electives

History Faculty

Matt Carroll

Titles: Dean of Students, History, Head Coach - Boys Soccer, Head Coach - Girls Soccer, Assistant Coach - Boys Squash

Victor Cuicahua

Titles: History, Hillier (III Form) Dorm Parent, Assistant Coach - Boys Soccer, Assistant Coach - Girls Soccer

Matthew Edmonds

Titles: History Department Chair, IV Form Dean, Baum (IV Form Boys) Dorm Parent, Assistant Coach - Baseball

Terence Gilheany

Titles: Religious Studies Department Chair, History, Assistant Coach - Boys Crew, Weekend Duty Head

Emily Pressman

Titles: Dean of Faculty Professional Development, History, Lower Pell (III Form Girls) Dorm Parent

Will Robinson

Titles: Dean of Student Life, Dean of Sustainability, History, VI Form Advisor, Assistant Coach - Boys Soccer, Weekend Duty Head

Melinda Tower

Titles: Dean of Studies, History