Landon School

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Landon School
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Landon School
6101 Wilson Lane


Coordinates 38°59′26″N77°07′31″W / 38.9905°N 77.1254°W / 38.9905; -77.1254 Coordinates: 38°59′26″N77°07′31″W / 38.9905°N 77.1254°W / 38.9905; -77.1254
Type Private, College-prep
MottoVirtute et non vi
(English: "By virtue, not by force.")
HeadmasterJim Neill
Teaching staff85.9 (on a FTE basis)
Grades 312
Gender Boys
Enrollment672 (2013–2014)
Student to teacher ratio7.8
Campus Suburban
Campus size75 acres (30 ha)
Color(s)Brown and White
Athletics20 interscholastic sports
Athletics conference Interstate Athletic Conference
Nickname Bears

Landon School is a private, nonsectarian, college preparatory school for boys in grades 3–12, with an enrollment of approximately 680 students, in Bethesda, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C. [2]



Paul Landon Banfield and his wife, Mary Lee, founded Landon School in 1929. The school’s first location was a former residence in the Sheridan-Kalorama neighborhood of Washington, D.C., now home to the Embassy of Estonia. Banfield moved Landon to its present 75-acre (300,000 m2) campus in Bethesda in 1935. The farmhouse, stables, and barn from the previous use of the Bethesda property still stand on the campus and are used today. [3]

The school's original location in Washington, D.C. now serves as the Embassy of Estonia. Embassy of Estonia-Washington, DC.jpg
The school's original location in Washington, D.C. now serves as the Embassy of Estonia.


The demographic breakdown of the 672 boys enrolled for the 2013–2014 school year was: [1] [ dead link ] [4]


In the fall of the 2002-2003 school year, ten Landon students were caught cheating on their SATs. Among these students were eight who admitted to the offense one month later after rumors had spread throughout the school. [5] Those eight students were suspended for the remaining month of the fall semester, though they were allowed to take their fall semester exams. Two other students were pressed to withdraw from Landon or face expulsion. [5]


The school offers 26 athletics options, including varsity interscholastic sports such as swimming, soccer, water polo, football, cross country, ice hockey, wrestling, basketball, baseball, track, tennis, golf, rugby and lacrosse. [6] Landon also offers interscholastic club sports such as riflery, sailing, fencing, squash and ultimate Frisbee, as well as intramural sports and strength and conditioning. [7]

In the spring of 2010, it was revealed that students allegedly planned a fantasy football-like "draft" in which female students at other local schools were chosen for each "team," and "points" were to be scored on the basis of sexual encounters with those students. [8] The revelations came in the wake of the news about George Huguely V, a former Landon lacrosse player who was charged in the murder of his girlfriend Yeardley Love. [9]

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