Tatnall School

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Tatnall School
1501 Barley Mill Rd


United States
Coordinates 39°46′07″N75°37′02″W / 39.7686°N 75.6173°W / 39.7686; -75.6173 Coordinates: 39°46′07″N75°37′02″W / 39.7686°N 75.6173°W / 39.7686; -75.6173
TypeNonprofit, college-prep day school
MottoOmnia in Caritate
(All things in love)
Established1930(93 years ago) (1930)
FounderFrances D. S. Tatnall
CEEB code 080200
Head of schoolAndrew D. Martire, Ed.D.
EnrollmentGrades PK3 through Grade 12 (600 combined gender)
Campus size110 acres
Color(s)Black and gold
AthleticsThe Hornets
AccreditationMiddle States
YearbookThe Triangle
Website www.tatnall.org

The Tatnall School is a private college preparatory private school in unincorporated New Castle County, Delaware; it has a Wilmington postal address and is adjacent to, but not in, the Greenville census-designated place. [1] [2]


The school is for students from three years old through 12th grade. The school was founded as an all-girls school in 1930 by Frances Dorr Swift Tatnall at her home in downtown Wilmington, Delaware, and moved to its current location in 1952. Tatnall began to admit boys in 1952 (the class of 1964). The school's mascot is the hornet. Its motto is "Omnia in caritate", which means all things in love. [3]



Tatnall offers a variety of visual and performing arts programs, including photography, drawing, instrumental and vocal performance. In September 2017, Tatnall opened its 23,000 square foot Laird Performing Arts Center. The center boasts a 471-seat theater. Here, the Tatnall arts program puts on its annual Showcase advanced theater class and performance, now in its 48th year. [4] One notable instructor is Wilson Somers, who is also a composer and performer; Somers was also a recipient of an Emmy award in 2000. [5] Students at the school are required to participate in art programs, and have won numerous state awards throughout the years. [6]

2008 election

Tatnall was a Delaware polling booth in the 2008 United States presidential election. Senator Joe Biden (a native Pennsylvanian but Delaware resident since 1953), who lives near the school, cast his vote in Tatnall's main lobby in that election cycle. Some of Joe Biden's grandchildren attend the school.[ citation needed ]

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