Dr. John Cooper, the new headmaster at TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas, delivered an address to Council on the status of the flagship school and the achievements of its students. Cooper is the 30th headmaster of TMI, which was founded by the first bishop of the diocese, the Rt. Rev. James Steptoe Johnston in 1893. Currently there are 437 students enrolled in the sixth through 12th grades at TMI with 37 boarding students.
“TMI is one of the oldest and most prestigious private schools in Texas. Next fall the school will celebrate 120 years,” said Cooper.
Cooper, whose career started as a college professor and later an academic dean, said he and his wife, Joan, have felt so blessed to join the community of TMI and at their new church home at Grace Church in San Antonio, and they have observed the deep loyalty that the Diocese of West Texas has for TMI. He told Council, “Without your dedicated support, our school would not have come so far in these past 12 decades.”
Cooper said everything that the students at TMI experience helps to prepare them to be the servant leaders in the world of tomorrow. “We preserve our traditions while making sure our curriculum stays ahead, so our students will be in the forefront of their generation,” said Cooper. In many ways the current school still mirrors the school envisioned by Bishop Johnston and the first 12 students of the school – young people are still expected to live up to rigorous standards to develop their full potential. However, Bishop Johnston would have not been able to dream up the technology that is used to teach the students today.
This year the school received a brand new state-of-the-art telescope and observatory, which opens the door for science electives in astronomy and meteorology. Smart boards and tablet computers are now visible in each classroom, all thanks to many donors to the school.
Cooper also spoke of recognition the TMI students receive, from national merit scholars and medalists in national Spanish and Latin exams, to state champions in cross country and swimming and a regional-champion boys’ basketball team. Cooper said the school chaplain, Father Nathan Bostain, continues to spiritually guide the students and serve as a mentor.
There is a ten percent increase in applications for the 2013-2014 school year, and 25 percent of incoming students will receive scholarships. Cooper thanked all who have contributed funds to make all the improvements possible. He said, “With our combined stewardship, TMI will stay on a path to great accomplishments.”