The Episcopal School of Dallas


Together, We Will.

Together, We Will Reach Our Goals.




Sustain Our Greatest Assets Through an Increased Endowment 

ESD's trajectory is remarkable. Now is the time to fortify an endowment that reflects ESD's strength and ensures critical long-term support for our students, faculty, facilities, and programs. 

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Lower School



Unite Our Community on One Campus By Building a Lower School on Merrell Road

Many thanks to the hundreds of donors, volunteers, and professionals who are helping unite our community on one campus by building an innovative new Lower School on Merrell Road a reality. It is a giant step forward for ESD's future.

Learn more about the construction progress.

18-19 The ESD Fund



Ignite Lives of Purpose Through the ESD Fund

Because of annual resources provided through The ESD Fund, ESD can fulfill its Mission to prepare young people for lives of intellectual discovery, integrity, and purpose.

Learn more about The ESD Fund.

Together, We Will Impact Today and Tomorrow.

Stories of Impact and Gratitude

Clark Prothro Endowment Honors Three Generations at ESD

The Episcopal School of Dallas gratefully announces a $1.3 million gift from Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Cullum Clark, Mrs. Caren Prothro, and the Vin and Caren Prothro Foundation. The gift endows the Head of Upper School position and is one of the initial gifts naming a key ESD leadership position. By extension, the Clark and Prothro family gift is in direct support of a Head of School Dave Baad initiative – endowment toward key leadership positions.

The Prothro and Clark family's commitment and service to ESD are long-standing and significant. Nita Prothro Clark served as co-chair of Phase I of The Campaign for The Episcopal School of Dallas: Together, We Will (the focus of which was fully funding the new Lower School), and currently serves as honorary chair. She has also served on ESD's Board of Directors and has held multiple roles for the ESD Parents' Association. Cullum Clark  has also served on the Board of Directors and its executive committee, chaired the Endowment Trust, and chaired the committee that produced ESD Tomorrow, our strategic plan.


Caren Prothro, grandmother to Lili '15, Annabel '17, and Charlotte '21, was first, though. "Over 30 years ago, I was invited to serve on the board," she said. "I embraced this opportunity to be a part of a young mission-driven school where children could learn and thrive and where spiritual values were embedded within the student experience. These core values, championed by our founder, Steve Swann, remain at the heart of the ESD credo: every child has great potential to grow both intellectually and spiritually, to become their best selves. As a grandparent, I believe it is important to give back to the school so that ESD can continue its tradition of excellence by serving the next generation of students and families."

Nita Prothro Clark concurs with her mother. "We enthusiastically support ESD's new endowment initiatives because ESD is thinking long term about how to best attract and support faculty and students.  Endowment resources can effectively bridge the gap between good and great by providing both long-term financial stability for ESD and new opportunities for faculty and students to thrive.  Our three daughters started at ESD as Beginners, and each benefitted in different ways from great faculty who inspired, encouraged, and shaped them along the way.  We want to pay it forward by investing in the future pool of talented educators and leaders who are committed to ESD's mission!"

Phase II of the School's comprehensive campaign calls for adding significantly to the endowment with the goal of raising $30.5 million. Additional endowment funds will be used to endow key leadership positions and tuition assistance, each fortifying the School's ability to attract and retain talented individuals – students and educators. Additionally, the School aims to endow programs that define the ESD experience, be they academic, spiritual, or arts related.

The Campaign for The Episcopal School of Dallas was publicly announced on September 22, 2017. It has three priorities: uniting the community on one campus by building a new Lower School, increasing the endowment for greater sustainability, and affirming today's educational experience through The ESD Fund. 

Stephen Swann '93, Walker Royall Team Up to Co-Chair Campaign

The Episcopal School of Dallas is delighted and honored to announce that Stephen Swann '93, P'24, '27, '29 and Walker Royall P'26, '28, '29 have agreed to chair Phase II of The Campaign for The Episcopal School of Dallas – Together, We Will.

Phase I of the $75-million campaign focused on fully funding the new Lower School. With its successful completion, ESD now pivots to Phase II and will add significantly to its endowment so that the mission and greatest assets are sustained in perpetuity.

The endowment goal is $30.5 million. To date, almost $14 million has been raised, leaving an additional $17 million needed to meet the goal. Additional endowment funds will support leadership positions, tuition assistance, and programs that define the ESD experience.


In alignment with the Hobson Family Head of School Dave Baad's initiative of investing in people, special emphasis will be on endowing key academic and administrative leadership positions.

"ESD has an amazing story," said Stephen Swann '93. "To have witnessed its growth from the time I was a boy and knowing my father's vision for what he hoped this school would become, I'm proud and humbled to accept this challenge. Admittedly, I'm partial, but I cannot think of a better way to honor my father than by devoting time to securing ESD's future for many years to come."

Walker Royall and his wife, Jennifer, are a bit biased as well. With three boys enrolled and having led the way in support of the Lower School, Walker enthusiastically signed on for Phase II. "Endowment is key to a great school, not only to provide resources for people and programs, but also as a way to preserve the institution's mission. ESD's mission, so influenced by its Episcopal identity, is the very thing that sets the school apart from its competitors. Like Stephen, I too believe we have been asked to be a part of something significant – assisting in preserving ESD's future. I'm happy to serve."

We are grateful for the outpouring of support and generosity of our community. Please watch for additional information soon.

Smith Family Gives in Gratitude and Support of All Three of ESD's Campaign Priorities

The Episcopal School of Dallas announces and celebrates a lead gift from Cameron and Clay Smith in support of its campaign Together, We Will.

Comprehensive campaigns commonly include three pieces: a capital component that raises dollars for a building or buildings, an endowment component that provides resources to preserve the institution's future, and annual giving that offers operational funds for current use. And while many understand the call to support each component, competing interests often dictate that a donor supports one or two of the components. Occasionally, however, there are cases when a donor decides to and is able to support all three.

Cameron and Clay Smith P '18, '20, '22, '26 are one such family.

The Smith's generous and multi-year gift provides and names the Smith Family Science Center in the new Lower School, establishes The Smith Family Endowment Fund for Innovation in Lower School Science, and continues their commitment leadership giving in support of The ESD Fund.


"We were inspired to make a gift in gratitude for the immeasurable impact that ESD has had on all four of our daughters' lives," said Cameron Smith. "It is a blessing for our daughters to be surrounded at school by friends and faculty within a faith-based community. We appreciate that ESD provides opportunities for students to embody honor, respect, and integrity from three-year-old beginners to graduating seniors."
Clay Smith continued, "We believe in the importance of one unified campus which benefits every student and faculty member, and we know that investing in the endowment is a way to help ensure that ESD will continue to prosper in the future with incredible people and innovative programs."
ESD is grateful to the Smith Family for their leadership in giving, for their trust in enrolling their daughters, and for their service on the Campaign Cabinet for The Campaign for The Episcopal School of Dallas – Together, We Will.
To date, more than $62-million has been raised against the campaign goal of $75-million. With the Lower School fully funded and opening in August 2019, ESD turns its complete focus to meeting and exceeding the campaign's endowment goal. When fully met, the campaign will have added more than $30-million to its endowment. Many thanks to all who are making this campaign successful. It greatly benefits our students of today and tomorrow.

Class of 2014 Gift Inspires Seay-Lutken Outdoor Endowment Fund

The Class of 2014 dedicated their Senior Class gift to the School in honor of Mr. Peter Lutken, distinguished ESD faculty member for 26 years; serving from 1988-2014. The Stephen M. Seay Foundation then added to their gift to establish the Seay/Lutken Outdoor Endowment to support and maintain programs and projects in ESD's outdoor learning areas.