History

History1

Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School is a coed, independent school located in the heart of Midtown’s beautiful and historic Central Gardens neighborhood. GSL opened in 1947 when Mrs. Lorena Webber Walker began a program at Grace-St. Luke’s Church under the direction of the Reverend Dr. Charles Stuart Hale. The school was issued its first charter in 1959. The school decided to make 1979 the last year for tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grades, allowing GSL to focus on developing students in preschool through middle school. In 1986, GSL acquired Snowden Field and Miss Lee’s School of Childhood, allowing the school to expand its preschool offerings.

As GSL experienced growth, the school worked with the church to link the church, the school administrative offices, the middle school, and the Saints gym via an addition known as the Evans building. In 2010, the Anchor Center opened on campus, featuring a new gym, cafeteria, library, music and art rooms, science labs, dedicated space for After School Care, and a greenhouse. In 2013, the Little Lukers program was added, expanding the preschool program to include two-year-old children. GSL was one of the first schools in Memphis to add such a program. In 2017, GSL proudly celebrated 70 years of success in Memphis.