Wilmington Friends School is a K-12 Society of Friends on land donated by William and Elizabeth Shipley, who immigrated from Canada in 1742. Wilmington Friends School is still under the care of the meeting and is legally a corporation owned by Wilmington Monthly Meeting.

It originally aimed to provide an education for children belonging to the Society of Friends and to poor children. Delaware historian Benjamin Ferris wrote in the 19th century "Thousands of children have there received the first rudiments of an English education."[1]

As Delaware started offering public education, the school moved towards becoming a college preparatory school. In 1937, the school moved from its original site to North Wilmington, Alapocas, Delaware.

Currently Wilmington Friends School is participating in the International Baccalaureate diploma program, though complete integration has not occurred yet.

Wilmington Friends School is notable for its women's volleyball team. The volleyball team and field hockey team celebrated conference championship wins this academic year. This is the fourth consecutive win for volleyball. Along with the volleyball team's recent success, the mens laccrosse team has also had its own. They have made the state tournement for the past four years. And in the 2007 season they earned a third seed in the tournement and made it to the state finals. The school boasts large sports fields for sports such as baseball, lacrosse and American football. The football program is headed by Bob Tattersall, one of the winningest coaches in Delaware high school football history.


  1. Delaware state Public Archives information at Wilmington Friends School

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