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In admz3'atz'orz of thez? abzlity and hzgh ideals
MRS. GEORGE W. LLoYD, Headmistress
In 1928 the School stood on the outskirts of
Washington, just off Ward Circle. Woods separated
it from a busy, expanding city. It was in that year
that Mrs. Lloyd came to Mount Vernon Seminary
to teach mathematics. On the first day of the
following school year a young man stood nervously
smoking on campus. He was the first man to teach
in this all girls' school. Suddenly an authoritative
voice broke into his thoughts. A much older faculty
member, wearing a boned, lace collar, tapped him
on the shoulder and said, "Young man, you are an
experimentf, What a successful experiment!
Thirty-two years later we know him as Dr. Lloyd,
our beloved President.
Soon the Lloyds became an integral part ofschool
life and in 1937 Mr. Lloyd was the natural choice
for President ofthe school. A year later Mrs. Lloyd
became the Headmistress.
On November 20, 1942, in the midst of the con-
fusion caused by the Second World War, the Navy
Department notified the School that they would
have to take over the school property. To keep the
School open seemed impossible, but Mr. and Mrs.
Lloydls quiet determination to do so was contagious.
Only one girl shipped her trunk home at Christmas.
The Navy was to take possession in three weeks.
Where could room for a boarding school be found
in the hub of war activity? Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd
did the impossible. Only six weeks after the Navy
notice arrived the school moved into eleven new
houses in Spring Valley. Classes were held on the
second Hoor of Garfinckells Spring Valley store.
Only cardboard walls could be procured to separate
classrooms, a cow bell sounded to close each class,
lunch was ten minutes away in the nearest house.
But the girls enjoyed it.
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Page 13 text:
In appreezntion of then' contribution to Mount Vernon
DOCTOR GEORGE W. LLOYD, President
During Mr. LlOyd,s absence in 1943, Mrs. Lloyd
carried alone the burdens of a scattered school and
a warringworld, brought so close to the heart by
the arrival of two little nephews from England for
the duration of the war. Mainly because ofthe
work ofthe President and Headmistress did Mount
Vernon survive the war.
In 1946 the school on Foxhall Road was opened.
The only buildings standing were the Academic
Building, Somers House and three partially built
college dormitories. There were no inside doors, no
refectory, no roads, no trees. Throughout the years
a refectory, a library, a gymnasium, science build-
ing, dormitories, inflrmary, presidenfs house, and
new gate house have been built. Mrs. Lloyd has
personally supervised the landscaping, making the
campus one ofthe most beautiful anywhere.
Under the leadership of Dr. and Mrs. Lloyd,
Mount Vernon has maintained and improved its
high standard of academic achievement. Three
visits of accrediting committees have resulted in the
unconditional accreditation ofthe school.
Dr. and Mrs. Lloyd have lived in three locations
ofthe school, including the attic of a Spring Valley
house. They have watched the graduations of over
thirty classes of Mount Vernon girls, for each one
of whom they have always had time to understand
her problems and to share her happiness. In admi-
ration of their ability, high ideals, and untiring
labor, in appreciation for keeping Mount Vernon
alive for us, and in gratitude for their sympathetic
interest in students, Cupola of 1961 is lovingly
dedicated to Dr. and Mrs. George W. Lloyd.
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