Gilmour Academy

Gilmour Academy is an independent, Catholic, coeducational, college-preparatory day and boarding school in the Cleveland suburb of Gates Mills, Ohio, United States. Founded in 1946 by the Brothers of Holy Cross, it offers a Montessori preschool program (beginning at 18 months) through grade 12. A boarding program is available to students in Grades 9–12. Gilmour Academy is chartered through the state of Ohio and accredited through the Independent School Association of Central States (ISCACS). It is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the Ohio Association of Independent Schools (OAIS), and the Coalition of Essential Schools (CES).

Gilmour Academy
GilmourAcademy Crest.png
34001 Cedar Road


United States
Coordinates41°30′14″N 81°26′13″W / 41.50389°N 81.43694°W / 41.50389; -81.43694Coordinates: 41°30′14″N 81°26′13″W / 41.50389°N 81.43694°W / 41.50389; -81.43694
MottoTo develop the competence to see and the courage to act in creating a more humane and just society.
Head of SchoolKathleen Kenny
GradesMontessori Toddler-12
EnrollmentTotal: 674 (2020-21)
CampusSuburban, 144 acres (0.58 km2)
Color(s)Blue & grey   


Gilmour Academy's Tudor House

Gilmour's 144-acre (0.58 km2) campus has experienced significant growth and expansion in recent years. The Lynn and Michael Kelley Middle School houses a Broadcast Media Center and Digital Media Lab where students can learn and practice with digital media technology. The Lorraine and Bill Dodero Center for Performing Arts was completed in early 2020 and opened with "The Broadway Princess Party" and "Beauty and the Beast, Jr.". Our Lady Chapel (which opened in 1994) serves as a venue for liturgical events and student convocation. Gilmour's Athletic Center (which opened in 2009) houses a pool, main gym and a three-court field house and the Floyd E. Stefanski Ice Center houses two NHL-sized ice rinks and a fitness center. New artificial turf was installed in 2020 in a multiple-use field for football, soccer, and lacrosse.


The historic Tudor House mansion that Gilmour's Admission, Advancement, Business, Communication and Marketing Offices now call home was completed in 1924. It was commissioned by Cleveland industrialist and founder of the Cleveland Foundry Co. Francis E. Drury as a near-replica of his original home on Euclid Avenue's Millionaires' Row.

In 1945, Brothers Theophane Schmitt and Gonzaga Day of the Congregation of Holy Cross of Notre Dame, Indiana, purchased the Gates Mills, Ohio, property, known locally as Cedar Hill Farm. They oversaw its rehabilitation and in 1946 founded Gilmour Academy, named for the Right Reverend Richard Gilmour. The second bishop of the Diocese of Cleveland, Gilmour was a vocal advocate of Catholic education from his appointment in 1872 to his death in 1891.

Initially an all-boys school, Gilmour welcomed its first students in the fall of 1946 and graduated its first class in 1950. At the time, classes were conducted primarily in Tudor House, with additional space established in the property's remaining farm outbuildings.

In 1968, the Sacred Heart Sisters purchased 35 acres from Gilmour Academy, opening the all-girl Glen Oak School a year later. Gilmour and Glen Oak maintained separate identities, though the two institutions held some joint classes and social opportunities.

A middle school was added in 1974, and Gilmour and Glen Oak merged in 1982. Glen Oak's school building was transformed into Gilmour's Lower School in 1986.

Though the facilities continue to evolve, Gilmour Academy has never strayed from its commitment to educating the whole person, incorporating the teachings of Holy Cross founder Blessed Father Basil Moreau, who declared, “We shall always place education side by side with instruction; the mind will not be cultivated at the expense of the heart.

Boarding programEdit

Murphy Residence Hall

Gilmour maintains a boarding program for students in grades 7–12. It has resident students from the United States and other countries around the world such as Canada, Mexico, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, China, Spain, and India. The residence program includes supervised study hall, chaperoned activities, and personal advising and mentoring.


Gilmour's athletic teams are known as the Lancers. The school competes in the Ohio High School Athletic Association and the North Coast League.[2]

Ohio High School Athletic Association State ChampionshipsEdit

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Notable alumniEdit


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  2. ^ Cline, Nathaniel (May 2, 2017). "Gilmour, St. Joseph Academy will join North Coast League for 2018-2019 school year". Retrieved May 11, 2017.
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