For more than 65 years, Gilmour Academy has provided an independent, Catholic, college-preparatory education in the tradition of the Holy Cross.
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The historic Tudor House mansion that Gilmour’s admissions department now calls home was completed in 1924, 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 Millionaire’s 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 Reverence 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 finally merged in 1982, creating the only Catholic, independent, coed preparatory school in the region. Glen Oak’s school building was transformed into Gilmour’s Lower School in 1986.
Though the facilities continue to change and update, 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.
34001 Cedar Road, Gates Mills, Ohio 44040 phone: (440) 442-1104