A School of "Firsts"
The legendary Edith Hamilton, classicist and author of "The Greek Way" and "Mythology," was only 29 years old when she became the first headmistress of The Bryn Mawr School. A recent graduate of Bryn Mawr College, Miss Hamilton led The Bryn Mawr School for 26 years and she infused the academic program with the humanistic and classical ideals for which she was known and well-regarded.
In 1926, physical education teacher Rosabelle Sinclair introduced the game of girls lacrosse to the United States at The Bryn Mawr School. In 1992, Rosabelle Sinclair became the first woman to be inducted into the Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
The Bryn Mawr School was one of the early independent schools in Baltimore to commit to creating diversity within its student body. The school's fourth headmistress, Katharine Van Bibber, was instrumental in moving the school toward integration in 1963 and since that time, Bryn Mawr's commitment to diversity in its student body, faculty and staff, and full educational program has been unwavering.
Bryn Mawr’s first campus featured an indoor swimming pool, a well-equipped gym with an indoor running track, rowing machines, as well as ropes and swings. Kate Campbell Hurd, the school’s physician hired in 1890, was the first resident physician in an independent school in the United States. Dr. Hurd was able to overcome many of the common misperceptions of the day by stressing the important health benefits of exercise combined with the rigors of learning.
In 1977, the school pioneered the concept of on-site quality day care for children by opening the Bryn Mawr Little School. Today, the Little School provides early childhood education for infants to five-year-olds. It is open year-round and staffed by a full faculty who are specialists in the field of educating very young children.