Landon School

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Landon School
Landon School logo.svg
6101 Wilson Lane


Coordinates38°59′26″N 77°07′31″W / 38.9905°N 77.1254°W / 38.9905; -77.1254Coordinates: 38°59′26″N 77°07′31″W / 38.9905°N 77.1254°W / 38.9905; -77.1254
TypePrivate, College-prep
MottoVirtute et non vi
(English: "By virtue, not by force.")
HeadmasterJim Neill
Teaching staff85.9 (on a FTE basis)
Enrollment672 (2013–2014)
Student to teacher ratio7.8
Campus size75 acres (30 ha)
Color(s)Brown and White
Athletics20 interscholastic sports
Athletics conferenceInterstate Athletic Conference

Landon School is a private, nonsectarian, college preparatory school for boys in grades 3–12, with an enrollment of approximately 680 students, in Bethesda, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C.[2]


Paul Landon Banfield and his wife, Mary Lee, founded Landon School in 1929. The school’s first location was a former residence in the Sheridan-Kalorama neighborhood of Washington, D.C., now home to the Embassy of Estonia. Banfield moved Landon to its present 75-acre (300,000 m2) campus in Bethesda in 1935. The farmhouse, stables, and barn from the previous use of the Bethesda property still stand on the campus and are used today.

The school's original location in Washington, D.C. now serves as the Embassy of Estonia.

The Landon School's headmasters have been:[3]

  • Paul Landon Banfield: 1929–1970
  • Hugh Riddleberger: 1970–1981
  • Malcolm Coates: 1981–1989
  • Damon F. Bradley: 1990–2004
  • David M. Armstrong: 2004–2015
  • Jim Neill: 2015–present


The demographic breakdown of the 672 boys enrolled for the 2013–2014 school year was:[1] [4]

  • Native American/Alaskan – 0.3%
  • Asian/Pacific islander – 8.3%
  • Black – 17.6%
  • Hispanic – 4.0%
  • White – 67.0%
  • Multiracial – 2.8%


The school offers 26 athletics options, including varsity interscholastic sports such as soccer, water polo, football, cross country, ice hockey, wrestling, basketball, baseball, track, tennis, golf, rugby and lacrosse.[5] Landon also offers interscholastic club sports such as riflery, sailing, fencing, squash and ultimate Frisbee, as well as intramural sports and strength and conditioning.[6]

Campus and facilities[edit]

Bethesda, Maryland, is just outside the U.S. capital, Washington, D.C..

The Barton Alumni Athletic Center — the home of Landon’s basketball and wrestling programs, as well as physical education and strength-and-conditioning classes — includes two gymnasia, a wrestling room, a team room, a fitness room with weight and cardio equipment, locker rooms, and an atrium that is often used for events.[7]

Landon’s lacrosse and football teams play at Triplett Field, while four other grass fields provide the setting for varsity soccer and rugby matches, as well as junior varsity, Middle School, Lower School and intramural sports.

Notable alumni[edit]


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