When Mrs. Mellon chartered and incorporated Valley School in the fall of 1946, her vision for the sort of education students would receive was academically traditional, but ahead of its time in its holistic child-centeredness. Valley School would be “a happy, nurturing school, a place where children would build their academic skills, and—just as importantly—learn how to become responsible, humane adults.” Mrs. Mellon formulated a mission statement that emphasized intellectual, emotional, and ethical development. For more than thirty years, she nurtured Valley School as Chair of the Board of Trustees. Until her death in 1980, she remained humbly committed to the school’s growth and constant improvement.
Today, we look to the passion, dedication, hard work, and philanthropic generosity of our founders as an inspiration and model. Our annual Founders’ Day Ceremony is a most treasured opportunity to celebrate General and Mrs. Mellon’s legacy and gratefully acknowledge their role in Valley School’s distinguished history.