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Asheville School named NC’s ‘most beautiful private high school’ by Architectural Digest

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ASHEVILLE — Architectural Digest has named Asheville School the “most beautiful private high school” in North Carolina, in the magazine’s roundup of schools from all 50 states.

The article “confirmed what graduates of Asheville School have long known: that the campus’ 300 pastoral acres, Tudor-style buildings, and gorgeous mountain views add together to make one of the most beautiful scenes that can be found,” the school said in a press release about the story.

The honor was accorded in a March 29 article by Hannah Huber titled “The Most Beautiful Private High School in Every State in America.”

Named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1996, the school’s three main buildings — Anderson, Mitchell and Lawrence halls — were designed by architect John Milton Dyer soon after the school’s founding in 1900.

In the mid 1920s, renowned Biltmore Estate landscaper Chauncy Beadle designed and landscaped the campus. The Art Deco William Spencer Boyd Chapel was added in 1928. Since then, additional buildings “have been designed to complement the existing structures and blend with the stunning natural landscape,” the school said.

Architectural Digest has named Asheville School as the “most beautiful private high school” in North Carolina.

Head of School Arch Montgomery cited this rich history for making Asheville School the “architectural marvel” it is today. “Perhaps you would find such buildings in the context of Oxford or Cambridge,” he said. “But these school buildings are on a ridge with fields falling away in front of them, facing southwards and bounded by forest before rising up to the crest of mount Pisgah.”

He continued: “It does not hurt that our current grounds crew under Director of Facilities Tom Bleick is as hard a working and loyal a group as can be imagined, and you begin to understand why Architectural Digest identified Asheville School for its truly remarkable buildings and grounds.”

Read the feature from Architectural Digest online at architecturaldigest.com.

Asheville School is a co-ed, college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12. The 288 students enrolled represent 21 states and 14 countries, the school reports.

Architectural Digest has named Asheville School as the “most beautiful private high school” in North Carolina.

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