TMI Timeline: Take a Stroll Through Our History

Oct. 3, 1893
Opened as West Texas Military Academy at Government Hill campus
Sept. 13, 1911
Move to new Alamo Heights campus; “Old Main” completed as first tilt-up, cast-concrete building in the South
Oct. 15, 1918
Registrants in the Students Army Training Corps report to West Texas Military Academy to train for a commission in the U.S. Army
June 13, 1926
Merges with upper school of San Antonio Academy; school is renamed Texas Military Institute
Feb. 14, 1930
Ceremonial organization of TMI’s chapter of the National Honor Society, one of the first at a private school
June 27, 1936
TMI is sold by the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas to Dr. W.W. Bondurant, head of both TMI and San Antonio Academy
June 15, 1951
Gen. Douglas MacArthur, class of 1897, visits TMI during a 1951 speaking tour
July 1, 1952
Ownership of TMI transferred back to the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas
May 3, 1961
Board votes to postpone decision to “demilitarize” TMI after protest from cadets, alumni and other supporters
Nov. 22, 1963
TMI cadets recognized by President Kennedy as his motorcade passes along Broadway during a visit to San Antonio
Aug. 28, 1972
First female students admitted as full-time students
Aug. 26, 1974
Military program becomes optional; first male civilian students attend TMI
March 30, 1989
Opening of the current Alkek Campus in northwest San Antonio
Oct. 1-2, 1993
Centennial celebration
Sept 8, 2005
New Abbott and Bailey residence halls dedicated
Sept. 20, 2006
Ewing Halsell residence hall groundbreaking
Sept. 7, 2008
All Saints Chapel, the school’s first purpose-built worship space, completed and consecrated
April 10, 2013
Corps earns Honor Unit with Distinction designation for 20th consecutive year
Nov. 28, 2017
School's common name adopted as: TMI Episcopal

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  • Our Founder

    The Right Reverend James Steptoe Johnston, D.D., was born on a family farm near Church Hill, Jefferson County, Mississippi (a few miles north of Natchez) on June 9, 1843.

    The best use of wealth is to coin it into character.
MISSION: TMI provides an exceptional education with values based on the teachings of Jesus Christ that challenge motivated students to develop their full potential in service and leadership.

Texas Military Institute (dba TMI Episcopal) admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.
TMI Episcopal
20955 W. Tejas Trail
San Antonio TX 78257
phone (210) 698-7171
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