From a dream in 1979, our founders realized their vision – and more.


The Wellington School was conceived in 1979 by a group of Columbus executives and entrepreneurs with the goal of creating the first coeducational, independent school in Columbus. They spent three years refining plans, raising money, finding a property, and recruiting teachers and students. In 1982, The Wellington School opened. All of the living founders remain connected to The Wellington School today. Many of the founders’ children graduated from Wellington and now their grandchildren as well. Each says the school has exceeded their original vision, and Wellington continues to innovate curriculum that creates tomorrow’s leaders.



The function of a really fine school is to allow every youngster who attends to become a star, to become a champion, to be the best they can be. That’s something independent schools can and should do.”

School Founders

Ken Ackerman

President, K. B. Ackerman Co.

Harry K. Gard

Co-founder, Compuserve

Bob Holland

Upper Arlington City Attorney

Len Immke

Founder, Immke Buick and Cadillac

George Minot

Executive Vice-President, CompuServe

Dave Swaddling

CFO, Compuserve

Dave Thomas

Founder, Wendy’s International

Jack Ruscilli

CEO, Ruscilli Construction

Jeff Wilkins

Founder and President, CompuServe


The Wellington School was conceived by a group of entrepreneurs with the goal of creating the first co-ed, independent school in Columbus.


Wellington opened with 137 students and 19 employees as the first co-ed independent school in Columbus, Ohio


First graduating class – 32 students


New building opened – 76,000 sq feet


3-year-old Little Jags preschool began