In the early 1920’s, the San Jose Estates Development Company was in the midst of establishing a premier suburban residential community with plans for hundreds of homes, two hotels, a country club, a school and shopping center. The project ended in 1926 when the anticipated real estate boom was not realized, with many of the buildings never coming to completion..
The administrative building for the development company existed on the present site of San Jose Episcopal. Evidence of the development company can still be seen today in the crest emblazoned on the front and back of the school with the monogram SJE.
After the collapse of the San Jose Development Company, the land and buildings were purchased by Alfred I. duPont. For a brief time the property housed a roaring twenties casino and even a gas station. In the late 1930′s, duPont’s widow, Jessie Ball duPont, allowed neighborhood Episcopalians to use the administration building for worship services. It later became a chapel for students and was known as Grace Chapel. Mrs. duPont donated the property to the Episcopal Diocese of Florida in 1941 and Grace Chapel became a parish, with the day school founded in 1950. In 1971, the name was changed to San Jose Episcopal Church, giving the initials S.J.E. in the crest new meaning.
In 1985, San Jose Episcopal Day School and San Jose Episcopal Church were honored and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The original building now forms the centerpiece of San Jose Episcopal Day School.
San Jose Episcopal Day School began as a mission of the church with a Kindergarten program to provide excellent academics in a Christian environment. This tradition continues today, nearly sixty-five years later, with the school now serving students in Pre-K 3 through sixth grade.