Since You Asked: Is Bullis Park in Silver Spring affiliated with the Bullis School in Potomac?

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The tennis court at Bullis Park in Silver Spring

via Montgomery Parks website

Is Bullis Park in Silver Spring affiliated with the Bullis School in Potomac?

—a Silver Spring reader

Bullis Park, on Houston Street in downtown Silver Spring, was once the site of the Bullis School, founded in 1930 by Cmdr. William “Joey” F. Bullis as a prep school for the U.S. Naval Academy. The school was originally located near Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C., but it quickly outgrew that location and moved to the Silver Spring site in 1935, according to the school’s website.

That 4-acre location had been the site of a U.S. naval outpatient hospital and a rest home for World War I veterans, which Bullis converted into classrooms and dormitories.

By 1962, the school had outgrown the Silver Spring location. It purchased land on Falls Road in Potomac and moved some of its classes there. The school remained split between the two campuses for several years. By 1969, all classes were held in Potomac. The relocation of the Silver Spring goalposts to the Potomac campus in 1971 “marked the full transfer of the school to the new campus,” according to the Bullis website.  

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission acquired the Silver Spring site in 1976. It now features a soccer field, tennis courts and a playground.

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