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A Scottish phrase meaning “Mountain of Trust,” Ben Lippen School was founded in 1940 by the Columbia Bible College (CBC), now Columbia International University (CIU).

Conference Inn with the road in front of the image.

(CBC) board of trustees under the guidance of CBC’s first president, Robert C. McQuilkin, founded Ben Lippen School in 1940. The evangelical boarding school for boys was located at CBC’s Ben Lippen Conference Center on a mountain near Asheville, NC.

The school became co-educational in 1952 and flourished as a school for missionary children. After a fire destroyed the main building in 1980, Ben Lippen moved its high school program to its current location in Columbia, South Carolina, in 1988 to be on the campus of CBC.  An elementary program was started in 1990 and Ben Lippen School currently boasts three campuses. The third lower school campus, located in Northeast Columbia, opened in the Fall of 2021. 

Today, Ben Lippen School has more than 1200 students in grades Pre-K3 through 12th, with approximately 40 of them being international students who live on campus and attend our high school. Ben Lippen School is accredited by the Council on Educational Standards and Accountability (CESA), Cognia (formerly AdvancED), and the Small Boarding School Association (SBSA).

View Ben Lippen School in the 1960's

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The Asheville Conference Inn covered with snow.
Billy Graham and Robert Mcquilkin looking at a map.
A group picture of co-ed seniors from 1950's
Conference Inn with the road in front of the image.
Torch Light music group photo in front of a bus.
Welcome Alumni Banner Sign
A dirt road with a man walking down the side with a sign pointing to Ben Lippen.
Student unloading boxes from old station wagon.
5 cheerleaders in a pyramid
1990's group of students in front of a Ben Lippen School bus.
Three students in a 1950's classroom.
A picture of a mom and son hugging at graduation.
A picture of the fire at the Asheville Ben Lippen School.
1950's boys basketball team in action.
1948 photo of the student body
1985 group graduation photo.
1948 photo of the student body