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Information-silk Official Name
Jean Grey School for Higher Learning
Information-silk Aliases
Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters,

Xavier Institute for Higher Learning ,
Xavier Institute, Xavier Mansion,
X-Mansion, Xavier Academy,

Westchester School,
Xavier Estate, Mutant High,
Graymalkin Homestead,
Xavier's School for Gifted Children,
Grey School[1]

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Graymalkin farmhouse
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The Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters is a special institute founded and led by Professor Charles Xavier to train young mutants in controlling their powers and help foster a friendly human-mutant relationship.


In the mid to late 1700s, the land was settled by Charles Graymalkin and his wife Marcia. Little is known about the this period, although Charles did bury his son alive after beating him nearly to death after finding him having intimate relations with another boy from town.[1]

Xavier Family Home

Sometime between the late 1700s and early 1900s, a large Neoclassic mansion was constructed on the land near Breakstone Lake just outside of Salem Center, New York. The estate was inherited by Brian Xavier and he lived there with his wife, Sharon and their son, Charles, until Brian's untimely, accidental death. Charles Xavier was born and raised in the mansion. After Brian's death, Sharon married his once colleague, Dr. Kurt Marko. Marko and his son, Cain lived at the mansion thereafter. Sharon died not long after the marriage, and the ownership of the estate pasted on to Charles.[2] Charles is the tenth generation Xavier to own the mansion.

Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters

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The Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters
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After graduating Oxford University, being drafted in the Korean War, and battling the Shadow King in Cairo, Egypt, Xavier decided to devote his life to protecting humanity from evil mutants and safeguarding innocent mutants from human oppression, believing that both could peacefully coexist. Xavier worked with fellow mutation expert, Dr. Karl Lykos, as well as Dr. Moira MacTaggert, and they began discussing the idea of founding a school for mutants.[3] Before recruiting his first students, a mysterious man calling himself "Cable" arrived at the mansion. In exchange for teaching him about the present, Cable aided Xavier in equipping the mansion with advanced technology.[4]

Professor Xavier's first student was the 11-year-old Jean Grey, who had been traumatized when she telepathically experienced the emotions of a dying friend.[5][6] Later Xavier met Fred Duncan from F.B.I., who introduced him to a young Scott Summers.[7][8] Scott soon into the mansion and, over the following months, Xavier recruited other students including Bobby Drake, Warren Worthington III and Hank McCoy. Together the formed the original X-Men.[9]

X-Men and New Mutants

More mutants moved into and out of the mansion as the X-Men family grew.[10] The first time the mansion was destroyed, it was during a battle with the Sidri.[11] While the mansion was being rebuilt, the X-Men briefly relocated to an island in the Bermuda Triangle once used by Magneto.[12] When the mansion was rebuild, it with upgraded with Shi'ar technology.[13]

The X-Mansion served as the site for several special occasions, including the marriage of Cyclops and Madelyne Pryor,[14] the birth of their son, Nathan Summers in the kitchen,[15] and later the marriage of Cyclops and Jean Grey.[16]

Eventually a whole new team of New Mutants was enrolled.[17] When Xavier was near-fatally wounded and sent into space to recover with the Shi'ar, he left the care of the school to Magneto.[18] The mansion was later destroyed again, this time by Mr. Sinister.[19] With the mansion left in ruins, the X-Men relocated to Cooterman's Creek in Australia, X-Factor remained in the X-Factor Complex in New York City, and the New Mutants briefly resided on X-Factor's ship before moving into the subterranean levels under the ruins of the mansion under the leadership of Cable.[20]


Only after Professor X's return from space, and the reuniting of the X-Men was the mansion rebuilt. To upgrade the mansion's technology, Professor X asked Forge.[21] The upgrades included the fitting the Danger Room with hard-light holographic technology, constructing a hangar for a new Blackbird, updated Cerebro's software. A war room was also added to the subterranean levels. While installing the upgrades, the Danger Room spoke to Professor X and asked, “Where am I?”. Realizing that the Danger Room had mutated and become sentient, but still needing to train his X-Men, Professor Xavier made the choice to ignore and hide the lifeform.[22] After being attacked by Sentinels, the villain White Queen was left in a coma and cared for in the medical bay.[23]

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The Xavier Institute for Higher Learning
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Xavier Institute for Higher Learning

When Emma Frost finally awoke from her coma, she and Banshee decided to convert her Massachusetts Academy into a new "School for Gifted Youngsters" and train Generation X. Professor X agreed to pass on the title while his ancestral home was renamed the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning. While the Massachusetts Academy operated as a training facility for younger mutants, the Institute acted as the headquarters of the X-Men.[24]

During Operation: Zero Tolerance, Bastion forced Jubilee to reveal the mansion's defenses, then stripped down the mansion, having nearly everything inside removed. After defeating Bastion, the X-Men moved back into the mansion and restocked it. After Scott learned that Cable was his infant son returned from the future an adult, Cyclops offered X-Force a headquarters at the mansion. After finding him hiding from the genocide of his own race superiors, Professor X gave Fiz, an alien Skrull, temporary asylum at the mansion.

Going Public

Under the influence of Cassandra Nova, Professor Xavier publicly outed himself as a mutant. After this revelation, the Xavier Institute once again opened its doors to students, this time with a greatly increased enrollment.[25] To house the new students, an X-shaped dormitory was built behind the mansion.[26] Because Cerebro gained a nanotech body and was eventually destroyed, Professor X and Beast created Cerebra to serve as their new mutant tracking, telepathic computer. The school continued to face challenges from outside, such as protesters and the fanatic cult, the U-Men, but they also faced challenges from within, such as a possessed Professor X,[27] a student-led riot,[28] and Xorn forming a new Brotherhood of students and destroying the mansion.[29] Prior to its destruction, Professor X decided that at the end of the term he would step down as Headmaster and pass the reins onto Jean Grey. Unfortunately, Jean died in the confrontation with Xorn.[30]

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The redesigned "X" layout of the larger Xavier Institute
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After the mansion was destroyed by Xorn posing as Magneto.



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The original faculty and student roster of the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning
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The updated faculty and student roster of the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning
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  • Although the X-Mansion has been destroyed or severely damaged numerous times, it was almost always rebuild to resemble the original structure. It wasn't until recently that the X-Mansion received a radical redesign.[31][32][33][34] The school received another extreme makeover when it was reopened as the Jean Grey School.[35]
  • Due to her claustrophobia and love of gardening, Storm once resided in the more spacious attic of the original mansion. Since the school was rebuild as the Jean Grey School, Deathlok has moved into the attic and Storm has taken up residency in one of the school's many free floating towers.[36]
  • The real-world value of the X-Mansion (Xavier Institute of High Learning era) has been placed at approximately $58,180,386 by a real estate evaluator.

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