The classical mythological figure of the Gryphon has been selected as the symbol for Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy. It was used in the Persian, Greek, and Roman cultures and in Western heraldry.
Since ancient times, it has been a symbol of vigilance, loyalty, strength, speed, gracefulness, and gentleness. As part eagle and part lion, it was the master of the sky and the land. A goal for the academy is to have all graduates imitate the Gryphon by being able to command the heights of knowledge and truth and use them in down-to-earth situations.