St. Christopher’s School
, founded in 1911, is a college preparatory school for boys (junior kindergarten through 12th grade) located in Richmond, Virginia
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allows a broader selection of courses at the Upper School level, taught in coeducational classes on both campuses. According to its mission statement, the School seeks "to prepare a talented and dedicated group of boys for college and for life in an ever-changing world." The school puts emphasis on its honor code and on the importance of community, as well as educating "the whole boy" through athletics, the arts, and morning chapel.
"St. Christopher’s School prepares a talented and dedicated group of boys for college and for life in an ever-changing world. Through a rigorous academic program, religious teachings, and a supportive community experience, the School fosters personal integrity and honor, the achievement of each boy’s full potential, love of learning, spiritual growth, respect for others, leadership, and civic responsibility. St. Christopher’s strives for excellence and seeks to make an enduring difference in the lives of its boys."
"The development of honor plays a fundamental role in the experience of a boy at St. Christopher’s. At each level of the school, the boys are taught to value and nurture personal integrity and community responsibility. The unique union between the students and the Honor System at St. Christopher’s separates it from other schools.
"At its core, the Honor System requires from each student a commitment to refuse to tolerate lying, cheating, or stealing. The School strives to have students think, 'Honor, first' and to practice honorable behavior at all times."
Dr. Churchill Gibson Chamberlayne founded St. Christopher’s School in 1911 as The Chamberlayne School. On June 11, 1920, a system of church schools was established by the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, at which time The Chamberlayne School was renamed St. Christopher's School.
- Dr. Churchill Gibson Chamberlayne (1911–1939). Note: Dr. Robert Wylder Bugg bridged the gap after Dr. Chamberlayne's death on April 2, 1939, and before Dr. Williams was able to contractually step in at the start of the 1940-41 school year.
- Dr. John Page Williams (1940–1951)
- Dr. Robert Wylder Bugg (1951–1964)
- Warren P. Elmer (1964–1973)
- George J. McVey (1973–1997)
- Interim Headmaster (1997-1998)
- Charles M. Stillwell (1998–present)
St. Christopher’s School belongs to two athletic associations, the Virginia Prep League and the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA). St. Christopher's has longstanding athletic rivalries with Benedictine High School
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, Collegiate School
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The wrestling program, considered one of the best in Virginia, holds a current streak of 10 consecutive Prep League and state VISAA championships.
- McVey Hall (Lower School)
- Wilton Hall (Middle School)
- Chamberlayne Hall (Upper School)
- Gottwald Science Center
- Murrell Bookstore
- Luck Leadership Center (Under Construction)
- Ryan Hall (Under Construction)
- Kemper Athletic and Fitness Center
- Bolling Field House
- Scott Gymnasium
- Knowles Field
- McVey Theatre and Dance Studio (at St. Catherine's School)
- Grace Branch Moore Fine Arts Center (St. Catherine's)
- The Pine Needle (Newspaper)
- The Pine Needle Online (Web-based Newspaper)
- Raps and Taps (Yearbook)
- Hieroglyphic (Arts Journal)
- The Oak Needle (Satirical Newspaper)
- Paperboy (Middle School Online Publication)
For 95 years, St. Christopher's School maintained the Lee and Jackson literary societies to advance the study of literature and public speaking. Dr. Chamberlayne named these societies after the leading Confederate
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generals, believing that they epitomized values that were important to foster in every boy. Throughout the years, alumni have referred to themselves as "Lees" or "Jacksons," depending on which society they belonged to. In February 2010, the school announced it would change the names of these societies to the Chamberlayne Reds and Chamberlayne Greys, honoring the school's founder as well as utilizing the school's colors. Many alumni, current students, and Richmond residents expressed disappointment in and/or frustration with the school's decision, arguing that tradition and educational opportunity were sacrificed in favor of political correctness
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. The school's position was that the names "Lee" and "Jackson" were not essential to the societies' purpose and that the stigmas attached to the names could create unnecessary discomfort for members of the internal and external community.
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