Saint Gertrude High School

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Saint Gertrude High School
3215 Stuart Avenue
Richmond, Virginia, 23221
United States
Coordinates 37°33′32″N 77°28′45″W / 37.55889°N 77.47917°W / 37.55889; -77.47917Coordinates: 37°33′32″N 77°28′45″W / 37.55889°N 77.47917°W / 37.55889; -77.47917
Type Private, All-Girls
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic,
Benedictine Sisters
Established 1922
President Susan Walker
Dean Peggy Boon, Nancy Carrig
Staff 19
Teaching staff 33
Grades 912
Enrollment 273 (2008)
Average class size 15
Student to teacher ratio 9:1
Color(s) Green and White         
Team name Gators
Rival Saint Catherine's
Accreditation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools [1]
Publication STET (Literary Magazine)
Newspaper Green Shield
Yearbook Tower
Admissions Director Maureen Williams
Athletic Director Missy Ackerman

Saint Gertrude High School is an independent Catholic college preparatory day school for young women grades 9-12 in Richmond, Virginia. It was founded in 1922 by the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia. The school's goal is to provide young women with an academic education in an environment of Christian values and cultural diversity.


Saint Gertrude was built in 1913 to provide a home and a chapel for the Benedictine Sisters who taught at Saint Mary’s School on Fourth and Marshall Streets in Richmond. The building had two rooms used as a small private elementary school and housed a care center for exceptional children which was later discontinued.

In 1922, Saint Edith Academy, a boarding school for girls at Bristow, Virginia was closed, and the high school department was transferred to Saint Gertrude in Richmond. Sister Gertrude Head, the first principal, and a three-member faculty began the educational program for eight students. In the course of the first year the enrollment increased to twenty-six.

The school continued to operate solely in the original building until a new classroom wing was added in 1956. These two structures then made up the school building for nearly twenty years, until the 1973 addition was completed. The newest addition, dedicated in May 2005, houses a new library/media Center, athletic facility, and science labs.

At the very onset, the School was affiliated with the Catholic University of America. In 1925, Saint Gertrude was accredited by the Virginia State Board of Education and in 1942 by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In 1978, the school became a member of the Virginia Association of Independent Schools. Saint Gertrude’s accreditation continues to be through VAIS and SACS, which are affiliated with the Virginia Council of Private Education. Saint Gertrude High School was awarded "Blue Ribbon School" designation in 1996.

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During the 2006-2007 school year, there were approximately 275 students enrolled. The 2006 percentage of college-bound graduates was 99%.[citation needed]


The school fields 17 teams in 12 sports. Teams offered by season include: Fall: Tennis, Volleyball (JV and Varsity), Field Hockey (JV and Varsity), Cross Country; Winter: Basketball (JV White, JV Green, Varsity), Indoor Track, Swimming; Spring: Softball, Soccer (JV and Varsity), Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Golf.

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