St. Christopher's School (Richmond, Virginia)

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St. Christopher's School
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St. Christopher's Winter
"Initium Sapientiae Timor Domini"
Richmond, Virginia
United States
Type Private School
Religious affiliation(s) Episcopal
Established 1911
Headmaster Charles M. Stillwell
Faculty 150[1]
Grades Jr. K - 12
Enrollment 952[1]
Campus size 8.6 acres
Campus type Suburban
Color(s)          Red and Gray
Mascot Saints
Newspaper The Pine Needle
Yearbook Raps and Taps
Feeder schools
St. Christopher's School
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St. Christopher's School (Richmond, Virginia) is located in Virginia
St. Christopher's School (Richmond, Virginia)
Location 711 St. Christopher's Rd., Richmond, Virginia
Coordinates 37°34′49″N 77°31′16″W / 37.58028°N 77.52111°W / 37.58028; -77.52111Coordinates: 37°34′49″N 77°31′16″W / 37.58028°N 77.52111°W / 37.58028; -77.52111
Area 8.6 acres (3.5 ha)
Built 1911
Architect Baskerville & Sons
Architectural style Colonial Revival, Classical Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference #


VLR # 127-5995
Significant dates
Added to NRHP March 13, 2002
Designated VLR December 5, 2001[3]

St. Christopher’s School, founded in 1911, is a college preparatory school for boys (junior kindergarten through 12th grade) located in Richmond, Virginia. A program of coordination with nearby St. Catherine's School allows a broader selection of courses at the Upper School level, taught in coeducational classes on both campuses. 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.


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.[4]


  1. 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.
  2. Dr. John Page Williams (1940–1951)
  3. Dr. Robert Wylder Bugg (1951–1964)
  4. Warren P. Elmer (1964–1973)
  5. George J. McVey (1973–1997)
  6. David Hicks, Interim (1997-1998)
  7. Charles 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, Collegiate School and Woodberry Forest School.

The wrestling program, considered one of the best in Virginia, held a current streak of 11 consecutive Prep League and state VISAA championships.\[5]

Notable facilities[edit]


  • McVey Hall (Lower School)
  • Wilton Hall (Middle School)
  • Chamberlayne Hall (Upper School)
  • Gottwald Science Center
  • Murrell Bookstore
  • Luck Leadership Center
  • Ryan Hall


  • Kemper Athletic and Fitness Center
  • Bolling Field House
  • Scott Gymnasium
  • Knowles Field


  • Playhouse Theatre (Black Box style theater at St. Christopher's School)
  • McVey Theatre and Dance Studio (at St. Catherine's School)
  • Grace Branch Moore Fine Arts Center (St. Catherine's)

Student publications[edit]

  • 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)

Literary societies[edit]

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 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. 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.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b [1]
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  3. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  4. ^ [2], additional text.
  5. ^ [3], additional text.
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