Asheville School

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Asheville School
360 Asheville School Road


United States
Coordinates35°33′43″N 82°37′21″W / 35.56194°N 82.62250°W / 35.56194; -82.62250Coordinates: 35°33′43″N 82°37′21″W / 35.56194°N 82.62250°W / 35.56194; -82.62250
Asheville School
LocationRoughly bounded by Patton Ave., Norfolk Southern rail line, Interstate 40, Sand Hill Rd., and Malvern Hills subdivision, Asheville, North Carolina
ArchitectBeadle, Chauncey, et al
Architectural styleTudor Revival
NRHP reference No.96000614[1]
Added to NRHPJune 3, 1996
TypePrivate, Boarding
Established1900 (122 years ago) (1900)
CEEB code340120
Head of schoolAnthony H. Sgro
Enrollment295 (2019[2])
Average class size14 students
Student to teacher ratio5:1
Campus size300 acres (120 ha)
Campus typeSuburban
Color(s)Blue and white

Asheville School is a private, coeducational, university-preparatory boarding school in Asheville, North Carolina founded in 1900. The campus sits on 300 acres (120 ha) amid the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains and currently enrolls 295 students in grades nine through twelve. The campus was named by Architectural Digest magazine in 2018 as the most beautiful private school campus in North Carolina.[3] The school was ranked the seventh best boarding school in the U.S. by independent education organization[4]


Asheville School was founded in 1900 by Charles Andrews Mitchell and Newton Mitchell Anderson. Previously, the pair founded the University School in Cleveland, Ohio in 1890. Fifty-three male boarding students from grades five through twelve called "forms" were enrolled that first year.


Asheville School's academic course of study stresses a core curriculum of the humanities, sciences, mathematics, foreign language, and the arts.

Asheville School has a humanities program that integrates the study of literature, history, religion, art, music, architecture, film, and dance into a series of four year-long courses: Ancient Studies, World Studies, European Studies, and American Studies. English and history teachers may team-teach these courses, sometimes with the assistance of the school's music teacher and other guest lecturers. The academic program focuses heavily on writing[jargon]and culminates in a final research project known as the Senior Demonstration. The project requires seniors to produce two papers on a topic of their choosing and complete an oral defense for twenty minutes.


Asheville School has a mountaineering program that participate in backpacking, rock climbing, whitewater kayaking, snow skiing, caving, and mountain biking. Many students take mountaineering as an afternoon activity for daily on-campus instruction and practice. On-campus facilities include a high-ropes course, an Alpine Tower, a bouldering wall, a swimming pool (for kayak instruction), and 200 acres (0.81 km2) of forested land with miles of trails for biking and exploring. Off-campus trips are frequently offered to places such as Looking Glass Rock in Pisgah National Forest, the Tuckaseegee and French Broad rivers, and the Tsali Recreational area. All new students go on at least one overnight camping trip during their first year at Asheville School that introduces students to the school's mountaineering program. Early leaders of the outdoors program were mountaineering leaders Pop Hollandsworth and Vince Lee.

Community life[edit]

The Asheville School student body is made up of approximately 80% boarding students and 20% day students. The school has students from twenty-six states and thirteen countries. Roughly a quarter of the students receive need-based financial aid. The school has about the same number of males and females.

Boarding students live in one of three dormitories: Lawrence Hall, Anderson Hall, and Kehaya House.

The school community gathers several times a week for chapel services and convocations. Sixth formers are required to deliver a ten-minute chapel or convocation talk on a topic of their choosing, an event that (along with the Senior Demonstration) represents the capstone of a student's career at Asheville School. Following the talk, the entire student body exchanges handshakes with and congratulates the speaker.


The football rival of Asheville School (the Blues) is Christ School (the Greenies). At Asheville School, the rivalry game is preceded by a week of festivities that culminates in a pep rally the evening before the Blues take the field. The Asheville School/Christ School rivalry represents North Carolina's longest-running high school athletic rivalry.[5]

Each September, the entire student body heads to Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain, North Carolina for a day of recreation. Traditionally, a game of hide-and-seek between the headmaster and the members of the sixth form class takes place. The headmaster attempts to conceal himself somewhere on the grounds of the camp, and the seniors attempt to discover his location so that they may toss him into the camp lake.

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable alumni of Asheville School include:[6]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Private School Universe Survey". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  3. ^ "The Most Beautiful Private High School in Every State in America". Architectural Digest.
  4. ^ Staff Writers (7 May 2015). "The 50 Best Boarding Schools in the U.S."
  5. ^ "Asheville School - Asheville School News".
  6. ^ "Notable Alumni - Asheville School".