Cape Henry Collegiate School

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Cape Henry Collegiate
Cape Henry Collegiate School
1320 Mill Dam Road
Virginia Beach, Virginia
United States
Type Private, College-prep, Day
Motto Mundi Novi Scientiae
(New world of knowledge)
Established 1924
CEEB code 472286
Headmaster Christopher S. Garran, Ph.D.
Grades PK12
Gender Co-ed
Enrollment 900
Student to teacher ratio 10:1
Campus size 30 acres (12 ha)
Campus type Suburban
Color(s) Red and Gray
Athletics conference TCIS
Mascot Dolphin
Endowment $120 million

Cape Henry Collegiate (formerly Cape Henry Collegiate School, also known as Cape Henry or CHCS) is an independent coeducational school in Virginia Beach, Virginia.


CHC was founded in 1924 by Helena Everett as the Everett School.[1] In the 1960s, the population of Virginia Beach was expanding rapidly as larger and larger numbers of people were "seeking the suburban lifestyle."[2] In 1971, Arthur and Miriam Peregoff purchased the original Everett School and changed its name to Cape Henry Collegiate School. According to her son, Miriam Peregoff thought that, given the population growth in Virginia Beach, "there would be enough support for an academically-based private school."[2]


CHC focuses on STEM subjects and dedicated a new science center in the Fall of 2007.[3] The school subsequently made the local news when the seismograph in the school's science center detected earthquakes in Martinique and elsewhere.[4]

In 2011, CHC science teacher Debra Duffy was one of 19 high school teachers selected nationally to spend two weeks on Robert Ballard's research ship, the Nautilus, as part of a program funded by the University of Rhode Island, where Ballard is the director of ocean exploration. CHC's technology department set up a center at CHC where Duffy's students could watch her teach her classes from aboard the vessel. CHC senior Courtney Paphites accompanied Duffy on the trip.[5]

The school is also part of the Hybrid Learning Consortium.[6] It creates a globalized learning community offering a diverse variety of online courses to students around the world.


In the fall of 2008, CHC finished at the top of the TCIS in field hockey, girls' tennis and both male and female volleyball. In addition, CHC won two private school state championships in 2008. In 2010, the Boys Baseball Team won their first ever State Championship. In 2011 the girls field hockey, and volleyball teams won the State Championship.

Point guard Devon Hall played for CHC. He was scheduled to graduate in 2014 and was expected to be a top college basketball prospect then. However, he graduated early, and in July 2012 Hall committed to play for the University of Virginia in the Fall of 2013.[7]

Sports offered[edit]

The following sports are offered to boys at Cape Henry Collegiate School:[8]

Fall Winter Spring
Cross Country (V) Basketball (6, 7, 8, JV, V) Baseball (6/7/8, JV, V)
Soccer (6/7/8, JV, V) Cheerleading (V) Crew (V)
Volleyball (V) Swimming (V) Golf (JV, V)
Wrestling (6/7/8/JV, V) Lacrosse (6/7/8, JV, V)
Tennis (6/7/8, JV, V)
Track (V)

The following sports are offered to girls at Cape Henry Collegiate School:

Fall Winter Spring
Cross Country (V) Basketball (6/7/8, JV, V) Crew (V)
Field Hockey (6/7/8, JV, V) Cheerleading (V) Golf (JV, V)
Tennis (6/7/8, JV, V) Swimming (V) Lacrosse (6/7/8, JV, V)
Volleyball (6/7/8, JV, V) Soccer (6/7/8, JV, V)
Softball (6/7/8, V)
Track (V)

Accreditation, affiliations, and associations[edit]

Cape Henry Collegiate School is accredited, affiliated, or associated with the following organizations:[9][10]

Notable faculty and alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Cindy Butler Focke (October 22, 2009). "Founder 'returns' for celebration". Virginian-Pilot. 
  2. ^ a b Brown Carpenter (February 26, 2007). "'Mickey' a driving force behind Beach's Cape Henry school". Virginian-Pilot. p. B9. 
  3. ^ Jan Gaillard (September 20, 2007). "Cape Henry dedicates new technology center". Virginian-Pilot. p. 20. 
  4. ^ Jennifer Jiggetts (December 31, 2007). "Seismic tool registers with class". Virginian-Pilot. p. B3. 
  5. ^ "Under the sea, students will see what their science teacher sees". The Norfolk Virginia-Pilot. August 28, 2011. p. B1. 
  6. ^ "Home2". Retrieved 2016-06-12. 
  7. ^ Michael Phillips (July 3, 2012). "U.Va. lands coveted point guard recruit". Richmond Times-Dispatch. 
  8. ^ "Team Schedules and Information | Cape Henry Collegiate". Retrieved 2016-07-26. 
  9. ^ "FAQ | Cape Henry Collegiate". Retrieved 2016-07-24. 
  10. ^ "Cape Henry at a Glance | Cape Henry Collegiate". Retrieved 2016-07-24. 

Coordinates: 36°52′37″N 76°1′45.8″W / 36.87694°N 76.029389°W / 36.87694; -76.029389