St. Christopher's School (Richmond, Virginia)

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St. Christopher's School
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St. Christopher's Winter
Richmond, Virginia
United States
Type Private School
Motto "Initium Sapientiae Timor Domini"
Religious affiliation(s) Episcopal
Established 1911
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)
St. Christopher's School (Richmond, Virginia) is located in the US
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
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 (1998–2016)
  8. Mason Lecky (2016–)[5]


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.[6]

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)

Accreditations and Memberships[edit]

St. Christopher's School is accredited or a member of the following organizations:

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b "St. Christopher's School". 27 October 2012. Retrieved 19 November 2015. 
  2. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  3. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "St. Christopher's School - Announcing the 7th Headmaster of St. Christopher's School Mason Lecky". Retrieved 19 November 2015. 
  6. ^ [1], additional text.
  7. ^ "Pages - School Information". National Association of Independent Schools. Retrieved 2016-07-27. 
  8. ^ "Virginia Association of Independent Schools -> VAIS Schools -> Search for a School". Retrieved 2016-07-27. 
  9. ^ "Institution/Organization Member Directory". Retrieved 2016-07-27. 
  10. ^ "Biography • Chris Peace". Retrieved 19 November 2015. 
  11. ^ "Home -- Historic Polegreen Church Foundation". Retrieved 19 November 2015. 

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