The McCallie School

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The McCallie School
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The McCallie School is located in Tennessee
The McCallie School
The McCallie School
United States
Coordinates35°01′38″N 85°15′56″W / 35.0272391°N 85.2656187°W / 35.0272391; -85.2656187Coordinates: 35°01′38″N 85°15′56″W / 35.0272391°N 85.2656187°W / 35.0272391; -85.2656187
TypePrivate all-male secondary, Christian non-denominational
MottoMan's chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.
HeadmasterA. Lee Burns III
Teaching staff100.3[1]
Enrollment939 (246 boarding) (2016[1])
Campus110 acres (44.5 ha)
Campus typeSuburban
Color(s)Blue and White          
MascotBlue Tornado
YearbookThe Pennant

The McCallie School is a boys college-preparatory school located on Missionary Ridge in Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States. The school was founded in 1905 and now has 250 boarding students in grades 9–12 and 669 day students in grades 6–12.


The original 40 acres

Brothers Spencer Jarnigan and James "Park" McCallie founded the school in 1905, which remained under the control of the family until a Board of Trustees assumed management of the school in 1937.[2]

Founded as an all-boys school, McCallie became a military school in the wake of World War I, with students wearing uniforms and participating in military drills.

In 1970, McCallie dropped its military program as a result of admission challenges during the Vietnam era.[2]


The school employs 140 full-time faculty members [3] and offers a college preparatory curriculum. The student-to-teacher ratio is 8:1, with an average class size of 14.

The school offers 19 Advanced Placement classes, as well as additional classes at levels beyond AP in math, science and English.

In addition to regular classes in English, math, science, history, foreign language, Bible and related courses, McCallie offers more than 20 music and arts classes, and students are required to take a certain number of arts and music classes to graduate.[3]


McCallie's 6–12th grade student body consists of 936 students. Of these, approximately 250 are boarding students hailing from 22 different states and 10 foreign countries. All boarding students are in grades 9–12. 268 Middle School day students comprise grades 6–8.[3]

Campus facilities[edit]

McCallie's campus consists of 110 acres (44.5 ha) on the western slope of Missionary Ridge, the site of a major battle during the American Civil War. It is located 3 miles (4.8 km) east of downtown Chattanooga.


The Sports and Activities Center

McCallie fields 14 varsity sports teams and competes in the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) in football, cross country, track and field, basketball, golf, bowling, tennis, wrestling, baseball and soccer. The school competes on the varsity level in non-TSSAA sports, including crew, lacrosse, swimming, diving, climbing and ultimate frisbee. [4]

The baseball coach is former Major League Baseball player Tim Costo. [5]


McCallie's endowment is approximately $137 million.[6] In the 2014 fiscal year, the school's total revenue was $34,411,708 and total expenses equaled $36,660,300. Of these expenditures, 72.2% went toward program expenses.[7]


Notable alumni include:


  1. ^ a b "Private School Universe Survey". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b "History of McCallie". The McCallie School.
  3. ^ a b c
  4. ^ "McCallie Boys Boarding School and Day School Athletics". The McCallie School.
  5. ^ "Team Detail". The McCallie School.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-02-03. Retrieved 2015-02-02.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "ProPublica Nonprofit Explorer - IRS Form 990 for McCallie School". ProPublica. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  8. ^ "Sen. Howard Baker '43: 1925 - 2014". 26 June 2014.

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