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Woodberry Forest School is a private all male boarding school located in Woodberry Forest, Orange County, Virginia, United States. It was founded in 1889 by Captain Robert Stringfellow Walker, a former member of Mosby's Rangers during the American Civil War.

A boarding school is a usually fee-charging school where some or all pupils not only study, but also live during term time, with their fellow students and possibly teachers. ... Location in the state of Virginia Formed 1734 Seat Orange Area  - Total  - Water 889 km² (343 mi²) 4 km² (2 mi²) 0. ... Year 1889 (MDCCCLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Sunday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Colonel John Singleton Mosby (December 6, 1833 - May 30, 1916), also known as the Gray Ghost, was a Confederate guerilla fighter in the American Civil War. ... Combatants United States of America (Union) Confederate States of America (Confederacy) Commanders Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee Strength 2,200,000 1,064,000 Casualties 110,000 killed in action, 360,000 total dead, 275,200 wounded 93,000 killed in action, 258,000 total...



The school occupies approximately 1600 acres (4.5 kmĀ³) in central Virginia, bounded on one side by the Rapidan River. It was originally the estate of William Madison, brother of President James Madison. The headmaster's residence is taken entirely from an architectural design by Thomas Jefferson. The property eventually passed to the Walker family. The school was founded when Captain Walker hired a tutor to teach his six sons and other local children.
This article is about the U.S. state. ... The Rapidan River is the largest tributary of the Rappahannock River in North-central Virginia. ... Madison redirects here. ... Thomas Jefferson (13 April 1743 N.S.–4 July 1826) was the third President of the United States (1801–09), the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776), and one of the most influential Founding Fathers for his promotion of the ideals of Republicanism in the United States. ...

J. Carter Walker, son of Captain Walker, and a graduate of the school, graduated from the University of Virginia in 1897. According to Elizabeth Copeland Norfleet in A Venture in Faith, the history of the school's early years, his plans to go on to law school was interrupted by his father's request that he serve as "head teacher". Carter Walker later explained his decision to his brother thus, "I always did what Father and Mother told me to." The University of Virginia (also called U.Va. ...

J. Carter Walker served as headmaster until he retired in 1948.

Other headmasters of the school were:

Shaun Kelley, Jr. 1948-1952.

Joseph M. Mercer 1952-1962

A. Baker Duncan Jr. 1962-1970

Charles M Sheerin, Jr. 1970-1973

Gerald L. Cooper (Acting) 1973-1974

Emmett W. Wright, Jr. 1974-1991

Gen. John S. Grinalds 1991-1997

Dennis M. Campbell 2000-present

Student body

Woodberry's enrollment is currently 402 students, all male, from 33 states and 10 foreign countries. Most students come from the Southern United States, with the largest numbers of students coming from Virginia and North Carolina. Historic Southern United States. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Official language(s) English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Largest metro area Charlotte metro area Area  Ranked 28th  - Total 53,865 sq mi (139,509 km²)  - Width 150 miles (240 km)  - Length 560[1] miles (901 km)  - % water 9. ...

The Honor Code

One feature of life at Woodberry is its honor system. The Honor System is student run and led by a Prefect Board of 19 senior students. They decide the fate of any students that lie cheat or steal, though their decision is approved or denied (though apparently rarely) by the headmaster and the dean of students. Woodberry's Honor System is simple; if one lies, cheats, or steals, on any scale, he is dismissed from the school. While this may seem harsh, students past and present agree that this principle of integrity has significantly shaped their lives.

The Prefect Board

The Prefect Board is determined through a process involving students, faculty, and administration. In the Spring trimester an election among the students is held; students are given a roster of the rising senior class and asked to select the nineteen they feel are best suited to the role. Faculty undertake a similar process, and after that the administration interview the individual candidates as determined by the initial elections. Finally, the headmaster makes the executive decision as to who makes the board, which is announced before the close of the year.

Aside from maintaining the Honor Code, the Prefect Board has several other responsibilities. At the very start of the year they are in charge of guiding the new students though orientation. At the assembly commencing the school year, the Senior Prefect is announced (elected by the prefect board alone), and he gives a speech. The Senior Prefect serves as leader, to a degree, of the student body, even giving a speech at graduation in spring. During the year, though, prefects serve in a function similar to that of college and university Resident assistant, organizing dorm events and informing the students of administrative goings-on, school-wide events, and the like. A resident assistant, commonly shortened to RA is a trained student leader, within a college or university, charged with supervising students living in a residence hall. ...


Woodberry competes in the Virginia Prep League in a variety of sports including soccer, baseball, golf, swimming, lacrosse, wrestling, squash, and track. However, the most popular sport is football. Home football games are played on Saturdays in the fall. Students typically dress in a shirt and tie and exhibit much school spirit during the games. One of the longest running private high school football rivalry in the country takes place each year between Woodberry Forest and Episcopal High School of Alexandria, Virginia. Beginning in 1901, as of November 2006 they will have played 106 consecutive games against each other. The Game, as it is known, draws back many alumni and is a defacto homecoming for both schools. The 100th contest, staged in the fall of 2000 drew nearly 15,000 spectators. Woodberry alumni paid to film a documentary of the season to commemorate the event. High school football rivalries in the United States more than one hundred years old: For a list of other long-standing rivalries see: List of high school football rivalries (less than 100 years old) Raiders v Rockets (2005) Hunnewell Field in Wellesley City v Poly (November, 2006) M&T Bank... Aerial photograph of Episcopal High School. ... An alumn (with a silent n), alum, alumnus, or alumna is a former student of a college, university, or school. ...

Notable alumni

Notable alumni of Woodberry Forest School include: An alumnus (masculine) or alumna (feminine) is a former student of a college, university, or school. ...

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External links

  Results from FactBites:
Woodberry Forest wrestling & Coach Dick Glover (2486 words)
In late January of 2003, someone [later discovered to be posting from Woodberry Forest High School] wrote in a thread at CentralRegionWrestling.com's forum that Woodberry Forest's wrestling program's 18 or so consecutive years on top of the Virginia Prep League were a result merely of superior effort and coaching.
Woodberry's tournament venue-monopolization was also done as a means of inspiring "bench warmers" to fill up the otherwise less-populated back-up rosters, in case they'd ever be needed at the varsity level for whatever reason such as to help pressure slightly less heavy recruits to lose more weight.
Meanwhile, I'm aware of a case in which the Woodberry Forest head coach Dick Glover told a less "sportsmanlike" competitor from a rival school that he could ride with the Tigers to the National Preps tournament, and that they'd leave at 11:30 a.m.
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