J. Carter Walker, a son of the school’s founder and Woodberry’s first headmaster, wrote those words shortly after his retirement after 50 years of service. Members of the Woodberry faculty, and the student body, are still inspired by the ideas laid down by Mr. Walker. We all work each day to meet those high standards.
Welcome to Woodberry Forest School, a private boarding school for boys in central Virginia. For more than 125 years Woodberry has educated boys with an emphasis on intellectual thoroughness and moral integrity.
One of Woodberry’s most distinguished features is its residential character. This is proudly an all-boys boarding school. All of our students and the vast majority of our faculty members reside on campus, where they benefit from living and working together. Our boys are guided by our teachers, many of whom also serve as dorm masters, as well as from student leaders.
Ask any alumnus to recall the most valuable aspect of his Woodberry education, and he will likely mention our honor system. More than a pledge not to lie, cheat, or steal, the honor system establishes Woodberry Forest as a community of trust where a boy is respected and taken at his word.
I first arrived at Woodberry in 1983 as a young boy in search of a better education and a life challenge. I got what I was looking for and so much more. Not only did I become a lifelong learner — I also had fun, taking advantage of the many activities available on this beautiful, 1,200-acre campus, from athletics to the arts, and building friendships based on trust that I continue to treasure.
I invite you to discover what I and generations of our alumni know: This is a wonderful place. Please take time to explore our website, and come to campus so you can experience the special all-boys, all-boarding school that Woodberry Forest is firsthand.
We look forward to welcoming you.
Byron C. Hulsey '86