An exceptional boarding school community for boys in grades nine through twelve.

Young Alumni

Congratulations on your recent graduation, and welcome to the community of Woodberry Forest alumni! By now, the days of dorm life and demerits are behind you, and I hope you have had the opportunity to spend quality time with family and friends this summer.

I want to thank you for your generous gift to the school — a one-time, four-year contribution to the Amici Fund in which 75% of you participated. No graduating class in Woodberry’s 125-year history has achieved such a feat, and each of you should take pride in this accomplishment. I want to assure you that Woodberry is here to support you as much as possible as you start the next chapter of your life. Everyone here at the Forest has the utmost confidence in your abilities to succeed as you move away from our campus and out into the world. My hope is that the alumni office will become a resource on which you can depend.  I strongly encourage you to contact me if you would like to network with alumni, visit campus, volunteer, or reconnect in another way.
 
We will miss all of you here at Woodberry, but I am excited to see where you will go! I look forward to hearing from you.
 
Sincerely,
Doug Gabbert ’08 

Meet Teddy Hull '08

Hometown: Locust Valley, New York
 
College: North Carolina State University, Economics

On Africa: “My journeys in Africa began when I went on Mr. Hale’s first Woodberry trip to South Africa during my sixth- form year. I fell in love with Africa and promised myself I’d return one way or another. That way was through a program at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, in the fall of 2010. The highlight of my time there was an after- school class I taught at an orphanage in the Khayelitsha township. Having the opportunity to be a friend and mentor to the amazing children there truly reinforced my love for Africa.” Now Teddy has gone north to Tanzania where he studies at the University of Dar es Salaam.
 
On Woodberry: “Woodberry provided me the opportunity to visit Africa for the first time, but that was just the beginning. The dedicated teachers who encouraged me to dive into challenges, broaden my horizons, and use my head are the true reasons for my eagerness to explore life's important questions. All of the experiences I have been so thankful to have in Africa I owe to the entire Woodberry community.”
 
A message for new boys: “I can honestly tell you that choosing Woodberry was the greatest decision of my life. Even after you graduate you will be amazed at the places Woodberry will continue to take you. If someone had asked me before I went to Woodberry if I could ever see myself studying in Tanzania, I would have asked them, ‘Where in the world is Tanzania?’ But thanks to an encouraging push, here I am today. Although I do miss my times at Woodberry, I am reminded every day of the lifelong friendships I now share with both classmates and teachers. From the time you arrive as a new boy until long after you are gone, Woodberry will always be a home to you. It certainly is for me.”ll

Meet Ed Reynolds '10

Hometown: Orange Park, Florida

College: Stanford University

Woodberry achievements off the field: Served as senior deputy prefect; was a member of Caucus, an organization for minority students; spent a trimester in South Africa through the Woodberry/South Africa exchange program; received the William and Mary Leadership Award for outstanding achievements in the community and classroom and on the football field.

Achievements as a varsity athlete: As a Tiger, Ed was a football defensive back and running back credited with fifty tackles and nine touchdowns his senior year. He was named Virginia Prep League’s Co-Player of the Year in 2009. He also broke the school indoor record for triple jump.
 
Now a safety for the Stanford Cardinals, Ed played in seven games his freshman season, making six tackles for his Orange Bowl-winning team.

Football in his blood: Ed’s dad played for the Virginia Cavaliers and then for the NFL’s New England Patriots and the New York Giants. Currently the elder Reynolds is president of the Virginia Destroyers, one of the United Football League’s newest franchises. After playing football for as long as he can, Ed hopes to follow in his dad’s footsteps to become a sports team general manager.

Best Woodberry memory: “My senior year Bonfire. Knowing that it was my last game with 'Tigers' on my jersey made the moment special. That night was just an amazing experience."
 
Academic success: “At Woodberry, I learned how important it is to keep a schedule and routine. At Stanford, I always put in at least two hours of work a night, and I always make it a point to meet with my TAs and professors as much as possible—just as I did during the consultation period at Woodberry.”

Meet Charlie Carroll '09

Hometown: Winnetka, Illinois
 
College: “I chose Dickinson College because it was a small environment similar to Woodberry. The size of Woodberry made it easier to seek help from teachers outside of the classroom. This was a huge help because I didn't just learn facts from books and I really was able to understand what I was learning.”
 
Academic Interests: Arabic, Middle Eastern studies, security studies. “I chose this field because the region is relatively unknown to most Americans. I also want to work in the government after college, and my knowledge of the region and language will help me to move closer to my career goals.”
 
Summer Highlight: Traveled to the Middle East, visiting Egypt and Jordan.
 
Recent Realization: "Having spent time away from Woodberry, I can honestly admit that I miss it. Woodberry has made a profound impact on my life; the skills I have learned have definitely given me an edge in college."
 
Outside interests: Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, club lacrosse, Dickinson College Young Republicans.

Woodberry Forest School

Woodberry Forest, VA 22989   Phone: 540-672-3900
Woodberry Forest admits students of any race, color, sexual orientation, disability, religious belief, and national or ethnic origin to all of the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, disability, religious belief, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other school-administered programs. The school is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students.