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

2017

  • August

    Prefect Board Retreats to Colorado

    The eighteen members of Woodberry Forest School's 2017-18 prefect board gathered in Florissant, Colorado, August 6-11, 2017, for leadership training, outdoor adventure, and group building. They tackled orienteering tasks, completed role-playing exercises, and participated in discussions preparing them to serve as dorm leaders, mentors, and guardians of the school's honor system. 
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  • A Message from the Headmaster

    The letter below was sent on August 14, 2017, to Woodberry parents regarding the recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia. We invite you to read this important message from Headmaster Byron Hulsey '86.


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  • Colin Gay '93 Completes 1,000-day Cycling Streak

    Here at Woodberry Forest, many people take advantage of the beautiful landscape and surrounding area by fishing, hiking, or hanging out by the river. Colin Gay ’93, who serves as a math teacher and Bengal football and varsity lacrosse coach, likes to spend his time outdoors in a different way — by riding his bike over thirty miles every day. What started as an alternative to running and a way to get in shape, turned into a 1,000-day streak of outdoor cycling.

     
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  • July

    Alum’s Novel Inspired by Woodberry Experience

    A new novel by Christopher Swann ’88, Shadow of the Lions, draws on the author’s experiences at Woodberry Forest School. The thriller, released by Algonquin Books on August 1, 2017, follows a graduate of a fictional Virginia boarding who returns as a teacher. He discovers hidden truths about the disappearance of his best friend while learning lessons about friendship and honor.  

     
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  • Woodberry Brothers Lead Community Service Effort

    Avery and Jackson Warmack ’19 delivered over 200 pounds of food, clothing, and school supplies to Madison Emergency Services Association (MESA) on July 14, 2017. The boys applied for and were awarded funds through a Class of 2008 Community Service Grant to buy donation bins and other supplies for the collection of donations from Woodberry Forest School students during dorm clean out.
     
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  • Amici Fund Reaches New Heights

    A special thank you to all alumni, parents, and friends who made the 2016-2017 Amici Fund, which ended on June 30, 2017, a tremendous success. The Woodberry Forest community set a number of records this year by raising $3,595,804.

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  • June

    Andrew Jacobs ’18 Earns Runner-Up Spot in VSGA Jr. Match Play Championship

    Woodberry Forest golfer Andrew Jacobs ’18 placed second in the 27th Virginia state Golf Association Junior Match Play Championship, held at Spotswood Country Club, June 20-23, 2017. During the match's final day, he found himself playing alongside eventual champion, Mike Brennan, his friend and playing companion since early childhood.  Marc Hogan, Woodberry's head varsity golf coach, was on hand in Harrisonburg as the boys battled for the championship.
     
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  • Woodberry Forest Sports Camp Celebrates Fiftieth Anniversary

    Woodberry Forest Sports Camp paid tribute to its founders, Red and Cathy Caughron, in a celebration held outside St. Andrew’s Chapel on June 25, 2017.  Current sports campers, counselors, and directors were joined by several returning former staff members and friends for a reunion recognizing the camp’s fiftieth anniversary.
     
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  • Projects Improve Energy Efficiency

    A pair of energy efficiency projects under way during summer 2017 are helping Woodberry Forest lower its electricity usage and power bills. Supported by a grant from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, Woodberry is for the first time installing individual power meters on dormitories and academic buildings. The duPont grant of $36,000 covers half the cost of the project, with Woodberry paying the balance.
     
     
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  • Lee Cozart ’17 Earns Lacrosse Academic All-American

    Woodberry Forest's Lee Cozart ’17 has been voted a 2017 US Lacrosse Academic All-American by other independent school lacrosse coaches in Virginia. The criteria for this award are exemplary lacrosse skills, good sportsmanship on the field, and a high standard of academic achievement in the classroom.
     
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  • Efose Oriaifo ’17 and Coach Nolan LaVoie Recognized by National Cycling Association

    The National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) has included Woodberry Forest mountain biking coach Nolan LaVoie and student-athlete Efose Oriaifo among those receiving awards for the 2016 season. The pair, who rode together during the fall on a tandem bicycle so that Efose could participate despite a visual impairment, were honored with the GU Energy Extraordinary Courage Award. 
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  • May

    Woodberry Forest's Class of 2017 Graduates

    Congratulations to the 100 members of the Class of 2017 who graduated from Woodberry Forest School on May 27, 2017. The celebration of the school's 128th class included the dedication of the Class of 2017 Learning Commons Patio, a commencement address, the Amici Night awards ceremony, Baccalaureate, and Commencement.
     
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  • Eighteen Complete Senior Distinction Projects

    Eighteen Woodberry Forest sixth formers spent their final marking period during the spring of 2017 engaging in intensive projects of both an intellectual and creative nature. Ted Blain, English department chair and advisor to the Senior Distinction, now in its second year, says, "These students had already demonstrated in the course of their careers here that they have a passion. This program gives them a chance to pursue that interest."
     
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  • Awards Assembly Recognizes Excellence

    Members of Woodberry Forest School's third through fifth forms who received academic and athletic awards were recognized at an assembly on May 22, 2017, in the Bowman Gray Auditorium. Members of the faculty who received chairs and masterships were also honored. Dr. Karen E. Broaddus, a member of the English department and advisor of The Talon literary arts magazine, received the newly established Beese and Walter W. Craigie ’48 Mastership; English teacher and golf coach Mr. John B. Amos received the J. Carter Walker 1894 Chair; Mr. Timothy P. Stakem, director of instrumental music, received the newly established Bernard Mastership; and Mr. Joseph Fischer III received the Lawrence Lewis Jr. ’37 Chair.
     
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  • Student Athletes Commit to College Sports

    Five members of the Woodberry Forest School Class of 2017 signed letters of intent on May 23, 2017, signaling their plan to compete in collegiate athletics. “To play athletics at a high level at Woodberry while balancingacademics and all other aspects of life here is a major commitment,” Matt Blundin, Woodberry's athletic director, said at the signing ceremony. “To continue that at the next level, and to be talented enough to do so is outstanding.”
     
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  • Third Formers Participate in Physics Fights

    Students in Woodberry Forest School's conceptual physics course, along with mentors from Honors Physics, spent the afternoon on May 21, 2017, presenting and defending their solutions to physics problems to outside examiners. The "fights" were the culmination of a final project requiring them to develop experiments to test their theories about problems involving gravity and velocity, circuitry, and energy.
     
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  • Dick Glover ’61 Inducted into State Hall of Fame

    Richard C. “Dick” Glover ’61 was inducted into the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Hall of Fame on May 8, 2017, in Richmond as part of its inaugural class. Many Woodberry friends and admirers were on hand at the ceremony to see him receive this well-deserved honor.
     
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  • Woodberry Forest Players Present Guys and Dolls

    The Woodberry Forest Players present Guys and Dolls on the Woodberry Forest School mainstage, on May 18-20, 2017, at 8:00 p.m.
     
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  • Michael Deng ’18 Uses Film to Serve

    Michael Deng ’18 spent August 2016 in the mountainous region of Liangshan in Sichuan province, creating a beautiful documentary film called Under the Windhorse.  In it, he records the story of a college student who returns from studying in Beijing to her home region to teach Chinese in a remote village. China’s Liangshan Mountains are home to Tibetan people whose geographical isolation limits their educational and career opportunities.  Michael screened his film for the student body of Woodberry Forest School on April 26, 2017.
     
     
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  • Kansas City Team Wins Spring Barbecue Competition

    Woodberry Forest School's Spring Barbecue, which saw sixth-formers preparing regional specialties for the rest of the student body during an all-day cookout, ended with a victory for the Kansas City team. The competition was judged by three Woodberry parents: professional chef Sarah Deigl and pitmasters James Carrington and Doc King ’79. Other barbecue styles included Eastern North Carolina, Western North Carolina,Virginia, and Texas.
     
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  • Woodberry Forest Announces Appointment in Dean of Students' Office

    Woodberry Forest School announces the appointment of Ryan Alexander to serve as the school's assistant dean of students and director of residential life beginning in the summer of 2017.
     
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  • Area Art Students Exhibit Work

    Over sixty works in a variety of mediums by students from Highland School, Madison County High School, Orange County High School, William Monroe High School, and Woodberry Forest School are on display in the Baker Gallery at Woodberry Forest School, May 4 - 28, 2017. A reception celebrating the art of these students will be held on May 4, 2017, at 6:45 p.m.
     
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  • Student Earns Eagle Helping Birds at the Forest

    Catesby Jones ’18 earned his Eagle rank on April 14, 2017, in a Court of Honor held on the Woodberry Forest School campus.  The event was an important landmark in Catesby's scouting career.  He carried out his Eagle project on campus by building and installing bluebird houses around the school's 1,200-acre campus.  
     
     
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  • Students Awarded Fellowships in Government and History

    Five Woodberry Forest students have been awarded Grills Fellowship grants for the summer of 2017. The Grills Fellowship supports student summer work in government, public policy organizations, and public history sites.
     
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  • Fourth Formers Host Special Olympics

    The fourth-form class hosted three hundred athletes on April 30, 2017, for the Woodberry Forest Sports Festival of Special Olympics Virginia. Alongside several faculty and staff members, the sophomores spent the day facilitating participation in clinics and contests in swimming, tennis, track and field, softball, and golf.
     
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  • April

    Student Poets Represent Woodberry Forest Well

    Four Woodberry Forest students were among six winners of the first-ever Columbia Granger's World of Poetry high school poetry contest, held to celebrate April 2017 Poetry Month by the Columbia University Press. The contest challenged young poets to use a poem cataloged in the online database service, which makes over 150,000 poems available, to inspire an original work.
     
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  • Woodberry Students Lauded in Latin Exams

    Several students were honored for their performances during spring 2017 on the Classical Association of Virginia Latin exam and the National Latin Exam. The CAV exam is a two-hour exam consisting of seventy-five multiple choice questions and a 25-point sight translation passage. The NLE is a 40-question multiple choice test. In addition to Latin language questions, there are questions on Roman history, culture, mythology, and geography.
     
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  • Golf Course Bridge Honors Brookmans

    A golf cart bridge on the seventh hole of the Woodberry Forest Golf Course was dedicated to Otis and Jean Brookman on April 15, 2017. The gift from former foreign language teacher and varsity golf coach Tom Bond honors the Brookmans for their decades of service to the school.
     
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  • Alumni Welcomed to Reunion Weekend

    More than 600 alumni and guests spent the weekend of April 21-23, 2017, at Woodberry Forest School to enjoy Reunion Weekend. Old boys representing classes from 1947 to 2012 returned to see how their school has changed and how it has remained the same.
     
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  • How Well Do You Know Woodberry? Take Paul Huber's Quiz to Find Out!

    Few members of the Woodberry community know the school and its history as well as Paul Huber '68. Paul, who is the Senior Master and has taught virtually every subject offered by the foreign language department during his forty-five years on faculty, has spent an incredible amount of time building a series of quizzes about Woodberry's history, both distant and recent. The quizzes cover a wide variety of topics. Students and faculty members have enjoyed learning about Woodberry through these quizzes, and we hope you will enjoy remembering the Forest through them as well. 


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  • Basil Boyd ’17 Leads Trout in the Classroom Project at Orange County High School

    Basil Boyd ’17 has spent his senior year at Woodberry Forest School sharing his love of wildlife with students at Orange County High School by leading them in Trout in the Classroom.  The program is designed to teach about ecosystems and conservation by providing students with eggs to raise into fingerlings and release into waterways.  “I knew about the program because I participated in it before I came to Woodberry,” Basil says. 
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  • Twenty Inducted into Cum Laude Society

    Ten fifth formers and ten sixth formers were inducted into the Woodberry Forest Chapter of the Cum Laude Society on April 12, 2017, in Bowman Gray Auditorium.  Academic Dean Curtis Phillips presented the certificates and pins, and former Woodberry Forest School faculty member Tom Parker addressed the new members and the community.
     
     
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  • Advanced Photography Students Show Work

    Photographs by students in the winter elective course Advanced Photography are on exhibit in the Upper Walker Gallery of the Walker Fine Arts Center through April 20, 2017. Charles Moorman ’17 and Avery Warmack ’19 each chose a famous photographer to study and then produced a body of work informed by the subject matter associated with the images of that photographer.
     
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  • Coming Through the Rye is Now on Netflix

    Coming Through the Rye, the feature movie filmed at Woodberry Forest School during the fall of 2014, is now available for viewing on the subscription service Netflix.  “From an artistic standpoint,” says James Sadwith, the film’s Emmy-winning screenwriter and director, “It’s gratifying to have the movie out and available.”  The script is based on his real-life experiences as a young man attending a New England boarding school.
     
     
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  • OneWoodberry Makes History

    On March 30, 2017, Woodberry Forest alumni around the world made history with an incredible, record-setting single day of generosity.
     
    Thank you for supporting OneWoodberry and showing how loyal and strong the Woodberry community is. Our goal was to inspire donations from 1,000 alumni to secure a generous $150,000 matching gift from challenge donors, Bill Caler ’63, Christopher Aldredge ’90, Lane Britain ’96, Jonathan Gould ’94, Chuck Honey ’89, Gordon Kolb ’98, David Lawson ’89 and Richard Wright ’96. 
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  • Woodberry Bids Farewell to Mark Beall

    After over thirty years at Woodberry Forest School, Mark Beall, assistant maintenance manager, retired on March 31, 2017.  For most of those three decades, he served as the waterworks operator, pumping and filtering the 45,000 gallons of water the campus uses each day, ensuring its safety whether it was destined for the water pitchers at seated meals, the school’s two swimming pools, or laundering Moubray wear. 
     
     
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  • March

    Michael Deng ’18 Wins Gold Medal for Photography

    Junior Michael Deng recently won a national gold medal in the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.  His award-winning photograph, Home Sweet Home, will be on display at the national ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City on June 8, 2017.  His photograph Dustless earned a silver medal in the same competition.
     
     
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  • Art Exhibition Shows Daily Work

    From the last week of March through April, Woodberry Forest School will be exhibiting the paintings of Charlottesville artist Matalie R. Deane. Much of the exhibition will be devoted to her creative program of making a work of art -- in media including oil, drawing, and watercolor -- every day of the year 2015. In 2016, she focused on creating larger watercolor paintings with a particular interest in narrative. Many of these large pieces are also included in the show.

     
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  • Generator Upgrades Campus Safety

    A hundred years after electricity first came to the Woodberry Forest campus, the school successfully installed a backup generator to provide power in case of an outage.  The multi-year project was completed on March 16, 2017, and will allow the campus’s central academic buildings and residential halls to operate as normal using power supplied by the generator whenever power service is dropped.
     
     
     
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  • Alumni Show True Tiger Spirit

    True Tiger spirit was in evidence in January, 2017, when alumni placed friendly “wagers” on the national championship football game between Alabama and Clemson. Class agent Doug Monroe ’74 conceived and initiated an effort to set up a GoFundMe account and challenged his classmates to place a $20 wager on the outcome of the game. The proceeds would benefit Pat Calhoun ’73, a former senior prefect who suffered a traumatic brain injury in his thirties and has faced some challenges since then. Through the years, Pat's close Woodberry friends have stayed in touch with him and kept him involved with the institutions he loves.  One of those is Clemson, where his dad was an alum and where he grew up going to games.  
     
     
     
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  • Woodberry Forest Players to Present Guys and Dolls

    The Woodberry Forest Players will present Guys and Dolls on the Woodberry Forest School mainstage, on May 18-20, 2017, at 8:00 p.m.

    The golden age Broadway musical, with its host of famous songs -- including "A Bushel and a Peck," "Adelaide's Lament," "If I Were a Bell," and "Luck Be a Lady" -- explores what happens when the New York City underworld of gamblers and showgirls meets a band of missionaries.
     
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  • History Students Honor Black History Month

    Students in Henry Heil's Honors US History section researched and produced marketing campaigns to learn about and promote important African Americans in history. The project culminated with presentations in Woodberry Forest's Brown Lecture Hall on February 28, 2017. Teams of students produced a biographical mailer, a video, and an image gallery, all of which were evaluated by a panel of community members tasked with selecting the winner of the 2017 Carter G. Woodson Award, created by their teacher to honor the founder of Black History Month.
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  • Foreign Language Teachers Participate in Curriculum Design Institute

    Woodberry Forest School's teachers of Chinese, French, Latin, and Spanish welcomed a facilitator from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) on February 24-25, 2017. Paul Sandrock, the director of education at ACTFL, led them in a two-day session focused on curriculum design, assessment, and instruction.
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  • February

    College Admissions Weekend Welcomes Parents and Students

    Deans and directors of admissions from seven colleges and universities visited Woodberry Forest School for its College Admissions Weekend on February 24-25, 2017.  The seminar was welcomed over 200 fourth and fifth formers and their parents.
     
     
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  • Spanish Students Write and Present Poetry

    The Honors Spanish IV students of Raphael Sydnor ’97 concluded a trimester of work on February 23, 2017, when they presented their original poetry to an audience of peers along with guests from Foxcroft School.  The event, called Versos Sensillos II, was preceded by a dinner featuring Latin American menu items in Terry Dining Hall.  The poetry reading was held in the Bomb Shelter Experimental Theater and was followed by a reception in the Baker Gallery.
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  • Alums Share Experience and Advice at Career Symposium

    Thirteen alumni spent time with fifth and sixth formers on February 21, 2017, for Woodberry Forest School’s third annual career symposium, organized by the alumni office. Headlining the afternoon event were Neel Williams ’00 and Cameron Johnson ’03, who addressed students in Bowman Gray Auditorium.  Breakout sessions brought small groups of alumni and students together for conversation in the Manning Family Science Building.
     
     
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  • Organist David Goode Plays Concert

    Organist David Goode played a concert in Woodberry Forest School’s St. Andrew’s Chapel on February 15, 2017. Mr. Goode has served as Organist at Eton College in the United Kingdom since 2005, and enjoys a flourishing performing career.  A graduate of Eton and King’s College, Cambridge, he has worked as Sub-Organist at Christ Church, Oxford, and Organist-in-Residence at First Congregational Church of Los Angeles and has won international competitions.  Mr. Goode also has a recording career, currently recording the complete works of Bach for Signum Records.
     
     
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  • The Servant of Two Masters Opens

    The Woodberry Forest Players presents the comedy The Servant of Two Masters, opening Thursday on the mainstage. A sister in disguise and a lover on the run — two masters, who unwittingly engage the same foolish servant, Truffaldino, to serve them during one hilarious day in Venice. In the tradition of classical Italian farce, Truffaldino must help everyone to their happy ending — all while keeping one master ignorant of the other, and eating as much as he can, of course.
     
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  • Library Director Shares Relocation Progress

    Phoebe Warmack, director of the William H. White Library, invites readers to take a glimpse behind the scenes and learn about the progress of the relocation of Woodberry Forest's library and archives, the creation of a new learning commons, and the renovation of the former Reynolds Family Dining Room. Her blog, The Tiger's Tale, presents chapters detailing stages of the project. It begins with early planning efforts, including several 2015 visits to other schools, continues with the decision-making process and architectural designs, and ends, for now, with photographs showing the developments inside the Walker Building.
     
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  • Woodberry Forest Announces New Head Football Coach

    Scott Braswell, a highly experienced coach with a record of success and a history of good sportsmanship and character development, is the new head football coach at Woodberry Forest School. 

    "I am very excited about Coach Braswell coming to Woodberry Forest to join our school community and lead our football program,” said Headmaster Byron Hulsey ’86. “I learned throughout the search that first and foremost Coach Braswell is a man of humility and character, respected and admired by his players, their parents, opposing coaches, and referees. His record of excellence on the field speaks for itself, but his commitment to the whole mission of what we do at Woodberry is what struck me the most as I got to know him through the search."
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  • Ten Commit to Play College Football

    Ten Woodberry Forest sixth formers signed letters of intent to play football at the college level. In a signing ceremony held on February 1, 2017, in the Class of 2015 Lobby of Kenan Hall, community and family members gathered to recognize these student athletes whose diligent work in and out of the classroom led to this opportunity.


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  • Today is Tiger Day!

    Tiger Day is being celebrated on the Woodberry Forest School campus February 1, 2017. For students, the spirit day offers a break from the regular schedule with special activities throughout the day. The event is also a fundraising challenge among third-, fourth-, and fifth-form parents that places a premium on participation versus dollars. The goal is to help parents understand and appreciate how critical the Amici Fund is to Woodberry’s mission, while promoting the tradition of giving that is such an integral part of Woodberry’s character.
     
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  • January

    Ten Tigers Compete in Physics Tournament

    Students in Woodberry Forest School's course Research Physics traveled to Philadelphia on January 27-29, 2017, to compete in the 2017 US Invitational Young Physicists Tournament. Teams discuss solutions to four official problems in a debate-like format known as a "physics fight."
     
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  • Woodberry Forest Players Present Doctor Faustus

    Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus opens Tuesday, January 31, 2017, in Woodberry Forest School's Bomb Shelter Experimental Theater. The classic drama concerns a scholar who trades his soul for supernatural powers on earth. Audiences follow the scholar, played by Josh Staufenberg ’18, and Mephastophilis, played by Ethan Barbour ’18, as he conjures demons and ultimately meets his fate.

     
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  • Woodberry Third Formers Recognized in Writer's Eye Contest

    Three third formers earned recognition in Writer's Eye, a literary contest held by the University of Virginia's Fralin Museum of Art. Now in its thirtieth year, the competition challenges participants to produce a piece of poetry or prose inspired by a work of art to be judged by distinguished members of the literary community. Woodberry Forest School's entire third form visited the museum on October 17, 2016, with their English classes.
     
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  • Naval Officer Speaks on Trust

    Navy SEAL and boarding school graduate Rear Adm. Alexander Krongard told the Woodberry Forest community that trust is built on competence, reliability, and shared values. Speaking January 19, 2017, night in Bowman Gray auditorium, he said his thirty-one years as a special warfare officer taught him that exemplary institutions — such as the Navy SEALS; St. Paul’s School and Princeton University, his alma maters; and Woodberry Forest School — are built on trust. 

     
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  • Todd Sears ’94 Addresses Community

    Todd Sears ’94 stressed the importance of being an ally to the LBGT community in a powerful speech to Woodberry Forest School’s students and faculty on January 12, 2017. He told his story in an assembly in Bowman Gray Auditorium, describing the origins of his remarkably successful business career. He also spent two days meeting with small groups of students and faculty.
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  • Baker Gallery Presents Exploraciones

    Paintings by Diego Sanchez, a native of Colombia, are on exhibit in January and February in Woodberry Forest School's Baker Gallery. Exploraciones, opens Thursday, January 5, 2016, with a reception from 6:30 to 7:30 pm and features a gallery talk by the artist.
     
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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.