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


  • March

    Three Students Advance to National Judging in 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

    Woodberry students piled up numerous honors in the 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and three students advanced out of the regional competition to national judging. Michael Deng ’18 won two golden keys in the film and animation category for movies he’s produced during his time at Woodberry. Both Under the Windhorse and I'm Your Brother advanced to national judging.
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  • Woodberry Mourns Loss of Jack Glascock ‘43

    Members of the Woodberry Forest School community mourn the death of legendary science teacher and coach Jack Glascock ’43. He died on March 2, 2018, in Orange, Virginia.
    Jack Alvin Glascock came to Woodberry from Marshall, Virginia, attending the school for two years before serving for three years in the US Air Force and graduating from Hampden-Sydney College in 1949. At Woodberry, he was both a fine scholar and an excellent athlete; Jack scored five touchdowns during a single game against rival Episcopal High School. During college and in his early years teaching at Woodberry, he spent summers playing semi-pro baseball.
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  • Roaring Tigers Speech and Debate Team Qualify for Nationals

    Two members of the Woodberry Forest Roaring Tigers speech and debate team have qualified for the National Catholic Forensic League Grand Nationals Tournament. William Xie and Ian Kim qualified for the tournament, which will be held in Washington, D.C., after placing fourth in the Virginia state tournament on Saturday. William is a fifth former from Shanghai, China; Ian is a fourth former from Bellevue, Washington.
    The pair have posted a string of strong results this year while arguing in the public forum event for and against the resolution that changes each month. The March resolution, which William and Ian debated at the state tournament, was that “On balance, the current Authorization for Use of Military Force gives too much power to the president.” In February the team debated the resolution that “The United States should abolish the capital gains tax.” The pair won the Woodberry speech and debate tournament while contesting that topic.
    Ray Smith coaches the Roaring Tigers. 
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  • February

    Athletic Development Students Compete in Powerlifting Event

    A dozen Woodberry students competed in a powerlifting competition in mid-February. 
    The boys, who have been working with coach Raphael Sydnor as part of the afternoon Athletic Development program, competed in bench press and deadlift. Coach Sydnor said nearly every student hit a personal record in one of the two events during the competition. 

    Woodberry's Athletic Development program offers an afternoon athletic option for students who aren't participating in an interscholastic sport during a certain trimester. Students work with coaches on strength and conditioning, either for general purposes or to prepare for an upcoming season in a specific sport.
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  • Woodberry Participates in Regional Science Olympiad Tournament

    On Saturday, February 17, Woodberry's team of fifteen students left in the early morning hours to attend the Regional Science Olympiad Tournament at Woodson High School in Fairfax. The team had stiff competition, with thirty-four high school teams present, but managed to qualify for the State Science Olympiad Tournament in April at the University of Virginia.
    Of note were team captain William Shuford '18 along with Evan Sun '21 earning second place overall in the Optics event. Benny Cao '20 and Jimmy Kweon '21 came in sixth in the Helicopter build event and Evan Sun '21 and Tom Khoa '21 also placed sixth in an event testing their knowledge of microbes.
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  • Reverend Tyler Montgomery Named to Woodberry Chaplaincy

    Woodberry Forest School is pleased to announce the appointment of the Rev. Tyler Montgomery as chaplain and assistant to the head for student wholeness. Headmaster Byron Hulsey noted that he is “delighted with the outcome of this very competitive search and very eager to welcome the Montgomery family to Woodberry Forest.”
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  • Woodberry Alumni Share Career Lessons, Advice with Students

    Woodberry Forest alumni from around the country returned to campus Tuesday to discuss their careers and share lessons from Woodberry, college and their careers that have served them well.

    After a keynote session led by John Robinson ’94 and John Petrone ’06, members of the fifth form and sixth form attended a series smaller breakout sessions to learn about different industries.
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  • Stories and Histories Class Visit Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

    Members of Paul Brazinski’s third form Stories and Histories class enjoyed a field trip to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts on Monday, Feb. 12.

    The boys viewed the VMFA’s collection of ancient and medieval art to complement class readings and add additional source material for their upcoming research papers. They also viewed the museum’s special exhibit on the terracotta army of the first emperor of China. The exhibit marks a rare occasion when Chinese museums have sent some of the famous terracotta soldiers abroad.

    The students’ papers will be presented at a public symposium held during the winter term exam week.  
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  • The Dozen Goes to NYC

    This past Thursday the Woodberry Forest Dozen embarked on a journey to perform off campus for the first time in many years. We performed at a Woodberry alumni event held in New York City. It was attended by more than 100 Woodberry alumni and friends, including the familiar faces of some recent graduates.
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  • Three Woodberry Forest Sixth Formers Sign Letters of Intent

    Three Woodberry Forest sixth formers signed letters of intent Wednesday to continue their athletic careers in college. Lee Dudley ‘18 of Richmond, Virginia. will attend the University of Virginia as a preferred walk-on and play long snapper on the football team. Khalid Thomas ‘18 of Youngsville, North Carolina will attend Harvard University and play wide receiver for the Crimson. Woodson Smith ‘18 of Martinsville, Virginia will attend Sewanee: The University of the South and play golf.
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  • Woodberry Wins Two-on-Two Debate Tournament

    William Xie ’19 and Ian Kim ’20 took first place Saturday in two-on-two debate at a tournament hosted by Woodberry Forest. William and Ian won all four rounds of debate while arguing whether the United States should abolish the capital gains tax. Judges praised them as "strong in all areas of debate" and "persuasive" with "great command and implementation of their evidence." The pair worked with math teacher Mike Szydlowski in the weeks before the tournament to deepen their understanding of capital gains taxes. 

    Nam Bui ’19 and Bo Hrytsak ’19 won second place and third place in Model Congress.
    The tournament brought more about 160 competitors from more than fifteen schools to campus.
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  • Local Farms Provide Farm-to-Table Lunch for Woodberry Community

    Woodberry hosted a special farm-to-table lunch January 31 in the dining hall. The menu featured an array of local foods, including hamburgers made from cattle raised on campus by Woodberry’s farmers. Students were able to meet several of the farmers and providers, including Jennifer Gilley from Heaven's Hollow Farm, Christie Huger from Mountain View Farm, and Michael Clark from Planet Earth Diversified. The event was organized by Woodberry’s Director of Food Service Clyde Firman and Katie Maillet from the Local Food Hub.
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  • January

    Research Physics Class Competed at United States Invitational Young Physicists Tournament

    Members of Woodberry’s research physics class competed with students from around the world last weekend at the United States Invitational Young Physicists Tournament.

    Woodberry Forest physicists competed in a series of “physics fights” on four tournament problems that the students have been researching for months. In physics fights one team presents a solution to an assigned problem, with the other team asking questions and critiquing the presenting team’s work.

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  • Woodberry's Black Box Theater Presents Playing with Fire January 31-Feburary 2

    Woodberry Forest School's Advanced Acting & Directing Class presents Playing with Fire written by Barbara Field. The play will take place in the Black Box Theater, located underneath the full stage of the Bowman Gray Auditorium in the Walker Fine Arts Center and will run from January 31-February 2 with a start time of 8:00 p.m. 

    Beginning where Mary Shelley's Frankenstein leaves off, the play takes place in a frozen wasteland in the arctic, where Victor Frankenstein has finally tracked down his creation, a sad lonely outcast who simply wants to understand his existence. Before Victor pulls the trigger to destroy his 'abomination,' he and his creature confront their conjoined past, considering the intersections between dreams and accountability, ambition and compassion. 

    Please Note: This show contains mild violence which may be frightening to young audiences. This show is free and open to the public. 

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  • Samuel Long '21 Receives Honorable Mention in the UVa Writer's Eye Contest

    Woodberry Forest School is proud to announce that third-form student Samuel Long '21 received an honorable mention in the University of Virginia's Writer's Eye Contest held by the Fralin Museum in 2017. Sam's poem "A Pine in 1939" was inspired by the artwork "Joyous Young Pine" (1944) by Morris Graves.

    The contest was judged by poet Jeffery Renard Allen, a faculty member in the creative writing program at UVa who has authored two collections of poetry and two works of fiction. Sam placed in the poetry category for grades 9-12 as an honorable mention out of 186 poems. An awards ceremony will be held at UVa on March 11, 2018. 

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  • Government, Journalism Students Visit Richmond

    Woodberry Forest students visited the Virginia state capitol Thursday to watch the legislative session and meet with the delegate who represents Woodberry.

    The boys from Fred Jordan’s government classes and Jacob Geiger’s journalism class started their day at the Virginia Senate Courts of Justice committee, which was debating and voting on a lengthy docket of bills. Among the measures that dominated the hearing was a bill that would allow prosecutors and defense attorneys to use certified therapy dogs in the witness box when children are testifying in court.
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  • Former Student Brenton Lengel '02 Speaks on Being a Playwright

    Former Woodberry Forest School student Brenton Lengel '02 visited campus Monday to speak with students about his career as a playwright.

    “I knew early on I wanted a career in the arts, and I originally thought that would be as an actor,” he told students in Brent Cirves’s introduction to drama class Monday. “I attended the University of Kentucky and in my senior year wrote a play after I realized I wanted to set my own creative vision rather than execute someone else’s vision.”
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  • "deliberations" Mixed-media Paintings by Sharon Zarambo on Exhibit

    The mixed media paintings in deliberations reflect her interest in found materials, surface variation, patterns, and rich colors. Many of her pieces have a resin coating on which she applies acrylic paint to achieve both a vibrant surface as well as the illusion of depth. Inspired by Outsider art, she uses an intuitive approach in her art-making to explore spiritual themes. Of her recent work, Sharon Zarambo says: "I'm fond of the color red. For me, it's a power color and transmits energy. And the circle represents coming full-circle, back to the beginning with new information."
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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.