School History

“I hope you have learned many things … besides the very important facts outlined in various books … I would have you live for humanity’s sake. I would have you good citizens in the widest sense…” – Helen Baker, founder


Collegiate School for Girls, founded by Helen Baker with help from Mary Carter Anderson, opens on Sept. 23 at 1133 W. Franklin St. in downtown Richmond. Seventy-five students enroll.
The school moves to 1619 Monument Avenue. The first edition of the Torch yearbook is printed.
Boys first admitted to the kindergarten.
The first edition of the student newspaper, The Match, is printed by an 8th Grade English class.
Cornerstone for Holliday Hall laid for the “school in the woods” on five acres on River Road given by Louis Reynolds. Collegiate Country Day School operates in tandem with the Town School on Monument Avenue.
The Town School and Country Day School merge, operating on the campus off River and Mooreland Roads. In a “coordinate” configuration, a Girls School is formed for grades 5-12, led by former Town School Headmistress Catharine Flippen. The Boys School, also grades 5-12, is led by new Headmaster Malcolm U. Pitt, Jr. Elizabeth Burke heads up the coed Lower School. Our first capital campaign raises $1 million to build two classroom buildings, a gym, science building and music building. Included in the funds raised is a donation by Mr. Reynolds of an additional 30 acres.
The first boys graduate from Collegiate.
The 40,000-square-foot athletic center, now named the Seal Athletic Center, opens with locker rooms, P.E. offices and facilities for indoor soccer, batting practice, volleyball, weight training, gymnastics, dance, basketball and wrestling.
Collegiate restructures with grades K-4 remaining coed, grades 5-8 coordinate (boys and girls take classes separately, but in the same building) and grades 9-12 coed.
The fine arts building, now named the Hershey Center for the Arts, opens. It features a gallery, choral and recital rooms, art studios, photography darkroom and 620-seat Oates Theater.
Opening of the Watt Library/Technology Center, the Estes Multipurpose Building, new Reynolds Hall and Weinstein Family Art and Music Wing – all on the Lower School campus. The school purchases 156 acres in nearby Goochland County to be used for athletic fields.
The North Science Building, with state of the art Upper School science classrooms and computer labs, is completed. An events pavilion, comprised of filming/announcement tower and concession stand, is built adjacent to the Grover C. Jones Athletic Field. On the Goochland Campus, 12 playing fields are established for practice and play.
The South Science Building opens with Middle School science classrooms and College Counseling offices. The rebuilt Lower School campus is complete with the opening of the new North Hall for 3rd and 4th Graders. A new rubberized track is dedicated to Coach Jim Hickey.
The Alumni Association establishes the Collegiate Athletic Hall of Fame, and the first inductees are honored at the Collegiate-St. Christopher's football game.
A new synthetic turf field opens on our Goochland campus, and another replaces the grass football field on Mooreland Road, enabling games to go on, rain or shine.
The Sam Newell Field, a baseball diamond with stadium and "green monster," and a softball field are complete at our Goochland Campus, newly renamed Robins Campus.
A new athletics building at Robins Campus is complete. Features of the building include an indoor synthetic turf warm-up room, trainer's facilities, locker rooms and strength and conditioning room.
Robins Campus is nearly complete with the opening of 13 tennis courts and a Tennis House overlooking a championship court.
On the Mooreland Campus, a new traffic pattern is implemented and work begins on Lower School renovations and additions. A soccer field, to be named in honor of Coach Charlie Blair upon his eventual retirement, is completed at Robins Campus. Collegiate holds the International Emerging Leaders Conference, hosting representatives from 10 countries.
The Sharp Academic Commons and the H2L2 Studios open on the Mooreland Campus.

Heads of School

  • Miss Helen Baker — 1915-1920
  • Miss Alice Bradford — 1920-1922
  • Miss Elizabeth Graeme Barbour — 1922-1924
  • Miss Van Greenleaf — 1924-1931
  • Miss Marianna P. Higgins — 1931-1933
  • Miss Elizabeth P. Gaines — 1933-1934
  • Miss Mary Denmead Ruffin — 1934-1937
  • Mrs. William T. Hodges — 1937-1940
  • Miss Catharine Stauffer (later Flippen) — 1940-1972
  • Mr. Malcolm U. Pitt, Jr. — 1960-1987
  • Mrs. Julia A. Williams, Interim — 1987-1988
  • Mr. F. Robertson Hershey — 1988-1998
  • Dr. Beverly Sgro, Interim — 1998-1999
  • Mr. Keith A. Evans — 1999-2014
  • Mr. Stephen D. Hickman — 2014-

School Anthem

Hail Collegiate
Hail Collegiate! We, thy children,
See thee noble, know thee wise
As we learn to read thy vision
In thy clear, far-seeing eyes;
From the silver torch thou raiseth
Light our lamps from day to day;
“Haec sunt mea ornamenta!”
Let us hear thy pure lips say.
Hail, Collegiate, our Athena!
This libation here we pour;
All our hopes, our strong endeavors
Touch and bless them we implore;
Send us from thy presence quickened
Unto only high desire
That each heart in its palladium
Keep alive thy sacred fire!
Written by Mary Carter Anderson Gardner
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