Our School
"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

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-
Miss Helen Baker's initiative laid the foundation for a century of scholarship and citizenship that has inspired pride in the thousands of students who have followed in the footsteps of the first 75 girls who walked through the doors on Sept. 23, 1915. Strong leaders have ​expanded on Miss Baker's work and guided Collegiate through exponential growth. The Collegiate experience is defined by relationships and lessons that make indelible marks on our lives. These intangible gifts shine on through our academic and professional achievements, lasting a lifetime. And the same spirit that inspired Miss Baker to advise our first graduating class to be good citizens of the world lives on in our hearts and informs all of our endeavors.
The following are milestones that map our School's evolution over the last century. To learn more, visit our Centennial website and pick up a copy of our wonderful book, Collegiate School: 100 Years, in the Cougar Shop or call them at 804.741.9768 and ask to have one shipped. The book features a timeline full of almost-forgotten details and surprising fun facts.


Collegiate School for Girls, founded by Helen Baker with help from Mary Carter Anderson, opens on Sept. 23 at 1133 W. Franklin Street 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 a 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 a 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.
We celebrate our Centennial!