The Centennial Club

Virginia private schools celebrate a milestone.

Collegiate School.

Richmond’s Collegiate School is the latest of Virginia’s private schools to join the ranks of the centennial club, wrapping up its year-long celebration Nov. 5 with an evening with documentary filmmaker Ken Burns.

The school is the latest entry in a list of some of the Commonwealth’s most storied institutions. In the last five years, Richmond all-boys schools Benedictine College Preparatory (1911) and St. Christopher’s School (1911), all-girls Foxcroft School in Middleburg (1914) and co-ed St. Anne’s-Belfield in Charlottesville (1910) have each marked a century of education. Virginia is also home to the nation’s eighth oldest private school, Norfolk Academy—which, founded in 1728, is just three years shy of its 290th birthday.    

Other members of the Centennial Club:

Blue Ridge School, 1909 St. George 

Chatham Hall, 1894 Chatham

Episcopal High School, 1839 Alexandria

Fishburne Military Academy, 1879 Waynesboro

Fork Union Military Academy, 1898 Fork Union

Hargrave Military Academy, 1909 Chatham

Holy Cross Regional Catholic School, 1879 Lynchburg

The Madeira School, 1906 McLean

Massanutten Military Academy, 1899 Woodstock

The Miller School of Albemarle, 1878 Charlottesville

Oak Hill Academy, 1878 Mouth of Wilson

Peninsula Catholic School, 1903 Newport News

The Potomac School, 1904 McLean

Randolph-Macon Academy, 1892 Front Royal

St. Catherine’s School, 1890 Richmond

Stuart Hall School, 1844 Staunton

Virginia Episcopal School, 1916 Lynchburg

Woodberry Forest School, 1889 Woodberry Forest


*If your school is celebrating a centennial this year, we want to know! Write to [email protected]

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