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“I am Amazed”

Posted by Kenny Sholl on September 21, 2010

Men of McCallie,


“I am amazed!” That was quite a speech we heard from former Headmaster, Dr. Spencer J. McCallie III. What I didn’t realize is that the founding fathers of the school were young men when they answered the call over 105 years ago to do something about the lack of formal education in the South. Dr. McCallie made two points that bear repeating:

You don’t have to wait until you are older to make a difference in the world.

You should live your life in such a manner so that you can always be amazed.

It is reassuring that many of you, while still young men, are already making a difference in your community. This, coupled with your willingness to endeavor without promise of success, certainly represents the spirit of what the founding fathers of the school were trying to do many years ago. I am proud that this spirit is alive and well on the Ridge.

On another positive note, I received the following email from a person who attended the football game in Nashville last Friday night.

“Last night I attended the Ensworth game with my 13 year old son. He noticed the character of the boys on your team and of your fans. We were along the rail behind the bench. There was no cursing. You could see genuine "love" for the teammates. You may not have won the game last night, but you won a fan in Nashville. Keep up the good work.”

Men, while I am very proud and happy to hear such a good report, I must tell you that “I am NOT amazed!” to hear such things said about McCallie men. This is, quite simply, who we are.

With appreciation,

Dean Sholl

For the news item about McCallie Day, including pictures and a link to Spencer McCallie's talk, click here.

Topics: courage, A Word to the Wise, First Person, influence, leadership, respect, Upper School Life, young men

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