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Baseball: Bridging Generations

Posted by Jim Tanner on October 24, 2016

Story written by Henley Edge, Class of 2017  Editor’s note: McCallie senior Henley Edge aspires to a career in sportswriting. As an exercise, Henley decided to write a profile of 2016 graduate and McCallie baseball player Quinn Smith and his grandfather. A brief excerpt of the story was published in the Fall 2016 issue of McCallie Magazine. Here is Henley's complete story.

The frustrated expression that covered the eleven-year-old boy’s sweat-drenched face had set in long ago. It was a hot summer day and he was tired, but that was the last thing on his mind. All he wanted was to see that little white ball sail over the chain link fence that stood far behind his grandfather.  

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Topics: Posts from the Ridge

A Battlefield and Farm, A Home and a Ridge

Posted by Jim Tanner on August 18, 2016

McCallie School opened the 2016-17 school year with the annual Convocation ceremony, this year held on the Spencer J. McCallie III Quadrangle. 
Headmaster Lee Burns '87 welcomed the students and faculty back to the Ridge with the following remarks. For the 112th time, boys, faculty and staff assemble to begin a school year at the McCallie School. I extend a warm welcome to each of you, and especially to the many of you who are new this year to our family. Read More

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A lifetime of education

Posted by Jim Tanner on April 15, 2016

Middle School Head Lynn Goss reflects on his career in education. This piece can be seen in the Fall/Winter 2015 issue of McCallie Magazine.

Where has the time gone?

Isn’t this the question we continue to ask ourselves as we grow older?

As our children begin their journey to adulthood, we continue to be amazed how quickly the time passes. One day they are starting school; the next they are graduating.

Retirement? Isn’t that something that we often talk about, but we think that it will never arrive?

We won’t ever be that old, will we? Last year, I heard a quote that rang true for me at this point in my life/career. “The days are long, but the years are short.” This statement from author Gretchen Rubin sums up how I feel at this point in my life.

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Topics: Campus Life, character, duty, administration, First Person, leadership, learning, middle school, retirement, Posts from the Ridge, O Captain! My Captain!, teachers, teaching

Mac Caldwell Thrives at U.S. Air Force Academy

Posted by Jim Tanner on December 07, 2015

As the approximately 4,000 United States Air Force Academy cadets stood at their tables awaiting permission to sit and begin their noon meal in late August at the Academy’s campus in Colorado Springs, Colo., McCallie alumnus Mac Caldwell ’12 stepped to the podium with somber news for his classmates.

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Topics: air force academy, Alumni News, character, duty, college, honor code, leadership, military service, responsibility, service academies

From McCallie to College

Posted by Jim Tanner on July 10, 2015

The McCallie School Class of 2015 — like most graduating classes in the past 110 years — was made up of an impressive group of young men ready to depart for college and adult life. But for Director of College Guidance Jeff Kurtzman, this group of seniors made a special mark.

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Topics: boys, Campus Life, college guidance, college prep, columbia, Dartmouth, Duke, class of 2015, college acceptance, harvard, mccallie, MIT, princeton, Posts from the Ridge, The Runway Perspective (Seniors), seniors, stanford, UNC, UPenn, Upper School Life, UVA, Vanderbilt