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The Legacy of a Leader: Dr. R. Kirk Walker '69

Posted by Robert W on June 09, 2014

 One of the most meaningful traditions at the McCallie School happens during Commencement exercises. As the names of the graduates are read, they receive their diplomas then walk across the stage to shake the hand of the headmaster as he welcomes them into the ‘long blue line of McCallie Men.’

May 18, 2014, marks the final McCallie Commencement for Headmaster R. Kirk Walker ’69 as he sends off the Class of 2014 with the tools to tackle the next stage in their lives, an encouraging word and the promise of a lifetime of brotherhood. He is retiring at the end of this school year.

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Topics: boarding school, Chattanooga, Dr. Kirk Walker, Featured, Independent School, McCallie School, Posts from the Ridge, spotlight

Staying Connected

Posted by Robert W on April 24, 2014

McCallie's Information Systems Director Robert Wilson and his staff ensure that the school’s students and faculty are ahead of the curve with technology.

McCallie School has a long history of computing. In the 1970s, McCallie was one of the first schools to have an electronic student scheduling system. Among its other school technology firsts were an online student information system, paperless communication and the implementation of a ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) program. Today, McCallie continues to apply technology for academic and administrative use throughout. The Information Technology Department supports these uses by providing a reliable network, telephone, computing and application infrastructure. Historically, many applications were developed in-house.  Read More

Topics: First Person, McCallie School, technology in schools

The Battles for Chattanooga

Posted by Robert W on January 02, 2014

As historians, reenactors and tourists from all over converged on Chattanooga this fall for the Civil War Sesquicentennial in Tennessee, McCallie Magazine commemorates these historical events that transpired in our own backyard. What follows is a summary of the Battle of Missionary Ridge, intended to provide a sense of the historical significance of the location of McCallie School.

"Battle of Missionary Ridge," copyrighted 1886 by Kurz & Allison Art Publishers, held at Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division


In 1863, 150 years ago, the population of Chattanooga was 2,500. As it does today however, Chattanooga served as a gateway to Atlanta and the Deep South, as well as to Knoxville, Nashville and points North, East and West. It was a major railway hub in the Railroad Age; thus it held immense importance to both the Confederate and Union armies during the U.S. Civil War.

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Topics: Alumni News, Battle of Missionary Ridge, Civil War Sesquicentennial, Battles For Chattanooga, Featured, McCallie School and the Civil War, Posts from the Ridge, spotlight

Creative in the Cold

Posted by Robert W on December 16, 2013

(Upper School English teacher Erin Tocknell used a study grant to spend part of her summer in Iceland.)

I became interested in Iceland after reading “The Geography of Bliss,” which a student-led group had chosen for their McCallie summer reading. American author Eric Weiner devotes a chapter of the book to describing Iceland as a place steeped in creative energy. As a writer and teacher who spends her days trying to awaken such energy in her students, I was intrigued. What makes Iceland’s populace one of the happiest in the world? What drives so many of them to create?

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Topics: English teacher, Erin Tocknell, Featured, Iceland, McCallie School, Posts from the Ridge, spotlight, O Captain! My Captain!, Upper School Life

Presidential Impressions

Posted by Robert W on October 08, 2013

First Person by Dr. Duke Richey '86

Dr. Richey is the Howard H. Baker Jr. Chair of American History. First Person in the McCallie Magazine allows a teacher, administrator or student to present a unique perspective on life at McCallie.


(L-R) Jameson Barnes, Colton Petty, Jean Coupe, President and Mrs. Jimmy Carter, John Wiener and Steven Wang.


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