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Ben Neely '99 studying dolphins to help humans

Posted by McCallie Communications and Marketing on March 20, 2017

Humans and dolphins may look quite different, but both are mammals and share many genetic similarities. Understanding these similarities can lead to improved health for both species.

McCallie alumnus Ben Neely '99, a member of the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Marine Biochemical Sciences Group, and colleagues recently completed an index of all proteins found in the bottlenose dolphin genome. 

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Topics: Alumni News, science, class of 1999

Prince & the Paisley Park Pancake Pajama Party

Posted by Billy Faires on April 28, 2016

By Neal Morris '90

This is the first in what might or might not ever be a series of "Alumni Brushes with Greatness" essays that might nor might not always include brushes with greatness. If you are a McCallie alumnus with a story to tell, contact

Probably the best time I ever had at Prince’s compound eating pancakes and listening to him jam at 4:00 a.m. was the one time back in 2013 where I went out to Paisley Park, ate pancakes, and listened to him jam. It was also the only time I went out to Prince’s, ate pancakes, and listened to him jam. Also, we were wearing pajamas. Here’s how it went down.
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Topics: Alumni News, brushes with greatness, concert, 1999, little red corvette, mccallie alumni, paisley park, pancake breakfast, prince, purple rain, tafkap, the artist formerly known as prince

Three Takeaways from a Distinguished Alumnus

Posted by Billy Faires on April 12, 2016

In March, Michael Lebovitz '82 graciously accepted the 2016 Distinguished Alumnus Award from McCallie School. The award is the highest honor the school can bestow upon one of its alumni, and only one award per year is given. After thanking the school, his family and friends, he offered the following thoughts.

I want to talk about three things as it relates to my experiences at McCallie: relationships and experiences, ego, and giving.

Relationships & Experiences

I believe most things in life revolve around relationships and experiences, and I know I learned the importance of relationships and experiences from my time at McCallie. The relationships that each of us established with our classmates and teachers endure to this day, and some of the experiences we will never forget (and some shouldn't be repeated).

First day at McCallie, September, 1976. I was a 13-year-old "pygmy" — what we inappropriately called seventh-graders back then — and in first period I had Coach Day. Can you imagine Coach Day’s teaching today? Wow, that would be interesting. Sort of like some of our Presidential candidates today – say everything you can that is NOT politically correct!

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Topics: alumni, Alumni News, wisdom, experience, friendship, generosity, gratitude, relationships, Posts from the Ridge, trustees

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

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

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