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5Billy Faires '90 has worked in the Communications Office at McCallie since 1996, serving as director since 2003.

One hundred and nine years, and eight men. Only eight men have ever held the title of “Headmaster,” or “Co-Headmaster,” at McCallie School. In a time when transitions in leadership at independent schools nationwide occur every five years on average, McCallie School is the exception. Longevity in leadership is just one of the many respected legacies from the Ridge. When A. Lee Burns III '87 accepted the job as McCallie’s headmaster, he was entering truly rare air. He is only the second man -- following the 15-year tenure of his predecessor, Dr. R. Kirk Walker Jr. '69 -- to lead the school without a last name that connected his own family history to the school’s founders, without the name “McCallie.” At the same time, this is very much a homecoming for Lee, the grandson of “Major” Burns, one of the pillars of the school. Mr. Burns’ installation service, held on September 19, 2014, was therefore a unique, if not quite once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the McCallie community to gather and celebrate a school built on tradition and excellence but intent on continuing to move boldly through its second century. The purposes of this special issue of McCallie Magazine are three-fold:

through the commitment and vision of an extended family of alumni, and continuing to serve as a stalwart paragon of boys' education; and 3 to recognize our need to push forward into a promising future for a school whose best days are always ahead. What has been collected here are excerpts from some of the speeches given, and complete transcripts of the speeches given by trustee, classmate and longtime friend of Lee’s, Jon Meacham '87, and by Lee himself. Lee’s speech offers insight into our eighth headmaster’s connection to Missionary Ridge and our school, into his journey from a student here to his return as our leader, and into his vision and energy for what McCallie can be for future generations of boys. While a magazine cannot capture all the energy and emotions of that special day, it can offer some sense of the event’s place in the school’s history. We wanted to share that with our community of alumni, parents and friends. We hope you enjoy it. The magazine will return in the early spring with an issue following the more, um, traditional magazine format! g

1 to celebrate the sights, sounds and words from an unforgettable event, when McCallie installed its newest leader; 2 to cherish the rich history of one of the country’s most unique and effective independent schools, built with the noblest of intentions, developed

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Ode to McCallie School Kemmer Anderson

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A Word from our Chairman of the Board Elliott Davenport '78

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The Gift of Leadership Jon Meacham '87

11 The Gift of Brotherhood Kenny Sholl 13 The Gift of an Amazing Faculty Chet LeSourd '72 14 On McCallie...and Onward McCallie Lee Burns '87 22 "Tradition Alone is Not Enough..." Spencer McCallie '55

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Professor and Doctor, McIlwaine and Burns, Purdy and Dunlap, Dr. Bob, Dr. Spence, Patterson and James, Pataky and Strang, Miles and Spencer: Voices echo through the chapel to guide us along the path From pews to classrooms. Our mission is still to know Proofs, theorems, ancient myths, poems, and scriptures that balance The call for the written line and spoken word to travel Beyond the boundaries of our city, beyond the course of the Tennessee River. How do you make a poem ring? Save to hear the voices of those men who sing Their measures beyond this Civil War battlefield And preserve the Union through their study of history. Red clay and rebar, footings in the earth, The astronomy of orbits around the moon of Jupiter: Dr. Park's sense of wonder is given new birth. From the shadow of Tate, Alumni Hall, and water oak tree A science building calls for the measure of life: Observation and equation in a lab to grow the next Generation of surgeons, seekers, inventors, ecologists, Who will speak to this challenged planet and discover A way to glorify God beyond our racing appetite for material goods -Goods that never can deliver what Lt. Clifford Grayson Gave to school and country with his life on a field in France. Voices speak from the War Memorial, a sacrifice cut short in youth. We gather up roll books and journals, With a blue line to write for the verb Honor And the direct objects Truth and Duty as we tread This century knowing a Redeemer, who lives in heart and head.

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3Elliott Davenport '78 has served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees since 2013.

A word from our CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD We are blessed to have a very involved group of trustees both current and past with us. These men spend countless hours giving of their resources, making sure the school is governed appropriately and in whose hands the future of the school rests. Our trustees check their egos at the front gate, roll up their sleeves and get down to work in the tradition of Honor, Truth and Duty. TRUSTEES EFFECTIVELY DO FOUR THINGS FOR MCCALLIE: 1 2 3 4

We provide for the financial well being of the school; We set policy in place and plan strategically; We promote and support the mission of the school; and We appoint the Head of School. This person must be someone who understands boys' education; someone who knows that the character part of education is as important as the formal part of education; and someone

who embraces our mission of educating the whole boy as our founders described as mind, body and soul. This fourth item is one that we don't do very often, and yet it is the single most important thing we do. Look at our history. Even though Lee is our eighth Head of School when you count co-headmasters, we install a head approximately every 21 years. And when we select a new head, we do it really, really well. We have a history of not only selecting heads of the highest educational qualifications, we select heads with the highest integrity and values. I'd like to give you some insight into our headmaster search process and what emerges as important for McCallie. There are many candidates with resumes who have had just the right education and experience, and that's pretty easy to figure out. The hard part is how do you find the right person to match the culture of the school? It will come as no surprise that Lee

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emerged as the preeminent candidate in all qualifiers. So, today we install Lee Burns as our Headmaster because he fits our mission; he fits our culture; and he fits our values. L e e, yo u r t e a m o f facu l t y, administrators, students, alumni, parents, trustees, and advisors bring you gifts of legacy and history. These gifts give you tremendous tailwinds toward fulfilling our mission that was carefully laid out in 1905. You honor all of us by accepting this position and carrying out our timeless and rich traditions. Congratulations on joining the ranks of men like Spencer McCallie and Kirk Walker. Men who have devoted their careers to McCallie. Men who many of us call heroes. g S. Elliott Davenport '78

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The Gift of LEADERSHIP Words from Pulitzer Prize Winning Author & Alumnus Jon Meacham '87

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own the decades, in memory and in myth, the images swirl. Rocky at Day Camp, chasing boys with that blue stick. Coach Day and those vast, unimaginably huge hands. Yo and his gentleness, free with candy and a kind word and a bad joke, and that deceptive extra credit question: Who was on the road to Damascus, and where was Saul going? Dean James gazing out from this stage, saying, more out of hope than experience, “Gentlemen, come to order now, please.”

Generations of McCallie men are gathered here at this hour. We are, to be sure, delineated by the years. Some of us came of age in peace, others in war. Some of us drilled, others of us did not. Some of us knew certain legendary figures in real time, others of us only in retrospect. What links us, however, is stronger than what separates us—a love of this place, of its values and its vision; an abiding affection for the lessons we learned and the stories we shared and the games we played and the books we

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read and the friends we made, and have kept, through all the length of days. And we are now, as of this moment in the early dusk of an early autumn day in the early years of the 21st century, linked one to another by something else—or, more precisely, someone else: Arthur Lee Burns III, my friend, our headmaster. Leadership is an art, not a science. Like the incarnation or, if you’re like me, the theory of relativity or just quadratic equations, leadership is

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6Student musicians performed throughout the ceremony, including the McCallie String Ensemble and the McCallie Men’s ensemble.

fundamentally mysterious. Great leaders, of whom you stand on the mountaintop, looking schools or of nations, are at once makers and out at the world to come. With them you take mirrors of the hopes and fears and dreams of in the whole sweep of life. With them you see their followers. Great leaders tell us a story—a things whole—your eyes, together, look ahead, story in word and deed, in hours both formal and hope. and informal—of what we are doing, why we Lee has always seen things whole. Even are doing it, and where we are going. Great as a young man, he had the gift that he has leaders take joy in their job. They live it and they cultivated and nurtured and which he has breathe it, exuding now brought home: the gift the sense that of vision, of appreciating History offers us there is no other complexity, of finding place on earth common ground, of pointing the best chance they would rather be the way ahead with authority than right here, right but without arrogance—and to confront and now. And great leaders that is the rarest and most live in hope. At Sewanee, valuable of skills. Even in overcome the my other alma mater just the remote regions of the up the road a piece, the past—way back in the Age challenges of the of Reagan, which to today’s legendary athletic trainer had a ready reply when students seems as impossibly present time. he was asked, as he often antique as, say, Agincourt, was, what was the best or perhaps the fall of Troy— team he’d ever seen. “The even then, Lee was a leader, a one coming up,” he would reply. young man capable of earning the trust and McCallie has been blessed in its leaders, the respect and the confidence of others. from the founding brothers to Spencer III The task before Lee is formidable, for it is to Kirk Walker. Yet I nothing less than the making of men who am on safe ground, I will go forward from this place to confront a think, in saying that bewildering world. The first McCallie students those headmasters, came of age in the earliest years of American living and dead, join empire; the school was founded during the me in believing that administration of Theodore Roosevelt, a man McCallie’s greatest who believed in the virtues of action at home headmaster is the one and abroad. For more than half the life of this coming up right now. school, America and the world have lived with Lee Burns has been the reality or the possibility of global war, both my friend for more hot and cold. And now, fourteen autumns on than three decades. since the attacks of September 11, 2001, we We grew up together. continue to face elusive foes who wish us harm. We stood together— Put another way, the life of the broader world here, at McCallie— is inextricably linked to the lives of the young on the threshold of men who are being shaped here—and the lives college and of real life, of the young men who are shaped here will be talking and dreaming inextricably bound up with the triumphs and of many things. the tragedies of the broader world. McCallie is From my perspective, not a refuge from reality, but preparation for it. anyway, ours was the kind of friendship that The role of a McCallie in this global age comes around only once in a very great while. cannot be overstated. Without the kind He was—is—a friend of my youth, and the of education we offer here—without the friendships of youth are always special, for they transmission of the values of personal integrity, are formed when the world is green, when the free inquiry, critical thinking, the sanctity of great battles of life are still in the far future, the individual, and the obligation to love one’s and when there seems to be nothing but neighbor—we risk losing our way entirely. time—acre upon acre of time, and of promise, So what to do? We must engage, not and of possibility. You cherish those with retreat; lean forward, not backward; ask hard MCCALLIE MAGAZINE |

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"What links us, however, is stronger than what separates us—a love of this place, of its values and its vision."

questions, not shy away from them in the cause of comfort. Unsurprisingly, perhaps, I believe history offers us the best chance to confront and overcome the challenges of the present time. To know what has come before, and to know how to think about seemingly disparate and distant events in relation to one’s own time and own complications, is to be armed against despair, for if the men and women of the past—with all their flaws and limitations and ambitions and appetites—could press on through ignorance and superstition, racism and sexism, selfishness and greed, to, at least in the American context, form a more perfect union, then perhaps we can, too. William Faulkner once observed that the past is never dead; it isn’t even past. On the slopes of this Ridge in the 1860s and in the streets of this city and in places across the South a half century ago, Americans confronted the worst of hatred and violence, and, in so doing, found the best in themselves. So many of the

great universal human perils and promises find vivid expression at McCallie. We stand where soldiers fought in a war for the American union and the American soul. Four miles from this campus stands the house where Chief John Ross of the Cherokee Nation lived in the long shadow of Native American removal. History, in other words, is not a clinical thing; it is all around us—it is us, in fact. We are a part of all that we have met, a part of all that has come before. McCallie’s task—one executed so well for so long, and vital still, all these years distant—is to transform boys into men who, knowing the past, will go forward and bend the present and the future toward the light. The mission for Lee’s McCallie— past, present, and future—is to be found in doing what McCallie has long done best: teach boys to be men, to think creatively, to compete with honor and with skill and with a passion for excellence. Shelby Foote, the historian and novelist, once said

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that he thought the purpose of writing was to teach people how to see. To teach people how to see: that, too, is the function of education broadly defined, for once we learn to see— even if it is through a glass, darkly— then whole universes open up before us. We have been taught that we shall know the truth, and the truth shall set us free. But first we must see the truth; only then can we know it. As we celebrate this new beginning, let us consecrate ourselves to the work that has brought us together, and which suffuses the life of Lee Burns and the school he is to lead: the work to teach the young to see, to know, and to become free. There is no greater task, and no greater joy. And there could be no greater man than my friend—our leader—to point the way forward. g

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5Alumni, faculty, staff and friends gathered in the dining hall following the ceremony for a reception.

5Rev. Ingersoll formerly served as headmaster at Christ School in Asheville, N.C.

5Dr. Kirk Walker's predecessor and a member of the McCallie family, Spencer McCallie served as headmaster from 1974-1999.

I simply cannot imagine a more perfect alignment of purpose and mission than that which has been wrought by the discernment of McCallie’s trustees in calling you, Lee, to be this school’s headmaster. You have demonstrated that you have a passion for education, a deep understanding of and appreciation for the distinctive hearts of boys, and a deft touch in transforming their raw energy into a disciplined, sturdy and noble manhood. To live out those values and beliefs as a headmaster in the rough and tough matrix of a boys’ school in a culture that often challenges or denies those very values – that is a witness to boys of what they are meant to be, of God’s great hope for each of them He will joyously carry forward the commission that the Rev. T. Hooke McCallie gave to his sons in establishing this school: “The glory of God could and should be your aim in your school.” g

When I became headmaster 40 years ago, the school was already 68 years old. The founders had created something new in Chattanooga: a preparatory school, with classes and sports and extracurricular activities. Over 100 small private academies came and went in Tennessee during the first half of the 20th century. When I became Headmaster in 1974, we had an endowment of only $300,000. The curriculum was exploding with more advanced courses needing teachers we could not attract with our salaries, especially in science and mathematics. The Board's response and alumni generosity in raising endowment, which saved us then and continues today. I was drinking from a deep well I had not dug. g

Spencer McCallie ’55 Excerpts from The Gift of Alumni Partnership

Reverend Russ Ingersoll Excerpts from The Gift of Purpose

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ee, as we recently learned from the outstanding book about your Grandfather, “Boy” was the most common word in his vocabulary. So much so that it was the first word uttered by your Aunt Helen as a toddler. When I was a young math teacher, around the time you graduated, I was running through the Quadrangle on my way to class. As I made my way near the flagpole, I noticed a large stick on the ground that could easily be converted into a sword, spear, or random projectile by one of our creative young lads. So I picked it up, and being “just in time,” I had to take the stick into the classroom with me. The class of 15 “very regular” (as we used to say) Geometry scholars immediately came to life.

“Coach, why do you have that stick?” “Where did you find it?” “What tree did it fall off of ?” “Are you going to hit so-and-so with it?” Of course, my students would say just about anything to get me off the subject, so I said without much forethought, “Men, this is the Sword of Geometry, and it goes to the guy who does the best work in class.” I said it as a joke, but the boys in the class became energized and competed like warrior poets for that random piece of wood for the rest of the semester. Recently, I was talking to one of our students who had just completed a very difficult football season. He hadn’t played well in a very visible

position. He struggled with injuries and had become very frustrated with the sport. He was struggling with the decision to walk away from the game and focus on other activities. As we talked through the process he was going through to make this gutwrenching choice, his list of cons far outweighed the pros. In fact, he only had one reason to stay on the team: he could not abandon his teammates. “Coach,” he said, “I just can’t do that. I have to stay out there no matter how tough it is or how unhappy I may be.”

I had to get back to the place that grounded me, gave me hope, and helped me

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Finally, several years ago a young alumnus returned to campus to visit. This is a common and welcomed occurrence on the Ridge, but as I visited with this young man, I learned that his life after McCallie had been a struggle. His career was not going as he had hoped. He didn’t like what he was doing, and he was, as he said, “rudderless.” “Coach, I had to get back to the place that grounded me, gave me hope, and helped me become a man. I have to reconnect with that boy and then reshape this man.” Lee, for 32 years McCallie Boys have inspired me, made me laugh, made me crazy, humbled me, taught me, and most of all....made me a better man. What a gift the McCallie Boy has been to me, and I now humbly offer it to you. May the Lord bless you as you lead this great school. g

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"We celebrate the rich traditions and deeplyrooted values that have been the foundation of this school for over 100 years, and which still mean so much to all of us today."

5Hal Daughdrill is a former Chairman of the Board and serves as a member-at-large.

This is a great evening, a great occasion for McCallie School. For tonight we not only install Arthur Lee Burns III as our next Headmaster but, importantly, we celebrate the rich traditions and deeply-rooted values that have been the foundation of this school for over 100 years, and which still mean so much to all of us today. The students here are deserving and talented boys; boys who are interested not only in the latest, but in the

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lasting. And they are committed to service above self. A group made up of men who, even 50 years after they have graduated, still tear up at the mention of a teacher or coach or mentor who helped them achieve something they never thought they could. g

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hirty years ago, Lee, you and Jon Meacham helped teach 9th Honors English, though I was getting paid to lead that class. I spent some time this week, trying to find those grades you both earned in 1984, for I've been concerned, through the years, that if they were lower than an A+, they may have negatively impacted some job opportunities. Doesn't appear that way. Lee, my assignment tonight is that I get to talk of our faculty, their impact on this school, and what our future might look like, working together with you. It's an incredibly strong faculty, and we've been fortunate to hear a lot of praise over the years. But I want to talk about more than expertise, hard work and our skill in relating to boys. Those are critical core ingredients for any good teacher here, or anywhere. So, I asked over 30 teachers to comment on how McCallie was different from their old schools, or from

The classroom freedom we're given allows "the teachable moment” to occur, that jump from text to the world around us. We take seriously that we don't teach just a subject matter; we teach boys. But what stood out in nearly all of the dozens of responses I got was this: "I've never seen a community like this.” Whether it's to help cover classes or dorm duties, or to share lesson plans. Another comment: "I've never been at a school where I've learned so much from my colleagues. Faculty development of some type occurs just about every week.” Another: "My colleagues have taught me so many things -- about gardening, music, spirituality, marriage, graceful responses to turmoil or tragedy. Intellect is fine, but it is our shared emotional journey that binds this faculty together and makes us better learners and teachers ourselves." Lee, this is a small glimpse of our faculty. Other schools have community, but what our faculty is saying is that there's just more of it here, and that jumps out every time someone's in need or in pain. Personally, I'm grateful for your faith in God and the influence that will have here at McCallie. I thought of you when I saw this verse: "Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer (Rom 12:12). That's probably how you'll help lead us spiritually. I'm also confident that you'll lead us in faculty development. Yes, Lee has changed, in some way, every place he's been, and for the better. Lee, keep bringing us laughter. Thanks. g

We take seriously that we don't teach just a subject matter; we teach boys. their friends' experience teaching at different schools, outside of hard work, subject expertise and caring for their students. Here are a few comments from the dozens of interesting ones I received. People around here listen first, and only then do they act. Many schools focus on character or rigorous academics; one dominates the other. At McCallie, we do both.

Chet LeSourd '72

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On McCallie... and Onward McCallie. Headmaster Lee Burns' Inaugural Address September 19, 2014

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n a warm, late afternoon in May of 1987, I sat in this very chapel for the final time as a McCallie student for our Baccalaureate service. I don’t recall what Headmaster Spencer McCallie '55 said that day, but I do remember what I felt: a deep love for this school; a profound gratitude for the teachers, coaches and administrators who had challenged, loved and mentored me; a brotherhood with my classmates; a belief I was blessed to have been a McCallie boy; and a feeling that I couldn’t yet articulate that the McCallie School had profoundly shaped me in ways that would last a lifetime. I also remember one other thought from that afternoon -- a thought I’ve always remembered but rarely shared. And that thought was this: as I watched and listened to Spencer -- Mr. McCallie to me, then and now -- I realized his role as McCallie headmaster must be full of joy and purpose and deeply rewarding...a calling springing from his innermost being. And for a first moment, the thought, whispered by the Holy Spirit I believe, swirled through my mind: maybe, just maybe, I could or should or would return here one day to do that which he was doing. Twenty-seven years later, I stand here not just with an even deeper sense of gratitude and love for this school, but also profoundly humbled and deeply grateful, with thanks to the Lord, for the responsibility I have been given to serve here. And I am touched and moved that I would be surrounded by family and friends whose love and support have encouraged and guided me. To Board Chairman Elliott Davenport '78, the Search Committee, and the full Board of Trustees, I am grateful for the trust you have placed in me. I am inspired by the Board’s commitment to the McCallie mission and core values, by your aspirations and strategic thinking, by your generosity and mature governance. To the faculty and staff, I am grateful for your loyalty and love for our school, manifested daily in your incredible commitment to the boys -- to their intellectual, spiritual, emotional and physical development. I marvel at your mentoring and teaching, at your talents, at your hard work and high standards. To the alumni, most especially to our Golden M alumni, I am grateful for the good name you have bequeathed McCallie. Your achievements, yes, but the sort of men you are vouch for the values of our alma mater. Not only have your lives told the story of who we are as a school, but your investments and support have sustained and strengthened this school, positioning McCallie as one of the world’s preeminent boys’ schools. To McCallie parents, of students today and of alumni, thank you for entrusting your sons to this school during their formative years. Thank you for your partnerships, your service and your support. To Kirk Walker '69 and Spencer McCallie '55, my immediate predecessors as Headmaster, I am grateful and full of admiration for the remarkable leadership and service you gave this school for the last 40 years, and I greatly appreciate the warmth and kindness you have extended to me. To my friends and colleagues, from both boyhood and adulthood, to my former teachers and coaches, to wise and loving mentors, from the remarkable educators and trustees at Presbyterian Day School and other great schools, thank you for walking alongside me and in front of me, for sharing laughter and life’s adventures and work. To my family, my mother and six siblings, my late father, my beautiful and talented wife Sarah and our three children, Betsy, Arthur and Preston, thank you for your support and encouragement, your sacrifices, your unconditional love, and your love for McCallie. Together, all of us assembled today are family. We are McCallie, and we are family. And I am home. I don’t recall a day in my life when I wasn’t aware of McCallie. My earliest boyhood memories are of this place,

1974 :: Spencer McCallie III '55

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1965 :: Dr. Spencer J. McCallie Jr. '28 1952 :: Co-Headmasters Dr. Spencer J. McCallie Jr. '28 & Dr. Robert L. McCallie '29

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5Lee's family looks on as he delivers his Installation speech. Pictured above is his mother, Graham, his wife, Sarah, daughter, Betsy, and his eldest son, Arthur.

spending time at the Kyle Street house with my grandfather, Major Burns '20, who devoted 47 years to McCallie as a teacher, Dean of Students, and Associate Headmaster. As a young boy, I recall walking around the campus with my father and grandfather. My grandfather and I sat in the wooden blue bleachers behind the third base line at many a McCallie baseball game. He met me each day at the conclusion of McCallie Day Camp during the summers. He and I cheered on the great McCallie basketball teams of the early to mid-1970s.

others: Professor and Park, Presley and Purdy, Dr. Bob and Dr. Spencer and Spencer III, Milligan and Woods and Tate, and other towering figures in our rich history. I heard about this remarkable McCallie family, why and how they started the school, and their commitment to education and service. But more than learning about these great individuals, I sensed a love and passion that Maj. and others had for this place… and not simply for this place, but for the boys of this school. I saw in my grandfather a man who had found great purpose and meaning, who seemed so fulfilled and joyful in whom he was and what he was doing. And I saw then -and years later -- countless men whose lives had so been impacted by him that they would tear up at the mention of his name or a momentary encounter with him or now reading a book about him. The school that would shape thousands of alumni, including those of us alums gathered here this evening, was built upon the dedication of men like Major Burns: schoolmen who taught

We are McCallie, and we are family. And I am home. He introduced me to his friends and colleagues: Colonel Dunlap, Dean James, John Strang and John Day, Chalmers McIlwaine '21 and Rocky Young, and others. Through him and my father, I learned about

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long hours, ran dorms, counseled and disciplined students, and coached teams. They were, in many senses, surrogate fathers and mothers, mentors and guides and role models to boys needing direction and affirmation as they were beginning that complicated journey to manhood in a confusing and sometimes lonely world. I believe these great men and women saw their work at McCallie as a calling, as ministry, flowing from the vision of the founders and inspired by the heroic and hard work of the McCallie family. On June 1, 1905, the Reverend Thomas Hooke McCallie, pastor of First Presbyterian Church in downtown Chattanooga, wrote to his sons, Spencer and Park, both in their 20s, about their idea to “establish a country day school for boys at the old family homestead.” His opening sentence of that letter reads as follows: “Our aim is not wealth, or even having the family together, as desirable as that is, but the glory of God in Christ.” He charged them to create “a Christian school and exercise good, wholesome Christian influence on the pupils.” With the blessing and charge of their father, who provided the land

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upon which we stand today, the two Catechism: “Man’s chief end is to glo- today’s world to think that honor is young brothers set out to find stu- rify God and to enjoy Him forever.” outdated, a quaint notion from a simdents, employ teachers, construct and These words remind us, among other pler time last century. It’s common to prepare a building, and develop the things, that we have a noble and im- think that the only duties we have are curriculum. Remarkably and sure- portant purpose that is bigger than to ourselves, to our own happiness and ly providentially, the two of them did ourselves, that we have duties and ob- successes, to our own story. these very things in one summer, and ligations to God and others, and that That, though, is not the McCallie 99 days later, on September 21, 1905, a life of glorifying God and serving way. We are uncommon. We are McCallie opened with 43 students, Him and others is a joyful one. McCallie. both day students and boarders. Carved into the rotunda and also On October 25, 1990, in this very Knowing all that these two spot, McCallie’s great Latin headmasters accomplished in teacher, Mr. Humphreys, unthat first 99 day period, let no By most any der whom I studied for five one ever suggest that I, comyears and whose presence today pared to prior headmasters, measure, we today are in a deeply gratifies me, delivered a move at a faster clip or overchapel talk he entitled Christian estimate what can be accomstrong position -- one that Duty in an Age of Transition. In plished in a short timeframe. that talk, he said the following: In their personal labors and rewould be envied by most “Unpopular as some may flecting their rugged Scottish call it, a sense of duty, which roots, these two brothers helped independent schools around has been called the most subto establish and define a lasting lime word in our language, must part of the McCallie culture: we the country. be the motivating force in evare a blue-collar, roll-up-yourery successful life… Cicero said sleeves, let’s-get-to-work-school. A used prominently at McCallie are that Roman institutions had perished school built on the side of a ridge, on three other words that help to inform for the want of men to stand by them. the site of a battlefield, we are, to this and direct us: “Honor Truth Duty.” That same charge might be brought day, a school of hard work and high Like our motto, these words anchor against our society, with less excuse. standards. We are a hard school in a what it means to be a McCallie stu- Like Cicero, we live in an age of transociety of softness. dent, a McCallie man. We seek the sition, a mournful period in history in The scholastic standards were high truth, and we speak the truth. which the traditions of our past are from the outset, with the Chattanooga In Philippians 4:8, Paul writes, disappearing. If we lack the convicNews stating in 1906 that “this child “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatev- tion that anything in life deserves our of education [McCallie] has walked er is true, whatever is noble, whatev- devotion and affection, the blame for away from some of its older com- er is right, whatever is petitors in its very infancy.” By 1910, pure, whatever is loveMcCallie graduates had matriculat- ly, whatever is admied at Yale, Georgia Tech, Washington rable -- if anything is and Lee, Virginia and Cornell. A cen- excellent or praisewortury later, the academic standards re- thy -- think about such main stringent, and the college place- things.” ment record is similar. In a world awash Similar, too, and central to the with information, ceschool, both then and now, is the lebrity and clutter, and Honor Code, adopted in 1906. From with many competour inception, our mission has been ing and contradictory broader than scholastic preparation. ideas, it can be hard to 3The class of 1964 was It’s about a boy’s faith, values and find truth, and to reinducted into the Golden M character, his integrity and honor, all flect upon it. And in Society on the weekend of springing from God’s word. a world with so many their 50th reunion. Pictured Above this stage, and at other plac- pressures to achieve above are members of es throughout the campus, includ- and get ahead, it can the Golden M Society who ing the gate at the main entrance, are be hard to remain were asked to stand during the words of our motto, taken from truthful. the Installation ceremony. the first question of the Westminster It’s common in MCCALLIE MAGAZINE |

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that rests on our willful pride in reWhat a history we have, with gen- for students to explore interests and fusing to be humbled before any au- erous and courageous men and wom- pursue passions, with multiple electhority greater than our own selfish en who dared and dreamed to start tives, independent studies, and dozens desires.� and sustain and strengthen a school, of clubs and activities. Over two-hunNot only do we have values and who have sacrificed and served, who dred and fifty boys are participating principles which have guided us devoted their life’s work to this place, in our Candlelight musical this year, throughout our history and today, who in many senses gave their lives its 30th anniversary this December. but we have long-standing partners away to the boys God placed in their Our cross country and baseball teams and friends, most especially that of paths. claimed state championships last Girls Preparatory School. In 1905, As Mr. McCallie said, we drink year. Our students and teams in deGrace McCallie, the older sister of from deep wells we did not dig, wells bate, math, and science earn many loSpencer and Park McCallie, had lob- dug and deepened in the last centu- cal and regional awards. Our Model bied her family for McCallie to enroll ry. Thanks to our predecessors, we are U.N. Team, crew team, and Habitat girls as well as boys. Instead, the fol- clear about who we are and what our for Humanity chapters have received lowing year, she and her cousin, Eula mission is, and we are blessed with a national recognition. Jarnagin, along with Tommie Duffy, great name and reputation. By most We serve boys from a variety of founded GPS at the family house on any measure, we today are in a strong backgrounds, and we are able to comOak Street. In its 108 years, GPS, like position -- one that would be envied mit significant tuition assistance dolMcCallie, has enjoyed a powerful and by most independent schools around lars to assure we enroll talented and compelling mission and a prominent the country. deserving boys, both locally and from place among the great independent Our 930 boys represent the larg- 22 states and 10 countries. Our enschools in our country. est enrollment in the history of the dowed Honors Scholarship program I am delighted that McCallie and school. Their achievements are ex- attracts some of the country’s most GPS share such deep and long ties traordinary. One-hundred and twen- outstanding scholars and leaders. New and that we enjoy and benefit from ty of them were named Advanced state of the art facilities include, in the a close relationship that adds further Placement Scholars this year for earn- last decade, the dining hall, two new strength to one another. dormitories (Pressly and I am particularly pleased Burns), and the Strangthat GPS has selected, Voges indoor tennis cenin Dr. Autumn Graves, McCallie boys are inhabiting ter, along with the new a remarkable woman and Walker Science Center terrific educator to lead under construction. the school. and inheriting a different Thousands of alumni and Throughout our histoparents provide philanry, other men and womthropic support each year en stepped in as vital world, one that is dynamic and that enables us to provide partners and friends, in McCallie boys an extraormany cases strengthendinary education. ing the school, and in diverse, one that demands both We today drink from some cases actually savdeep wells we did not dig. ing the school, as the But what of our future? Maclellan family did traditional skills and new ones. Despite our story of with their financial supyesterday and our strength port and Board leaderof today, we face challengship in the 1930s, as the Caldwells, ing a 3 or higher on three or more of es and opportunities. McCallie boys Davenports, Mills, Lebovitzs and oth- their AP exams. Over the past decade, are inhabiting and inheriting a difer Chattanooga families have done for 250 students have been recognized ferent world, one that is dynamic and multiple generations, and as, especial- by the National Merit Scholarship diverse, one that demands both tradily in recent years, alumni from around Corporation as National Merit tional skills and new ones. the country have done as well. The Finalists, Semifinalists, Commended, To thrive as scholars and leaders, historic and present love and support Achievement or Hispanic scholars. our students and graduates need to of the school by its alumni, parents This year, 60% of the class of 2014 read and think critically. They need and friends is yet another important accepted merit scholarships for col- to research, analyze and synthesize, chapter in the McCallie story of yes- lege. The curriculum is rich and di- to find and make meaning amidst the terday and today. verse. There are ample opportunities abundance of information. They need MCCALLIE MAGAZINE |

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5Pictured l-r: Steve Hearn '74,, Kenny Sholl, Rev. Sandy Willson, Rev. Russ Ingersoll, Elliott Davenport '78, Lee Burns '87, Spencer J. McCallie '55, Kemmer Anderson, Jon Meacham '87, Hal Daughdrill '73 and Chet LeSourd '72

to design, create, tinker, ideate, and prototype. They need to be innovative and entrepreneurial. They need to be fluid and flexible learners, able to learn, unlearn and relearn on the fly. They need to become lifelong learners with an intellectual curiosity and with the propensity to ask powerful and penetrating questions. They need to be excellent collaborators, and not just collaborators with their like-minded classmates, but with individuals from around the world, individuals from different countries and cultures, with different faith traditions and worldviews. Our boys need to be students of the world, global citizens who respect and learn from both their similarities and differences with others. McCallie students and graduates need to reason like a scientist, engineer, mathematician and coder. They need to design and build apps, not just consume them. It may be as important for them to be as fluent in digital literacy as it is any other world language. They need to communicate clearly, concisely and creatively in various media -- both traditional ones and

emerging ones. They need to nourish their minds and stir their souls, through great literature and art and music. And they need to craft poetry and paint and compose music. They need to study history from multiple viewpoints, to learn from it, to see how our past and place shape our present. And they need to understand who they are in relation to God their creator and redeemer, whose design and plans to grow, guide and prosper them call them to a life of faith, service and love. Unfortunately, schools, for the most part, are not designed and accustomed to doing many of these types of things. Schools are generally slowmoving and cautious, focusing on a narrow range of proscribed, shortsighted and often uninspiring content and skills, and in a rapidly-changing world, misalignments between what students need and what schools provide can emerge in ways both subtle and sudden. In the upcoming months and years, McCallie will continue to have stimulating conversations about the nature of learning and what knowledge, skills, mindsets and habits an

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individual should possess not only to be well-educated in today’s world, but to make a positive difference in it. Fortunately, we have a talented and intellectually curious faculty who have growth mindsets, and we as a school understand the importance of professional development. It’s not just that the dynamic and diverse nature of the world is demanding new skills, but young people are, in important ways, different than in prior generations. They are distracted and distractible, like many of us. They read less and game more. They connect and communicate in different ways. Their expectations and timeframes are immediate. They are less inclined to work hard and persevere. They have less of an idea of what wholesome and godly manhood entails and how to get there. How do we reach and teach them, especially our American boys who are disengaging from and underperforming in schools at alarming rates? At their cores, great schools hinge on relationships, especially those between students and their teachers, and fortunately for McCallie, that has been and remains our greatest strength. A passionate and talented teacher, who

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knows, nurtures and loves his students, can speak into a boy’s head and heart and soul and can inspire the student to undertake and persevere at most any task. At our Convocation, I talked to our students about our high standards, about the work ethic that’s required here. I told them it’s common for people to make excuses when things get hard, to quit, to expect a parent to bail them out, to blame someone or some circumstance. But it’s when you are being asked to do more than you think you can, when doubts or fears or pain starts to grip you, when your muscles burn or your eyes are bleary, when you’re throwing up from sprinting, when the poem is perplexing you and hitting the note vexing you, when you’ve been knocked down or lost a match or game, that’s when the real learning and growth will take place. That’s when character is forged; that’s when champions are made. I told them we are a school of high expectations and hard work. We are a school of character and champions We are McCallie. That night, I got an email from a senior on the tennis team telling me that he’d thrown up that afternoon at practice. A few days later at a varsity football practice, I saw a player throw up during his sprints. And, a few minutes later, after the team had finished those sprints, he ran some more on his own. We are uncommon. Most teenage boys don’t do those things. On Sunday night, my family and I attended the student-led vestry worship service. Boys talked about their fears and concerns, shared their prayer requests, sang together, and prayed together. Teenage boys: vulnerable and authentic, recognizing God as greater than themselves. We are uncommon. The first week of school, the first class I walked into was talking about a book by Stanford professor Dr. Carol Dweck. It’s about having a growth mindset and a disciplined focus of process, effort, and continual improvement. In a society obsessed with performance, we are talking about

process. We are uncommon. Our chaplain told me that a group of students wakes early on Wednesday mornings, their day to sleep in late, so they can serve in a downtown community kitchen for the homeless. Teenage boys getting up early? We are uncommon. At McCallie, the byproduct of our excellence seems to be humility rather than arrogance, a desire to serve rather than to take selfies. Our mission and values, our motto and culture -- they are, I suppose, increasingly at odds with the society around us. We face challenges, for sure, yet we do so from a position of strength, as a united school community, as one that is warm and welcoming of all students with their many backgrounds and beliefs. We do so as a family -- with you and thousands of others who believe in us, who love and support us, who enable us to be aspirational. As we chart our way in a changing world, I believe that McCallie will be a school that is a thoughtful blend of tradition and innovation, a place where we can look back and yet lean forward, a school anchored and yet agile. At the end of The Great Gatsby, one of my favorite books, Nick Carraway wonders what the Dutch sailors would have beheld when they first saw the old island in its original state several centuries earlier before its vanished trees had given way to new houses and dreams of his day. As we leave here in a few minutes, we will, on our way to the dining hall, walk across the quadrangle, near where Douglas Hall, built in 1907, once stood, and where North and Middle and South Halls once defined the smaller and simpler campus. Tate is gone, too. So is Lockett Lodge and Alumni Hall. These were the places where generations of McCallie boys studied and strived for excellence, where they played and prayed as a band of brothers, where they learned to act responsibly and help others. It was a place of their adventures and mistakes, where they were given love and grace, compassion and

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confidence. It was not simply a place where boys were raised, but it was home, and McCallie was family. What would the Reverend T. Hooke McCallie think of what had happened to his family farm? What would Spencer and Park McCallie think of their school? I think they would take delight in what they see. I think they would recognize the values of the school, and see that the school had remained true to its founding principles. I think they’d rejoice that the teachers and coaches in 2014 share the same passion and dedication for educating boys that the faculty of their generation did. I think, though, they’d be fascinated by much of what we teach and how we teach it. I think they’d be astonished by the size and scope of the school, by the buildings and programs. I suspect they’d be energized and excited by the vitality of the school. I think, most importantly, they’d be gratified by the thousands of men whose lives were shaped here -- men who embody the ideals of Honor, Truth, Duty, men who glorify and enjoy God. If they were here today, I think they’d look at this faculty in this chapel and say, “You are the heart and soul of this school, and you are amazing.” I think they’d turn around to this Board of Trustees and say, “Your faithful commitment to our mission and your generous support of the school have sustained and strengthened us.” I think they’d look out across this chapel, and say, “Look at the fruits of our labors from the family farm. This land was obviously ordained to inspire boys and build men." I think they’d then offer a prayer, thanking God for his provision for and blessing of McCallie for these last 109 years, beseeching that He continue to use this school for our good and His glory.” I hope and pray that God will do that very thing, and that He will say of each of us, “Well done, thy good and faithful servant.” On McCallie...and onward McCallie. g

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4Faculty & Staff attended the ceremony robed according to their alma maters. Pictured (l-r), former trustee Brad Cobb '86, Dr. Elizabeth Forrester and Tim Chakwin.

McCallie men are honorable. Our word is our contract. We tell the truth. We do the right thing. McCallie men seek the truth. We continue to seek knowledge, ask questions and search for the answers to complex issues and challenges in our lives, our communities and our world.

McCallie men understand it is their duty to serve others. We share our talents and resources to help those in need, wherever they might be. g

Steve Hearn '74 Excerpts from The Gift of Honor-Truth-Duty

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"What you are doing, if you know it is good, may grow beyond your most optimistic plans."

1906 The student body

unanimously adopts an Honor Code and pledge: "I have neither given nor received any aid on this examination (or quiz)."

"Tradition

1905 The McCallie

School opens in the McCallie family home on the side of Missionary Ridge.

alone is not enough to keep a school strong & sustainable." Excerpts from a chapel talk Spencer McCallie '55 gave to current students in anticipation of Founders' Day and Lee Burns' Installation.

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1937 McCallie becomes a non-profit organization governed by a Board of Trustees.

1917 McCallie follows suit with most private schools in the

nation by instituting a military compent with the intention of abandoning the military program at the end of WWI.

1940 Record

1919 Co-founders Spencer and

enrollment of 350 students from 19 states and three foreign countries.

Park McCallie adopt “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.” as the school’s motto.

1970 Board votes to discontinue military program. First black students enroll.

1965 $60,000 in

1971 Trimester

system receives favorable response. Computer training begins off-campus.

McCallie's 60th year provides equipment to bring McCallie into the age of technology with a language lab, library audio equipment and overhead projectors.

1950 School delayed

1958 McCallie

for polio epidemic.

leads the South with 11 National Merit semi-finalists.

1946 Patron's

1982 Music group

1993 Campus extends

performs at World's Fair.

from 45 acres to almost 100 acres, creating a strong sense of community and improved security.

1984 Typing replaced by computer keyboard class.

Sustaining Fund established by Gaines P. Campbell, Sr. "To provide the extras: faculty, student body and equipment."

2001 The Argonaut is named "Best Multi-Issue High School Literary Magazine by the American Scholastic Press Association.

1974 Spencer

McCallie III becomes one of the first thirdgeneration headmasters in the nation.

1985 Faculty Mentor

program begins. Coordinate program with Girls' Preparatory School begins.

1992 Creation of high-

quality programs of student support, in the areas of academic counseling and skill development to meet the individual needs of students.

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2010 The Class of

Candlelight 2010 produced 169 celebrates graduates, marking its 30th the largest graduating anniversary. class in McCallie | F A L L 2 0 1 4 , I N S T A L L A T I O N history. ISSUE

2005 McCallie

begins a series of events celebrating the school's 2005 Centennial Year.


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