Christchurch School - Review #2
About the Author:
|College Enrolled||Wesley Theological Seminary|
|Home Town, State||Riverdale Park, MD|
|Years Attended Boarding School||3|
|Activities During Boarding School||I was a three year, three sports letterman and in my junior and senior years I won the Dick McDonague Best All-Around Athlete Awards. As stated earlier I was the first black to win the school's highest award, the Bishops Award. I also serves as a dorm supervisor as a junior and a dorm floor proctor as a senior. I was also elected senior class president. I was also chosen to be published as a top student in the 1976 Who's Who Among American High School Students.|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
I attended Christchurch School (CCS) from 1973 - 1976. I was one of the first African American students to attend and the seventh black to graduate from the school. I graduated with the distinct honor of being the first black student to win the school's highest award, The Bishop's Award. And there lies Christchurch's strength. Their diversity of enrollment. Prior to the 1970's, CCS was an all-male boarding school. Over the years, aside from admitting a diverse ethnic population of Black, Hispanic and Asian students, they now have female boarding student. In addition, no matter the race of gender, each and every student is assured an even playing field. We are also unique in the fact we have one of the best waterfront programs in the nation. Our academics is comparable to any private school on the East Coast. Our athletics programs have produced state champions in several sports.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
As a black man, I was disappointed with the world outside of my Christchurch experience because I did not always find myself competing on a "level playing field" as I was accustomed to at CCS. However, Christchurch had prepared me to be a "Renaissance Man" who could adapt to many types of environments and survive.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I would not change a things. My time at Christchurch was a wonderful ride.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
The school never forgot my achievements. In 2008, I was the first African American admitted in a single capacity, to be elected to the CCS Athletics/Lifetime Achievement Hall of Fame. What an honor.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Go to CCS with an open mind and absorb the diversity of experiences you will encounter. You will be prepared for your first steps into life as an adult.
1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
My career aspirations were to be a writer and author. All of my English teachers were graduates of Ivy League school and once they found out my aspirations worked with me to hone my writing skills. As a result, as an adult, I served as a journalist on various daily and weekly newspapers throughout the nation. My most notable achievement was becoming the first African American author to write a major Sherlock Holmes novel. It was entitled "Anomalous: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes featuring Jack Johnson and Alphonse Capone" and was published in 2012 by MX Publishing located in London, England.
1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Athletics was the deepest of my loves in regards to CCS. I played both on offense and defense, wide receiver and free safety, and returned punts and kickoffs. We did not win a lot of games but CCS football taught me no matter the odds, prepare to compete and believe in myself. In February 1976, during basketball season, vs. Norfolk State Academy, I scored 47 points and pulled 22 rebounds in one game to set and still hold the school record in both categories. In track I did the triple jump, long jump and high jump in field competition and ran the open 440 and anchor leg on the mile relay team. For any player who is hoping to display their athletic prowess, Christchurch is the place for you.
1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
While a student at CCS, I was introduced to the Arts. We attended dinner theatre plays, concerts and movies. At CCS dinners, we were assigned to specific tables and taught proper use of utensils while dining. The one most invaluable thing I learned, and still do to this day, is stand when a woman is being presented and seated at my table.
1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Dormitory life was an invaluable tool in preparing for life as a whole. I was exposed to, and interacted with guys from various walks of life. We exchanged musical cultures, views on life (agreeing to disagree at times) and as a result most of those guys are still my closest friends in this world. Study hall in the evening helped me academically and food after scheduled meals was never an issue.
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Christchurch School's campus is a community within itself and exposure to the surrounding community was not often.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
I used to love the mixers we had with sister schools St. Margaret's and St. Catherine's. We would have dances and intermingle.
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