Christ School (North Carolina)

Christ School is a private college preparatory boarding and day school for boys in Arden, North Carolina, a suburb of Asheville, in the Blue Ridge Mountains. It features a competitive academic curriculum, intramural and varsity athletics, spiritual development and a work program. While affiliated with the Episcopal school, it is open to students of all faiths and backgrounds.

Christ School
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St. Joseph Chapel
500 Christ School Road


United States
Coordinates35°27′53″N 82°29′15″W / 35.4648376°N 82.4876201°W / 35.4648376; -82.4876201Coordinates: 35°27′53″N 82°29′15″W / 35.4648376°N 82.4876201°W / 35.4648376; -82.4876201
Founded1900 (121 years ago) (1900)
FounderFather Thomas Wetmore
Susan Allen Wetmore
CEEB code340095
HeadmasterDr. Sean Jenkins
Number of students294
Campus size500 acres (200 ha)
Color(s)Green and gold
Team nameGreenies
PublicationThe Galax


Postcard of Christ School, c. 1909-10

Christ School was founded in 1900 by Thomas and Susan Wetmore.

The 500 acres (200 hectares) campus is home to approximately 290 boys grades 8-12. Students come from 19 different states and 7 different countries.

Christ School is affiliated with the Episcopal Church but receives no funding or direction from it. All faiths are welcome and represented. The community gathers for chapel services three times per week. St Joseph's Chapel is the longest continuously operating Episcopal church in western North Carolina.


Students at work in the Physics Lab at Christ School

There are 24 Honors classes and 20 Advanced Placement class offered. More than 70% of the faculty live on campus. Graduates attend leading national universities.[1]

In addition to on-campus learning, there are an average of five international trips each school year. Past trips include visits to London, China, Cuba, Peru, Nicaragua, and Spain.[2]


Christ School students have won Gold Keys [3] at the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, part of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers as well as Scholastic Art Awards National American Visions Medal.[4]


Christ School varsity football

Christ School has traditions that date back to the earliest days of the school. Those range from seniors wearing green blazers to traditions around "Yard A" and more.

Christ School has a historic rivalry with Asheville School. "The Game" is the oldest prep school football rivalry in both North and South Carolina, dating back to 1911. The Fayssoux-Arbogast Trophy was created in 1971 and was named after Richard Fayssoux, football coach at Christ School from 1920 to 1966 and B.H. Arbogast, Asheville School coach from 1930-1967. Winning this trophy has come to represent the ultimate recognition between the two independent schools.

Each year the football teams compete for the Fayssoux-Arbogast Trophy, which then remains with the winning school until the next year's game. Asheville School Week is held in fall and filled with spirited activities, skits, and a prohibition of any blue clothing.

Athletics & extracurricular activitiesEdit

At Christ School all students are required to participate in sports. There are eleven varsity sports that students can participate in at school: three in the fall (football, soccer, and cross-country), three in the winter (basketball, swimming and wrestling), and five in the spring (track, tennis, golf, lacrosse, and baseball.) The outdoor program, theater, and a number of other programs are offered year-round as sports as well.

There are 28 student-led clubs. Students produce a literary magazine called The Struan and a yearbook called The Angelus. The school also produces a biannual magazine called The Galax.


The Christ School basketball program has historically been very successful, winning six NCISAA State Championships (In North Carolina, public and private schools compete in different state associations). The last state title was in 2011. It is the only boys program in the history of Western North Carolina to win five straight state titles in basketball. Since 2005, the Greenies have sent 23 graduates to Division I programs. The Christ School basketball team plays its home games in the Mebane Fieldhouse. "The Greenie Dome" is painted on the wall inside the Field House. Christ School has had 2 McDonald All-Americans and Plumlee brothers Miles (Class 2008) and Mason (Class 2009) were drafted in the first round by the NBA. Mason, won a gold medal in the FIBA World Championships in 2014. Each of the three Plumlee brothers attended Duke, and each left with a National Championship. Mason and Miles won in 2010 and younger brother Marshall won in 2015. The basketball team is currently coached by Head Coach Matt Cioce.


The football team reached the NCISAA Division II semi-final round for the 3rd straight year in 2014. The Greenies were state championship runners-up in 2015 and 2016. Since 2005, Christ School has had 10 players go on to play college football. The football team won the NCISAA Division II State Championship in 2020.


The golf program has won NCISAA 3A State Championships in 2010, 2012 and 2014. Christ School has had six golfers continue at the Division I college level including colleges like Davidson, Clemson, and College of Charleston.


Christ School began the lacrosse program in 2002 under current coach Jeff Miles. Since that time, the program has won ten conference championships, appeared in fourteen consecutive NCISAA playoffs, including State Championship wins in 2017, 2018, and 2019. Lacrosse has placed more than 25 players at all levels of college lacrosse, many at the division one level. There have been more than 23 all state selections and four high school All American selections.

Outdoor ProgramEdit

Christ School students kayaking through the Blue Ridge Mountains

Christ School is located in one of the most desirable areas for outdoor activities in the country. The Outdoor Program offers mountain biking, kayaking, rock climbing, hiking, fly fishing, adventure racing, and skiing. Students may choose to participate in the Outdoor Program as their sport and is available in the fall, winter, and spring.

Ski and snowboardEdit

Beginning in 2009, Christ School formed a Snow Team that practices at Cataloochee and competes regularly in the Cataloochee Interscholastic School Race League. In the 2012 Racing Season, two Snowboard team members, and two Ski team members attended the 2012 Nastar National Championships. The team members placed with two bronze, one silver, and one gold medal finishes.


Christ School Theater presents Shakespeare in Hollywood

Theater productions include One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Fantasticks, the operetta, The Pirates of Penzance, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Little Shop of Horrors, and Shakespeare in Hollywood. The plays have done well in regional play competitions, such as the Independent School Theater Festival. Theater productions take place in Pingree Auditorium. Christ School's theatre program also began filming movies, making their first short movie named Poker Face during the winter season of 2018.[citation needed]

Notable alumniEdit



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