Honor. Truth. Duty.
At McCallie, we believe in values that go beyond our innate gifts and talents, values that demand us to strive to be better people. “Honor - Truth - Duty” is at the core of McCallie’s mission because they are a way of life, a way of thinking, a way of being, active not passive, mindful not instinctive. McCallie is not about what you are born with, but who you can become through what you are willing to learn and to do.
"In a world awash with information, celebrity and clutter, and with many competing and contradictory ideas, it can be hard to find truth and to reflect upon it. In a world with so many pressures to achieve and get ahead, it can be hard to remain truthful. It's common in today's world to think that honor is outdated, a quaint notion from a simpler time. It's common to think that the only duties we have are to ourselves, to our own happiness and successes, to our own story.
That, though, is not the McCallie way. We are uncommon.
We are McCallie."
Headmaster Lee Burns '87
Honor comes from an awareness that every person is an image bearer of God and has dignity and worth. That awareness creates a respect for ourselves, for others, for those who came before, and for those will come after. Honor, therefore, creates a respect that causes us to treat ourselves and others well, to speak and act with integrity and honesty, to do what is right regardless of circumstance or consequence.
Truth relates to what we know and how we know it. As a community of learning, we aim to understand, to pursue, and to proclaim intellectual and spiritual truth - respectfully, fearlessly, rigorously, and scientifically. As a community of faith, we acknowledge, as has been said before, that “all truth is God’s truth,” and in humility we affirm that we do not know everything, we know some things imperfectly, we allow for doubt, and we allow truth to shape, correct, and change us.
Duty flows from the command to love God with all our being and to love our neighbor as ourselves. Duty teaches what we should love and what we should do. Duty calls us to put knowledge and affection into action, to consider others more highly than ourselves, and at times to disadvantage ourselves for the good of others. Duty causes us to serve others by using our gifts and talents in a meaningful way.