McCallie Past & Present
"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. And 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 It's common in today's world to think that honor is outdated, a quaint notion from a simpler time last century. 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

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.


Honor reflects the choice of taking the high road, of living a Godly life. Honor is to be a person of your word and to do what is right, regardless of the circumstances or consequences. The act of seeking a life with honor, or at least striving to do so, shows respect for oneself.


Truth seeks to fully understand and value ourselves, others, and our Maker. Aim to celebrate the pursuit of intellectual and spiritual truths. Aim to accept responsibility for what you believe and how it influences the way you live. The act of seeking truth shows respect for the world around you.


Duty strives to put knowledge into action, fulfilling God’s plan for our lives and helping others do the same. Aim to be selfless and serve others by using your gifts and talents in a meaningful way. The act of seeking to fulfill our sense of duty shows respect for others.
"This has meant more to the school than any other one action that was taken, and it would be difficult to estimate the influence for good that it has had upon boys."

Park McCallie, founding co-headmaster

"I think it is impossible to over-emphasize the importance of the Honor System at McCallie and to those boys who went through the school.

Honor is not something you are born with; it’s just not automatic. You learn honor. Honor can be taught. It (is) taught at McCallie under the Honor System. We work at it. We stress the importance of integrity, of having people have confidence in your word and believe in you... It’s a way of life; it’s a way of thinking; it’s really what you are."

Dr. Spencer McCallie Jr. '28, Headmaster 1949-1974

McCallie School

McCallie is an All-Boys Private Boarding School and Day School, a Christian-based College Prep School.
McCallie seeks out and accepts boys from all ethnic, racial, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds and places a high value on a diverse student body. 

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