Dennis goes to Christ School, a private college preparatory boarding and day school for boys in Arden, North Carolina, a suburb of Asheville. It was founded in 1900 by Father Thomas and Susan Allen Wetmore as a mission of the Episcopal church. Mrs. Wetmore’s family gave them four acres of hilltop land for the purpose of educating the rural mountain children.
Christ school has changed into a private boys school and grown to over 500 acres of academic and residential buildings, athletic fields, wooded trails, and green space. Currently it has over 290 boys in grades 8 through 12 and students come from all over the United States and across the globe.
Christ school is similar to a university with a first class facility as observed when walking around the campus and meeting the impressive young men attending the school. The goal of the school is for each student to mature into a better version of themselves in order for them to prepare for the next step in their lives. Last but not least the school offers the students the most important quality of all through religious instruction and regular participation in Chapel activities, each of the students learns the sustaining value of faith and spiritual growth throughout his life.
The school believes in developing a young man’s physical fitness and leadership skills as well as his respect for others regardless of a persons origin, culture, or beliefs. Athletics and after-school clubs are an important part of the day. The 24,000 square foot Athletic Center includes a practice facility for various sports teams, as well as a state of the art weight training facility. It is beautiful and very impressive and overlooks the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains.
Christ School is home to the the Greenies, 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 for the football coaches at Christ School and Asheville Schools. Winning this trophy has come to represent the ultimate recognition between the two independent schools. Christ School won the game this weekend, October 30, 2021 by a score of 60 to 24.
Dennis is loving Christ School! He is excelling and getting praise from his teachers. He enjoyed his birthday with his parents this weekend, for the freshman parent weekend. Pam, Duke, and Dennis participated in a parent /son dinner with the other parent and students in his freshman class and he was able to spend personal time with both parents. It seems as though all is good in Dennis’s world! Dennis is my last grandson to grow up and make his way in the world. My prediction is that Dennis will be as scripture describes in Matthew 19:30, “So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.” I do think Dennis is chosen!