With a view toward their history and a desire to strengthen Catholic education, Benedictine College Preparatory and Saint Gertrude High School unified under a single new corporation, The Benedictine Schools of Richmond, in January 2020. The Benedictine Schools of Richmond will operate Saint Gertrude High School essentially as an all-girls school division and Benedictine College Preparatory essentially as an all-boys school division. The two schools will share the Benedictine Abbey campus, including some important facilities such as the campus church, auditorium, athletic fields, and a new state-of-the-art gymnasium. For 90 years, the two schools operated just 400 feet apart in the Museum District of Richmond. In 2013, Benedictine College Preparatory relocated to the 50-acre Benedictine Abbey campus. In 2021, Saint Gertrude High School will relocate to the Benedictine Abbey campus, where the schools will, once again, be in close proximity.
Benedictine Schools of Richmond Announces First President
An excerpt from the official announcement: On behalf of both schools’ boards, it is our great pleasure to announce the appointment of Jesse A. Grapes as the new president of The Benedictine Schools of Richmond, Inc. The criteria established by our search committee for the new president aligned well with Mr. Grapes’s experience, skills, and leadership style. As an inspiring leader and accomplished community builder, we are confident that all of his experience has led to this moment and points to even greater accomplishments in the futures of Saint Gertrude and Benedictine. Mr. Grapes is well-prepared and eager to build on the solid base he has already established within our community, and we look forward to a great future for both Saint Gertrude and Benedictine under his leadership.
Please join us in welcoming Mr. Grapes and his leadership on this journey toward a future full of hope for our beloved schools. We hope you will watch Mr. Grapes’s first official address to our unified community as president below.
Benedictine Schools of Richmond Seeks First Principal
The Benedictine Schools of Richmond, the largest Catholic secondary education organization in Richmond, seeks a dynamic individual who will assume the programmatic leadership of both Saint Gertrude High School and Benedictine College Preparatory. The principal is charged first with coordinating the relocation of Saint Gertrude High School to the Benedictine Abbey campus while aligning school cultures and schedules in an exciting coordinate program structure. The principal will own the spiritual, academic, leadership, and athletic programs of the two schools, finding synergies that lead to the development of The Benedictine Schools of Richmond culture while respecting the single-sex programs that form its foundation. The incoming principal must be a faith-filled and visionary leader who excels at building teams, collaboration, and transformational leadership. The principal will report directly to the president of The Benedictine Schools of Richmond. (We are no longer accepting applications for this position.)