For boys, Junior Kindergarten to 12

University School teaches boys of all ages the important tenets of becoming young men: responsibility, loyalty, and consideration. At University School, our students are set up for success both in and beyond the classroom.

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    University School inspires boys of promise to become young men of character who lead and serve. Our dedicated faculty, rigorous curriculum, and experiential programs foster intellectual, physical, creative, and moral excellence. University School is a diverse and inclusive community where each boy is known and loved. 

    Responsibility, Loyalty, Consideration are more than words in a motto; the concepts are woven into the fabric of school life.
    • US teachers and students model integrity and respect.
    • US boys rise to the occasion to lead and to serve those in need.
    • US boys develop empathy by consistently listening, sharing, and being there for others.

    University School believes that its students learn their most formative and enduring lessons through exposure to and experience with a broad range of perspectives.  We recruit and support faculty whose backgrounds and training bring local, national, and international perspectives to our school.  We admit and support students who represent economically, culturally, and racially diverse communities within Northeast Ohio. All students have many opportunities to explore their talents and develop their skills in new contexts. During his time at US, each student is encouraged to discover both his responsibility to others and his purpose in the world. 

    University School maintains two campuses. Our lower and middle school campus (grades Junior K–8) is located in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and our upper school campus (grades 9–12) can be found on a 220-acre campus in Hunting Valley, Ohio.

    University School has a diverse population from Greater Cleveland; 837 male students are enrolled selectively. The lower and middle schools (grades Junior K-8) have 413 students, and the upper school (grades 9-12) has 424 students. This averages out to class sizes of 14 students, which is a 7:1 student to teacher ratio. We take pride in our accomplished teachers. University School faculty number 118, 70% of whom hold advanced degrees.

    One hundred percent of University School graduates go on to four-year colleges. Our approach to college counseling is individual. As each boy is his own person, colleges have their own unique "character," and we foster a good student-college match.

    University School awards $4.7 million in need-based financial assistance annually to 40 percent of students in kindergarten through grade 12. Merit aid awards are available to incoming ninth graders.

    The National Merit® Scholarship Program recognized 24 University School seniors, including 13 students as Semifinalists, in the 2020 competition. Read more.

    91% of University School's Class of 2019 took the ACT:
    ACT Score: University School's average score is 30.
    73% of University School's Class of 2019 took the SAT:
    SAT Math Score: University School's average is 704.
    SAT EBRW Score: University School's average is 673.
    86% of University School's Class of 2019 took Advanced Placement courses:
    Number of Advanced Placement courses offered: 17
    Number of Post-AP courses offered: 12

    University School's athletic programs have a long and successful history and are important components of the overall school curriculum. These programs support the school's philosophy of participation, growth, and achievement and encourage the values of self-discipline, respect for others, integrity, responsibility, and sportsmanship. At the high school, the 13-sport interscholastic program includes varsity, junior varsity, and freshmen teams to encourage broad participation in sports. In 2017, twenty seniors, 34.5% of senior athletes, committed to play college sports. 

    Ranked #1 School for Boys in Ohio by Niche, selected by The Ohio Academy of Science to receive The Governor's Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM Education and Student Research, received a LEEDS Silver certification for the upper school academic wing, and, for the sixth time, named one of the Top Workplaces in Northeast Ohio! 

    Since its establishment in 1890, University School has served as a model for the American independent day school. Founding headmaster Newton Anderson envisioned a school that would train boys in mental, manual, and physical education. His vision endures, as more than 129 years later we continue to educate the whole boy.

    US is accredited by the Independent School Association of the Central States (ISACS) and by the Ohio State Department of Education.

School Leadership

List of 12 members.

  • Photo of Patrick Gallagher

    Mr. Patrick Gallagher 

    Head of School
    216-831-2200 x7390
  • Photo of Lindsay Arnoult

    Mrs. Lindsay Arnoult 

    Middle School Director
    216-371-6818 x8238
  • Photo of Jennifer Beros

    Mrs. Jennifer Beros 

    Associate Head of School, Director Of College Counseling
    216-831-2200 x7324
  • Photo of Jonathan Bridge

    Mr. Jonathan Bridge 

    Assistant Head of School for Advancement
  • Dr. Mandy Capel 

    Lower School Director
  • Photo of William Daughtrey

    Dr. William Daughtrey 

    Director of the Upper School, Director of Summer Academic Programs
    216-831-2200 x7355
  • Photo of Sandra Fantozzi-Welker

    Mrs. Sandra Fantozzi-Welker 

    HR/Payroll Director
    216-321-1984 x8214
  • Photo of Sean McDonnell

    Mr. Sean McDonnell 

    Director of Athletics K-12, Basketball, Admission Associate
    216-831-2200 x7394
  • Photo of Robert Pesicka

    Mr. Robert Pesicka 

    Director of Marketing
    216-831-2200 x7384
  • Photo of Christina Townsend-Hartz

    Ms. Christina Townsend-Hartz 

    Director of Admission, Director of Financial Aid
  • Photo of Lisa Ulery

    Mrs. Lisa Ulery 

    Director of Technology and Libraries, School Archivist
    216-831-2200 x7347
  • Photo of David Wright

    Mr. David Wright 

    Finance Director
    216-932-0400 x8220


President and Chairman
Christopher E. Smythe ‘78

Vice Presidents
Brent D. Ballard, Sr. '74
Marc S. Byrnes ‘72
David C. Fulton, Jr. ‘74
Raymond C. Headen '78
Robert G. McCreary III '69
Henry L. Meyer III '68
Donald C. Molten, Jr. '75
Dale R. Naylor
Stephen A. Osborn ‘71
Thomas A. Tormey '70

Matthew V. Crawford '87

Richard R. Hollington III '82

Life Trustees
Thomas C. Barry '62
William E. Conway '45
Jon H. Outcalt '55
John F. Turben '53


Mike Adams '83
Dale S. Adler, MD  '71
Frederick S. Asbeck ’80
Brent D. Ballard, Sr. '74 
Ralph R. (Rick) Banks ’83
Marc S. Byrnes '72
Drew H. Carleton '96
Durga Chigurupati
Matthew V. Crawford '87
Pamela B. Davis, MD, Ph.D.
Deborah V. Donley
John E. Feighan, MD '82
Franklin B. Floyd, Jr. '72
Michael F. Foust '74
David C. Fulton, Jr. '74
John M. Gherlein '73
Scott E. Goldberg '79
Howard W. Hanna IV
Raymond C. Headen '78
J. David Heller
Richard R. Hollington III '82
Joseph K. Juster
James C. Kralik '82
Ronald S. Lee '86
William M. Matthes '78
Robert G. McCreary III '69
Henry L. Meyer III '68
Donald C. Molten, Jr. '75
Charles L. Myers '94
Dale R. Naylor
Stephen A. Osborn '71
David B. Outcalt '86
Amy O. Paine
J. Anthony Rehak
Anthony J. Salewski ’93
Neil Sethi
David R. Smith '80
Christopher E. Smythe ‘78
Richard P. Stovsky
Frederick G. Stueber II '71
Carl J. Tippit '76
Marques D. Torbert '02
Thomas A. Tormey '70
Michael H. Weiner '99
Tyler T. Zachem '84


Peter W. Adams ’57
Darrick E. Antell, MD '69 
Thomas C. Barry '62
Christy Jones Bittenbender
William R. Calfee '64
Lee A. Chilcote '60
Arthur L. Clements III '75
William E. Conway '45
David S. DeMuth
E. Bruce Dunn '52
Barbara B. Gratry
James B. Griswold '64
C. Martin Harris, MD 
Robert L. Hartford, Jr. '61
J. Jeffrey Heinen '73 
John F. Herrick '56
Bert L. Holt
Richard A. Horvitz '71
Suber S. Huang, MD MBA
Virginia M. Lindseth, Ph.D.
Richard H. Marshall '69
J. Richard Matson '53
Mark C. Mead

Frederick C. Merrick II '63
John W. Mills '49
Dan T. Moore III '59
Edwin R. Motch III '46
Malcolm R. Myers '52
William E. Oberndorf '71
Jon H. Outcalt '55
James V. Pease '57
Larry I. Pollock
James S. Reid, Jr. '43
James E. Sampliner, MD '55
Mitchel D. Sanborn '73
William R. Seelbach '66
George S. Sherwin '62
John R. Sinnenberg
Carl P. Sjogreen '96
Robert D. Storey
J.D. Sullivan, Jr. '80 
Steven J. Terrell '75
John F. Turben '53
Karl R. Van Horn '53
Thomas E. Wagner
William M. Weber '57

Shaker Heights Campus

20701 Brantley Road
Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122
GRADES Junior K-8
Phone: 216-321-8260

Hunting Valley Campus

2785 SOM Center Road
Hunting Valley, Ohio 44022
Phone: 216-831-2200
University School serves 870 boys in Junior Kindergarten to grade 12 on two campuses in suburban Cleveland, Ohio. The School’s mission is to inspire boys of promise to become young men of character who lead and serve. Dedicated faculty, rigorous curriculum, and experiential programs foster intellectual, physical, creative, and moral excellence.