For boys, 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 model kindness 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.

    Our Lower School and Middle School campus (grades 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; 870 male students are enrolled selectively. The Lower School (grades K-5) has 226 students, the Middle School has (grades 6-8) has 223 students, and the Upper School (grades 9-12) has 421 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 137, 118 of whom have master's degrees, 12 have doctorate degrees, three have J.D.s, and one has an M.D.

    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 hope to foster a good student-college match.

    University School awards $4.7 million in need-based financial assistance annually to more than 30 percent of students in kindergarten through grade 12. Merit aid awards are available to incoming ninth graders.

    SAT Math Scores: University School's mean is 636 (State Mean: 562; National Mean: 513); middle 50 percent is 550-700.
    SAT Critical Reading Scores: University School's Mean is 618 (State Mean: 555; National Mean: 497); University School's middle 50 percent is 550-680.
    SAT Writing Scores: University School's Mean is 625 (State Mean: 535; National Mean: 487); University School's middle 50% is 580-690.
    ACT Scores: University School's Mean is 27.8 (State Mean: 22.2; National Mean: 21); University School's middle 50% is 25-30.

    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 the past five years, US has won numerous regional and state championships, and one national championship in squash. Teams represented include hockey, swimming, diving, wrestling, lacrosse, and tennis. Read more about our alumni scholar athletes.

    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 125 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. Click here for more information.

    US is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the Ohio Association of Independent Schools (OAIS), the Cleveland Council of Independent Schools (CCIS), and the International Boys' Schools Coalition (IBSC). For more information on these associations, please click on the following links:

    International Boys' Schools Coalition

School Leadership

List of 10 members.

  • Mr. Richard Bryan 

  • Dr. William O'Neil 

    Assistant Headmaster, Academic Dean K-12, Gray Chairholder in English, English, Golf
    216-831-2200 x7363
  • Mr. Jonathan Bridge 

    Assistant Headmaster For Advancement
  • Mr. Bruce Wilhelm 

    Assistant Headmaster K-12, Health 6, Soccer
  • Mr. David Wright 

    Finance Director
    216-932-0400 x8220
  • Mrs. Sara Stephenson 

    Director of Enrollment Management
    216-831-2200 x7356
  • Mr. Patrick Gallagher 

    Co-Director of the Upper School, Dean of Faculty, English, Academic Challenge
    216-831-2200 x7390
  • Dr. William Daughtrey 

    Co-Director of the Upper School, Dean of Students, Director of Summer Academic Programs, English
    216-831-2200 x7355
  • Mrs. Gail Stein 

    Lower School Director
    216-321-8260 x8269
  • Mrs. Lindsay Arnoult 

    Middle School Director
    216-371-6818 x8238


President and Chairman
Brent D. Ballard, Sr. '74

Vice Chairman and Treasurer
Christopher E. Smythe ‘78

Vice Presidents
Marc S. Byrnes ‘72                                        
David C. Fulton, Jr. ‘74
Richard R. Hollington III '82
Robert G. McCreary III '69
Henry L. Meyer III '68 
Dale R. Naylor                                         
Stephen A. Osborn ‘71 
Thomas A. Tormey '70 

Frederick G. Stueber II '71

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


Dale S. Adler, MD  '71
Frederick S. Asbeck ’80
Brent D. Ballard, Sr. '74 
Ralph R. (Rick) Banks ’83
Marc S. Byrnes '72
Durga Chigurupati
Arthur L. Clements III '75
Matthew V. Crawford '87
Pamela B. Davis, MD, Ph.D.
Deborah V. Donley
Franklin B. Floyd, Jr. '72
Michael F. Foust '74
David C. Fulton, Jr. '74
John M. Gherlein '73
Scott E. Goldberg '79
Christopher M. Gorman
James B. Griswold '64
John A. Griswold '67
Howard W. Hanna IV
Raymond C. Headen '78
J. David Heller
Richard R. Hollington III '82
Suber S. Huang, MD MBA
Joseph K. Juster
James C. Kralik '82
Ronald S. Lee '80
William M. Matthes '78
Robert G. McCreary III '69
Henry L. Meyer III '68
Charles L. Myers '94
Dale R. Naylor
Stephen A. Osborn '71
David B. Outcalt '86
J. Anthony Rehak
Jeremiah B. Robins '77
Anthony J. Salewski ’93
Neil Sethi
Carl P. Sjogreen '96
David R. Smith '80
Christopher E. Smythe ‘78
Richard P. Stovsky
Frederick G. Stueber II '71
J.D. Sullivan, Jr. '80
Steven J. Terrell '75
Carl J. Tippit '76
Marques D. Torbert '02
Thomas A. Tormey '70
Tyler T. Zachem '84


Peter W. Adams ’57
Darrick E. Antell, MD '69 
Thomas C. Barry '62
James M. Biggar '46 
Christy Jones Bittenbender
William R. Calfee '64
Lee A. Chilcote '60
William E. Conway '45
David S. DeMuth
Barbara B. Gratry
C. Martin Harris, MD 
Robert L. Hartford, Jr. '61
J. Jeffrey Heinen '73 
John F. Herrick '56
Bert L. Holt
Richard A. Horvitz '71
E. Bradley Jones '46
Virginia M. Lindseth, Ph.D.
Richard H. Marshall '69
Mark C. Mead

Frederick C. Merrick II '63
Robert F. Meyerson '54
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
Ann Pinkerton Ranney
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
Robert D. Storey
Neil L. Thompson ’59
John F. Turben '53
Karl R. Van Horn '53
Thomas E. Wagner
William M. Weber '57
Jerome A. Weinberger '46

Shaker Heights Campus

20701 Brantley Road
Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122
Phone: 216.321.8260

Hunting Valley Campus

2785 SOM Center Road
Hunting Valley, OH 44022
Phone: 216.831.2200
University School serves 870 boys in grades K-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.