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.

List of 13 items.


    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; 848 male students are enrolled selectively. The lower and middle schools (grades Junior K-8) have 420 students, and the upper school (grades 9-12) has 428 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 140, 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 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.

    In the 2017-2018 school year, University School has 8 Semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Competition, along with 13 National Merit Commended Students.  Additionally, one student has been named a National Merit Hispanic Scholar. In 2017-2018 school year, the National Merit Scholarship Program named two of the US seniors who reached Finalist status as winners in the competition for National Merit Scholarships.

    90% of University School's Class of 2018 took the ACT:
    ACT Score: University School's average score is 29.8.
    75% of University School's Class of 2018 took the SAT:
    SAT Math Score: University School's average is 700.
    SAT EBRW Score: University School's average is 690.

    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. 

    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 128 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 11 members.

  • Mr. Patrick Gallagher 

    Head of School
    216-831-2200 x7390
  • Mrs. Lindsay Arnoult 

    Middle School Director
    216-371-6818 x8238
  • Mr. Jonathan Bridge 

    Assistant Head of School for Advancement
  • Mrs. Betsy Coy 

    Director of Learning Services, Freshman Class Dean
    216-831-2200 x7341
  • Dr. William Daughtrey 

    Director of the Upper School, Dean of Students, Director of Summer Academic Programs
    216-831-2200 x7355
  • Mr. Sean McDonnell 

    Director of Athletics K-12, Basketball
    216-831-2200 x7394
  • Dr. William O'Neil 

    Associate Head of School, Academic Dean K-12, Gray Chairholder in English, English, Golf
    216-831-2200 x7363
  • Mrs. Gail Stein 

    Lower School Director
    216-321-8260 x8269
  • Mrs. Lisa Ulery 

    Director of Technology and Libraries, School Archivist
    216-831-2200 x7347
  • Mr. Bruce Wilhelm 

    Assistant Head of School K-12, Health 6, Soccer
  • 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
Pamela B. Davis, MD, Ph.D.
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
Christopher M. Gorman
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
Jeremiah B. Robins '77
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
James M. Biggar '46 
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
John A. Griswold '67 
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
E. Bradley Jones '46
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
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
Carl P. Sjogreen '96
Robert D. Storey
J.D. Sullivan, Jr. '80 
Steven J. Terrell '75
Neil L. Thompson ’59
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.