In 1921, Bishop William Cabell Brown and the 圣公会 Diocese of Virginia founded 澳门新葡新京在线 on the Eastman Farm, 在米德尔塞克斯郡. The simple intention of this “venture of faith” was to provide a comprehensive education at reasonable cost in a time when secondary education was not universally available to American children. 9月28日, 1921, 澳门新葡新京在线 opened its doors with several local students and ten boarders.
The beauty of the Rappahannock 河side location was and remains spectacular and unspoiled. 早期，这所学校被称为 “the only country school for boys on Virginia’s salt water.” Arch Harrison ’43 remembers the setting fondly, “I am not sure why the 圣公会 church chose this Middlesex County site … maybe God just said, 相信我.”
就像这个国家的其他人一样, Christchurch endured hard times during the Depression, graduating an average of only six students each year. Nevertheless, the faculty maintained its devotion to the unmistakably special place. In 1934, church school trustees drafted a strategy for survival, stating “an effort should be made to develop the features and opportunities which are unique to Christchurch because of its location on the river and remote from any considerable town. 特别提到了活动, educational and recreational …as field sports and water sports.” 今天, the Christchurch waterfront is home to the school’s sailing fleet, 我们的蚝场, 以及我们积极的科学项目.
While staying true to its original mission of creating “高品质, 纯净健康的身体, 健全的思想, 以及无私的服务精神,”
Christchurch kept up with the times, admitting the first African American male student in 1971. In 1972-73, female day students were welcomed, with the first graduating in 1975. In 1983, Christchurch added its flagship 学习技能计划 to allow students with learning differences to receive the attention they need to identify gifts and weaknesses in order to succeed in the rigorous curriculum. In 2010, the school ensured its place in the annals of college prep excellence when it launched its unique new curriculum, 伟大的旅程.
The school’s updated mission statement continues to embody the direction, values and aspirations of its leaders through the decades and into the 21st century. 2012年秋天, 澳门新葡新京在线 welcomed its first boarding girls as a conscious effort to better reflect the world around us.