Headmaster Jesse Grapes    

Mr. Grapes serves as the headmaster of Benedictine College Preparatory, an all-boys, private Catholic military school established in 1911 in Richmond, Virginia. He earned his B.S. in Information Sciences from Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to joining Benedictine, Mr. Grapes served for five years as a Principal and Regional Director for a highly-awarded, innovative and for-profit 7,000 student school system in the California Bay Area.

Before becoming an educator, Mr. Grapes served his country as an infantry platoon commander in the United States Marine Corps, which he joined the day after 9/11. During his time as a Marine officer, Mr. Grapes deployed for three combat tours of duty in Iraq, and received numerous awards, including the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.

Mr. Grapes’ military accolades have been featured in the History Channel documentary, Shootout, and the motion picture film, The Last 600 Meters. Mr. Grapes and his wife, Elizabeth, have three young children and are active members of Saint Benedict parish. Mr. Grapes also serves Catholic causes in the Middle East as a Knight in the Equestrian Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.

Before becoming a Marine, Mr. Grapes led a team of international engineers in London and the USA in projects for the Arthur Andersen accounting firm. Mr. Grapes has broad experience in business, the military and education, all of which contribute to his current role, leading Benedictine into its second century of success.

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