President's Biography

In March 2020, Jesse Grapes was appointed as the new president of the Benedictine Schools of Richmond. Prior, he served as the headmaster for Benedictine College Prep for ten years.

Mr. Grapes brings with him solid past experience at a highly-awarded, innovative, and for-profit 7,000 student school system in California, where he served as a principal and regional director. 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 earned numerous awards, including the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. Mr. Grapes's military accolades have been featured in the History Channel documentary, Shootout, HBO's Vice News, and the motion picture film, The Last 600 Meters.

Mr. Grapes and his wife, Elizabeth, have four children, one of whom is a current sophomore at Benedictine, and are active members of Saint Joseph's 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.

Benedictine college preparatory school leadership

Jesse grapes, pRESIDENT
DR. MICHAEL ASHTON, PRINCIPAL
MICHAEL BUSSMAN, HEAD OF SCHOOL

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