Hargrave Military Academy

CHATHAM, Va. — Not many families have generations of members that have attended the same school. However, the Wall family has done just that.

Andrew Wall is a graduate of Hargrave Military Academy and his family has deep ties to the school.

“I graduated in ’85, my great uncle graduated in the early ‘60s. It’s been something we’ve been fortunate to live in the same town. I think Hargrave is a great institution. You get a great education and a lot of structure,” he said.

Andrew explained his uncle, Ben Davenport Jr., was the first then following was his older brothers, Lewis and Ben, and his oldest sons Turner and Raines.

Now, Charlie Wall is carrying on the family name as he is in his second year.

Charlie says middle school and Hargrave are very different and attending has its own challenges including getting used to classes and a strict uniform schedule.

Charlie explains on Mondays and Tuesdays, they would wear B1s, which consists of a long sleeve gray shirt, and wool pants. Wednesday and Friday is all camo and desert boots, and Thursday is Modified Chapel, which is a white shirt and tie.

“It was kind of hard when I first got there, but each day is like repeat. I’m used to it,” Charlie said. He would also explain they would have company commanders that would help.

Charlie would say he grew up watching his brothers play sports at Hargrave and always been around the school, so it helped his decision. He would say what he hopes to get out of attending.

“Their big role is “Character Matters”. When I go to college and bigger and better things, I can express those favors and be a better person,” he said. Charlie had one thing to say about what it means to follow in the family’s footsteps.

“Pride and representing our family.”

Staff Writer

Zach McKnight joined the Star-Tribune from Wadsworth, Ohio, as a staff writer. Zach earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.

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