Academic Administrators

Whitfield has a strong team of professionals working with our families to create the best possible educational experience for our students every day. With an array of school experiences and the knowledge and sophistication that comes with more than 60 years in schools, this team provides thoughtful, student-centered leadership to the Whitfield community.

Ruth E. Greathouse, Principal

Ruth began her career at Whitfield in 1985 as a full-time mathematics teacher, with additional responsibilities in physical education. She then became the Mathematics Department Chair in addition to her teaching duties. She inherited the newly created position of Dean of Students before becoming the Assistant Head of School. In 2000 she assumed the role of Principal of Whitfield School. Ruth served as Interim Head of School for the 2011-2012 school year while a search was conducted for a permanent Head of School. Prior to Whitfield, Ruth taught at Rosati Kain and St. Roch’s Elementary School. She earned a B.A. in Psychology and a B.S. in Communication Disorders from Saint Louis University.

Ruth Greathouse

Sara Ringe, Upper School Director


Sara was named Upper School Director in 2018. She joined the Whitfield faculty in 2003 as an English teacher and yearbook advisor, and then stepped into the office of college counseling in 2009. In addition to serving as co-director of college counseling, Sara took on the role of curriculum coordinator starting in 2017. Over the years at Whitfield, Sara has also taught senior-level electives including Psychology, Journalism and Media Literacy. In 2016 Sara helped lead the school through a year-long design thinking process which resulted in several updates in scheduling and course offerings, and in 2014 Sara provided energetic and creative leadership for our school’s first Intersession term. In 2006, Sara was awarded the Richard B. Kobush Humanities Chair and also was recognized as the George A. Newton Outstanding Teacher in 2009. Sara earned her B.S. in Secondary Education from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and received a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the Teaching Fellowship Program at MU.

Sara Ringe
Upper School Director

Jarrett Young, Middle School Director

Jarrett works as the Middle School Director at Whitfield. In that role he supports students' growth, faculty professional development, and curriculum design. Prior to Whitfield, he worked as an administrator and faculty member at independent schools in Minneapolis, MN and Worcester, MA. In addition, he worked as an administrator in higher education at institutions in Brunswick, ME and Austin, TX. Jarrett earned his A.B. in History from Bowdoin College and M.Ed. in Higher Education from Harvard University.

Jarrett Young
Middle School Director

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About Us

Whitfield School is an independent, coeducational college preparatory day school for grades 6–12.

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Whitfield’s demanding academic program coupled with the support of a dedicated, world class faculty prepares graduates for both the college experience and life beyond.

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Students who choose to engage in the arts at Whitfield, whether performing or visual, discover the nearly limitless possibilities for self-expression.

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The Warriors have claimed 33 state championships, earning multiple coach and player of the year awards, and sending numerous alumni to play at the collegiate level.

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