Cabell King

Head of School

GCE will be the latest in a list of educational startups King has been instrumental in founding or leading, including: The School for Ethics and Global Leadership, a high school semester program in Washington, DC; and Ingles sin Limites, a co-curricular language and vocational training program for under-resourced youth in Costa del Sol, El Salvador. Additionally, he has been an administrator and teacher at the University of Chicago.

King returns to Chicago from Philadelphia, where he was Assistant Head of School at YSC Academy, a school for young men participating in the athletic youth development program for Philadelphia’s Major League Soccer Club, the Philadelphia Union. He helped to design YSC’s individualized academic curriculum, accommodating each student’s specific training and competition demands; implemented an integrated community service program, senior independent research projects, and electives capitalizing on student interest in athletics and sport science; initiated the school’s first coordinated advancement campaign; and reorganized admissions, orientation, and the management of student records during a time of almost 20% growth.

A native of Seattle, King has a BA from Dartmouth College and an MA from the University of Chicago. He enjoys camping, hiking, and bicycle touring; in 2006, he completed a 4700-mile cross-country solo bike ride accompanied by his 75-pound dog. With his wife Reenie, he has three children, Tiernan, Adeline, and Mabel.

Naturally, we are interested to prepare our students for success in college applications and compelling careers, but the specific objective of GCE Lab School that animates me is the cultivation of critical intellect for the sake of constructive engagement with the world. We will pursue this end in a community where each student is known, valued, encouraged, and situated for success.