lessons within our history help us improve THE future


“There is no greater satisfaction than finding new lessons within our history that help us better understand our world as we strive to improve its future.”

Christ School’s History Department seeks to globalize the overall curriculum to include a core of non-Western cultures and nations, along with traditional studies of US History, American Government, and classical Western studies. This approach was honed to include a specific class of Twentieth Century World History for sophomores, preceded by a freshman class of World History focused on the “non-Western” empires, but through the lens of our Western background. Eighth grade curriculum is titled Humanities and provides a foundation of study in civics, ethics, and current events that students refer to throughout their high school years. Four offerings in AP History are intended to be the apex of our curriculum and are available to students who show the appropriate aptitude and have performed well in regular and honors level classes.

Electives that focus on modern History and current Social Studies compliment the curriculum for the third and fourth forms. The evolution of the elective offerings reflects student interest, faculty initiative, and specializations that often use History as a basis for discussion on very relevant issues. Current examples of these electives are Economics, Ethics in International Relations, Rhetoric, Comparative Government and Economies, and Introduction to Entrepreneurship.

Faculty are encouraged to routinely review our curriculum guide to insure that we are teaching the material and skills that we aim to teach. Beyond relevant content, good, scholarly research and citation techniques are some of the most important skills we can foster in our students. That demands that we assign challenging projects and that we are diligent in using academically cited material ourselves as a model to our students.

The Christ School faculty teach History because they love the subject matter and they seek to communicate their passion to their students every day. There is no greater satisfaction than finding new lessons within our history that help us better understand our world as we strive to improve its future.

News from the History Department

Meet the Faculty

B.A., American Studies Montreat College

Ben Dowling has been at Christ School since 2005, and one of the things he enjoys most is coaching the Quiz Bowl team. Mr. Dowling is the History Department Chair and teaches the freshman World History course Empires & Encounters.

In addition to sponsoring several clubs, Mr. Dowling initiated the Journeymen program in 2015. It is an after school activity that passes on Mr. Dowling’s personal interests in woodworking and shop skills to Christ School students. Mr. Dowling earned a B.A. in American Studies from Montreat College, along with a History department award. Before entering into education, Mr. Dowling was part of an internship program with the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce.

B.A., Russian Language Georgetown University

M.A., Liberal Studies Georgetown University

M.Ed., Harvard University

Olga Mahoney directs the Service Learning Program and teaches AP World History and Public Speaking. Mrs. Mahoney earned both her Bachelor's degree in Russian Language and a Master's in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University. She also holds a Master's degree in Education from Harvard University. For eleven years Mrs. Mahoney served in several teaching and administrative roles at Milton Academy in Milton, MA. Before that, she worked as an intern at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and as a research assistant for the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Watch the Faculty Spotlight on Olga Mahoney

B.S., Psychology Wofford College

M.B.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Isaac Rankin loves to travel, having visited close to 15 countries, and applies those worldly adventures to his duties at Christ School. Now in his eighth year, Mr. Rankin teaches 20th Century World History, U.S. History, and Economics. He also coaches basketball, oversees Student Trips, and advises the Honor Council and Habitat Student Build.

Mr. Rankin received a B.S. in Psychology from Wofford College and an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina. At Wofford, Mr. Rankin was president of his fraternity, Pi Kappa Alpha, a Charles E. Daniels Scholar, and member of the Honor Council.

Mr. Rankin’s other passions are writing poetry, listening to podcasts, and playing racquetball. He and his wife, Rebecca, live in the Hemlock House with their son, James Isaac, and dog, Willow.

B.A., History Xavier University

M.A., History Ohio University

James Uhler, a two-time Christ School Teacher of the Year (2004 and 2017), believes so much in the school’s mission that he is willing to put his words into action. Most recently, Mr. Uhler showed a handful of students firsthand the dignity of hard work on a summer crew that helped maintain the campus.

When classes commence, he’ll throw on a shirt and tie to serve as Eighth Grade Coordinator, History Instructor, and Houseparent in Young House. Mr. Uhler, who has been at Christ School since 2002, won the P.H. Broyhill Teacher Award in 2013. He was twice selected to the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers list in 1998 and 2005. Mr. Uhler has served as a Consultant and Reader for the College Board for the AP U.S. History Exam in the past, chaired the History Department, and been a Greenies baseball and swimming coach.

Mr. Uhler earned a B.A. in History from Xavier University as a University Scholar in 1996. He went on to receive a M.A. in History from Ohio University five years later. Mr. Uhler and his wife, Becky, have two children, Stella and Colin.

Watch Mr. Uhler discuss 8th grade education at Christ School.