Christopher Barnes - Midland School

Christopher Barneshe/him

Head Of School

B.A. Colorado College
Languages: English and Norwegian
Appointed: 2016


  cbarnes@midland-school.org
  (805) 688-5114 x112

Coming from a background in outdoor and boarding school education, Christopher and his wife, Molly, founded the High Mountain Institute (HMI), a semester school that combines academics, wilderness, and small intentional community in Leadville, Colorado. After nearly twenty years at HMI, Christopher, Molly, and their two sons — Porter ’21 and Rabbit ’22 — headed out on a three-year sailing expedition to the high latitudes, circumnavigating South America ending up here at Midland in 2016. He has always worked in mission-driven institutions with teenagers and is currently working on weaving an increased focus and passion for equity & justice into his daily and work life. When it comes to his favorite things about Midland, he loves being on Kimpton Field on BBQ Nights, especially when they feature some of his Midland Farm favorites: fresh corn and anything vine-ripened.

Christopher’s personal motto is “simple in means, rich in ends.” In his free time, he enjoys exploring wild places by land and sea, spending time with his family, especially outdoors, and reading The New Yorker and The Atlantic, as well as a variety of blogs and non-fiction. He has secret skills at sewing, fixing things, and crafting a tasty dinner with whatever is on hand in under 20 minutes.