Race car driver Danica Patrick entered the school library to “a warm Foxcroft welcome” Thursday, a traditional high-pitched “Woo!” and enthusiastic applause from the 150 or so girls assembled on the carpet.
Patrick — who dropped out of high school at 16 to move to England to chase a racing career — might at first seem an unusual choice to give an address to an elite, all-girls private school.
She grew up in a small Illinois town, raced go-karts and ultimately earned a GED on her way to stardom. Foxcroft, in Middleburg, Va., has played host to debutantes with names such as Astor and Carnegie, and students, some of them traveling internationally to attend the school, ride horses on the tony campus.
But educators at the school belie...