Canterbury School (Connecticut)

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Canterbury School
Canterbury school crest
101 Aspetuck Avenue

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United States
Coordinates41°35′11″N 73°24′45″W / 41.586383°N 73.412597°W / 41.586383; -73.412597Coordinates: 41°35′11″N 73°24′45″W / 41.586383°N 73.412597°W / 41.586383; -73.412597
TypePrivate, Day & Boarding School
Motto"Supercertari semel traditae sanctis fidei"
(To fight valiantly for the faith once delivered to the saints)
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
FoundersNelson Hume and Henry Havemeyer
Head of SchoolRachel E. Stone
ChaplainRev. Timothy S. Valentine
Enrollment320 total
70% boarding
30% day[1] (2016-17 school year)
Average class size12
Student to teacher ratio6:1
Campus size150 acres (2 km²)
Color(s)Navy and Columbia Blue         
Athletics conferenceNEPSAC
Sports18 sports, 46 JV/Varsity Teams
Team nameSaints
RivalThe Gunnery
AccreditationNew England Association of Schools and Colleges[2]
PublicationCarillon (literary magazine)
NewspaperThe Tabard
Endowment$20 Million [3]
TuitionDay – $44,450
Boarding – $58,600[4] as of 2017-18[4]
Director of College CounselingSarah Ferland
Dean of FacultyWright Danenbarger
Dean of StudentsPeter LaVigne
Dean of AcademicsSue Roberts
Director of AdmissionsMatt Mulhern
Athletic DirectorJim Stone

Canterbury School is a college preparatory, coeducational boarding and day independent school for students in Forms III through VI (grades 9-12 and post-grad). It is located in New Milford, Connecticut, United States.


Canterbury was founded in 1915 on the aspiration of two men: Henry O. Havemeyer, scion of a wealthy family which made its fortune in sugar refining, and Nelson Hume, a Catholic schoolmaster. They intended to establish a Roman Catholic school where young men could be guided in their religion and be prepared to attend Ivy League universities.[5]

The school was established in New Milford, Connecticut, on the location of the former Ingleside School for Girls. Hume became the first headmaster of the school. From its start with 16 enrolled students, Nelson Hume guided the school through two world wars and the great depression until his death in 1948. He was succeeded as headmaster by Walter Sheehan, John Reydel in 1973, Roderick Clarke in 1978, Thomas Sheehy in 1990, and Rachel E. Stone in 2016. Canterbury became co-educational in the fall of 1971. The school now enrolls around 320 boarding and day students on its campus in New Milford.[1] Canterbury School celebrated its centennial in 2015.

Notable alumni and faculty[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-02-06. Retrieved 2015-01-04.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "NEASC-Commission on Independent Schools". Archived from the original on 2009-06-16. Retrieved 2016-11-11.
  3. ^ a b "Canterbury School". Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-10-25. Retrieved 2015-09-20.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Canterbury School: The First Ninety Years 1915-2005, compiled by Kathy Bolster (c) 2006
  6. ^ John Hemingway. "John Hemingway". Retrieved 2016-11-11.

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