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Nurturing Young Minds for More Than a Century

From the initial group of 18 students who began their journey in 1915 to the vibrant community of 325 students today—and more than 5,000 alumni who have ventured to renowned colleges and universities both here and abroad—the students who thrive at Canterbury are those who embody the School's founding values of intellectual achievement and moral character.  

Founder Nelson Hume

Male and Female students in old car from '60s

Sunset on Wallace Mall



Heads of School

 
Headmaster Nelson Hume P ’41, ’43, ’45
1915–1948
Headmaster Walter Sheehan P ’62, ’73
1948–1973
Headmaster John Reydel
1973–1978
Headmaster Roderick Clarke ’46
1978–1990
Headmaster Thomas P. Sheehy III P ’92, ’98, ’04
1990–2016
Head of School Rachel E. Stone P ’23, ’24
2016–present

Canterbury has remained deeply anchored in the same academic vision, progressive spirit, and values-centered approach that guided its founding more than 100 years ago. These principles continue to differentiate us in today's boarding school market and underscore our unique ability to develop tomorrow's intellectual and ethical leaders. Head of School
Rachel Stone P ’23, ’24

The Canterbury Medal

Service    •    Dedication   •   Loyalty
 

Instituted in 1994, the Canterbury Medal honors an individual or group who has demonstrated unparalleled devotion to Canterbury School. By awarding the medal, the School honors the individual or group for extraordinary efforts in advancing the mission of the School.
 

Read more about our Canterbury Medal recipients

Old photo of Canterbury campus