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History & Catholic Heritage

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
Headmaster Walter Sheehan P ’62, ’73
Headmaster John Reydel
Headmaster Roderick Clarke ’46
Headmaster Thomas P. Sheehy III P ’92, ’98, ’04
Head of School Rachel E. Stone P ’23, ’24

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