Our History

 

Canterbury has evolved tremendously with the changing of the times, however, the core and history of tradition on which Canterbury is based has not changed.

In the fall of 1914, Nelson Hume began work towards founding a Catholic school for boys. From the beginning, he and the co-founders believed it important that their new school be led by lay Catholics, a radical idea at the time, and that the School’s graduates could enter any college or university, not just Catholic colleges. The Catholic faith was an integral part of the School culture, but the intent of its founders was to prepare Catholic boys for a pluralistic society. Becoming coeducational in the early 70’s changed the culture of the School but did not affect its original mission of being Catholic and independent.

 

 

The First Century

Not only was Dr. Nelson Hume the first headmaster, but he also served as teacher, coach, advisor, theater director, and spiritual role model to the boys of Canterbury. His model is one that our faculty continue to uphold in their multi-faceted roles as teachers, dorm parents, coaches, mentors, and more.

OUR HEADS OF SCHOOL

Nelson Hume 1915—1948

Walter Sheehan 1948—1972

John Reydel 1973—1978

Roderick Clarke 1978—1990

Thomas Sheehy III 1990—2016

Rachel Stone 2016—Present

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.  

 

Canterbury Medal Winners

Canterbury Medal Recipient Title Awarded the
Canterbury Medal
   
Nelson Hume Founding Headmaster 1915-1948 September 16, 1994 posthumously  
John P. Duffy '59 Trustee Emeritus, President 1983-1992,
Trustee 1981-1992; 1998-2006;
September 16, 1994    
Richard Joyce Smith Trustee Emeritus, Trustee 1960-1973 September 16, 1994    
Walter F. Sheehan Headmaster 1948-1973 September 16, 1994 posthumously  
Gerard C. Smith '31 Trustee 1948-1971 September 22, 1995 posthumously  
Denis P. Coleman '63 Trustee Emeritus, Trustee 1979-1989, 1990-2002 September 22, 1995    
Roderick Clarke '46 Headmaster 1978-1990; Trustee Emeritus September 22, 1995    
Philip H. Brodie Faculty Member 1919-1921, 1924-1957 September 22, 1995 posthumously  
Jean S. Hebert Faculty Member 1948-1989 September 27, 1996    
Mary Agnes Reilly Kiernan Callahan Trustee 1983-1988 September 27, 1996 posthumously  
Peter D. Kiernan Jr '40 Trustee 1968-1981, President 1974-1978 September 27, 1996 posthumously  
Edward F. Mack Faculty Member 1928-1957 September 27, 1996 posthumously  
Jules G. Viau Faculty Member 1954-1994 September 26, 1997    
Stephen N. Hume '43 Trustee Emeritus, Trustee 1981-1991; 1993-1995 September 26, 1997    
Hope Elliot Carter Trustee Emeritus, President 1992-1998,
Trustee 1985-2002
October 2, 1998    
James P. Shea Faculty Member 1955-1997 September 24, 1999    
Gilda S. Martin Faculty Member 1966-1997 September 29, 2000    
Donald V. Reed Jr '58 Trustee 1986-2003 September 28, 2001    
James R. Briggs '56 Trustee Emeritus, Trustee 1993-2018,
Faculty Member 1960-1967
September 27, 2002    
Donn C. Dolce '63 Trustee Emeritus, Trustee 1987-2014 September 26, 2003    
Vincent B. Largay '49 Trustee 1976-1984, President 1978-1983 September 24, 2004 posthumously  
Paul M. Heffernan '49 Trustee 1998-2002 September 24, 2004 posthumously  
Charles O. Coudert '49 Trustee 1994-2000 September 24, 2004    
Peter R. Carney '49 Trustee 1978-1985 September 24, 2004    
Claremont J. Koenig Faculty Member 1940-1966 September 30, 2005 posthumously  
T. Brock Saxe '58 Trustee 1996-2002 September 30, 2005    
Charles F. Clarke Jr '47 Trustee 1984-1991 September 29, 2006    
John F. Coffin III Faculty Member 1963-1995 September 29, 2006    
William B. O'Connor '57 Trustee Emeritus, Trustee 1996-2014,
President 1998-2007
October 12, 2007    
Mark C. Pigott '72 Leader & Benefactor October 12, 2007    
John D. O'Neill '57 Trustee Emeritus, Trustee 1986-2017,
Vice President 1992-2007
January 22, 2009    
Richard E. Dillon '51 Trustee 1982-1986; 1993-1995 January 27, 2011    
John Martiska Faculty Member 1954-1999 September 30, 2011 posthumously  
John A. Donovan '59 Trustee 2002-present; Vice President 2004 - present September 30, 2011    
Betsy & Thomas J. Sheehy III Headmaster 1990-2016 May 13, 2016