Canterbury School (Connecticut)

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Canterbury School
101 Aspetuck Avenue
New Milford, Connecticut, (Litchfield County), 06776
United States
Coordinates 41°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
Type Private, Day & Boarding School
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1915
Headmaster Thomas J. Sheehy
Faculty 60
Grades 912
Gender Coeducational
Enrollment 338 total
210 boarding
128 day (2012)
Average class size 11
Student to teacher ratio 6:1
Campus Suburban
Campus size 150 acres (2 km²)
Color(s) Navy and Columbia Blue         
Athletics 27 sports
Team name Saints
Accreditation New England Association of Schools and Colleges[1]
Average SAT scores 1350
Publication Carillon (literary magazine)
Newspaper 'The Tabard'
Yearbook 'Cantuarian'
Tuition Day – $39,400
Boarding – $50,350
Director of Communications Marc Vanasse
Academic Dean Lou Mandler
Dean of Students Peter LaVigne
Dean of the School JP Mandler
Admission Director Matt Mulhern
Athletic Director David Wilson

Canterbury School is a college preparatory, coeducational boarding and day school for students in Forms III through VI (grades 9-12 and Post Grad). It is located in New Milford, Connecticut, United States, in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford.


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 young men could attend and be guided in their religion and prepared to attend Ivy League universities.[2]

The school was established in New Milford, Connecticut on the location of the former Ingleside School for Girls. Hume became the first head master 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, by John Reydel in 1973, by Roderick Clarke in 1978, and Thomas Sheehy in 1990. Canterbury became co-educational in the fall of 1971. The school now enrolls more than 350 boarding and day students on its campus in New Milford.[citation needed]



Old School House facilitates the language and history departments. The majority of language and history classes will be held in this building. Canterbury offers Spanish, French, Mandarin, and Latin as foreign languages.

Hume Building facilitates the theology and mathematic departments on the upper level, and the science department on the lower level. The Hume building also houses Canterbury's Maguire Auditorium on the upper level.

Steele Hall completely renovated in 2009, Steele Hall facilitates the library, Admission and administrative offices on the upper level, and the Student Lounge, snack bar, mail room, faculty room, dining hall, and lecture room on the lower level.

Duffy House contains art space and studios renovated from the old dining hall.

Old Gym the old gym first floor space has been renovated for the Stephen '43 and Lacey Hume Music Center, The L. Michael Sheehy '56 Choral Classroom, and rehearsal spaces.


Canterbury School has 8 residence halls that provide housing for about 250 students. Each residence hall contains faculty apartments that range from the size of town houses to smaller one-bedroom suites. Canterbury also has built single family homes on campus, providing housing for some faculty; such as the Headmaster’s House, located on the corner of Aspetuck Avenue and Elkington Farm Road. Though they are not currently used to house students, from time to time Canterbury has roomed students in faculty residences.

Sheehan House (née Middle House) Named for Canterbury’s second headmaster is located in center of the lower campus. Simply referred to as "Sheehan" by students, it houses upperform boys.

Carter House (née South House) is located on the lower campus and houses upper and lower form girls.

Duffy House (née North House) is located on the northern end of the lower campus and houses lower form girls. It contains a faculty town house on the western end of the building, in space that was converted from administrative offices.

Hickory Hearth is at the southern end of the lower campus and provides space for 6 students and 3 faculty members.

Havemeyer House is located on the upper campus and houses upperform boys. Two faculty town houses bookend the dorm.

Carmody House is located on the upper campus and houses lower form boys. Two faculty town houses bookend the dorm.

South House a newly constructed building on the lower campus between Hickory Hearth and Carter House that houses upper form girls.

Ingleside serves as the health center and dormitory which currently houses 8 girls.


Chapel of Our Lady Built in 1928 and expanded in 1959, the Chapel can seat 300. The bottom floor of the Chapel contains a classroom. Its stained glass windows have been recently restored. The Chapel's carillon is named for alumnus Mel Ferrer '34

Chaplain’s Residence is the oldest building on campus and has had various uses including acting as Canterbury’s first chapel.


The Athletic Center contains the Canterbury Ice Hockey Arena (1975), The Castellini/Saxe Squash Pavilion (5 courts), the field house (3 basketball courts), weight room, trainers room, and a wrestling room.

Pigott Basketball Arena was added on to the Old Gym complex in the 1960s and includes the varsity basketball arena and locker room facilities.

William R. Higgins ’53 Aquatic Center, opened in the fall of 2008, provides a new 8 lane 25-yard pool and diving facility. It is also located in the same building complex as the Pigott Basketball Arena.

Outdoor facilities include 8 tennis courts, a track, a multipurpose turf field (summer 2013), other multipurpose grass playing fields, as well as baseball and softball diamonds with dugouts.

Dining Hall[edit]

Located on the first floor of Steele Hall, Canterbury offers a full service dining hall preparing all you can eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. All meals are prepared under the direction of a Culinary Institute of America chef.[3]

Interscholastic Sports[edit]

When founded in 1915, Nelson Hume believed that physical activity was an important component in the education of his students. Canterbury carries that tradition on, expecting students to participate in a sport each season at level appropriate with their skills. Canterbury fields teams and competes against other schools at the Varsity, Junior Varsity, 3rd Team and sometime 4th team level.


Boys & Girls Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Boys & Girls Soccer, Boys Water Polo, Girls Volleyball, Boys & Girls Crew


Boys & Girls Basketball, Boys & Girls Ice Hockey, Boys & Girls Squash, Boys & Girls Swimming, and Wrestling


Baseball, Crew, Golf, Boys Lacrosse, Girls Lacrosse, Softball, Boys & Girls Tennis, Outdoor Track, Riding,

Notable alumni/faculty[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ NEASC-CIS. "NEASC-Commission on Independent Schools". Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  2. ^ Canterbury School: The First Ninety Years 1915-2005, compiled by Kathy Bolster (c) 2006
  3. ^ Canterbury School Website, Official website of the Canterbury School, Connecticut - Dining Page.