Cardigan Mountain School
|Cardigan Mountain School|
|Canaan, NH, USA
|Type||Private boarding school|
|Headmaster||David J. McCusker, Jr. '80|
|Average class size||12|
|Student to teacher ratio||4:1|
|Campus size||500 acres (200 ha)|
|Athletics||12 interscholastic sports
33 interscholastic teams
Coordinates: Cardigan Mountain School, also called Cardigan or CMS, for short, is a boys-only independent boarding school for grades six through nine, located on 62 Alumni Drive, Canaan, New Hampshire, USA. It was founded in 1945 on land provided by Dartmouth College.
It is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS), the Junior Boarding Schools Association (JBSA), and the Independent Schools Association of Northern New England (ISANNE). It is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
Cardigan Mountain School was founded in 1945 by a group of men with a vision for an educational program tailored to the needs of boys in the pre-preparatory school years. The founders were prominent New England educators, businessmen, and civic leaders, including Ernest Martin Hopkins (president of Dartmouth College), William R. Brewster (headmaster of Kimball Union Academy), and Ralph Flanders (a U.S. senator from Vermont). Land for the school's campus had originally been donated to Dartmouth College by the Haffenreffer family. The founders believed the location to be ideal for a boys' school: the land and Haffenreffer mansion, which initially housed classrooms and a dormitory, are situated on a peninsula in Canaan Street Lake with views of Mount Cardigan and the White Mountains to the east and the Green Mountains to the west. The school opened in 1946 with an enrollment of 24 boys, and its growth was fueled by the merger of the Clark School of Hanover, New Hampshire into Cardigan in 1953.
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Cardigan Mountain School runs its Summer Session usually beginning in June and ending in August. Summer Session, unlike the academic year program, is coeducational and serves younger students (grades three through nine) for three- and six-week experiences that include academic enrichment classes in the morning, and summer-camp style activities for the rest of the day. A highlight of the summer's activities is a competition known as "Green and White" that runs throughout the Summer Session in which students are assigned to either the Green Team or the White Team to compete in an activity selected by the faculty on a Wednesday evening. The students will wear special (green or white) tee shirts on Green and White nights. In 2011, the Cardigan Outdoor Recreation Expeditions (C.O.R.E.) program was added to its Summer Session offerings. C.O.R.E. participants experience week-long trips that may include hiking, camping, canoeing, kayaking, and outdoor education programming.
The school has numerous dormitories and houses for boarding students.
- Clark Morgan II
- Clark Morgan III
- Brewster I
- Brewster II
- Hinman I
- Hinman II
- French I
- French II
Other buildings and facilities
The school's principal academic buildings are Hopkins, Bronfman (where science labs are located) and Stoddard (which houses the school's library and the Humann Theatre as well as classrooms). Other facilities include the Cardigan Commons (which opened in May 2013), the school's chapel, the Hamilton Family Student Health Center, the Kenerson Athletic Center, the Wakely Center (includes the Turner Arena hockey rink and Johnson-Wakely Fitness Center and wrestling facility), the Charles C. Gates I.D.E.A. Shop (which includes a woodshop), athletic fields, tennis courts, mountain biking course, woods and trails, a sledding slope on Clancy Hill, and a boat house with a fleet of boats on Canaan Street Lake. The school once maintained and ran a ski slope on property known as The Pinnacle, but it is no longer in use. The school has an indoor hockey rink known as Turner Arena, located in the Wakely Center, which converts to four tennis courts in the spring.
- Samuel S. Adams, president of the American Geological Institute, geology professor at the Colorado School of Mines, and president of Loon Mountain
- F. Lee Bailey, defense lawyer
- Ken Bentsen, Jr., former Member of Congress from Texas
- Taylor Chace, sledge hockey player who won a gold medal in the 2010 Winter Paralympics
- P. J. Chesson, professional auto racing driver, including the Indianapolis 500
- Philippe Cousteau Jr., environmentalist and oceanographer
- Eric Douglas, comedian and actor
- Ben Lovejoy, professional ice hockey player
- Freddy Meyer, professional ice hockey player
- Rob Morrow, actor (known for his role as Joel Fleischman in Northern Exposure), writer, and director
- Deron Quint, professional ice hockey player
- David J. Winters, deep value investor and investment fund manager
- "CIS Directory of Schools". New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Independent Schools (CIS). Retrieved 2008-09-26.
- Pearson, Haydn (August 3, 1952). "Basic Instruction, Happy Living Keystones of Cardigan School". Boston Herald.
- Hopkins, Robert C.; Rearick, Richard R. (1995). Cardigan Mountain School: History, 1945-1995. Littleton, NH: Sherwin Dodge. pp. 11–88.
- "C.O.R.E. Website".
- "The Pinnacle, Cardigan Mountain School, Canaan, NH, c. 1964-1980s". New England Lost Ski Areas Project. Retrieved 8 October 2013.
- "Bring a Broom" Time magazine article, December 30, 1946
- Hopkins, Robert C.; Rearick, Richard R. (1995). Cardigan Mountain School: History, 1945–1995. Littleton, NH: Sherwin Dodge.