Salisbury School

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Coordinates: 41°59′55″N 73°23′32″W / 41.998648°N 73.392271°W / 41.998648; -73.392271

Salisbury School
Salisbury Crest.jpg
Esse quam videri - "To be rather than to seem to be."
Salisbury Connecticut
United States
Type College preparatory school
Established 1901
Head of school Chisholm S. Chandler
Faculty 62
Grades 9-12
Number of students 296[1]
Campus size 725 acres (2.93 km2)
Color(s) Crimson/White/Black
Athletics 33 interscholastic teams
Mascot Crimson Knight
Rival Avon Old Farms
Endowment $45 million
Tuition $49,970/year
Information Acceptance rate: 37% (2013)

Salisbury School is an all-boys, private college-preparatory boarding school founded in 1901 and located in Salisbury, Connecticut. Its school newspaper is The Cupola. Its mascot is the Crimson Knight. The School's motto is Esse quam videri, which translates to To be rather than to seem to be.


The Reverend George Emerson Quaile founded Salisbury School in 1901 after serving as headmaster of St. Austin’s School on Staten Island in New York from 1894 to 1901. Dr. Quaile purchased a tract of farmland, known at the time as Frink Farm, for the present site of the School. Overlooking the Taconic mountain range and deep in the heart of the Berkshires, a Main Building was constructed under Dr. Quaile’s direction.


The curriculum at Salisbury is very traditional. Boys take four years of English, three years of mathematics, history, and a foreign language of their choosing. Three years of science is strongly suggested, and one year art. There is a philosophy and religion requirement of all seniors. The average class size is 11 students.

All academic facilities are located in the Centennial Quadrangle. The Phinny Library and Humanities building (dedicated in 2001) houses the English, history, and language departments, and the library contains over 25,000 volumes. The Wachtmeister/ Bates Math and Science Building was dedicated in 1999. Other academic buildings include the Field Music Center (2002) and the Ruger Fine Arts Center (2003). One distinctive program of note is the School's Entrepreneurial Studies program. In this two-year tract, students study the history, theories and practice of entrepreneurship.

Student life[edit]

The entire Salisbury School community gathers together each day for a campus-wide event. On Tuesday and Friday mornings, the community meets in the chapel at 8am for a service. Other days, family-style meals or school meetings are held. This practice is important to the culture of the School and enables students and faculty members to converse about relevant topics. Boarding students live in dormitories headed by a dorm parent and a student prefect, where they collectively share facilities. The Main Building houses a dining room where all members of the community eat. There is also a health center with a full-time staff on campus. Boarding students are housed in 10 different dormitories : Main, Payson House, Langdon House, Carr House, Ward House, Priestman Cottage, North Dorm, South Dorm, Quaile House and Rennell House. There is also a student center, known as Belin Lodge.


The school has thirty-three interscholastic sports teams. Varsity teams compete in the NEPSAC league. Salisbury has a strong athletic tradition and has earned several New England Championships. The hockey team have won the league championship in 1991, 2006, 2009, 2013 and 2014. The lacrosse program is nationally-recognized and has been crowned Western New England Champions five out of the last ten years.[when?] Other programs that have won New England championships include baseball (2005/2008/2010/2012) including an undefeated season in 2008, basketball (2012), and football (1997/2000/2006/2010/2012). Other successful programs are crew, skiing, and squash. Salisbury's main rivals are Avon, Deerfield, Hotchkiss, Kent, Taft, Trinity-Pawling and Westminster.


In November 2010 the football team defeated Lawrence Academy 24-21 to win the 2010 Tom Flaherty Bowl with a 100-yard blocked field goal return.[2] In November 2012, the Football team defeated Phillips Exeter Academy 29-26 on a field goal on the last play of the game, winning the Tom Flaherty Bowl and the Class A New England Football title with an undefeated season.


Salisbury's facilities includes the Flood Athletic Center, which was completed in 2009.

  • The Class of 1959 Hockey Arena which includes the Rudd Rink, an Olympic-sized surface.
  • Two championship basketball courts
  • The Harris Squash Center
  • The Mead Wrestling Room
  • Two weight-training and fitness centers
  • Locker rooms for all faculty and students and visiting teams

Other facilities include a boathouse, completed in 2008, used for crew on Lake Washinee, eight tennis courts, the Class of 2003 dome used for indoor tennis, lacrosse and other sports, the Natalie Gardner Baseball Field and five all-purposes athletic fields.

The Wachtmeister Turf Field was completed with lights for night play and stadium seating for 500.

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