Cardigan Mountain School A boarding and day school for boys in grades 6 through 9

Cardigan’s 75th Anniversary

Smiling students peer out of the Cardigan bus window
Cardigan boys leaving Chapel under beautiful fall foliage
Front facade of Wallach Cardigan's new center for Design, Engineering and Arts

Save the date and plan to celebrate with us on The Point on October 24, 2020! Head of School Chris Day P’12,’13 and the Board of Trustees cordially invite all members of Cardigan Mountain School’s global community to join them in celebrating the past, present, and future of the School.

To mark Cardigan’s 75th academic year, we welcome all alumni, friends, and family to join us next fall for some truly special events.Check back to this page regularly for the latest information about Cardigan's 75th Anniversary celebrations. We will be updating the event details, other 75th Anniversary events, and even who is planning to attend!

Save the Date

If you hope to join in the Anniversary celebrations, let us know early! There’s always time to change your mind, but submitting the “I'm saving the date" form will allow us to send you event reminders, offer support for planning, and tell you who else hopes to be on The Point during your visit.

See Who Has Saved the Date!


Class of 1955
Dave Webster '55
Class of 1956
Grant Kingswell '56
Class of 1957
Charles Kaplan '57
Class of 1958
Charles Davison '58
Class of 1960
Jim Casselman '60
Class of 1963
Schuyler Peck '63
Class of 1968
Kim Kenly '68
Class of 1969
Capt. John Pagenstecher '69
Class of 1971
Sheldon Caplan '71
Class of 1973
Robert Chartener '73
Ken Klaus '73
Class of 1974
Raleigh Johnson '74
Class of 1979
Jeremy Crigler '79
Class of 1980
Stew Dixon '80
Chip Haskell '80
Kari Kontu '80
Dave McCusker '80,P'09,'10
Class of 1981
Bob Bruni '81
Joe Dodi '81
Juha Hakala '81
Class of 1982
Rick DellaRusso '82
Class of 1983
Nelson Schniewind '83
Class of 1992
Karl Hutter '92
Hanski Lignell '92
Ryan Mitchell '92
Gustavo Struck '92
Class of 1995
Joe Burnett '95
Marc Porcelli '95
Class of 2000
Jer Shipman '00
Class of 2001
Bev Wakely H'01,P'70,'73,'75
Class of 2002
Chip Dewar H'02,P'93
Class of 2003
Diego Benitez '03
Class of 2006
Mary Mendelsohn H'06
Class of 2008
Wim Hart H'08
Eugene Sa '08
Class of 2009
Jamie Funnell H'09,P'07,'09
Jason Sohn '09
Class of 2012
Charlie Day '12
Alex Gray H'12,P'14,'16
Class of 2013
Henry Day '13
Class of 2014
Dave Auerbach H'14,P'11
Class of 2016
Steff McCusker H'16,P'09,'10
Diane Wallach H'16,P'06
Class of 2019
Leopold Dorilas '19
Owen Fu '19
Caden Perkins '19
Henry Sterrett '19
Class of 2020
Eric Roachford '20


Robert Chartener '73 (Current)
Jeremy Crigler '79 (Current)
Chris Day P'12,'13 (Current)
Rick DellaRusso '82 (Current)
Stew Dixon '80 (Current)
David Gregory P'17 (Current)
Karl Hutter '92 (Current)
Kim Kenly '68 (Current)
Jory Macomber P'12 (Current)
Barbara O'Connell P'03 (Current)
Marc Porcelli '95 (Current)
Kristi Ross P'18 (Current)
Laura Waldron (Current)
Diane Wallach H'16,P'06 (Emeritus)


Chris Adams (Current)
Dave Auerbach H'14,P'11 (Current)
Mary Bennison (Current)
Joe Burnett '95 (Current)
Doug Clark (Current)
Chris Day P'12,'13 (Head of School)
Cynthia Day (Current)
Chip Dewar H'02,P'93 (Former Head of School)
Erin Drury (Former)
Jamie Funnell H'09,P'07,'09 (Former Head of School)
Alex Gray H'12,P'14,'16 (Current)
Wim Hart H'08 (Former)
Chip Haskell '80 (Former)
Diane Hines P'17 (Current)
Trisha Hutchinson P'20,'22 (Current)
Kyla Joslin (Current)
Ishmael Kalilou (Current)
Kris Langetieg (Current)
Mary Ledoux (Current)
Josh LeRoy P,'23 (Current)
Tim LeRoy (Former)
Dave McCusker '80,P'09,'10 (Former Head of School)
Steff McCusker H'16,P'09,'10 (Former)
Mary Mendelsohn H'06 (Former)
Dan Murphy (Former)
Schuyler Peck '63 (Former)
Matt Rinkin (Former)
Jer Shipman '00 (Current)
Ryan Sinclair (Current)
Judith Solberg (Current)
Steve Solberg (Current)
Jim Truslow (Former)
Isabelle Turcotte P'15 (Current)
Patrick Turcotte P'15 (Current)
Bev Wakely H'01,P'70,'73,'75 (Former)
Erzi Willems (Current)


Ray Anstiss P'21
Dave Auerbach H'14,P'11
Marc and Jennifer Brissette P'21
Michael Commerford P'22
George and Chandra Davis P'22
Chris and Cynthia Day P'12,'13
Chip H'02 and Janet Dewar P'93
Richard Fox and Karen Wolk P'84
Jamie Funnell H'09,P'07,'09
Andy and Maureen Gilbert P'13,'08,'10
Alex Gray H'12,P'14,'16
Eric Greenberg P'17
David Gregory P'17
Christina Hennessey P'21
John Hennessey and Lauren Carroll P'21
Todd and Wendie Hetherington P'23
Diane Hines P'17
Tamla Hodges P'22
Trisha Hutchinson P'20,'22
Eric Knapp P'20,'21
Josh LeRoy P,'23
Jory Macomber P'12
Ryan and Carolyn McCormick P'21
Dave '80 and Steff H'16 McCusker P'10,'09
Andy and Joann Noel GP'16,'19
Barbara O'Connell P'03
Jody Perkins P'19
Lisa Quinn P'21
Kristi Ross P'18
Michael Seiler P'19
Gregory and Lisa Tedeschi P'23
Patrick and Isabelle Turcotte P'15
Daniel and Donna Valenti P'21
Bev Wakely H'01,P'70,'73,'75
Diane H'16 and Marshall Wallach P'06
Warnique West P'23

Cardigan Heads of School Gallery

William R. Brewster

An experienced headmaster from Kimball Union Academy, William R. Brewster helped found Cardigan in 1945 and served as both trustee and incorporator during his lifetime. He was the School's first headmaster (1946-47) and served again as interim head in the fall of 1955. He appears at the far right of this trustee photo, taken in 1950.

Portrait of Robert M. Kimball with his wife Virginia. He was Cardigan Headmaster 1947-50.
Robert M. Kimball

Robert M. Kimball, pictured with wife Virginia Akins Kimball, was Cardigan's second headmaster and its first residential headmaster. During his tenure (1947-50) Kimball increased the young School's visibility, and underscored the impact of active and outdoor learning on boys' academic success.

The Kimballs pose with six members of the Cardigan faculty.
The Kimballs with faculty

In this 1948 photo, the Kimballs and a young faculty group pose in front of The Lodge on Canaan Street. [Clockwise from top left: Jack Heagy, Bob Kimball, Virginia Kimball, Ted Peach, Tony Farrell, Cathy Farrell, Dolly Peach, and Dan Fleetham.]

Dutch Clark poses with his wife Patsy and daughters Margaret and Shirley.
Wilfred W. "Dutch" Clark

Headmaster Wilfred W. "Dutch" Clark (1950-55) was described by founder Hap Hinman as a "live wire headmaster." He and wife Patsy (nee Gladys Greer) are pictured here with daughters Margaret (AKA "Buzzy"), and Shirley.

Headmaster Dutch Clark poses with two students on the front porch of the Lodge.
Dutch Clark

Pictured here in 1952 on the porch of The Lodge, headmaster Clark oversaw increased enrollment, a merger with Hanover's Clark School, and the long-awaited move from Canaan Street to The Point.

Headmaster Roland Burbank poses with his wife Constance
Roland W. Burbank

Roland W. Burbank and Constance (Wilson) Burbank served Cardigan from 1955-63. At the beginning of Burbank's tenure, founder Hap Hinman told him "you’ll get a lot of fun out of the job. Most men do in accepting a challenge." The Burbank tenure was marked by both expansion and financial stability.

Headmaster Burbank poses in front of the Cardigan Plymouth with two students
Roland W. Burbank

Burbank's forestry experience helped inform decisions about Cardigan's land use and sustainability, even as a number of key buildings were added to The Point (including Frieze House, Hopkins Hall, French Hall, Proctor House, and the Chapel).

Headmaster Wakely poses with his wife Beverly
Norman C. Wakely

Norman C. Wakely H'91, P'70,'73,'75 (1963-89) served on the faculty under two headmasters before assuming that role himself. Together he and wife Beverly (Bradford) Wakely H'01, P'70,'73,'75 provided leadership and support to three decades of faculty members and impacted the lives of generations of Cardigan boys.

Headmaster Wakely watches the Cardigan lacrosse team from the sidelines
Norman C. Wakely

In 1952 Wakely told a student, "From my first year at Cardigan I have learned that everything cannot be learned from books, and that a great deal is learned from experience." Today, Wakely's catchphrase from later years is still heard regularly on The Point: "It's a beautiful day in New Hampshire!"

Headmaster Chip Dewar poses with his wife Janet.
Dr. Cameron K. "Chip" Dewar

Dr. Cameron K. "Chip" Dewar H'02, P'93 and Janet (Lucas) Dewar P'93 joined Cardigan in 1989. During Dewar's fifteen-year tenure as headmaster,  Cardigan deepened programs for academics and technology, student leadership, and service initiatives.

Headmaster Dewar poses with a faculty member and a student
Dr. Cameron K. "Chip" Dewar

During the Dewar era, the board of trustees invited growing numbers of Cardigan's maturing alumni pool to serve the School. Offering experience from a breadth of regions, countries, and industries, these individuals reflected the strength of Cardigan's growing global community.

Headmaster Funnell is pictured with his wife Margaret and their oldest son Sam
James H. "Jamie" Funnell

James H. "Jamie" Funnell H'09 P'07,'09 was a seasoned (and beloved) faculty member and administrator when he became interim headmaster in 2004-05. He is pictured here in 2011 with wife Dr. Margaret (Grimes) Funnell P'07,'09 and their oldest son Sam '07.

Headmaster Funnell helps teach science class
James H. "Jamie" Funnell

Funnell's leadership was rooted in deep knowledge of every aspect of school life, enabling Cardigan to thrive during a transition year. He continued on at the School until 2011, providing exceptional support for two more Cardigan headmasters.

Portrait of Headmaster Needham
Thomas W. Needham

Cardigan's eighth headmaster was Thomas W. Needham, who served the School for two years (2005-07). While his tenure was cut short by ill health, milestones included a new health center and the first steps taken to establish a now-thriving Gates program.

Headmaster Needham pictured with his wife Wendy
Thomas W. Needham

Pictured here in 2005 with wife Wendy (Dexter) Needham, headmaster Needham once said that Cardigan embodies an observation by Yeats: "Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire."

School logo commemorating the 75th anniversary

October 24, 2020

Dedication of Wallach & the Tsui Yee Gallery

Witness the dedication of Wallach, our new hub for teaching innovative design, applied engineering, and creative arts through active, creative, and experiential learning. We will also celebrate the opening of the Tsui Yee Gallery on Wallach's second floor.

Accomplishments of The Campaign for Cardigan 2020

In 2010, the School launched The Campaign for Cardigan 2020 and committed to excellence in the education of middle school boys. Ten years later, we will celebrate this incredibly successful campaign and its many accomplishments.

Cardigan's 75th Birthday Party

Gather with the School community to toast the progress of the past 75 years, enjoy the moment at a community cookout while watching the Cardigan Cougars compete on the field, and celebrate the School's future in the dedication of Wallach.

Lodging Reservations

Cardigan has partnered with local hotels to reserve blocks of rooms at discounted rates. Click the button below for more information.

Lebanon Courtyard

Hilton Garden Inn Lebanon/Hanover