Wooster Chronology

Important Events in Wooster's History

March 2, 1710

General Wooster, Revolutionary War hero, father of Freemasonry in Connecticut, and Wooster's namesake, was born.

April 27, 1777

General Wooster dies in Danbury, CT of a mortal wound inflicted during the Battle of Ridgefield.


Aaron Coburn joins the Danbury Board of Education and serves on it until 1932.

March 31, 1925

The Vestry of St. James' Church votes to endorse Rev. Coburn's proposal to establish a boys school in Danbury.

October 15, 1925

Rev. Coburn and friends raise $30,000 to buy the Hodshon Farm in Danbury.

November 2, 1925

Connecticut State Legislature approves Wooster's Articles of Incorporation.

September 22, 1926

Wooster opens its doors to 10 students.


East & West Cottages (Wellington & McAlister respectively) are completed.

December 14, 1928

The Headmaster's House is dedicated.

May 18, 1929

Flag Pole is formally dedicated.

June, 1929

Wooster's first commencement (last Sat. preceding 6/10/29), 2 graduates.

June 7, 1930

James Marshall Chapel cornerstone is placed.

November 6, 1930

Chapel is consecrated and dedicated to the memory of James Marshall who was a hat manufacturer in Fall River, Massachusetts. Mrs. Marshall, who moved to Newtown, Connecticut, after her husband's death and became a member of the School's Board of Managers, gave Wooster $50,000 to erect the Chapel in her husband's memory.


Aaron Coburn receives an honorary Doctor of Letters from Hobart College.

February 14, 1943

John D. Verdery becomes Headmaster and serves in that capacity until June 30, 1976.

Fall 1945

Wooster's first undefeated football season.

May, 1948

Frank Young produces his first production of "Woosteria".

Winter 1951

Don Seifert '51 wins the National Preparatory School wrestling championship at Lehigh University, the greatest single athletic achievement in the history of the school's 25 years. Don had three undefeated years as Varsity Wrestling Captain. He served as Prefect of East Cottage and Valedictorian of the Senior Class.

June 9, 1952

U.S. Vice President Alben Barkley breaks ground for Coburn Hall.


Wooster is elected a member of the Cum Laude Society.

March 4, 1961

First game played in Alumni Gym : Varsity Basketball team defeats Gunnery 50-36.

April 29, 1961

Alumni Gym is dedicated.

September, 1963

Soccer is offered for the first time as an alternate fall sport.

February 5, 1966

Wooster Community Art Center offers its first community program to 27 students from neighboring high schools with an emphasis on sculpture, drawing, and painting.

Summer 1966

Marian Anderson, renowned Metropolitan Opera singer, visits Wooster.

September, 1966

Josette Eynon joins the faculty (in the Language Department) as its first full-time female member.

February 20, 1968

The David M. Keiser organ, new to Wooster, is formally inaugurated in a recital given by Clyde Holloway.


First woman, Mary-Belle Starr, is appointed to the Wooster Board of Trustees.

September, 1970

Wooster becomes a co-ed institution. Robin Kahn '73 is the first of 33 girls admitted.

September 11, 1974

"Anonymous", the campus newspaper, is first published. Chris Witzky '75 is named first Editor-in-Chief.

May 10, 1975

Girls Gym and Music Building are dedicated.

September 11, 1975

50th Anniversary Celebration begins.

July 1, 1976

C. Richard Cadigan becomes Wooster's third Headmaster.

May 14, 1977

Tiedemann Field dedicated to the memory of Charlie Tiedemann '42.

May 27, 1978

Football field named "Hobart Warner Field" in honor of long time teacher/coach.

January 17, 1980

Board of Trustees elects H. Korb Eynon as Wooster's fourth Headmaster effective July 1, 1980.

March 7, 1981

Girls Varsity Basketball Team beats Westover to become Wooster's first undefeated girls team in the School's history. They end the season with a 15-0 record.


Boys Lacrosse begins at Wooster.

September, 1983

"The Year in Spain" is inaugurated for Wooster 10th graders.

September 7, 1984

General News, the student newspaper, made its debut : it revived the name of the original Wooster paper, the Wooster General.

July 1, 1985

The Board of Trustees elects G. Peter O'Neill Wooster's fifth Headmaster. Peter had served as Director of Admissions from September 1982 to July 1985.

Fall 1989

Sixth Grade is added to the Middle School.


Wooster School becomes co-ed day school.

July 1, 1990

Beth Kukla is hired as Lower School Coordinator to begin the process of establishing a Lower School at Wooster.


John D. Verdery Library is dedicated.

October 19, 1991

E. John Effinger becomes Wooster's sixth Headmaster.

September 3, 1991

The Lower School opens with a Kindergarten, and a combined Grades 1 and 2; 32 children comprise the student body.

Fall 1992

Grades 3, 4, and 5 are added to the Lower School.

January 5, 1996

Wellington Cottage former East Cottage is dedicated in honor of Bradley '94, Abigail '96, and Benjamin '98, through the generosity of their father Cary Wellington, as the new home of the Middle School. The Middle School moved to Wellington Cottage in September 1995.

October 15, 1996

The Board of Trustees appoints John B. Cheeseman '57 Wooster's seventh Headmaster - the first graduate to serve as Headmaster.

November 4, 2000

Wooster celebrates its 75th Anniversary.

November 18, 2002

Board of Trustees announces the appointment of George N. King, Jr. to the position of Headmaster.

January 11, 2003

Forever Young Gymnasium is dedicated and celebrated with a faculty vs. parent basketball game following the Boys and Girls Varsity games in the new gym. Former San Francisco 49er quarterback, Steve Young, founder of the Forever Young Foundation, and ex-Boston Celtic, Danny Ainge, played with the two teams.

September 2, 2004

Wooster's new Middle School building opens.

July 1, 2007

Timothy B. Golding is appointed as the ninth Headmaster of Wooster School.

Fall, 2008

Pre-K 4 program opens.

Fall, 2011

The Prospect School at Wooster opens.

Fall, 2011

Pre-K 3 program opens.

July 1, 2013

Matthew J. Byrnes named Wooster's tenth Head of School.

October, 2013

Renovated Coburn Hall and the Felton Learning Studio opens.
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