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Our Story

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“Esse Quam Videri 
"To be, rather than to seem."”

Head of School Will Webb in front of chapel.

Salisbury School is pleased to introduce William Webb as Salisbury’s eighth Head of School.

Will was drawn to Salisbury’s focus on educating and developing the whole boy, on the triad of nurturing the mind, body and spirit, and to working closely with its talented, dedicated, and selfless faculty and staff.

"After immersing myself in this community it is clear these tenants are strong amongst our faculty, staff, leadership and alumni community and I am excited to work in partnership guiding Salisbury School onward and upward. "

With nearly a decade of Head of School experience, Will has deep knowledge and experience in 9-12 independent boarding schools and brings his broad experience leading multiple functional roles to the Hilltop. His enthusiasm and natural ability to create relationships, along with strong ethics and integrity, combine to form a role model for the boys. The Webb team, along with Will’s wife Sarah, who brings her own infectious warmth and approachability, form a team that makes every boy feel at home, nurtured and loved.

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Where Tradition Matters

Salisbury is a dynamic, modern boarding school in the Northwest Corner of Connecticut. We take pride in the history that makes us so unique, and celebrate it with a number of traditions that have been passed down over the years.

Discover for yourself the unique traditions that make us a leading boarding school in Connecticut’s Northwest Corner by scheduling a campus tour today.

We embrace the founding rector’s belief that a boy’s secondary school has the responsibility for addressing every aspect of development. Listed below are some of Salisbury’s traditions that continue to be such an important part of your overall school experience.

School Crest

The Salisbury crest is colored red for bravery and gold for generosity. The four crosses above and below the crest symbolize faith in God through Christ. The shell is a symbol of spiritual journey or pilgrimage. The heart symbolizes charity and the arrows preparedness. The open book is for learning and the acorn for maturity.  Our more traditional crest can still be found throughout many of our materials.  Its ribbons and text no longer render clearly on a small scale, thus this enhanced version is quickly becoming a more common sight.

Three boys in school dress
School Dress

Students wear a jacket and tie to class, sit-down meals, Chapel and special school events. 

All-School Meeting
All-School Meeting

We gather twice a week in the Quad for announcements from faculty members and students on what lies ahead. 

Red Light in the Cupola
Red Light In The Cupola

After a varsity team wins, the red light in the Main Building’s cupola is lit to alert the rest of the community to the team’s victory.

Sit-down meal
Sit-Down Meals


Meals are an important part of life in any boarding school. Twice a week, you will eat family style with your advisor and fellow students. This promotes a deeper sense of community and allows you the chance to get to know boys from older or younger classes than your own.

Chapel sunrise

We welcome students and faculty of all faiths, but maintain our historic ties to the Episcopal Church, gathering every Tuesday and Friday morning in the Chapel for reflection or to hear a message. These services embrace all faiths.

Image of Crimson Knight mascot
Crimson Knight


In the spring of 1995, the Sixth Form adopted the Crimson Knight as the School's mascot. It symbolized the history, character and devotion of the Knights represented in The Sarum Hymn. 

Lessons and Carols (boy with Reverend Hall)
Service of Nine Lessons and Carols

Prior to our break for the winter holidays, the entire school community gathers in the Chapel for the traditional Hanging of the Greens followed a week later by the service of Lessons and Carols, sung by our joint student-faculty choir.

Mission Of
Salisbury School

Salisbury School was founded to instill a vibrant enthusiasm for learning and the self-confidence needed for intellectual, physical, moral and spiritual development. Founded in the Episcopalian tradition, Salisbury welcomes boys of all belief systems, spiritual exploration is one of our core traditions.

Built on essential core values, the School's unique culture promotes brotherhood, creativity, empathy, humility, integrity, leadership and respect.  Salisbury graduates are men of character and promise who are prepared to meet the challenges of college and adulthood and to make a difference in an entrepreneurial, technological and cosmopolitan world.

For more information about our beliefs, traditions, history and approach to education, keep browsing our website. We encourage interested parents to contact our admissions team directly and schedule a campus tour. There, you’ll see our facilities in person and learn directly from current students what makes us an innovator among the top college prep schools in Connecticut.

Board of Trustees

Campbell Langdon ’79
David Leavy ’88
Matthew W. Barzun P'21, '24
Vice Chair
Robert P. Zabel '85
Vice Chair
Gregory Johnson P'21
John Lambros P'22
Vice Treasurer
David Mathus '77, P'22
Reverend William Danaher '83
Vice Secretary
John Coleman '77
Chair DEI, Building & Planning
William V. Webb*
Head of School

Eric Bommer P'23
Lisa Callahan P'04, '08, '09
Matthew Cassin '94
John Couzens Jr. '06 
Bradford S. Dimeo '80
David E. Friedman '99
Michael Gans '81, P’17
Kenneth J. Hanau P’20
Adelaide Harris P'07 
Patricia Isen P’14
Armando Jimenez '09
Peter Keehn P'15
Harriet Marshall P'24
Christopher Merrill P'22
Timothy Rees '02
Richard E. Riegel III ’84
Whitney R. Robinson '01
J. Wood Rutter '98 (Hon.)
James P. Townsend P’10
Marita K. Wong P'15 

Trustees Emeritus

John G. Brim ’64
Dr. Richard S. Childs Jr. ’63
Barron G. Collier II ’70
Nathaniel B. Day '56 
James Dresser '59
Richard D. Field ’59
H. Crosby Foster II ’57
Herbert A. May III ’83, P’12
J. Richard Munro P’88, ’90
Amanda D. Rutledge P'80, '84
J. Anton Schiffenhaus '48
Michael S. Sylvester ’59, P’85
Anthony C. Woodruff ’01 (Hon.) P’89