The tradition of awarding The Salisbury Medal annually to a person or persons who have perpetuated the goals and ideals of the School goes back to 1979. During the span of this time, this well-earned honor has never been awarded separately to a father and a son. In 1992, Trustee Emeritus Taggart Whipple was notably recognized with this honor and awarded The Salisbury Medal. During Legends Weekend this fall, at the ceremony for his 50th reunion and in front of his classmates, Hugh W. Whipple ’72 was presented The Salisbury Medal. At the Knight of the Long Table dinner, Will Webb, Head of School, spoke to the meaning of this honor:
“One of the great pleasures of working in schools is to partner with generational difference makers…donors like the Whipples bring joy to the Hilltop. Hugh and Margaret have affirmed and supported all that is great about our School. Reunion giving is and always will be a meaningful way to honor a milestone.”
In a selfless commitment to the Hilltop, Hugh’s leadership and vision led to an endowment for the Director of the Rudd Learning Center, the Whipple-Brewster Chair. Furthermore, Hugh and his wife Margaret have started the process to enhance and refurbish the tennis courts. The Whipple-Brewster Tennis Center, while still in the design phase, will provide a long-overdue opportunity for the athletic department. The Whipples have created a generational legacy at Salisbury that earns a spot with the most venerable names in our history. Loyalty, honor, service, and devotion are central to the Medal and the core of a Salisbury gentleman.