A Brief History
When the Pennsylvania Railroad finished 15 miles of track from Broad Street to Paoli, many of its families moved to the fresh air and country west of the city. Among them were Alexander Cassatt, brother of painter Mary, and his wife Lois Buchanan Cassatt, niece of 15th President James Buchanan. Their idea and ideal was a superior education for their boys.
The Cassatts enlisted the help of the young Quaker Dean of Haverford College, Isaac Sharpless. The College, founded in 1833, was a struggling institution. Swarthmore, a rival Quaker college, had its own grammar school, but there was no school for the sons of the Haverford professors. When Alexander and Lois Cassatt, presented their idea, Dean Sharpless acted. On the 23rd of September 1884, under Dean Sharpless' direction, four men and one woman began teaching 25 boys at The Haverford College Grammar School.
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The Haverford School has a strong connection with generations of alumni, many of whom choose Haverford for their sons as well. Learn more about Haverford's legacy families and their impact on the School:The Haverford School: Living Legacies >
- Charles Sumner Crosman, 1884–1912
- Edwin Mood Wilson, 1912–1937
- Cornelius B. Boocock, 1937–1942
- Leslie R. Severinghaus, 1942–1965
- Davis R. Parker, 1966–1987
- William Boulton Dixon '61, 1987–1992
- Joseph P. Healey, 1992–1998
- Joseph T. Cox, 1998–2013
- John A. Nagl, 2013-