60th Anniversary | The History of

Whitby School

Whitby School is proud to celebrate 60 years of pioneering education and thought leadership. Read on to learn more about the history of our school.


Whitby school founded in 1958

Whitby School opens on Cliffdale Road in a stable of the Terrien family with an enrollment of 17 (3-to-7-year-olds) and Nancy Rambusch as Headmistress


1958-1960 Highlights
Whitby moves 6 to 9 year olds into rented space at the Sacred Heart School in Byram, the younger class remaining at the stable. 
Enrollment now up to 57, the International Montessori Society agrees to the founding of the American Montessori Society. 
The first Internationl Montessori Teacher Training Program begins at Whitby. 
The Board begins its first building fund to finance the purchase of land on Lake Avenue and expand school enrollment.

Whitby Moves to Lake Avenue

Founders Hall is completed in January and Whitby School moves to its current location on Lake Avenue.
Whitby featured in Time
Whitby in Saturday Evening Post


Whitby Grows

Groundbreaking ceremony is held for addition to Whitby. The addition included three Lower School classrooms, art and manual trading room, and a multipurpose room for music and domestic arts, storage room and changing room, and seminar room for conferences.


  • Competitive sports are added to the physical education program.
  • New ballfield and classroom added.
  • First Whitby graduates enter military service.
  • Students plant 1,500 tree seedlings on campus.
  • First annual giving program is launched.


Development Committee announces plans for new facilities (Arts and Sciences building and gymnasium), alterations and remodeling of existing facilities.


Edna Schneider departs Jim Henson's Muppets to start a creative dramatics program at Whitby.


Whitby starts using the video recorder. A film production course enters the curriculum.


Whitby School choral group records on John Denver song "For Baby," on the album Rocky Mountain High.


Parents Association hosts Whitby School Childrens Film Festival

School holds Whitby Summer Monday Program which invites students from Harlem to enjoy different activities in the "country" of Greenwich.


Stepping Stones Program Begins

Nancy McCormick Rambusch returns to Whitby to speak with the school's 14th graduating class.

Whitby's Montessori Training program is placed on the curriculum of the Graduate School of Education at Manhattanville College.

Whitby dad and MLB Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver attends the Annual Giving Drive.


Whitby Celebrates 20th Anniversary


Year Highlights

- Whitby receives its first classroom computer

- Lower School begins Extend Day program

Whitby girls basketball team plays first season.


Grounds-breaking for the Head's House takes place

Stepping Stones begins afternoon session


Whitby celebrates its 30th birthday
Whitby hosts book exchange program with nine schools throughout Greenwich and Port Chester after receiving a $90,000 grant from the Dewitt Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund.
One of the program's beneficiaries? A nine-year-old Philip Lohmeyer, now an Upper School Design Teacher at Whitby.
Whitby begins the Nightwalk and the Spring Chicken Hatching — two new Primary traditions that are continued to this day.
Primary begins third year graduation and passing the light of knowledge ceremony.
Whitby celebrates the opening of Renaissance Hall
Chorus earns first place at music festival
Student remembered during memorial ceremony


Whitby adds Mandarin to curriculum
Renovations on Caedmon building begin
Construction is completed on the Performing Arts Center in the Caedmon building.
Whitby celebrates its 50th Anniversary with a Founder's Day Celebration.
Whitby receives authorization to offer the IB PYP and MYP. Whitby becomes the only school to be triple accredited by American Montessori Society, International Baccalaureate Organization and Connecticut Association of Independent Schools.
Whitby opens 4-classroom addition that includes a new state-of-the-art Science Lab and Design Technology Lab.
Whitby opens new Athletics Center, doubling the size of the original Athletics Center.
Whitby acquires 5.3 acres of land, adding an additional 16,000 square feet of building space for the future.
Whitby begins festivities for its 60th Anniversary with a school-wide logo contest. Scoring guidelines were created by 8th Grade Design Classes. Seventh grader Lauren won first place, and her logo will be used on all 60th anniversary promotional items.