Cushing History

Cushing's 150th Anniversary

Cushing celebrated its sesquicentennial in 2015.

On May 15, 1865, the Great and General Court of Massachusetts passed the The Act of Incorporation of Cushing Academy. After a decade of planning and building, the Academy opened in September 1875 with an inaugural student body of "66 gentlemen and 56 ladies." And, as they say, the rest is history.

During the sesquicentennial year, students and faculty reflected on our proud history with on-campus celebrations, speakers and special projects. Alumni, parents and friends joined the Cushing community at events celebrating this milestone, including gatherings across the country; a compilation of remembered stories, both written and oral; the Cushing Performing Arts Series; and the grandest reunion ever.
We've gone through our archives and put together a timeline of Cushing's 150 years. We tried to hit the high points on a variety of topics--headmasters, buildings, faculty comings and goings, and more--but this shouldn't be considered the comprehensive Cushing story. We invite our alumni to take a look at the timeline and reach out to us with your own memories. Tell us what we've forgotten or what we've gotten wrong. We'll continue to add content throughout our sesquicentennial year.

Cushing Academy

39 School Street
Ashburnham, Massachusetts 01430

Cushing Academy

Cushing Academy exists for students and develops curious, creative, and confident learners and leaders. Founded in 1865, Cushing is a co-ed, college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12 and PG. Our students, who come from over 30 states and 30 countries, excel in our outstanding academic, art, and athletic offerings. We welcome you to visit our community and beautiful 162-acre campus in Ashburnham, Mass., just one hour from Boston, to experience all that Cushing has to offer.