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The 150th is here, this is a time to celebrate, reminisce on old memories and create new ones. Joins us as we celebrate the past and look forward to the future that we will build together.

Our History

In the fall of 1872, construction began on a new school in Stanstead. It was to be a Wesleyan school, and it would serve both the local border community and residential students from elsewhere. In December of that year, the cornerstone was laid and letters of incorporation signed.

Over the next 150 years, Stanstead College would change and evolve, sometimes by circumstance -- a devastating fire in 1938 -- sometimes by choice -- becoming boys-only in 1958... and back to co-ed in 1979. The school has weathered World Wars, the Depression, recessions, political and social upheaval. It has survived the Spanish flu and, now, COVID-19. Through it all, Stanstead College has set thousands of young women and men from around the world on the road to success and a bright future.

Rooted in tradition, always looking forward, Stanstead College will mark the 150th anniversary of its founding through a series of celebrations and events beginning in the fall of 2022 and running through 2023. We look forward to sharing our history and our Stanstead family's stories with you. Watch this space for updates and information.

150th Events

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From the Archives

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  • Mitchell Kotansky '80 and Michael Wolfe unveil

    Stanstead Celebrates 150th at Homecoming & Gala

    By Kyra Borsoi
    This past Saturday, Stanstead College welcomed back a record-breaking 250 alumni, former faculty and past/current parents to campus for Homecoming and to celebrate the 150th anniversary.  
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  • What about the 125th?

    One of the highlights of Stanstead College’s 125th year was the visit by Governor General Romeo Leblanc. As guest speaker at the Baccalaureate and Prize-Giving on June 20, 1997, he urged the graduating class to go out into the world with open minds, open hearts and open voices.
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  • 1. Headmaster and Mrs. Hickson 2. David Thomas 3. Rachel Hickson 4. An Annex Group on Willow Lane 5. “Little Oldfeld” 6. Keith Townend 8. Mr. Hickson 9. Oldfeld School

    The British Contingent: Evacuees During WWII

    Reprinted from the Red & White, Fall 2006
    Soon after nine o’clock I was in bed and watching, through the windows, the silvery searchlights sweep the sky. How many were there? One... two… four… seven… nine! They swept the sky [above Liverpool] in wide arcs, crossing each other, wandering and turning, and piercing the clouds. From time to time they would all flash onto a particular spot in the heavens, rest there a moment, and then turn away. I do not know how long it was that I watched the searchlights, but at length I got drowsy and began to think of silly things, such as lions and tigers, swastikas and submarines, and so fell asleep.  - “Our Last Night in England,” Barbara Eades, Grade 8, Stanstead College Annual, 1941
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  • The new clock gets installed, 2006

    No Clock, New Clock, Broken Clock, Renewed Clock

    Reprinted from The Red & White, 1990
    A devastating fire completely destroyed the original Main Building on Saturday, May 28, 1938, but within 48 hours the Board of Trustees met and unanimously decided to take immediate steps to rebuild. It was quite a challenge as all that remained were a few charred corner posts.
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Contact Us

Karen Cushing
(819) 876-7891, ext. 225

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