- Mr. F. Alden Shaw, Founder
- Dr. Rodney Snelling
- Dr. Richard A. Schlegel
- Mr. Gerald T. Hansen
- Mr. Glen P. Shilling
Mr. F. Alden Shaw started the school in 1914 and remained the Headmaster until 1961. He continued teaching at the school until his death in 1993.
Mr. Shaw guided the school through two world wars, and several campus moves until settling in the current location at Lahser and 13 Mile Rd which was considered Birmingham in 1957. Through his tenure his focus was always to develop the whole child and took to heart his motto for the school: mens sana in corpore sano - a sound mind in a sound body.
Dr. Schlegel became the third Headmaster of the school in 1967 and remained at the helm until 1986. During his tenor he expanded the music and fine arts programs, added the Shaw gymnasium, initiated a preschool and foreign exchange program, and also oversaw the purchase of the Village and Maple Road Campuses.
After many years of being a member of the math faculty and department head, Mr. Hansen became our fourth Headmaster in 1986. During his tenor a Middle School was built and became our Hillview Campus. Also the addition of the Seligman Performing Arts Center, the Barbara Plamondon Earle Early Learning Center (the Hamlet), Village Campus expansion, and the Global Campus Campaign which updated the high school with new administrative offices and a science wing. Mr. Hansen remained Headmaster until 2007.
Our current Headmaster had been a long-time history faculty member and school administrator before becoming the Headmaster in 2007. Under Mr. Shilling's leadership the Cooper Gymnasium, the Gerald T. Hansen Athletic Complex, and the Glen P. Shilling Field House were completed. Other big additions to the school include the Nicole and Stephen Eisenberg Studio Theatre, a new Middle School wing, and the current construction of a new Lower School at our Maple Road Campus. Mr. Shilling has announced his retirement in the year 2020 and the school is in the process of looking for their sixth Head of School.
New Head of School in 2020!
We are pleased to welcome our first "Head of School." Rich Dempsey, from the Pomfret School in Pomfret, Connecticut, will become our newest lead administrator and the first to hold the more modern title of Head of School. From his 23 years plus experience, we anticipate Mr. Dempsey to continue his thought leadership in the development of innovative educational models designed to prepare students for their futures. To learn more about Mr. Dempsey read the email sent to the community on June 6, 2019.