Ken Cushing Cardigan Mountain School
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Ken Cushing: The History of Cardigan Mountain School

The recipient of a Master of Arts in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of Oregon, Ken Cushing currently serves as Chair of the World Languages Department at Cardigan Mountain School, oversees seven teachers, and coordinates the school's annual wrestling tournament. 

Located in Canaan, New Hampshire, Cardigan Mountain School has taught boys in grades 6 through 12 for over 60 years. Founded in 1945, Cardigan Mountain School emerged from the ideas of Dartmouth College graduate Harold Hinman, Kimball Union Academy Headmaster William Brewster, and Dartmouth University President E. M. Hopkins. Its original class featured 24 students, but by joining with Clark School of Hanover, New Hampshire, less than a decade later, it significantly increased its enrollment, capabilities, and resources. 

The initial purpose of Cardigan Mountain School was to provide a unique, top-quality learning experience for youths. In addition to focusing on academics and study habits, the institution also promoted spiritual guidance, athletic training, and social growth. Today, Cardigan Mountain School retains this philosophy by subscribing to the values of compassion, honesty, integrity, respect, fairness, and scholarship. The school also remains connected to its past by continuing traditions such as climbing to the top of Mount Cardigan and seeing the sunrise at the start of the new school year, running a winter carnival, and taking a ski holiday in late winter.

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Cardigan Mountain School Athletics

The athletic program at Cardigan Mountain School provides a necessary counterpart to academic rigor. A healthy, active lifestyle is emphasized, along with other core values such as respect and dedication. The school strives to create a positive atmosphere for athletic development and competition and offers numerous intramural programs, as well as competitive sport opportunities. 

Ken Cushing, who teaches foreign languages at the school, also coaches wrestling. Ken Cushing subscribes to the philosophy that coaching provides important inroads to develop character, which impacts other areas of students’ lives. The athletic program operates under the idea that success is based on effort and devotion, as opposed to victory or loss. Additionally, by participating in team sports, students realize the importance of routine commitment as integral to any endeavor. Attendance at daily practice, as well as all games and related team events, is essential. The teacher-coach model provides students with a way to appreciate ethical conduct, teamwork, and fairness.

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