It was important to Mrs. Marsh that Norwood was a place where when children left at the end of the day, they couldn’t wait to come back in the morning. Despite running the School out of four different locations with limited facilities during the first 19 years, Mrs. Marsh always created a happy and nurturing school home where children were thrived and where parents played many important roles in the community. In fact, it was through the vision, will, and generosity of a group of parents and supporters that Norwood moved to its current home at the corner of River Road and Bradley Boulevard in 1972, providing ample space for growth.
Norwood had expanded to Sixth Grade in 1976. A year later, Mrs. Marsh retired and Thomas C. Hudnut was appointed Headmaster. When Mr. Hudnut moved to the West Coast in 1982, Weedie Block, the Lower School Principal and Norwood teacher since 1967, served as Interim Head during a nationwide search for the next Head. Richard T. Ewing, Jr., a former Sixth Grade Teacher at Norwood who had just completed his doctorate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, became the third Head of School in 1983. When an additional 16.7 acres of land was acquired in 1995, the Board of Trustees made the decision to expand the School to include Seventh Grade (added in 1998) and Eighth Grade (added in 1999). A new middle school building, athletic center, and athletic fields were added in 1999 after a highly successful capital campaign. Today, Mr. Ewing, together with 23 trustees, leads a school of 500 students supported by 115 faculty and staff members.
The scope and complexity of the existing programs in reading and language arts, math, science, social studies and history, technology, world languages, art, music, physical education, and character and spiritual development have continued to evolve and expand over the years – while staying true to the original educational philosophy emphasizing joy in learning, exceptional academics, vibrant art and music programs, and the guiding principal that “how you lead your life matters.” The character and accomplishments of Norwood alumni provide powerful testimony to the success of the School’s program.