History

The Webb School was founded in 1870 at Culleoka, Maury County, Tenn., by William Robert Webb, known affectionately to thousands as "Old Sawney."

Sawney was a versatile and forceful personality who left an indelible mark on many areas of life. He was active in educational, political, religious, social, and community affairs. Although he never ran for public office, he was elected to the United States Senate in 1912 to fill out an unexpired term. Of course, his greatest contribution was as an educator. The story of his work with young people makes a full chapter in the annals of American education. Under Sawney's leadership, Webb admitted female, Native American, and Asian-American students. Sawney was principal of Webb from its founding until his death in 1926.

Sawney's brother, John Maurice Webb, joined the school in 1874 and served as co-principal until his death in 1916. John was a scholar of the first rank. Modest and retiring, he did not engage in the public activities of his day. However, many young men caught a gleam out of "Old Jack's" eye that inspired them to plan a public career. John's broad and accurate scholarship was always a source of wonder to his students. His gentle and persuasive manner was an effective counterpart to the stern discipline practiced by his brother. The united efforts of these men created the unique Webb tradition and made Webb School one of America's most distinguished secondary schools.

Throughout its rich history, Webb has continued to hold firmly to its central mission. The Webb School strives to develop young people of character and integrity who understand the importance of a strong work ethic and its important relationship to academic excellence. Webb students graduate from Webb extraordinarily well-prepared to pursue a full and successful college experience.

 

Past Leadership of The Webb School
W. R. “Sawney” Webb, Sr.,* Founder 1870-1926
John Webb,* Co-Principal 1874-1916
W. R. “Son Will” Webb, Jr.,* Co-Principal 1926-1953
G. W. Follin, Sr.,* Principal 1953-1959
John Lewis Morgan,* Principal 1959-1963
Henry O. Whiteside, Sr.,* Principal 1963-1970
Kenneth F. Stuckey, Principal 1970-1973
Dr. Gary M. Jones, President 1973-1978
Jackson E. Heffner,* Headmaster 1977-1989
A. Jon Frere, Headmaster 1989-2005
Albert R. Cauz, Head of School 2005 - 2009
Gordon E. Bondurant, Interim Head of School 2009 - 2010
Raymond S. Broadhead, Head of School    2010 - Present

*Denotes deceased

 

Webb: Early Days on Webb's Private School Campus, Bell Buckle, TN
A photo of "Son Will" (left) son of founder William Robert "Sawney" Webb (right) in the early days on Webb's campus.