Ruxton Country gets new headmaster

Barker had been chief of the Salisbury School

November 24, 2003|By Linda Linley | Linda Linley,SUN STAFF

The former headmaster of the Salisbury School on the Eastern Shore has been named the new head of Ruxton Country School in Owings Mills.

Stephen K. Barker, 55, will succeed Dennis H. Grubbs, effective July 1. Grubbs has been serving this school year as interim head of the coeducational school with 214 students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

"I was extremely excited to get the appointment at Ruxton Country School," Barker, who is serving as interim principal of the middle school at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, said Friday.

A native of New Hampshire, Barker served as headmaster at Salisbury School for 19 years. Salisbury was originally a school for students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, but added an upper school several years ago. It now has 375 students.

Richard Tilghman, president of Ruxton Country School's board of trustees, said that the board looked at a significant number of candidates before selecting five to visit the school last month.

He said Barker will be a great fit for the school.

"We had a strong pool of candidates, and Stephen was the best," Tilghman said.

Barker received a bachelor's degree from Harvard College in 1971 and a master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1975.

He was an English and history teacher at Moses Brown School in Providence, R.I., from 1971-1974 and a history teacher at Buckingham Browne and Nichols School in Cambridge, Mass., from 1975-1977.

In 1977, he returned to Moses Brown to become head of the middle school, a position he held until 1984. At that time, he came to Maryland to become headmaster at Salisbury, where he remained until this year.

He and his wife, Sallie, have two grown children. She served as resource coordinator and director of special projects while at the Salisbury School.

Ruxton Country School is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. Established in 1913, it was originally named the Blue Bird School and was located in Ruxton. The school was renamed in 1978 and later moved to a 70-acre campus in Owings Mills.

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