Cathedral History Week was a virtual celebration of the school’s 119 years, starting with its founding in 1901. Each day of the week was themed, focusing on the many aspects that make our school so unique. 

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Although much has changed since 1901, Cathedral continues to foster articulate, confident, responsible citizens of the world who understand the inherent value of all people and the importance of working towards equity in all that they do.


Marsha Portrait
Cathedral History Week, we officially launched a year-long celebration of Marsha Nelson's 18 years as Head of The Cathedral School. Marsha has shaped the school into the place we know it to be now: a place of rigor and community that educates students to become articulate, confident, and responsible citizens of the world. Show your appreciation for her deep impact by submitting a written tribute and/or photo (with a caption or message) to advancement@cathedralnyc.org

Check out this snippet of an interview with Marsha that was shared on Wednesday of Cathedral History Week when we celebrated Women at Cathedral. She spoke about how she helped transform the girls athletic program here at Cathedral. Stay tuned for a monthly feature of Marsha on social media, featuring more pieces of her interview! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay in-the-loop.

Tuesday: Virtual Tea and Poetry with Ms. Linda Brown

Ms. Brown dedicated 34 extraordinary years to The Cathedral School before retiring in 2016. She began as an assistant teacher in the Lower School and then assumed the role of school assistant in the mid-1980s. She also served as an admission interviewer and interim 3rd Grade teacher. In 1987, she took over as Cathedral's receptionist. Her innate warmth and welcoming spirit is remembered fondly by countless community members as she was the first person who greeted guests at the front door.
In 2001, Ms. Brown was awarded the Z Award, our Cathedral School's highest honor, which is named for Steven B. Zaslofsky, who served as a teacher, coach, dean, and business manager at Cathedral from 1978 to 1986. Mr. Zaslofsky is best remembered for his good nature, good humor, and for completing any job tossed his way with skill, determination, and zest. It was in this spirit that the Z Award was founded, and Ms. Brown embodies that spirit fully! Her impact is very much still felt today, as she helped establish Cathedral's beloved Kwanzaa celebration.

Notably, her love of poetry greatly influenced her students' creativity, and therefore, Ms. Linda Brown hosted virtual Tea and Poetry on Tuesday, November 10 from 5pm-6pm as a part of Cathedral History Week.

Thursday: Current Events with Mr. Howard Nusbaum

Mr. Nusbaum joined the Cathedral community as a parent in 1991 when he enrolled his sons, Jeffrey ‘00, and two years later, Eric ‘02. When Jeffrey graduated in 2000, Howard became a teacher, and went on to be the High School Counselor in 2015 for two years. He is currently a substitute teacher and coaches the JV Boys Basketball team as well. 

For approximately ten years, Howard ran an after school class about current events for Upper School students. There were about ten students in each class, and some of them participated for all four of their Upper School years. 
On Thursday, November 12 from 5pm to 6pm, we reprised this hit class for one night only on Zoom! All were welcome to participate and submit questions for the session.
Lastly, a personal message from Mr. Nusbaum:
"One of the things I loved about teaching this class was watching how much better you became at presenting arguments over the four years. I'm eager to see/hear how the latest model of you thinks. And, while we might not solve the world's problems, we can be confident, at least in my opinion, that no one else is either. Hope to see you there!  - Howard/Mr. Nusbaum"

Celebrate Cathedral's Past, Present, & Future with us!

Tune in to our social media sites for a variety of fun daily posts reinforcing each day's themes. Like and share our posts with your own friends and family to engage even more people in Cathedral's colorful past! Be sure to use the hashtags #CathedralHistoryWeek #CathedralSchoolArchives.