While the “house system” may sound vaguely familiar (think Harry Potter), it is a real system that has existed for more than 150 years, with its roots in Great Britain. Goals of the house system are to help freshmen and students new to the school feel comfortable in their new surroundings, to promote bonding among the student body as a whole, and to encourage students to support each other by attending school events such as sports, concerts and plays.
In 2007 the High School implemented the house system. Each “house” is named after a founding family of Canterbury: Cast, Paflas, Parrott, Randall, Smith and Spindler. At the beginning of the school year, the High School students are placed into each house and compete for points. Additionally, throughout the year there are house events that can pit house against house. At the end of the year the house with the most points wins a trophy and bragging rights.
Points are given for being on the Headmaster and Honor lists, being on athletics teams, going to extracurricular events, doing fitness testing, participating on speech team and other academic teams, and random events that are instituted as house activities such as the canned food drive, a gong show, pumpkin carving and snowman building. Points also may be deducted for being out of dress code, poor sportsmanship or other school infractions.