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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Webb Family of Educators

Three Webb Schools and the family connection


Many don't realize the family connection between the three Webb schools.  Though we are not corporately connected we have a rich shared family history.  "The Webbs defy all the accepted laws of pedagogy, but their boys were the best prepared that we got."- Woodrow Wilson [as President of Princeton Univ]


The Webb School of Bell Buckle 
Founded in 1870


Founders were brothersWilliam [Sawney] R. Webb and John Webb
Sawney's son William [Son Will] R. Webb Jr. was the second generation of Webb leadership on the Bell Buckle campus.
Notable Alumni
For more on the founders:

  • "The School Maker" by Laurence McMillin
  • "The Gentle Scholar" by Terry Barkley
  • "Education: The Webbs of Bell Buckle" Time Magazine Sept 16, 1946

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The Webb Schools of Claremont, California
Founded in 1922
Founders Thompson and Vivian Webb [Sawney's son and daughter-in-law]
Notable Alumni
For more on the founders:
 "Thompson Webb: The Years at the Webb School 1922-1975" compiled by Thompson Webb, Jr. and Thompson Webb III



The Webb School of Knoxville, TN
Founded in 1955
Founder Robert [Bob] and Julie Webb  [Sawney's grandson and grand daughter-in-law]
Notable Alumni
For more on the founders:
 "A Splendid Instinct" by Jack Neely




Family Tree


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Family and Representatives from the three Webb Schools in 2014