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Bradley, Richard

Bradley, Richard A.
The fifth Headmaster of Ridley College, Bradley arrived on campus in 1971—and his decade at the school proved to be one of significant transformation. When he took over the leadership, Bradley immediately set out to improve the quality of life at Ridley. He overhauled the discipline structure, strengthened the faculty, changed the nature of the enrollment with the introduction of girls, introduced new activities, influenced an artistic and cultural revitalization with the introduction of new courses, and set in motion the reorganization of the school's business administration.

When he left in 1980, there had also been significant physical changes on campus: the McLaughlin Building, an upgrading of School House, a new biology laboratory, the H.C. Griffith Athletic Complex, the Performing Arts Centre, and the restructuring of boarding houses to accommodate the female students.

Together with the Board Chairman of the 1970s, Bradley was prepared to abandon the old and the familiar in order to bring Ridley forward, put it on firm ground, and recover its preeminent status as a boarding school. In 2000, he co-authored with Paul Lewis, Ridley A Canadian School. He died at age 89 on March 25, 2016 in Massachusetts.
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With more than 700 students from 60 countries, the largest boarding programme in Ontario and the third largest in Canada, Ridley College is a truly international, co-educational, day and boarding school of the world that prepares students for the world. It has provided enriching learning and life-shaping experiences focused on the arts, academics, and athletics since 1889. Ridley’s Lower School offers JK-Grade 8, its Upper School consists of Grade 9-PG, and Ridley graduates attend some of the top universities and colleges around the world. Ridley is the only   co-ed independent boarding school in Canada and one of only three in North America authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) continuum programme.