Dean of Ontario principals
Mayberry Place was named in 1966 after Charles Alexander (Cam) Mayberry (1856-1938), principal of the Stratford Collegiate for 37 years, from 1890 until his retirement in 1927.
Said the Beacon-Herald, he was "the dean of all collegiate institute principals in Ontario." He was retiring "after a lifetime of service devoted to the educational interests of this city and the province."
The Stratford Board of Education, in recognition of the contribution made by Mr. Mayberry "and as compensation for his years of service, unanimously agreed to a pension of superannuation of $1,500 per year."
The Beacon-Herald said, "Almost like a bolt from the blue will thousands of citizens and former students receive Mr. Mayberry's decision to retire from the position in which he has so long been honored and esteemed. It came in the nature of a complete surprise. With it came the realization that at last the board was to lose a great teacher and the man, who, respected and honored by all, had carried throughout each succeeding year the responsibility that the position of principal entailed. "
Board chairman Harry Wigglesworth paid tribute to the man who for 37 years had guided the destinies of the Collegiate Institute. "Just 45 years ago Mr. Mayberry came to Stratford, fresh from college, strong, virile enthusiastic about his work. Forty-five years have passed and in that intervening space of time hundreds of boys and girls have gone from the Stratford Collegiate Institute. Throughout it all, Mr. Mayberry has remained an inspiring teacher, a sincere friend to all who knew him, a wise counsellor and a just administrator."
One of his outstanding students was John Cunningham McLennan (see William Street), in his day recognized as one of the greatest scientists in the world. A physicist, McLennan (1867-1935) was knighted in the same year he died. Another of Mayberry's distinguished students was Agnes Macphail (see below), who in 1921 became Canada's first female member of Parliament.