Martin Pitt, Old Boy (OC 1957) and teacher (1976 - 2003) epitomised, and indeed played a key role in forming, Cranbrook’s values of service to others, global responsibility, and action and teamwork. As a pupil from 1953 to 1957, he was a Senior Prefect and Head of Davidson House.
As an Old Cranbrookian and member of staff from 1976 to 2003, Martin fulfilled the varied roles of geography teacher, rugby and rowing coach, leader of the Explorers and Travellers’ Club, Social Service mentor, Housemaster of Chelmsford and Woodward, Senior Master, Deputy and Acting Headmaster, Secretary and President of the Old Cranbrookians’ Association and first Director of the Cranbrook Foundation.
This teacher’s passionate and pioneering work lives on to this day in Cranbrook’s curriculum and in the form of the Martin Pitt Scholarship. Awarded to a talented and passionate sportsman from a rural area, who shows potential as a leader and gives unselfish service, this award allows a boy who otherwise could not afford to attend our School to board with us from Years 7 to 12.
After Martin’s death, his family also donated the Pitt Cup as the prize for the winning the Pitt Dash, originally an annual race around the School. The Pitt Cup is now awarded to the winning House in the inter-House sporting competitions and is highly sought after by students each year.