Reverend F. Washington Jarvis, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, came to Boston to complete his undergraduate degree at Harvard. After earning a master’s degree at the University of Cambridge, he returned to Boston to teach at the Roxbury Latin School, the oldest school in America. He later became headmaster of the school, a position he held for over thirty years.
After retiring as headmaster in 2004, Jarvis served as a chaplain at Eton College and as a scholar-in-residence at schools in Australia. In addition, he served terms as president of both the Headmasters’ Association of the U.S. and the Country Day School Headmasters’ Association. He taught at Yale, where he was the Director of the Educational Leadership and Ministry Program at the Berkeley Divinity School.