CLEVELAND -- University School and Hathaway Brown are splitting a $6.6 million gift from the estate of Victor Cannon and his wife, Georgia -- two deceased alums.

"We are extremely grateful for this extraordinary gift to our school," said US Headmaster Steve Murray. "We are planning to devote the $3.3 million bequest to unrestricted endowments for faculty enhancement and professional development."

Victor Cannon, who died in 1970, was a 1919 graduate of University School. His wife, who died in 1995, was a 1924 graduate of Hathaway Brown.

For Hathaway Brown, which is an independent school in Shaker Heights serving girls K-12,$3.3 million bequest is the third largest gift in school history. In 2001, a $7.2 million gift fueled the construction of the school's 50,000-square-foot, four-story atrium and middle school academic center. In 2005, HB unveiled an onsite aquatic center with a principal $4 million gift from a woman of the class of 1940.

University School, which has two suburban campuses in Cleveland, is an independent day school educating boys K-12.

HB was founded in 1876 and US was founded in 1890.