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Blair Academy
Venite, Studete, Discite
("Come, Study, Learn")
Established 1848
School type Private, Boarding
Religious affiliation None, Previously Presbyterian
Headmaster T. Chandler Hardwick III
Location Blairstown Township, NJ, USA
Campus Rural, 435 acres
Enrollment 434 total
337 boarding
97 day
Faculty 85
Average class size 9 students
Average SAT
scores (2005)
620 verbal
610 math
Athletics 24 sports
Color(s) Blue and White
Mascot Buccaneer
Homepage www.blair.edu

Blair Academy is a private, coeducational, secondary Boarding high school with an enrollment of about 430 students for grades nine through twelve. The school has 70 faculty members . The school's campus is situated on 435 hilltop acres in Blairstown Township, approximately 60 miles west of New York City, in suburban Warren County, New Jersey, United States. ImageMetadata File history File links Blair_academy. ... Private schools, or independent schools, are schools not administered by local, state, or national government, which retain the right to select their student body and are funded in whole or in part by charging their students tuition rather than with public (state) funds. ... A boarding school is an educational institution where some or all pupils not only study, but also live, amongst their peers. ... Blairstown Township is a township located in Warren County, New Jersey. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles. ... Sign in a rural area in Dalarna, Sweden Qichun, a rural town in Hubei province, China An artists rendering of an aerial view of the Maryland countryside: Jane Frank (Jane Schenthal Frank, 1918-1986), Aerial Series: Ploughed Fields, Maryland, 1974, acrylic and mixed materials on apertured double canvas, 52... Coeducation is the integrated education of men and women at the same school facilities. ... A boarding school is an educational institution where some or all pupils not only study, but also live, amongst their peers. ... As part of education in the United States, secondary education usually covers grades 5, 6, or 7 through twelve. ... Blairstown Township is a township located in Warren County, New Jersey. ... New York, NY redirects here. ... Warren County is a county located in the state of New Jersey. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles. ...



The school was established by railroad magnate and noted philanthropist John Insley Blair (1802-1899) with help from the Presbyterian Church and other town fathers of Blairstown Township. Mr. Blair, The Reverend John A. Reiley, minister of the First Presbyterian Church, and Mr. John Bunnell, a local carriage maker, met on April 6, 1848 and agreed on the site for the school. Mr. Blair gave a small building (now known as Old Academy) to be called Blair Presbyterial Academy. Since the universal public education act was ten years away, Blair Academy assumed the task of educating the sons and daughters of local farmers and merchants, soon reaching beyond the surrounding community. John Insley Blair John Insley Blair (August 22, 1802 in Belvidere, New Jersey - December 2, 1899 in Belvidere, New Jersey) was an American entrepreneur and one of the 19th Centurys wealthiest men. ... Presbyterianism is part of the Reformed churches family of denominations of Christian Protestantism based on the teachings of John Calvin which traces its institutional roots to the Scottish Reformation, especially as led by John Knox. ... Blairstown Township is a township located in Warren County, New Jersey. ... April 6 is the 96th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (97th in leap years). ... Year 1848 (MDCCCXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar (or a leap year starting on Monday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ...

John I. Blair was the school’s principal benefactor for a half-century, and his gifts of land and money made the growth of the school possible, such as Locke, East and Insley Halls. Mr. Blair’s son, DeWitt Clinton Blair later provided the funds for the construction of Clinton Hall, the gymnasium, and general improvements and expansion of the campus. The original gifts of John I. Blair were made by deeds of trust, which provided for the control and management of the school. From its founding and through the deeds of trust, Blair has always been closely associated with the Presbyterian Church, specifically, the Presbytery of Newton, New Jersey. Presbyterianism is part of the Reformed churches family of denominations of Christian Protestantism based on the teachings of John Calvin which traces its institutional roots to the Scottish Reformation, especially as led by John Knox. ... View of Newton. ...

Blair was coeducational until 1915, when it became an exclusively boys’ school under the direction of Headmaster John C. Sharpe. Coeducation was reinstated in 1970, and the female students now represent almost half of the student body. Coeducation is the integrated education of men and women. ...


Blair’s academic program follows the traditional four-year college-preparatory plan. Diploma requirements are governed by college entrance requirements, and they ensure that all students graduate with an exposure to a wide variety of disciplines.

The academic year is divided into two semesters. To graduate, a four-year student must successfully complete the following units (with each semester yielding 1.5 credits): English, 12; mathematics, 9; modern or classical language, 6; laboratory science, 6; world history, 3; U.S. history, 6; arts, 4.5; religion, 1.5; and health, 1.5. Electives include area studies in Africa, Asian history, politics and government, computer science, environmental science, and the philosophy of religion. A full complement of courses is offered in the visual and performing arts. In addition, for every year a student attends Blair, he or she must complete 3 units of physical education or athletics.

Blair Academy offers a broad spectrum of courses, from the introductory level through Advanced Placement. Advanced Placement (AP) is the term used to describe high school classes that are taught at a college level. ...

Individual participation is encouraged in small classroom sections. Day and evening study periods are supervised by faculty members in the dormitory. Every student is assigned a class monitor who oversees his or her academic life at school. In addition, for the fall term freshmen receive help from faculty members in managing study time and prioritizing academic tasks.


Blair primarily competes in the Mid-Atlantic Prep League (which includes Blair Academy, The Peddie School, The Lawrenceville School, The Hill School, Hun School of Princeton, Pennington School, and Mercersburg Academy). Its traditional mascot is the "Buccaneer" (with the team called the Bucs) and the school colors are navy blue and white. Blair's traditional arch-rival is The Peddie School of Hightstown, New Jersey. Since 1903, Blair and Peddie have competed in football, and the rivalry constitutes New Jersey’s oldest continuous prep football competition. Each November, the two schools vie for the coveted Potter-Kelley Cup by playing against one another in a fall sports competition involving all types of fall sports. The Mid-Atlantic Prep League is a sports league with participating institutions from prep schools in the New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania area. ... Peddie School is an American private coeducational high school located on a 280‑acre (1. ... The Lawrenceville School is a coeducational, independent preparatory boarding school for grades 9-12 located on 700 acres in the historic community of Lawrenceville, in Lawrence Township, New Jersey, U.S. five miles southwest of Princeton. ... The Hill School (The Hill) is an American preparatory boarding school for boys and girls in grades nine through twelve. ... The Hun School of Princeton is a private, coeducational, secondary boarding school located in Princeton Township, New Jersey, in the United States. ... The Pennington School (also called Pennington or TPS) is a private co-educational independent boarding school enrolling approximately 445 day and boarding students in grades 6 through 12. ... Mercersburg Academy is an independent, coeducational boarding school for grades 9-12 located in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, United States. ... This article refers to the type of pirate. ... Hightstown highlighted in Mercer County. ...

During the days leading up to Peddie Day, spirit abounds at Blair. The campus is bedecked with banners hanging from windows, often poking fun at Peddie's Falcon mascot (known to Blair as the Peddie Chickens). On Peddie Day “Eve,” a spirited pep rally, torch procession and stories-high bonfire pave the way for a day of athletic competition. The Bonfire at Blair in the past has been over 80 feet tall,[citation needed] however new fire regulations prohibit such large fires now. A Peddie School football player is burned in effigy in the bonfire every year. The last Peddie Day was held on the Blair Campus, which led to a victory to Peddie.

The most successful athletic program is the Blair Wrestling. The team has won 26 consecutive National Prep Titles and produced a number of NCAA champions and Olympic gold medalist Robert B. Weaver.[1] The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often pronounced N-C-Double-A or N-C-Two-A ) is a voluntary association of about 1,200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... The five Olympic rings were designed in 1913, adopted in 1914 and debuted at the Games at Antwerp, 1920. ...

Over the past several years, Blair has developed a respected basketball program whose alums include three active NBA players: Luol Deng, Charlie Villanueva, and Royal Ivey. Luol Deng (born April 16, 1985 in Wau, Sudan) is a Sudanese-British professional basketball player for the National Basketball Associations Chicago Bulls, where he plays small forward. ... Charlie Alexander Villanueva (born August 24, 1984 in Queens, New York) is an American NBA player for the Milwaukee Bucks. ... Royal Ivey is a professional basketball player in the NBA. After a college career at the University of Texas at Austin, he was a second round draft choice of the Atlanta Hawks in the 2004 NBA Draft. ...


The campus is an architectural mixture of the English Tudor, Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, and modern buildings with the features and themes that are reminiscent of the older buildings. At the center of the campus are the four major classroom buildings: Clinton Hall, Bogle Hall, Timken Library, and the Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts. Bogle Hall, dedicated in 1989, provides laboratories and classrooms for the math and science departments and includes a state-of-the-art computer laboratory and a 150-seat auditorium. Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts was dedicated in 1997. The renovated Timken Library, a state-of-the-art facility that includes classrooms and a computer center, opened in 1998. Annie Hall, a girls’ dormitory, opened in fall 1999. Athletic fields and a roadway system were completed in 1997, the Romano Dining hall was completed in the fall of 2000, and renovation of Insley Hall was completed in 2001. Most recently, Locke Hall, East Hall, Davies Hall, and South Cottage have been renovated. A major expansion and renovation of the school's athletic facilities and fields was begun in April of 2007. Kings College Chapel outside view The Tudor style in English architecture is the final development of medieval architecture during the Tudor period (1485–1603) and even beyond, for conservative college patrons. ... The City of Wakefield MDCs Queen Anne style administrative HQ, County Hall, James Gibson and Samuel Russell, architects (1894-98) The Queen Anne Style of British and American architecture reached its greatest popularity in the last quarter of the 19th century, manifesting itself in a number of different ways... Colonial Revival home of Henry M. Jackson in Everett, Washington The Colonial Revival was a nationalistic architectural style and interior design movement in the United States. ...

Quick Facts


  • Total Enrollment: 434
  • Boarding: 337
  • Day: 97
  • Male/Female Ratio: 56:44
  • Number of Post-Graduates: 12
  • Percentage of Minority Students: 14%
  • Number of Countries Represented: 14 (9% of student body)
  • Number of States Represented: 27


Tuition for the 2006-07 school year for Boarding is $36,900; Day student tuition is $27,300[2] Tuition covers approximately 73% of each student’s annual expenses at Blair Academy. The remainder is provided through endowment income and the Blair Fund.

Financial Aid

  • Total Amount of Financial Aid Awarded: $2,885,540
  • Number of Awards: 150
  • Percent of Student Body: 35%
  • Average Award: $19,514
  • Student Loan Program: $93,000
  • Number of Loan Recipients: 52


  • Student/Faculty Ratio: 6:1


  • Average Class Size: 12
  • Calendar: Two semesters of classes which meet four days of the six day week.
  • Class of 2005 Average SAT I Scores: 620/610


The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools is a voluntary, peer based, non-profit association dedicated to the educational excellence and improvement through peer evaluation and accreditation. ...

School Memberships

The Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools (ADVIS) is a voluntary, non-profit consortium of independent schools in the Delaware Valley area. ... The New Jersey Association of Independent Schools (NJAIS) serves independent elementary and secondary schools throughout the state of New Jersey. ...


  • Current Market Value (approximate): $62,000,000


  • The campus, set among 555 acres (1.3 km²) of rolling hills in the shadow of the Delaware Water Gap, is home to numerous grand old buildings and in 1992 was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in recognition of its historic and architectural significance.

Interscholastic Athletics

Fall: Boys’ Cross Country, Girls’ Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Boys’ Soccer, Girls’ Soccer, Girls’ Tennis

Winter: Boys’ Basketball, Girls’ Basketball, Ice Hockey, Boys’ Squash, Girls’ Squash, Ski Team, Swimming, Winter Track, Wrestling

Spring : Baseball, Crew, Golf, Boys’ Lacrosse, Girls’ Lacrosse, Softball, Boys’ Tennis, Track


  • Blair Academy celebrated its sesquicentennial in 1998.

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