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Milton Academy
Established 1798
Type private coeducational
Headmaster Dr. Robin Robertson
Dean Lucretia Wells
Students 680
Grades K-12
Location Milton, Massachusetts USA
Campus Suburban
Colors Blue and Orange
Mascot Mustang
Website [1]

Milton Academy is a private, preparatory, coeducational boarding and day school in Milton, Massachusetts. The school was founded in 1798 and up until 1980, the school was split into boys and girls schools. Milton's athletic program competes in the Independent School League (ISL) with schools such as Milton's historic rival, Noble & Greenough School. Milton's $150 million endowment and 125-acre (0.5 km²) campus serve about 680 upper school students as well as smaller classes that span from kindergarten through 8th grade. Famous alumni of Milton include T. S. Eliot, James Taylor[1], Deval Patrick, Buckminster Fuller,[2], and Robert Kennedy. Image File history File linksMetadata Miltonacademy. ... 1798 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... Educational institutions are often categorised along several dimensions. ... 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. ... In an educational setting, a dean is a person with significant authority . ...   Milton is a suburban town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States. ... Official language(s) English Capital Boston Largest city Boston Area  Ranked 44th  - Total 10,555 sq mi (27,360 km²)  - Width 183 miles (295 km)  - Length 113 miles (182 km)  - % water 13. ... Housing subdivision near Union, Kentucky, a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio. ... School colors are the colors chosen by a school to represent it on uniforms and other items of identification. ... A mascot, originally a fetish-like term for any person, animal, or thing supposed to bring luck, is now something—typically an animal or human character—used to represent a group with a common public identity, such as a school, professional sports team (the name often corresponds with the mascot... 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 university-preparatory school or college-preparatory school (usually abbreviated to preparatory school, college prep school, or prep school) is a private secondary school designed to prepare a student for higher education. ... Coeducation is the integrated education of men and women at the same school facilities. ... A boarding school is a school where some or all students not only study but also live, amongst their peers but away from their home and family. ... A day school is an institution where children are given educational instruction only during the day and after which children return to their homes. ...   Milton is a suburban town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States. ... The Independent School League is the oldest Independent School athletic association in the United States. ... History The Noble & Greenough school, often simply called Nobles is a private school located in Dedham, Massachusetts. ... Thomas Stearns Eliot, OM (September 26, 1888 ? January 4, 1965) was a poet, dramatist and literary critic, whose works, such as The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, The Waste Land, The Hollow Men, and Four Quartets, are considered defining achievements of twentieth century Modernist poetry. ... James Vernon Taylor (born March 12, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, born in Belmont, Massachusetts. ... This article or section needs additional references or sources to improve its verifiability. ... Richard Buckminster (Bucky) Fuller (July 12[1], 1895 – July 1, 1983) was an American visionary, designer, architect, poet, author, and inventor. ...


Students and faculty

There are 680 Upper School students at Milton, of whom 320 live on campus. The male-to-female ratio is 50-50. Milton has 128 faculty members, 84% of whom have postgraduate degrees, and 15% holding doctorates. The average class size is 14.[2]

Milton offers several off-campus programs. Many students take a school year abroad in France, Italy or China; others go on semester programs such as Chewonki Maine Coast Semester, The Mountain School, or CityTerm. For the last few weeks of school, seniors often do "Senior Projects" instead of taking classes. Past senior projects have included: recording an album, writing a play, making a guitar or a boat by hand, directing a film, intensively studying a culture/language, and performing a Shakespearean play.

Clubs and organizations

There are over 10 different publications on campus, from news to literary magazines. There are several music groups, including the Chamber Singers, Chamber Orchestra, and four a cappella groups, which have performed throughout the United States, as well as Europe, Asia and Africa.[citation needed] Beatnik Café, an independently run exhibition of student performances (such as jazz, improv skits, poetry readings, and singing), occurs three times a year. About ten theatrical productions are put on each year. Smaller plays at the school are called "1212" plays, which are held in Wigg Hall. Also, a student choreographed Dance Concert is put up every March. There is also a campus radio station, WMAR. [citation needed] Ethnic clubs at Milton include Onyx (black student group), the Asian Society , MSA (Muslim Student Association), South Asian Society, Latin Association, JSU (Jewish-Student Union)and Caribbean Club. Students at the academy can start their own clubs if they have a faculty sponsor. There are over 30 different clubs that meet afterschool at 3:00 to 3:30. A cappella music is vocal music or singing without instrumental accompaniment, or a piece intended to be performed in this way. ...

The school also has many political groups, including the Young Republicans and F.L.A.G. (Forward-Looking Action Group), the Liberal group on campus.

Milton offers both 15 interscholastic sports for boys and girls each and nine intramural teams. Milton is a member of both the Independent School League and the New England Schools Sailing Association division of the Inter-Scholastic Sailing Association. Recently, the ultimate team was ranked seventh in the nation and the varsity football team "entered the 2005 season with the best ten year record of all ISL prep programs". In the past five years, Milton has won 17 ISL Championships and most recently the boys' tennis team won New England's. The boys' tennis team has won four New England titles in a row. [3] There are several expansions of Independent School League and ISL: Independent School League can refer to the Boston area Independent School League, a group of 16 elite New England preparatory schools. ... The Inter-Scholastic Sailing Association (ISSA) is the organization that serves as the governing authority for all sailing competition between both public and private secondary schools throughout the United States. ... Ultimate (often called ultimate Frisbee) is a competitive non-contact team sport played with a flying disc. ... Look up Football in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Milton Academy maintains two publications. The Milton Measure, the oldest and official publication of the school, is entering its 113th year. The Milton Paper, the school's unofficial newspaper, operates on donations, but is still subject to school oversight. The Milton Paper has been operating for over twenty years.

Both newspapers use school facilities.

Academic and Student Life Facilities

Straus Library - In the 1950s, Straus was the Academy's main library. Today it serves as a familiar and beloved gathering space for formal and informal events. Straus is also home to Milton's college counseling office.

Apthorp Chapel - Constructed in 1921, Apthorp Chapel hosts the non-denominational chapel program for boarding students every Sunday evening during the school year. The program often includes guests, students and faculty reflecting on issues affecting the School community, the nation and the world.

Kellner Performing Arts Center - Opened in 1992, Kellner is a teaching center for the performing arts and music departments. It includes a large dance studio; classrooms for speech and debate training; classrooms and practice rooms for work in chorus, orchestra and jazz; a "black box" studio theater; fully equipped scene construction and costume shops; Pieh Commons, where student art work is often exhibited; and the Ruth King Theatre.

Ruth King Theatre - A gift of novelist Stephen King, in memory of his mother, King Theatre is equipped with a stage adaptable to thrust or apron configurations and is a 20th century adaptation of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.

William Coburn Cox Library - Given by William Coburn Cox '24 and his wife, Jessie Bancroft Cox, the library's resources serve students, faculty and staff. Its collection includes 46,000 volumes. Library staff members help students learn research strategies, using the cataloguing system and online resources.

Health and Counseling Center - Registered nurses, school physicians and counselors at the Health Center help students who need physical or emotional care. The Health Center also provides overnight accomodations for students requiring additional attention while not feeling well. The Health Center staff also manages programs that involve students in promoting healthy lifestyles and in responding to those with emotional or physical needs.

Ayer Observatory - Astronomy students use the Ayer Observatory to observe and study celestial objects. The observatory's 12-foot dome houses a five-inch Clark refractor for general classroom use; its smaller dome houses a nine-inch Takahashi reflector.

Schwarz Student Center - The Schwarz Student Center offers a single space that is part of daily campus life for all students and adults at Milton, enhancing opportunities to build relationships. The center includes a common area for students to gather outside of class; a snack bar and recreation area with ping-pong and foosball tables; student activities offices; a computer center and spaces for faculty-student meetings.

Ware Hall - Originally built as the Girls' School schoolhouse, Ware Hall is now home to classical language, modern language and mathematics classrooms; a language laboratory; the Academic Skills Center; and Milton's Middle School offices and classrooms.

Warren Hall - Built in 1885 and renovated in 2002, Warren Hall includes the English department, deans' offices and the Office of Admission in a building sensitively restored to provide state-of-the-art teaching areas within an environment that honors its early role as "the old schoolhouse."

Wigglesworth Hall - Affectionately known as Wigg Hall, this building is home to the history department where students and faculty gather around oval Harkness tables that promote stimulating discussion in an environment where everyone—including the teacher—is an equal and important participant.

Athletic and Convocation Center - Opened in 1998, the "ACC" includes two field houses that provide opportunities for student athletes of different skill levels to participate in a wide range of sports. The south field house, also the Fitzgibbons Convocation Center, includes three basketball courts, convocation capacity for the School and an indoor track. The north field house includes a hockey rink, which when de-iced becomes three tennis courts or space for indoor practice of field sports. The second floor of the ACC features the Esther and Herbert G. Stokinger '24 Fitness Center, coaches offices and training rooms.

Caroline Saltonstall Building - The Caroline Saltonstall Building includes the business office, the alumni and development office and one gymnasium. The building stands on the original Milton Girls' School campus.

Robert Saltonstall Gymnasium - Once the major boys' gymnasium at Milton, the Robert Saltonstall Gym now houses the H. Adams Carter '32 Climbing Wall where students can learn to rock climb. Art students studying sculpture, ceramics and woodworking learn and practice here as well.

Residential Facilities

Approximately half of the Upper School student body consists of boarders. Each of Milton's eight, single-sex residential "houses" has unique traditions, such as holiday caroling, pumpkin carving, picnics, "pottery night" (mug painting for the dorm), Rain Soccer on East Campus before dinner on rainy days, barbecues, "flagpole runs," dodgeball, and dorm bowling to help foster friendship and support within the house. House sizes range from 31 to 48 students and students live in the same house for their entire time at Milton.


  • Wolcott is the largest boys' house on campus, housing up to 46 boys and 7 faculty members. Completed in 1900, it is named after Roger Wolcott, a former governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (1896-1900). His portrait hangs in the Devens common room, one of two common rooms in the house. The Wolcott family has maintained a close tie to the house, presenting the incoming house heads with a family crest in 1984. Inscribed on this crest is the house motto: "nullius addictus iuare in verba magistri," a quote from Horace which translates to "called to swear upon the words of no teacher." Horace's description of academic self-determination suits the house, where few students swear upon the words of any adult. James Taylor lived in Wolcott during his time at Milton.
  • Forbes is the second-largest house. It is named after Captain Robert Bennet Forbes, whose family crest appears on a flag outside the building. Forbes and Wolcott share a friendly, multidisciplinary dorm rivalry. The Forbes dorm flag is the center of some rivalry, and has changed hands between Forbes and Wolcott over the years.
  • Goodwin is one of the two houses on East Campus. The other East Campus house is Hathaway, which is Goodwin's sister house.
  • Norris is the newest boys' house, which opened on West Campus in the 2004-2005 school year.

Roger Wolcott (January 4, 1679– May 17, 1767) was an American weaver and statesman from Windsor, Connecticut. ... Captain Robert Bennet Forbes (September 18, 1804 - November 23, 1889), was a sea-captain, China merchant, ship-owner, and writer. ...


  • Hallowell, previously a boys' dorm, currently houses 44 girls and is the largest girls dorm on campus.
  • Centre is the new girls' dorm, which opened in the 2004-05 school year.
  • Robbins, previously a boys' dorm, is located in the center of campus.
  • Hathaway is the eastmost dorm; it is the oldest girls dorm on campus, constructed in the late 1800's.

Notable alumni

Robert Kennedy Robert Francis Bobby Kennedy, also called RFK (November 20, 1925–June 6, 1968) was the younger brother of President John F. Kennedy, and was appointed by his brother as Attorney General for his administration. ... Thomas Stearns Eliot, OM (September 26, 1888 ? January 4, 1965) was a poet, dramatist and literary critic, whose works, such as The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, The Waste Land, The Hollow Men, and Four Quartets, are considered defining achievements of twentieth century Modernist poetry. ... == == ! ... Elliot Lee Richardson Elliot Lee Richardson (July 20, 1920 – December 31, 1999) was an American lawyer and politician who was a member of the cabinet of President Richard Nixon, but he managed to avoid being tainted by the Watergate Scandal. ... Richard Buckminster (Bucky) Fuller (July 12[1], 1895 – July 1, 1983) was an American visionary, designer, architect, poet, author, and inventor. ... This article or section needs additional references or sources to improve its verifiability. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require rewriting and/or reformatting. ... William Robert Ware (27 May 1832 - 9 June 1915), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts into a family of the Unitarian clergy, was an architect who received his professional education at Harvard College and Harvards Lawrence Scientific School. ... Hanford MacNider (1889–February 18, 1968) was a United States diplomat and United States Army General, serving in both World War I and World War II. MacNider was born in Mason City, Iowa, the son of a prominent banker. ... Robert Emmet Sherwood (4 April 1896–14 November 1955) American playwright, editor, and screenwriter. ... Toure Touré (b. ... Sarah Sze (born 1969 in Boston, Massachusetts) is an American artist and sculptor based in New York City. ... Linwood Leon Clark (March 21, 1876–November 18, 1965) was a U.S. Congressman who represented the second Congressional district of the state of Maryland from 1929 to 1931. ... Austan Goolsbee is currently the Robert P. Gwinn Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, where he specializes in the application of economics to the internet and new technology fields. ... Jehane Noujaim is an Egyptian-American documentary film director best-known for her films Control Room and Startup. ... kerry willis has a big head with 19 fingers also he has size 21 shoes ... Galt Niederhoffer (born 1975) is an American movie producer and novelist. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... David Lindsay-Abaire is an American playwright who wrote Fuddy Meers, among others. ... Aaron Goldberg (born April 30, 1974 in Boston, Massachusetts) is a jazz pianist based in New York City. ... Claire Messud (born 1966) is an American novelist. ... Shady Side Academy is an independent school in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... Rufus McGarrigle Wainwright (born July 22, 1973) is a Canadian-American singer-songwriter. ... Hubert Adams Ad Carter (1914 – 1 April 1995) was a American mountaineer and language teacher. ...


  1. ^ Taylor attended but dropped out midway through his junior year. Risberg, Joel. The James Taylor Encyclopedia, Lulu Press, 2005, p. 16.
  2. ^ Zung, Thomas T K (editor), Buckminster Fuller: Anthology for a New Millennium, St. Martin's Press, p. xix

Theodore Dudley Talbot

Members of the Independent School League, New England
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External links

  Results from FactBites:
Poets.org - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More - John Milton (438 words)
Milton traveled in France and Italy during this time and met Galileo Galilei, who appears in Milton's tract against censorship, "Areopagitica." In 1642, he married Mary Powell; even though they were estranged for most of their marriage, she bore him three daughters and a son before her death in 1652.
During this time, Milton was steadily losing his eyesight, going completely blind in 1651, but he continued his duties with the aid of Andrew Marvell and other assistants.
Milton is thought by many to be the greatest English poet after Shakespeare.
Milton Academy - Boarding School Profile (506 words)
At Milton, you don't have to choose whether you want to be an intellectual, a musician, an athlete, a performer or an artist.
Milton houses include all four classes and students live in the same house for their entire time at Milton and they also maintain the same faculty advisor.
Milton students graduate with the confidence in themselves and the competence to succeed at the most selective colleges and universities in the country.
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