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The Thacher School (also called Casa de Piedra) is a co-educational independent boarding school located on 380 acres (1.5 km²) in a scenic location overlooking the Ojai Valley in Ojai, California. Founded in 1889 as a boys school, it is the oldest boarding school in California. Girls were first admitted in 1978. The student body is 235. Coeducation is the integrated education of men and women. ... A boarding school is a self-contained educational total institution where students not only study but where some or all students may live. ... An acre is a measure of land area in Imperial units or U.S. customary units. ... Downtown Ojai Ojai (pronounced O-High) is a city located in Ventura County, California. ... Downtown Ojai Ojai (pronounced O-High) is a city located in Ventura County, California. ... 1889 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... 1978 was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ...


The school is notable for its unique equestrian program. All students are required to ride and care for a horse during their first year. The founder, Sherman Thacher, borrowed a quotation from Winston Churchill and declared, "The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a boy" to explain the practice. An annual gymkhana event gives students an opportunity to demonstrate their horsemanship in competition with each other. The program has been augmented recently by the Richard Winters Horsemanship ranch (http://www.wintersranch.com) that now uses campus facilities. Week-long camping trips to the local mountains in the fall and spring are another part of the outdoor experience that students are required to participate in. Equestrianism relates to the riding of horses. ... Gymkhana refers to any of various meets at which contests are held to test the skill of the competitors, such as in the sports of equestrianship, gymnastics, or sports car racing. ...


The school describes its mission as one where the "challenges of academics are combined with those of mountains and horses." The Thacher School is sometimes referred to as "exclusive" and as a "celebrity prep school." Binomial name Equus caballus The Horse (Equus caballus) is a large ungulate mammal, one of the seven modern species of the genus Equus. ... A celebrity is a person who is widely recognized in a society. ... In the United States a preparatory school, or prep school, is usually a private secondary school (or high school) designed to prepare a student for higher education. ...


The school was built on the Casa de Piedra ranch. Casa de Piedra is the name of one of the dormitories, and an affectionate name for the school itself (much as "Old Nassau" is for Princeton University). Thacher alumni use the abbreviation CdeP to refer to the school, as in "John Smith, CdeP 1980" rather than "John Smith, Thacher class of 1980."


The Thacher School mascot is the toad.


Perhaps Thacher's most notable alumnus, playwright and author Thornton Wilder, did not fit in and kept to himself while in attendance. He began writing plays while at Thacher, and went on to write the American classic, Our Town. An alumn (with a silent n), alum, alumnus, or alumna is a former student of a college, university, or school. ... A playwright is an author of plays for performance in the theater. ... Thornton Wilder (April 17, 1897 - December 7, 1975) was an American writer. ... A play (noun) is a common literary form, usually consisting chiefly of dialog between characters, and usually intended for performance rather than reading. ... Our Town is a play by Thornton Wilder that is set in the fictional community of Grovers Corners, New Hampshire. ...


The Thacher School was the second of two prep schools attended by Howard Hughes; he entered the school when his parents moved to California and was attending school there when his mother died. Television actor Noah Wyle is also an alumnus. Howard Robard Hughes (December 24, 1905 – April 5, 1976) was at times a pilot, a movie producer, a playboy, an eccentric and one of the wealthiest people in the world. ... Noah Strausser Speer Wyle (born June 4, 1971) is best known for his role as Dr. John Carter on the television drama ER. As of June 2004, the show has completed its tenth season, with Wyle the only major cast member to have been with the show since its inception. ...


On November 8, 2004, the San Jose Mercury News reported that the school was the recipient of a $10 million donation from alumnus Owen Jameson, its largest ever. The donation will go to provide scholarships for minority and low-income youths. [1] (http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/breaking_news/10129427.htm?1c) November 8 is the 312th day of the year (313th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 53 days remaining. ... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Mercs sections vary by day of the week, but Business, Sports, and The Valley are standard daily fare. ... Note: The term scholarship can mean either the methods employed by scholars (see scholarly method) or an award of access to an institution and/or money for an individual for the purposes of furthering their education. ...


External links

  • The Thacher School - Website (http://www.thacher.org)
  • The Thacher School - Unofficial Profile (http://www.boardingschoolreview.com/school_ov/school_id/35)
  • Thornton Wilder at Thacher (http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/gaybears/wilder/)
  • Noah Wyle at Thacher (http://www.celebrityprepschools.com/part5.htm)
  • Chris Schedler: Teaching at Thacher, a reminiscence (http://yw.english.ucsb.edu/stories/schedler.html)

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The Thacher School - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (927 words)
The Thacher School (also called Casa de Piedra) is a co-educational independent boarding school located on 420 acres (1.5 kmĀ²) in a scenic location overlooking the Ojai Valley in Ojai, California.
Thacher's primary rivalry is with Cate School in Carpenteria, California.
The Thacher School was the second of two prep schools attended by Howard Hughes; he entered the school when his parents moved to California and was attending school there when his mother died.
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