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The Governor's Academy
Non Sibi Sed Aliis
Not for self, but for others
Established 1763
School type Private, boarding
Religious affiliation none
Headmaster John M. Doggett, Jr.
Location Byfield, MA, USA
Campus 450 acres
Enrollment 371
Average SAT
scores (2004)
Color(s) Cardinal Red and White
Mascot Governor
Conference Independent School League
Homepage http://thegovernorsacademy.org thegovernorsacademy.org

The Governor's Academy (formerly Governor Dummer Academy) is an independent school with 376 students in grades nine through twelve. The school was established in 1763, and is located on 450 acres in Byfield, Massachusetts, 33 miles north of Boston. It is the United States' oldest continuously-operating independent boarding school. Image File history File linksMetadata Campus_Map. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Campus_Map. ... 1763 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... 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. ... Byfield Massachusetts is located north of Boston on Interstate 95. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... 1763 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... Byfield Massachusetts is located north of Boston on Interstate 95. ... Nickname: City on the Hill, Beantown, The Hub (of the Universe)1, Athens of America, The Cradle of Revolution, Puritan City, Americas Walking City Location in Massachusetts, USA Counties Suffolk County Mayor Thomas M. Menino(D) Area    - City 232. ...



Students study in small classes. Most faculty live on campus and serve as dorm parents and coaches as well as classroom teachers. Accelerated and AP classes are offered in subjects from mathematics and science to art, foreign languages, English and history. Chinese will be offered in fall 2007 along with the Western languages (French, Spanish, German) and Latin currently offered.


The Academy is a member of the Independent School League. The school fields 20 varsity teams and brings home many trophies and championships each year. The Independent School League is the oldest Independent School athletic association in the United States. ...


Programs in visual and performing arts are offered in the Kaiser Art Center and the Performing Arts Center. Kaiser has studios for photography and film, ceramics, drawing, painting and design. The PAC has a 500-seat auditorium/theater, a black box, an art gallery, and a complete workshop for technical theater.


The school was founded two years after the death of William Dummer, who funded it in his will. Dummer had been lieutenant governor and acting governor of Massachusetts for many years and led the colony through a difficult period in the earlier 18th Century fighting off forays by "French & Indians" during what became known as "Dummer's War" in the 1720s. He also served as an early Overseer of Harvard College. William Dummer was born in Newbury, Massachusetts in 1677, and died there on October 10, 1761. ...

Over the years, the school's name has been entwined with those of many famous people. Paul Revere created the first seal for the school; John Quincy Adams served as secretary to the Board of Trustees; Theophilus Parsons, a Chief Justice of Massachusetts and author of the Massachusetts Constitution of 1780, attended the Academy ; Samuel Phillips, Jr., founder of Phillips Academy, Andover graduated in 1771; Captain Edward Preble, commander of the USS Constitution and a hero of the War of 1812, studied here; Booker T. Washington Jr. (son of Booker T. Washington) starred on the football team in the early 1900s; Yu Gil-jun, a famous social reformer and the first Korean to study in the West, attended the school. Portrait of Paul Revere by John Singleton Copley, c. ... John Quincy Adams (July 11, 1767 – February 23, 1848) was a diplomat, politician, and President of the United States (March 4, 1825 – March 4, 1829). ... Theophilus Parsons (February 24, 1750 - October 30, 1813), American jurist, was born in Byfield,_Massachusetts was the son of a clergyman. ... The founder of Phillips Andover Academy, his uncle was Dr. John Phillips who founded Phillips Exeter Academy. ... Phillips Academy (also known as Andover and Phillips Andover) is a coed liberal arts high school, located in Andover, Massachusetts, near Boston. ... Commodore Edward Preble (1761-1807). ... Booker T. Washington he was dimb Booker Taliaferro Washington (April 5, 1856, – November 14, 1915) was an American political leader, educator and author. ... Yu Giljun (1856–1914) was a Korean reformist and politician of Koreas late Joseon Dynasty. ...

Name Change

In December of 2005, the Board of Trustees voted to change the name of the Academy to "The Governor's Academy" amid concerns that "Dummer" was deterring prospective students from applying. Legally the name remains "Governor Dummer Academy, doing business as "The Governor's Academy." When founded, the Academy was named "Dumm'r Charity School." Subsequently, the name was changed to "Dummer Academy."

The decision to change met with resistance from many students and alumni, and attracted media attention from around the country [1]. Those who promoted the change saw it as one of a number of ways to expand the geographic representation and the overall initial appeal of the school, especially to those who are not familiar with the school. The name change took effect on July 1, 2006.[2] July 1 is the 182nd day of the year (183rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 183 days remaining. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...

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