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The Thacher School
Location
Ojai, CA, Flag of the United States United States
Information
Religion No religious affiliation
Headmaster Michael K. Mulligan
Faculty 48
Average class size 9 students
Student:teacher ratio 5:1
Average SAT scores (2007) 1950
Type Private, Boarding, Day
Campus 420 acres
Athletics 36 teams; 10 interscholastic sports
Motto Casa de Piedra
Mascot Toad
Color(s) Green and Orange
Established 1889
Enrollment 230
Homepage
Thacher School Study Hall

The Thacher School (also called Casa de Piedra) is a co-educational independent boarding school located on 420 acres (1.5 km²) in a scenic location overlooking the Ojai Valley in Ojai, California, United States. Founded in 1889 as a boys school, it is the oldest boarding school in California. Girls were first admitted in 1977. The first co-ed graduating class was the class of 1978. The student body is 235. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Downtown Ojai Ojai (pronounced ) is a city in Ventura County, California, United States. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... For the film of this title, see Private School (film). ... A boarding school is a usually fee-charging school where some or all pupils not only study, but also live during term time, with their fellow students and possibly teachers. ... Image File history File links The Thacher School Study Hall from www. ... Coeducation is the integrated education of men and women. ... A boarding school is a usually fee-charging school where some or all pupils not only study, but also live during term time, with their fellow students and possibly teachers. ... An acre is the name of a unit of area in a number of different systems, including Imperial units and United States customary units. ... Downtown Ojai Ojai (pronounced ) is a city in Ventura County, California, United States. ... Downtown Ojai Ojai (pronounced ) is a city in Ventura County, California, United States. ... Year 1889 (MDCCCLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Sunday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ...


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 Day 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 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. A young rider at a horse show in Australia. ... Binomial name Equus caballus Linnaeus, 1758 The horse (Equus caballus, sometimes seen as a subspecies of the Wild Horse, Equus ferus caballus) is a large odd-toed ungulate mammal, one of ten modern species of the genus Equus. ... Gymkhana is a term used in the United Kingdom, east coast of the United States, and other English-speaking nations to describe an equestrian event consisting of timed games for riders on horses. ...


Sherman Day Thacher did not arrive on the Casa de Piedra ranch with the intent of creating a school[1]. Rather, he was the son of Yale professor Thomas Anthony Thacher and Elizabeth Baldwin Sherman, who chose to move out to California and care for his brother who needed the "fresh air" cure for his tuberculosis. While spending time on the ranch, Thacher was contacted by an old Yale colleague who had a son that desperately wanted to go to Yale but needed tutoring before he would be prepared to attend. Thacher accepted the offer and tutored his colleague's son in both academics and maturity with his unique method of blending studies with outdoor living and horsemanship. Soon other friends were sending their sons out to California to receive Thacher's instruction and a school was born. Though it began as a feeder school to Yale, the direct ties to the university were broken by the end of the '60s. Sherman Day Thacher, (November 6, 1861 - August 5, 1931), attended Hopkins Grammar School. ... Yale redirects here. ... Thomas Anthony Thacher, (January 11, 1815 - April 7, 1886), classicist and college administrator, was born in Hartford, Conn. ... Tuberculosis (abbreviated as TB for tubercle bacillus or Tuberculosis) is a common and deadly infectious disease caused by mycobacteria, mainly Mycobacterium tuberculosis. ...


True to its heritage, the school describes its mission as one where the "challenges of academics are combined with those of mountains and horses."


In addition to its unique history and equestrian program, the Thacher School has a strong, yet simple, honor code: "Honor, Fairness, Kindness and Truth." During their time at Thacher, the students adhere to this code of personal conduct with regard to all aspects of their lives.


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." Princeton University is a private coeducational research university located in Princeton, New Jersey. ...


While The Thacher School's symbol has always been Pegasus, its mascot is the toad[2]. In 1962 Nick Thacher, CdeP 1963, and grandson of Sherman Day Thacher, spearheaded the movement to name the school's athletic teams the Toads. He said that "unlike the insecure schools whose machismo necessitates their adopting hopelessly arrogant nomenclature such as 'Tigers' and 'Lions' and 'Spartans,' [we] felt no necessity to advertise arrogance or virility. Instead 'Toads' seemed appropriate because the nature of such beasts is one of humility and quiet persistence." In an older admissions video, a Thacher student was quoted as saying, "They may be toads, but they play like princes," in reference to the boys basketball team. The "Teacher on Active Duty"--whose job it is to stay on top of things each day--is also conveniently known as the "TOAD."


Thacher's primary rivalry is with Cate School in Carpenteria, California. Ironically, Cate was founded by a former Thacher teacher who wanted to bring the Thacher experience to the coast. Originally having a horse program as well but soon abandoning it for lack of interest, Cate followed Thacher's lead to embrace co-education in the early '80s. Today, Thacher sports teams can be heard as they drive up the road to Cate yelling "Beat! Cate!" when the front and back tires of the old yellow school bus bounce over the speed bumps. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Perhaps Thacher's most notable alumnus, playwright and author Thornton Wilder, began writing plays while at Thacher, and went on to write the American classic, Our Town. An alumnus (masculine) or alumna (feminine) is a former student of a college, university, or school. ... A playwright, also known as a dramatist, is a person who writes dramatic literature or drama. ... Image:Thorntonwilderteeth. ... For other uses, see Play (disambiguation). ... Our Town by Thornton Wilder Our Town is a three act play by Thornton Wilder which is, perhaps, the most frequently produced play by an American playwright. ...


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. True to his eccentric character, Hughes donated only one gift to the school in his life: an astronomy projection device which sat unused in classrooms for many years. Television actor Noah Wyle, film actor Jonathan Tucker, actress Joely Richardson, Bechtel CEO Riley P. Bechtel, Dallas Mavericks president and CEO Terdema Ussery, and California gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides are also alumni. For the Welsh murderer, see Howard Hughes (murderer). ... Noah Strausser Speer Wyle (born June 4, 1971; last name pronounced ) is an American TV and film actor, perhaps best known for his role as Dr. John Carter on the television drama ER. // Wyle, one of six children, was born in Hollywood, California, to Marjorie (Speer), a registered orthopedic head... Jonathan Tucker (born May 31, 1982 in Boston, Massachusetts), is a popular up-and-coming actor who started his film career in the mid 1990s. ... Joely Kim Richardson (born 9 January 1965) is an English actress. ... Bechtel Corporation (Bechtel Group) is the largest engineering company in the United States, ranking as the 9th-largest privately owned company in the U.S. With headquarters in San Francisco, Bechtel had 40,000 employees as of 2006 working on projects in nearly 50 countries with $20. ... Riley P. Bechtel is the chairman and CEO of the Bechtel Corporation. ... Please wikify (format) this article or section as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... California State Treasurer Phil Angelides Philip Nicholas Phil Angelides (IPA: æn. ...


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. Currently, the development team is engaged in The Campaign For Thacher, a fundraising effort that is enhancing its dormitories, athletic fields, faculty housing and performing arts facilities, among other things. Despite these new additions, Thacher still has the laid-back ranch appearance and an unassuming style of architecture deferring to the Ojai Valley for scenes of beauty. [2] is the 312th day of the year (313th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was 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. ... This article is about scholarship (noun) and scholarship as a form of financial aid. ...


See also

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Notes

  1. ^ Makepeace, LeRoy McKim, "Sherman Thacher and His School," Yale University Press, New Haven, Conn., 1941, p. 2
  2. ^ www.thacher.org [1]

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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 km²) 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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