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The Williston Northampton School
Headmaster Dr. Brian R. Wright
School type Private
Religious affiliation None
Founded 1841
Location Easthampton, Massachusetts, MA, U.S.
Enrollment 552
Faculty 114
Campus surroundings Suburban
Mascot Wildcat
School colors Blue, Green, and White

The Williston Northampton School, or "Williston," is a private co-educational preparatory school in Easthampton, Massachusetts for boarding and day students from grades seven through twelve. 1841 is a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ...   The Town of Easthampton is a city[1] in Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American... For other uses, see Bobcat (disambiguation). ... Coeducation is the integrated education of men and women. ... 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. ...   The Town of Easthampton is a city[1] in Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States. ... As part of education in the United States, secondary education usually covers grades 5, 6, or 7 through twelve. ...



Founded in 1841 as Williston Seminary by the industrialist Samuel Williston, the institution has undergone many changes to become the Williston Northampton School it is today. The Seminary comprised two faculties: classical and scientific. It is arguable that the school offered one of the earliest high school scientific curricula in the United States. In the late 19th century the dual curricula had evolved into a more modern comprehensive course, and in 1924 the school was renamed Williston Academy. Students at the all-male institution were widely regarded as some of the most promising in the country, and quite often matriculated at our nation's most prestigious universities. During the 1960s Williston began to examine possibilities for coeducation, and in 1971, merged with its longtime sister school, the Northampton School for Girls, to become the Williston Northampton School. Starting as a preparatory academy for those seeking the clergy, the school now prides itself on "integrating a core college preparatory curriculum with exciting electives and special opportunities, while emphasizing mastery of language, clarity of thought and academic integrity," according to current headmaster Dr. Brian Wright.

Students and Faculty

Williston Northampton encompasses the middle school (7th and 8th grade) and the upper school (9th-12th).

The school has 552 students in the 2006-2007 academic year, including 78 in the middle school (7th and 8th grade), all of whom are day students. The boarding students come from 26 states and 23 countries around the world. A sizable portion of the international students come from eastern Asia and the Middle East, especially in connection with the Saudi oil company Aramco. Every year, a dozen or so post-graduate students – students who have graduated from another high school but take an extra year before college – matriculate into the 12th grade. Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 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. ... East Asia Geographic East Asia. ... A map showing countries commonly considered to be part of the Middle East The Middle East is a region comprising the lands around the southern and eastern parts of the Mediterranean Sea, a territory that extends from the eastern Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf. ... Aramco brats is a nickname applied to the children of (mainly expatriate) employees of Saudi Aramco oil company, some of whom may have been born in Saudi Arabia and others who came with their parents later in childhood. ... Saudi Aramco (Saudi Arabian Oil Company) is one of the largest oil companies in the world, and the largest in terms of production (bpd). ...

Williston employs 114 teachers, making for a student-teacher ratio of approximately 4.75:1. The average class consists of 12 students. Most teachers also take on the roles of dorm parents, advisors, and athletics coaches, fostering deep relationships with students.

The Campus

The campus is spread out all over Easthampton. The Phillip Stevens Chapel, circa 1967, hosts both the weekly assembly in its traditional chapel and language classes in its basement. The "schoolhouse," a former factory building remodeled in the 1950's to resemble the old "schoolhouse" on the original Main Street campus, which had been across from the then town hall built as a Civil War memorial, holds English and math classes, and classrooms for history, the arts, and music are spread throughout the Reed Campus Center building (an interesting product of the conversion of the school's old gymnasium into a student center--in the main lounge area, the "Stu Bop," one can still see parts of the old pool). After a fire destroyed the school’s theater in 1994, it was rebuilt as a state-of-the-art facility adjacent to the science laboratories, Scott Hall. Other classes, especially electives, are held in parts of various other buildings. The Robert Clapp Memorial Library is located near the center of the campus. An impressive collection of archives can be found in basement of the library. There is a parking lot for day students with cars behind Scott Hall, and the middle school is housed in the Whitaker-Bement Center, kept fairly separate from the action of upper school life. The school also boasts impressive athletic facilities, including a recently redesigned Athletic Center, and a state of the art football field/lacrosse field. Recently, the twelve new tennis courts, soccer fields, discus cage, and track, that have been pending construction, were finished. The Universitätscampus Wien, Austria ( details) Campus (plural: campuses) is derived from the (identical) Latin word for field or open space. English gets the words camp and campus from this origin. ... For other usages see Theatre (disambiguation) Theater (American English) or Theatre (British English and widespread usage among theatre professionals in the US) is that branch of the performing arts concerned with acting out stories in front of an audience using combinations of speech, gesture, music, dance, sound and spectacle &#8212... A magnet levitating above a high-temperature superconductor demonstrates the Meissner effect. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

Life at the School

The school year begins about a week into September and usually ends in the first week of June, with several long vacations in between. Each student typically takes five classes at a time. Students take four year-long English classes and almost always four year-long math classes, along with history courses, science courses, language courses, and electives. 17 courses may taken at Advanced Placement (AP) level, and many more at the honors level. The Advanced Placement Program is a program that offers college level courses at high schools across the United States and Canada. ...

Classes begin at 8:00 a.m. and end in the early afternoon, when many students head off to their athletic practice.

Athletics play a large role in the school, and rather than attending gym class, students are required to participate in after-school sports, including 19 interscholastic sports. Sports practice, even for the less competitive teams, takes up a sizable portion of students’ afternoons. After this, many day students go home, but some stay on campus through supper to participate in more activities, especially theatrical and music ensemble rehearsals. The theater program at Williston is incredibly strong, and, currently under the direction of David Nields, have sent many of their more talented student to the Tisch School of Performing Arts at NYU. A sport consists of a physical activity or skill carried out with a recreational purpose: for competition, for self-enjoyment, to attain excellence, for the development of a skill, or some combination of these. ... Supper is the name for the evening meal in some dialects of English - ordinarily the last meal of the day, usually the meal that comes after dinner. ...

Wednesday classes finish at 12:10, early enough for most teams to make it to their afternoon athletic competition. Williston often plays rival schools such as Northfield Mount Hermon, Deerfield Academy, or Suffield Academy. Athletic competitions are also held on weekends. Much to the chagrin of most students, the half-day Wednesdays are made up for every other Saturday, by way of a half day of classes. Northfield Mount Hermon School Northfield Mount Hermon School (NMH) is a ninth-twelfth grade private college preparatory school (secondary school) located in Northfield, Massachusetts, United States. ... Deerfield Academy is a private, coeducational prep school located in Deerfield, Massachusetts. ... Suffield Academy is a coeducational preparatory school located in Suffield, Connecticut, USA. It was founded in 1833 and is currently led by Headmaster Charles Cahn III. // According to Suffield, in the school year starting in 2006, 400 students attend the academy, with two-thirds matriculating as boarding students and boys... Week End The weekend is a part of the week lasting one or two days in which most paid workers do not work. ...

An informal dress code is enforced during the academic day - boys must wear non-cargo pants/shorts with a tucked in collared or button down shirt (or a sweater) and girls must wear either pants of the same regulation or skirts falling to near the knee with a blouse, collared or button down shirt. Failure to comply will result in a unit, as described later. Clothing has various sociological functions, including: conspicuous consumption stating or claiming identity establishing, maintaining and defying sociological group norms Thus wearing specific types of clothing or the manner of wearing clothing can convey messages about class, income, belief and attitude. ...

Williston Traditions

Williston is known to its students as "Willy Prep."

The weekly Williston assembly is the site of many school traditions. Most of the Tuesday gatherings are for general announcements and presentations by both outside speakers and by students, often addressing their peers as part of class assignments. However, there are four special awards assemblies per year: one for each of the three sports seasons and one for academic awards. Look up Award in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

At the last assembly of the year, the graduating seniors (seated at the front of the chapel) traditionally leave first, the juniors fill their places, and so on as each class files downward, signifying their move to a new grade.

Beginning in the 1990s, a disciplinary measure was instituted whereby an infraction of a rule would result in the student being given a “unit.” A unit or units will be imposed for misconduct ranging from a dress code violation to being caught smoking. Depending on the number of units accumulated, the student must attend a study hall, perform extra community service, or even face suspension or expulsion. For other uses, see Discipline (disambiguation). ... For the similarly spelled medical term referring to a blocked artery, see infarction. ... The cigarette is the most common method of smoking tobacco. ... Community service refers to service that a person performs for the benefit of his or her local community. ...

Also familiar to many graduates of a particular era is the annual “Do Good Well” speech, given each year at an assembly by a former headmaster. The quote was a particular favorite of his, handed down from one of his predecessors by way of the story of a small child asking an adult if one should “do good” or “do well.” In the UK and elsewhere, a head teacher is the most senior teacher in a school. ...

Male Varsity and Junior Varsity athletes will go beyond the normal dress code on game days and wear a tie and jacket at the discretion of the team's captains or head coach. Female Varsity athletes will periodically wear obviously and outrageously clashing outfits on game days. Game day dress in winter has been known to involve summer dresses with sunglasses and totes. Female game day dress is typically enforced by team captains and not team coaches in contrast to male game day dress enforcement.

As spring arrives each year and 12th graders prepare to graduate and move on to college, the tradition of the senior prank is revived again and again. These are usually fairly benign affairs, often spoofing teachers and school administrators or, during his tenure, the headmaster’s “Do Good Well” speech. This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... In contemporary usage, a parody (or lampoon) is a work that imitates another work in order to ridicule, ironically comment on, or poke some affectionate fun at the work itself, the subject of the work, the author or fictional voice of the parody, or another subject. ...

By far one of the most ubiquitous and enduring traditions at the Williston Northampton School is the painting of the school lion. At least several times a year, boarding students sneak out of their dorms (breaking the strict curfew regulations) or day students sneak back to campus late at night and spray paint the statue of a lion on the center of campus. These art projects sometimes have a theme, such as the patriotic colors the lion displayed for the entire fall semester following the events of September 11, 2001, but more often, probably due to time constraints imposed by the necessity of remaining unseen, they are simply random colors. Occasionally the lion is painted in response to disciplinary action by the school's disciplinary committee, especially expulsions. For other uses, see Lion (disambiguation). ... This article is about the restrictions and constraints of particular movements. ... Spray painting is painting using a device that sprays the paint. ... The World Trade Center on fire The September 11, 2001 attacks were a series of coordinated terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001. ...

School Song

While there are many school songs, the only song commonly known among current songs is "Sammy."

The words are as follows:

Sammy, my Sammy, My heart yearns for thee,

Yearns for your campus and your old elm tree,

Long may we cherish in years yet to come,

Long may we cherish Williston.

External links

  • school website

  Results from FactBites:
Williston Northampton School - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1176 words)
This merged in 1971 with the Northampton School for Girls, its sister organization since 1924, and the campus was consolidated in Easthampton while retaining the Northampton nomenclature.
The school had 545 students in the 2003-2004 academic year, including 91 in the middle school (7th and 8th grade), all of whom are day students.
In 1996, the school’s old gym was converted into a student center, housing history, art and music classrooms, student mailboxes, day student lockers, lounges, and a snack bar.
The Williston Northampton School - Peterson's In-Depth Description (1968 words)
In 1971, the two schools merged to form Williston Northampton, a coeducational school offering a strong secondary education to prepare interested students for the rigorous academic programs of colleges today and the demands and complexities in life afterward.
The School is located on 100 acres in the heart of the Pioneer Valley a few miles from the base of Mount Tom, 85 miles west of Boston, and 150 miles north of New York.
Williston Northampton seeks students who are interested in their own education and who can show solid academic performance.
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