The 10 Most Legendary Prep Schools in America
Posted on Tuesday May 22, 2012
by Staff Writers from bestcollegesonline.com
While many students set their sights on top colleges by toiling away at public schools, a select few are able to afford the luxury of studying at highly exclusive prep schools. Many of these schools were established as feeders for renowned universities like Harvard, Yale, and Stanford, and are designed with the express goal of high-level college in mind. Often, the students at these schools are the sons and daughters of government figures, celebrities, business magnates, and even royalty. Many go on to fill these types of roles themselves. Naturally, there is a major air of prestige, history, and even legendary status when it comes to these schools. We’ve highlighted 10 of the most legendary of college prep schools, full of history, famous alumni, and even a few interesting stories. Below are prep schools three and four:
3 Trinity School
Considered to be one of, if not the, best college prep schools in the U.S., Trinity School is renowned for its excellent academic reputation. It is the oldest continually operated school in New York City, and the fifth oldest in the U.S. Trinity has traditionally educated its students for Columbia University, and still does, but students go on to other exclusive colleges, including the Ivy League, MIT, and Stanford, with Trinity boasting an incredible 41% matriculation rate to those schools. Notable Trinity School alumni include Truman Capote, Ivanka Trump, and Oliver Stone.
4 St. Paul’s School
This private boarding school in New Hampshire is among the most selective college preparatory schools in the U.S. Serving just 533 students on its 2,000-acre campus, St. Paul’s attracts pupils from all over the world. Students study six days a week, with half days on Wednesdays and Saturdays to allow for athletics. St. Paul’s has several time-honored traditions and special holidays unique to the campus, including concerts with legendary bands like the Grateful Dead and Phish. The history of St. Paul’s is full of interesting stories, including the claim that the first hockey game in the U.S. was played on St. Paul’s ponds in 1883. Senator John Kerry, FBI Director Robert Mueller, John Jacob Astor IV, Michael Kennedy, and William Randolph Hearst are among St. Paul’s most notable alumni.
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