Browning School

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The Browning School
The Browning School Logo.png
52 East 62nd Street New York City 10065, New York
United States
Type Private (All Boys)
Motto Grytte
Established 1888
Founder John A. Browning
Headmaster Stephen M. Clement, III
President, Board of Trustees James Chanos
Grades Pre-K-12
Enrollment 375
Campus Urban
Colour(s) Red, Black
Mascot The Panther
Newspaper The Grytte
Yearbook The Grytte
Tuition $33,895.00 (2010)

The Browning School is a United States college preparatory school for boys founded in 1888 by John A. Browning. It offers study from Pre-Primary level (Kindergarten) through Form VI (12th Grade). The Browning School is a member of the New York Interschool consortium.


The Browning School was founded in 1888 by John A. Browning. Arthur Jones succeeded Browning as Headmaster in 1920 and moved the school from West 55th Street to its present location on East 62nd Street. Extracurricular activities expanded in his time. Jones retired in 1948 and Lyman B. Tobin, a Browning teacher for more than 30 years, became Browning’s third Headmaster.

In 1952, upon Tobin’s retirement, the school named Charles W. Cook ’38, an alumnus and teacher, as its fourth Headmaster. Under his leadership for thirty-six years, the Browning School expanded rapidly. After a lengthy fund-raising drive, the school bought the adjoining carriage house and rebuilt it. The new building opened in 1960. The school’s expansion continued in 1967, with the building of a larger gymnasium on the roof, and in the late 1970s, with the acquisition of an interest in the building next door.

In 1988, Stephen M. Clement, III became Browning’s fifth Headmaster. Today, the school has over 370 students, more than double its size fifty years ago. Browning also has completed a new library, four new science laboratories, two new art studios, and additional classrooms. In addition, Browning has increasingly taken advantage of affiliations with The Hewitt School, The Marymount School, Nightingale-Bamford and Interschool. Browning, Hewitt, Nightingale-Bamford and Marymount benefit from an informal affiliation which encourages shared opportunities for academics, the arts, and social activities for girls and boys. Interschool, a consortium of eight schools to enhance academic, extracurricular, and administrative sharing, consists of four schools for girls (Brearley, Chapin, Nightingale-Bamford, and Spence), two schools for boys (Browning and Collegiate), and two coeducational schools (Dalton and Trinity).

52 East 62nd Street


Browning has a selective admissions process with only a 30% acceptance rate of students. Browning does not admit students for 11th and 12th grades and very rarely for 10th grade.

There are approximately 30 boys per grade at Browning. A financial aid program ensures that the boys remain heterogeneous; as with many of its peer NYC schools, however, most of the boys have parents who can afford the high tuition. The school is private, functioning under a New York City non-profit statute enacted in the 1940s. Browning is controlled by a Board of Trustees, and the school is administered by a Headmaster.

Browning's Upper School (high school) curriculum consists of English, Math, Science, History, Modern Foreign Languages (Spanish or French), Classics (Latin and Ancient Greek), Music, Visual Art, Technology, and Physical Education.


Browning has soccer and cross country in the fall, basketball and fencing in the winter and baseball, track, tennis and golf in the spring, and squash all year. Browning is a member of the New York State Association of Independent Schools Athletic Association and competes against schools such as Columbia Prep, Calhoun School, Trevor Day, Trinity School, and Birch Wathen Lenox.

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Coordinates: 40°45′53.7″N 73°58′09.2″W / 40.764917°N 73.969222°W / 40.764917; -73.969222