John Burroughs School
|John Burroughs School|
|Ladue, MO, U.S.|
|Enrollment||590 (total), 406 (9-12)|
|Campus||Suburban, 47.5 acres (192,000 m2)|
|Color(s)||Blue & Gold|
|Rival||Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School|
Founded in 1923, John Burroughs School (JBS) is a private, non-sectarian preparatory school with nearly 600 students in grades 7-12. Its 47.5 acre (192,000 m²) campus is located in Ladue, Missouri (USA), an affluent suburb of Saint Louis. It is named for U.S. naturalist and philosopher John Burroughs.
John Burroughs has long had a school philosophy of liberal and progressive education. It has been recognized as one of the nation's premier preparatory schools. The school ranks among the nation's top 50 in sending graduates to eight top universities, according to a December 2007 survey by the Wall Street Journal.
The school operates on a campus of 47.5 acres (192,000 m2). Facilities include a main classroom building, a performing arts center, a library, a science building, an athletic center, and a fine arts facility. Burroughs also operates an outdoor education and biology facility in the Ozarks known as "Drey Land".
The faculty includes about 80 full-time and 35 part-time members. Since 2009, the headmaster has been Andy Abbott, formerly an English teacher and the school's head of college counseling. He replaced Keith Shahan, who held the job for 23 years and who now heads the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS), which accredits independent schools.
Each class contains about 100 students, for a total student body of about 600. The primary admission level is grade seven, but applicants are considered for grades eight through 10 as openings permit. Admission is based on school records, recommendations, entrance examination results, and a personal interview.
In 2009, tuition and fees cost $20,400. The school budget was about $15.8 million, of which about 12 percent came from the endowment and more than $1.8 million in gifts. The school disbursed $1.78 million in financial aid, allowing about 20 percent of the students to receive grants, loans, or both. From 1986 to 2008, the endowment rose from $7.5 million to almost $48 million. The school is accredited by the ISACS.
Twenty-four members of the Class of 2011 were named National Merit/Achievement Semifinalists, and another 17 received letters of commendation. For the past eight years, Burroughs has had the highest percentage of semifinalists in the State of Missouri. The median SAT scores for the Class of 2010 were 710 on math, 710 on writing and 680 on critical reading. The median ACT score for the Class of 2010 was 32. Since 1995, four of Missouri's 22 Presidential Scholars have been John Burroughs graduates.
The school has more than 6,200 living alumni.
The varsity sports teams are referred to as the "John Burroughs Bombers." The school colors are blue and gold. The school has an athletic rivalry with nearby Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School. John Burroughs also holds a cross-state rivalry with The Pembroke Hill School in Kansas City.
The Bombers football team has won the state championship in Division 2A in 1975, 1980 (tie), 1985, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1995 (tie) and 2001. Former NFL quarterback Gus Frerotte was head football coach from 2011 to 2013. His teams were runners up in the Missouri state high school championship game in 2011, 2012, and 2013.
Proms and after-parties are held on campus. Recent prom themes have included "Great Gatsby", "Candyland", "007", and "Chinese Lantern Festival". In April 2009, the school's junior class chose "The Seven Deadly Sins" as the prom theme. After some took offense, the headmaster issued an apology, but allowed the prom to go on generally as planned.
Government and politics
- Todd Akin: U.S. Congressman (R) for the 2nd District of Missouri (2001–2013)
- Laura Stith, 1971: Chief Justice of the Missouri Supreme Court
- Katie Wheeler: New Hampshire state senator in the 1990s.
- Andrea R. Wood, 1991: Nominated by President Obama in 2013 to be a United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois.
Journalism and literature
- Christine Bertelson, 1968: editorial page editor, St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper.
- Martha Gellhorn, 1926: combat journalist, novelist, and Ernest Hemingway's third wife. He dedicated For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940) to her
- Crystal Hubbard, 1985: author, book appeared on Amelia Bloomer Project's 2006 list
- Jane Smiley: Pulitzer Prize-winning (1992) novelist, A Thousand Acres
- Mary Wiltenburg, 1994: journalist, Little Bill Clinton project
Arts, sciences, and education
- William S. Burroughs (Class of 1931, did not graduate): novelist, Naked Lunch.
- Edward T. Foote II: president, University of Miami (1981–2001); dean of Washington University School of Law (1973–1980); helped design St. Louis' desegregation plans.
- Tom Friedman, 1984, conceptual artist
- John Hartford, 1968: Grammy-winning folk musician, Gentle On My Mind.
- James Peniston, 1992: sculptor.
- Gordon Philpott, 1951: chief of surgery, Jewish Hospital in St. Louis; professor emeritus of surgery, Washington University School of Medicine.
- Thomas H. Stix, ca. 1942: Plasma physics pioneer, Princeton professor.
- Andrew Volpe, 1998: guitarist and lead singer of St. Louis-based band Ludo.
Sports and entertainment
- Fran Charles, 1986: television football reporter/host.
- Sarah Clarke, 1989: actress, 24.
- Heather Goldenhersh, 1991: actress, nominated for a Tony (Featured Actress in a Play) for playing Sister James in Doubt.
- Jon Hamm, 1989: Golden Globe-winning actor; Mad Men.
- Ellie Kemper, 1998: actress, The Office (US).
- David Lee (basketball), 1997 (left without graduating): NBA basketball player.
- Samantha Sherman, 2001: actress.
- Dave Sisler: MLB baseball player
- Dick Sisler: MLB baseball player
- John Stix, 1938: theatre-movie-television director (1959's The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery, 1983's Family Business), Juilliard professor, Actors Studio member.
- Scott Van Slyke, 2005: MLB baseball player for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
- Erinn Westbrook, 2006: actress.
- Jay Williamson: Professional golfer on the PGA Tour
- Beau Willimon, 1995: playwright and screenwriter.
- Leo Drey, 1935: timber magnate, conservationist, philanthropist. Was Missouri's largest private landholder until 2004, when his $180 million gift of land to a conservation foundation made him the U.S.'s sixth-most generous benefactor. Leases land to JBS for outdoor education.
- Rebekah Harkness, ca. 1930: Standard Oil heiress, philanthropist and founder of the Harkness Ballet
- Joe Edwards, 1964: owner, Blueberry Hill and founder St. Louis Walk of Fame.
- Walter L. Metcalfe Jr., 1956: lawyer; former chairman of Bryan Cave; chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
- Danny Meyer, 1976: NYC restaurateur; Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, Blue Smoke, The Modern, Shake Shack.
- Edward N. Ney, 1942: CEO of Young & Rubicam, U.S. ambassador to Canada.
- Andrew C. Taylor: CEO and chairman of Enterprise Rent-A-Car Company.
- Timothy Luehrman, 1974: Professor, Harvard Business School; widely cited expert in corporate finance.
- Sam Altman, 2003: President, Y Combinator
- James H. Howard: fighter pilot who flew with the Flying Tigers and received the Medal of Honor in 1944
- Roslyn L. Schulte, 2002. Killed in action on May 19, 2009, she became the first woman to receive the National Intelligence Medal for Valor.
- Marion Rombauer Becker: JBS art department director (1929–32) and co-author (with mother Irma S. Rombauer) of American cookbook The Joy of Cooking (1936).
- Fred Eiseman: Teacher from 1950-1961
- John L. Loos: American historian who specialized in the Lewis and Clark Expedition, taught history at JBS from 1953 to 1955.
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