Noble and Greenough School
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|Noble and Greenough School|
|Motto||Spes Sibi Quisque|
|Founder||George Washington Copp Noble|
|Head of Upper School||Ben Snyder|
|Location||Dedham, Massachusetts, USA|
|Colors||Navy Blue and White|
The Noble and Greenough School, commonly known as Nobles, is a coeducational, nonsectarian day and boarding school for students in grades seven through twelve. It is located on a 187-acre (0.76 km2) campus in Dedham, Massachusetts. The current enrollment of 550 students includes a balance of boys and girls, of whom 48 are weekly boarders who go home for the weekends. The majority of students are from Massachusetts, neighboring states and occasionally from abroad. After graduation, all members of the senior class go on to accredited four-year colleges and universities. In 2010, Nobles was ranked as the 18th best prep school in the United States by Forbes magazine. Nobles has 95 faculty members, with a student to faculty ratio of approximately 6:1. The average class size is 14. Tuition for the 2011-2012 academic year is $37,300 for day students and $42,500 for 5-day boarding students. Nobles' historic rival is Milton Academy.
Nobles was founded in 1866 by George Washington Copp Noble, in Boston, Massachusetts, as an all-boys preparatory school for Harvard University. It became known as Noble & Greenough in 1892. During WWI, the school merged with Boston based Volkman School, which had faced a drastically declining student population due to the headmaster's German origins. There is a monument to the Volkman School on the Noble's campus. In 1922, the school moved from Boston to its current location in Dedham. The Dedham property was previously the Nickerson family estate, and its grounds had been designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. It discontinued its lower school at this time, though the lower school still operates today as the Dexter School. In 1975, Nobles admitted girls for the first time.
|Headmaster||Tenure||Events / Bio|
|1.||George Washington Copp Noble||1866–1920||Founder of the school|
|2.||Charles Wiggins II||1920–1943|
|3.||Eliot T. Putnam||1943–1971||Son-in-law of Charles Wiggins|
|4.||Edward "Ted" S. Gleason||1971–1987||School begins to admit girls|
|5.||Richard H. Baker||1987–2000|
|6.||Robert P. Henderson||2000–present|
Noble & Greenough covers grades 7-12. Members of the twelfth grade are known as members of Class I, on down to seventh grade students who are known as members of Class VI, or more informally as the "sixies." Middle schoolers, in 7th and 8th grade, are housed in the Pratt Middle School, while the Upper School (grades 9-12) are housed in the main building, known as the Shattuck Schoolhouse.
The school covers 187 acres (0.76 km2) in Dedham, Massachusetts. The grounds include nine athletic fields, two gyms, and a sizeable length of the Charles River, upon which the school's crew team practices.
Nobles alumni have been prominently featured in recent news coverage. Sarah Parsons '05 scored 4 goals in the 2006 Winter Olympic Games for the USA's Olympic women's hockey team. Helen Resor '04 was also on this team. Ayla Brown '06 was on the American television show American Idol as one of the final 13 contestants. Andrea Ross '09 sang in the Concert for Diana and is currently on tour performing in a musical produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
In September 2006, Nobles completed a state of the art, $20 million dollar, 40,000-square-foot (3,700 m2) Arts Center, which houses theatrical productions as well as musical performances. The theatre was funded by the Viniks; thus the new venue was named the Vinik Theatre. This was part of an $86 million dollar capital campaign ending in 2008 that significantly improved faculty compensation as well as other aspects of the school. In total, there are three theaters in the school, Lawrence Auditorium in the main building, Vinik Theatre in the Arts building and Towles Theater in the Baker science building.
The Noble and Greenough Middle School 
The Noble and Greenough Middle School consists of approximately 100 students in the 7th and 8th grades, with approximately 50 students in each grade. The Middle School has a different afternoon activities program from the Upper School. Not all students start in the Middle School at Nobles.
Athletics at Nobles 
Nobles is a member of the competitive Independent School League. The school has 25 varsity teams. Boys and Girls participate in Soccer, Cross-Country, Hockey, Basketball, Squash, Skiing, Golf, Lacrosse, Tennis, Sailing, Crew, and the newly formed Ultimate Frisbee team. Boys also participate in Football, Wrestling, and Baseball, while Girls participate in Field Hockey and Softball. Boston College goalie, John Muse, and Boston College player, Jimmy Hayes, are Nobles graduates.
Nobles and Milton Academy historically have a Nobles/Milton Day each athletic season. On this day, usually nearing, or on the last game of the season, the two schools compete in almost every sport. Students are known to "get psyched" by face-painting, reciting chants, and wearing team colors.
The student spirit group is called the "Dawg Pound" (Founded by Ross Chanowski, '07) and is typically led by two first class students. They form large cheering sections and practice organized cheers. For the students who do not play a sport in any given season, the Dawg Pound is a good way to support classmates.
Over the past 6 years (2003/2004 - 2008/2009):
- 87% of the 22 ISL varsity teams have winning records
- 66 ISL teams finished in the top 3 (>60%)
- 41 ISL championship teams
- 85% of eligible teams invited to NE Tournaments
- 15 teams won New England Championships
- 5 crews won NEIRA Gold Medals
- 2 National Crew Champions
2008/2009 Championship Summary:
- 7 ISL Titles: Boys Alpine Skiing, Girls Alpine Skiing, Girls Basketball, Girls Ice Hockey, Girls Lacross, Girls Soccer, and Softball
- 4 New England Team Titles: Girls Crew, Girls Cross Country, Girls Ice Hockey, and Girls Soccer
- 2 New England Champion Crews: Girls 1st and 2nd boats
- 1 National Crew Title: Boys Varsity Four
Performing arts 
Nobles students populate a variety of performing arts groups. Additionally, Nobles' active theatre program produces four faculty-directed mainstage plays and an average of three student-directed productions each year. Many of these groups rehearse during "M-Block", a period of time twice each week set aside for performing arts groups to rehearse. Others practice outside of regular school hours. Performing arts groups include:
- The Nobleonians, a male a cappella group,
- The Greensleeves, a female a cappella group,
- Noteorious, a student-run, co-ed a cappella group
- Imani, a co-ed group specializing in multicultural and world music,
- Chamber Singers,
- Concert Choir, a group regularly numbering more than 80 students,
- Jazz Band,
- Blues Band,
- Drum Ensemble,
- String Ensemble,
- Guitar Ensemble,
- Wind Ensemble,
- Chamber Music, a winter offering for small ensembles,
- Middle school equivalents to many of the above groups,
Visual arts 
All Nobles students take at least one semester of introductory-level visual arts as a graduation requirement. Around 80% of students continue to intermediate-level courses, and approximately 25% take Advanced Placement level arts courses. Students are instructed in Photography (darkroom and digital), Painting, Drawing, Ceramics, and Digital Design.
Students' art can be found on display in the Dawson Gallery, Schmid Gallery, and on Exposure, Nobles' visual arts website. Additionally, the Foster Gallery showcases the work of external, regional artists. Finally, Calliopé, a student-run literary and arts magazine, produces two to three issues each year.
There are several publications at the Noble and Greenough School. The most well-known is the Nobleman, a student-run newspaper that is overseen by a faculty adviser, funded by the school, and prints the most often. The Nobleman is typically a 20 page paper that publishes anything from local school issues and facts to global issues, and is largely features and opinion based. It is known for making amusing announcements in daily assembly. There is also Calliope, a literary arts magazine that is published every year several times. La Noblesse is a publication that members of the French Club, the Language Department and other language enthusiasts print occasionally. Finally, there is the school yearbook which is produced by a group of students in the upper school every year. There are also several middle school equivalents, such as the MS Press and Chrysalis.
Clubs and organizations 
A variety of student-run clubs and organizations at Nobles meet both during and after regular school hours. These groups include a Chess, Film, Diplomacy, and Debate Club, as well as student boards for community service and multicultural students. The Nobleman, a student newspaper, and the Nobles Theatre Collective reflect student-generated interest in writing and the arts. Many take place during "X - Block", "M - Block", and in after-school meetings.
Morning Assembly: Every morning Noble's students begin the day with an all-school assembly. Every other week in an 'long assembly' that takes place on a Wednesday, distinguished speakers or performers visit the school and address the audience, normally followed by an informal meeting with especially interested students. The Nobles Dictionary (1975): "Assembly: daily re-enactment of the Tower of Babel."
Christmas Carol: Every year before the winter break, the sixies (first year middle-schoolers) put on a rendition of Charles Dickens' Christmas Carol.
"Power of Light" Along with the "Christmas Carol" part of the sixie students perform the "Power of Light" a story about two Jewish children escaping from the Nazis in World War Two.
The Nobleman: The Nobleman is the school newspaper, run mostly by first class students.
Castle Secret Passageways: There are rumored to be many secret passages in the Castle. When the building served as the boys' dormitory, many would sneak out in the night to explore the building. The legend that surrounds this tradition is that there is a passageway that has never been found by anyone, but is supposed to extend from the castle, underground, to the other side of the Charles River. The student who finds this passage is supposed to be granted free tuition to the school until they graduate.
Rivalry: The Noble and Greenough School has a rivalry with Milton Academy (also a member of the ISL) which becomes most prominent every fall during Nobles/Milton Weekend. Athletic teams from both schools play each other on the same campus (alternating yearly) creating a festive and heated environment. Courtesy of the 1975 Nobles Dictionary, "Milton: Nobles' satanic alter-ego." ... "Milton Game: the fame that determines the success of the season, as well as the fund drive." The Nobles/Milton football game is one of the oldest annual rivalries in the nation, beginning in 1886. The rivalry continues at the graduate level. Beginning in 1984, the graduate soccer teams from the two schools have met on the same afternoon as the school varsity teams play. As far as is known, this is the only rivalry of this nature that endures to present time.
The Classics: The school was started as a preparatory school for Harvard University. At the time one of the requirements for admission to Harvard was a thorough knowledge of Latin and Greek. Therefore the students at Noble and Greenough primarily studied the Classics. This is still reflected in the middle school, which requires Latin in the seventh grade via a hybrid English-Latin class called English Via Latin.
Wiggins Papers: Students of the junior class submit a portfolio of writing every year in expository, creative, and personal narrative styles. The most impressive are chosen for the Wiggins Prize.
Senior Projects: In the spring of their senior year, students have the option of dropping classes to provide time for the undertaking of a project of their own design.
Notable alumni 
Notable alumni of Noble and Greenough include:
- Arthur Everett Austin, Jr., director of the Wadsworth Atheneum
- Michael Beach, class of 1982, actor featured in ER, Third Watch
- Ayla Brown, daughter of Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown
- Bridget Camp-Bleckmann, class of 1989, Principal designer of Penumbra textile
- Michael Jude Christodal, class of 1986, recording artist, songwriter
- Chris Cleary, class of 1998, professional soccer player
- Harry Crosby, founder of the Black Sun Press
- Robert Dunham, American actor
- Keith Elam, member of Gang Starr, aka Guru
- Selden Edwards, novelist
- Mark Fayne, class of 2006, hockey player for New Jersey Devils of NHL
- Richard P. Freeman, class of 1888, U.S. Representative
- Kylie Gleason, class of 2008, figure skater
- Seth Goldman, class of 1983, co-founder, president and TeaEO of Honest Tea
- Wycliffe Grousbeck, class of 1979, co-owner of the Boston Celtics
- David Herrmann, class of 1980, First World War historian and author
- Sir Denis Henry, Judge of the United Kingdom Court of Appeal.
- Nya Jade, class of 1994, singer.
- Melvin Johnson, class of 1927, weapons designer, Harvard professor
- Jonathan Kozol, class of 1954, educator, activist & author
- Clarence Cook Little, class of 1906, biologist and President of University of Michigan
- Royal Little, class of 1915, founder of Fortune 500 company Textron and "Father of Conglomerates"
- A. Lawrence Lowell, class of 1873, President of Harvard (1909–1933)
- Percival Lowell, class of 1872, astronomer
- Ralph Lowell, class of 1907, banker and philanthropist
- Francis Peabody Magoun, World War I ace and scholar of languages and literature
- Samuel Eliot Morison, class of 1901, American historian and author
- Albert Nickerson, class of 1929, former chief executive of Mobil Oil and chairman of Federal Reserve Bank of New York
- Sarah Parsons, class of 2005, member of the 2006 Olympic ice hockey team
- William Phillips, class of 1896, United States diplomat
- Roger Putnam, American politician and businessman
- Helen Resor, class of 2004, member of the 2006 Olympic ice hockey team
- Alexander Hamilton Rice, Jr., class of 1894, physician and explorer of South America
- Andrea Ross, class of 2009, actress and singer.
- Leverett Saltonstall, class of 1910, Governor of Massachusetts (1939–1945) and United States Senator (1945–1967)
- Francis Sargent, class of 1935, Governor of Massachusetts (1969–1975)
- Mayo A. Shattuck III, American businessman, CEO of Constellation Energy
- Louis Agassiz Shaw, inventor of the iron lung, Harvard professor
- Courtney Sims, class of 2003, NBA Basketball player
- Robert Storer (b. 1893) Harvard University football player and WWI war hero
- Karen Thatcher, class of 2002, Olympic women's hockey player for Team USA
- J. Rupert Thompson, class of 1986, reality television show producer
- Chris Tierney, class of 2004, professional soccer player, New England Revolution
- George Clapp Vaillant, anthropologist and author
- Dan Weinstein, class of 1999, Olympic speed skater
- James N. Wood, class of 1959, former President and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust
- Mr. Lif, rap artist
- Seth Priebatsch, class of 2007, entrepreneur, founder of Scvngr