Taft School

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Taft School
Non ut sibi ministretur sed ut ministret
Not to be served but to serve
Watertown, Connecticut, USA
Type Co-ed, Private, Boarding
Religious affiliation(s) None
Established 1890
Headmaster William R. MacMullen '78
Faculty 124
Enrollment 578
Average class size 12
Student to teacher ratio 5:1
Campus 224 acres (.89 km2)
Color(s) Maroon and navy blue
Athletics 27 Interscholastic[1]
Mascot Rhino

The Taft School is a private, coeducational prep school located in Watertown, Connecticut, USA. The school was founded by Horace Dutton Taft in 1890. It has 570 students, about 470 of whom live on the 220-acre (0.89 km2) campus. Taft is a member of the Ten Schools Admissions Organization. The founder was a brother of William Howard Taft, the 27th President of the United States and the 10th Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Campus and facilities[edit]

The campus is located in Watertown, Connecticut, and is approximately 224 acres (0.91 km2) in size. It includes two theaters, an 18-hole golf course, 16 tennis courts (four indoor), 8 squash courts, 2 fieldhouses, 2 ice hockey rinks, (1 Olympic sized and 1 NHL sized), and more than 10 fields, all situated around Potters Pond.[2]


There are eight dorms on the Taft Campus. There are 3 boys' dorms: Charles Phelps Taft (CPT), Horace Dutton Taft (HDT), and ISP. There are 5 girls' dorms: McIntosh, Centennial, Congdon, Vogelstein (Vogue), and Upper School Girls' Dormitory (USGD/The Rock).


In 2013, Taft had 578 students from 33 states and 33 countries.[3] The school hosts students in 9th through 12th grades as well as post-graduates (PGs). Students are referred to by their grade's common name, such as Lower Mids, Mids, Upper Mids, and Seniors. A dress code (summarized by a "collared shirt, no sweatshirts, no denim" dictum) is required in class for all students. Semi-formal attire is required for sit-down dinners. There are currently 473 boarders and 105 day students. More than $7 million in financial aid supports 37% of the student body. All scholarships are based on need only; there are no merit-based awards.


The faculty at the Taft School includes 71 men and 53 women, a total of 124 teachers.[3] Consequently, there is a 5:1 student to teacher ratio.[3] Three-quarters of the faculty hold advanced degrees (master's or doctorates). The majority of the Taft faculty live on campus, in both private houses scattered across the grounds, or in apartments in the dorms. Each floor of each dorm has at least one faculty apartment.


There are more than 200 academic courses offered at the Taft School. The average class consists of 12 students.[3] Advanced Placement Program courses are offered in 29 subjects,[3] including Mandarin Chinese, Spanish Literature, Spanish Language, French Literature, French Language, Latin, European History, American History, American Government, AB and BC Calculus, Statistics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, and Environmental Science, Studio Art, Music Theory, Art History, English Literature, Economics, and Computer Science. Nearly 90% of graduates take one or more AP exams with an average score of 4 out of a possible 5. The class of 2010 had mean SAT Reasoning Test scores of 628 (critical reading), 640 (math), and 636 (writing).[3]

Notable alumni[edit]


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Writing, journalism, and publishing[edit]


  1. ^ Taft Sports
  2. ^ About The Taft School
  3. ^ a b c d e f Taft Facts
  4. ^ Schoemer, Karen. "No Hair Spray, No Spangles", The New York Times, August 1, 1993. Accessed December 3, 2007. "Born and reared in Princeton, N.J., one of four sisters whose father, Chapin Carpenter, worked for Life magazine, Carpenter is suburban to the core. What's more, she attended private schools, including the Taft School in Connecticut, and graduated from Brown University."
  5. ^ Dunne, Dominick (March 1984). "Justice: A Father’s Account Of the Trial Of His Daughter’s Killer". vanityfair.com. Retrieved January 24, 2013. 
  6. ^ Guide to the Deane Keller Papers : Finding Aid
  7. ^ John Schiff, A Philanthropist And Investment Banker, Dies - New York Times
  8. ^ Obituaries | Dilettante Oliver Hills Whitney, Dies At 75 | Seattle Times Newspaper
  9. ^ CRALEY, Nathaniel Neiman, Jr. - Biographical Information
  10. ^ MAILLIARD, William Somers - Biographical Information
  11. ^ a b Citation of Merit
  12. ^ Justice Flemming L. Norcott, Jr
  13. ^ Category
  14. ^ Harvard University Gazette
  15. ^ Common Good: Founder & Chair
  16. ^ "The Pulitzer Prizes - Awards - 1964 Winners". 

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Coordinates: 41°36′16.2″N 73°7′27.3″W / 41.604500°N 73.124250°W / 41.604500; -73.124250