Non ut sibi ministretur sed ut ministret
Not to be served but to serve
|Watertown, Connecticut, USA|
|Type||Co-ed, Private, Boarding|
|Headmaster||William R. MacMullen '78|
|Average class size||12|
|Student to teacher ratio||5:1|
|Campus||224 acres (.89 km2)|
|Color(s)||Maroon and navy blue|
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
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.
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. 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. Consequently, there is a 5:1 student to teacher ratio. 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. Advanced Placement Program courses are offered in 29 subjects, 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).
- Stevan Dedijer '30, founder of the Research Policy Institute, pioneer of Business Intelligence
- Alfred G. Gilman '58, Nobel laureate in Physiology or Medicine
- Mason Gross '29, President of Rutgers University
- Samuel T. Orton 1897, pioneer in the study of dyslexia
- T. H. Breen '60, Guggenheim fellow, history professor
Arts and entertainment
- Trey Anastasio '83, Phish lead guitarist
- Dudley Taft '84, member of Sweet Water guitars, vocals
- Jeff Baxter '67, musician (Steely Dan, Doobie Brothers)
- Henry Beard '63, cofounder of National Lampoon, co-author of Bored of the Rings
- Peter Berg '80, actor/director ofFriday Night Lights, "(Lone Survivor)"
- Mary Chapin Carpenter '76, five-time Grammy-award winner
- Spencer Treat Clark '05, actor in Gladiator, Mystic River, Unbreakable, and The Last House on the Left
- Dominique Dunne, actress
- Adam Duritz '82, lead singer of Counting Crows
- James Franciscus '53, actor in The Naked City, Longstreet
- Grant Goodeve, actor in Eight is Enough
- Geoffrey T. Hellman '24, longtime New Yorker columnist
- Deane G. Keller '17, painter and educator
- Ralph Lee '53, Guggenheim fellow and Obie Award winner
- Alan Klingenstein '72, film producer
- Lorenzo Mariani '73, international opera director
- Mark Winslow Potter '48, painter
- Steve Sandvoss '98, actor
- Tom Santopietro '72, author and Broadway theater manager
- Fred Small '70, singer-songwriter
- Karen L. Thorson '78, producer of The Wire, The Unusuals
- Peter S. Kaufman '71, investment banker, president of the Gordian Group LLC
- Joseph Irwin Miller '27, industrialist, Cummins Engine Company
- John M. Schiff '21, investment banker, philanthropist, honorary chairman of Lehman Brothers
- George Weyerhaeuser '44, Chairman and CEO, Weyerhaeuser Company
- Nathaniel Neiman Craley, Jr. '46, U.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania
- Richard Funkhouser, U.S. Ambassador to Gabon
- Robert C. Hill '38, United States Ambassador to Costa Rica, El Salvador, Mexico, Spain and Argentina
- William S. Mailliard '35, U.S. Congressman, California
- Manuel Rocha '69, United States Ambassador to Bolivia 2000-02
- Earl T. Smith '22, United States Ambassador to Cuba (1958–59)
- Michael P. W. Stone '42, U.S. Secretary of the Army
- Robert Taft 1906, U.S. Senator from Ohio 1939-53, majority leader
- Robert Taft, Jr. '35, Republican Congressman 1963-65, 1967–71, Senator 1971-76
- Bob Taft '59, Governor of Ohio
- William Howard Taft III '33, United States Ambassador to Ireland
- Robert F. Wagner Jr. '29, mayor of New York
- John S. Wold '34, U.S. Congressman, Wyoming
Legal and judiciary
- Flemming L. Norcott, Jr. '61, Associate Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court
- Robert W. Sweet '40, federal judge who heard New York Times v. Gonzales concerning the Judith Miller controversy
- Katey Stone '84, head coach of 2014 Olympic Team USA women's ice hockey team, coach ofHarvard Crimson women's ice hockey team
- Darren Bragg '87, professional baseball player
- James Driscoll '96, professional golfer
- Patrick Kerney '95, professional football player
- Allison Mleczko '93, gold medalist in first women's Olympic ice hockey game at Nagano; silver medalist in 2002
- Max Pacioretty '07, professional hockey player for the Montreal Canadiens
- Barbara Potter '79, Hall of Fame professional tennis player
- James Stillman Rockefeller '20, Olympic gold medalist, 8-man rowing (Paris, France)
- Ryan Shannon '01, professional hockey player
- Tammy Lee Shewchuk '96, Olympic gold medalist in women's ice hockey, Salt Lake City
- John Welchli '46, Olympic silver medalist, Melbourne, 1956
- Jaime Sifers '02, professional ice hockey player
Writing, journalism, and publishing
- Nelson Denis '72, journalist, screenwriter, former New York State Assemblyman
- Steven J. Erlanger ’70, London bureau chief (formerly Paris and Jerusalem bureau chief) for The New York Times
- Varian Fry '26, journalist and "the American Schindler"
- Philip K. Howard '66, founder of Common Good, author of The Death of Common Sense: How Law is Suffocating America
- Thomas Kuhn '40, author of Structure of Scientific Revolutions, coined the phrase "paradigm shift"
- John Merrow ’59, Peabody Award-winning journalist and producer
- Sumner Chilton Powell '42, Pulitzer Prize winner in history for "Puritan Village: The Formation of a New England Town"
- Josh Quittner '75, author, editor Business 2.0
- David Kenyon Webster '40, soldier, journalist, and author
- Taft Sports
- About The Taft School
- Taft Facts
- 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."
- Dunne, Dominick (March 1984). "Justice: A Father’s Account Of the Trial Of His Daughter’s Killer". vanityfair.com. Retrieved January 24, 2013.
- Guide to the Deane Keller Papers : Finding Aid
- John Schiff, A Philanthropist And Investment Banker, Dies - New York Times
- Obituaries | Dilettante Oliver Hills Whitney, Dies At 75 | Seattle Times Newspaper
- CRALEY, Nathaniel Neiman, Jr. - Biographical Information
- MAILLIARD, William Somers - Biographical Information
- Citation of Merit
- Justice Flemming L. Norcott, Jr
- Harvard University Gazette
- Common Good: Founder & Chair
- "The Pulitzer Prizes - Awards - 1964 Winners".