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|Carpinteria, CA, USA|
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The Cate School, established in 1910 by Curtis Wolsey Cate, is a four-year, coeducational, college-preparatory boarding school in Carpinteria, California, United States. Cate has a student body of 265 (83% boarders) that includes 41% students of color, as well as students from 22 US states and 16 foreign countries. 
A not-for-profit organization, Cate School is directed by a board of trustees, including two faculty advisory trustees, and four ex officio members. Cate is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and is affiliated with the National Association of Independent Schools, the California Association of Independent Schools, the Western Boarding Schools Association, the Cum Laude Society, the California Interscholastic Federation, A Better Chance, and the Secondary School Admission Test Board. The school is also associated with Round Square, an internationally-recognized organization of schools which follows the ideals of Kurt Hahn. The program encourages and helps coordinate (through its member schools) exchange programs and service trips around the world.
Cate School is located east of Santa Barbara, California in Carpinteria, California. The Cate campus occupies approximately 150 acres (0.61 km2) of land atop a "mesa". The campus includes, among other things, nine student dormitories, classroom facilities, a library, theater, and various art buildings. The athletic facilities include two gyms, three full-size playing fields, an all-weather track, an aquatics center with two pools, a baseball diamond, a softball diamond, a rock wall, and tennis and squash courts.
The academic curriculum features 101 course offerings with 19 AP courses. The average class size is 11 with a 5:1 student-faculty ratio. The school also provides the opportunity for independent study projects through the directed studies program and science research courses.
Freshmen and sophomores take courses in English, history, art, math and science as well as in foreign language and human development. Juniors and seniors can choose from over 35 elective courses such as Oceanography, Comparative Government, or Film Studies.
The most popular college selections of Cate graduates over the past 5 years are University of Southern California, University of California Berkeley, New York University, Columbia University, Stanford University, and University of Pennsylvania.
In 2001, Cate School was recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the Outstanding Boarding Schools in America. In 2008, The Princeton Review ranked Cate School #14 of the best boarding schools in America.
All students are involved in an extracurricular program that includes athletics, drama, music, dance, community service and an extensive outdoor program which allows students to engage in many activities such as taking students surfing, kayaking, rock climbing, backpacking, mountain biking, and rafting.
Interscholastic athletic teams compete in soccer, cross country, volleyball, water polo, football, basketball, lacrosse, squash, tennis, track, baseball, and softball. Intramurals include surfing, ultimate frisbee, weight training, Tae Kwan Do, dance and others. Cate School has outdoor programs that include sea kayaking, hiking etc.
In addition to the usual clubs and activities, Cate includes a 24-page newspaper, El Batidor, a drama society that produces several productions each year, a literary magazine, The Cate Review, and numerous musical groups that perform in concert and in what are known as "coffee house" presentations. Other sample clubs include: Mock Trial, the Pirate Club (ARRR), the Fencing Club, the Martial Arts Club, Blue Crew, the Black Student Union (BSU), Friends of Lesbians and Gays (FLAG), and the Film Society.
Cate School is home to a Student-Faculty Senate. The only legislative body on campus, the Student-Faculty Senate is composed of both elected senators and appointed officials and deals with legislation concerning all aspects of community life. The senate is chaired by the Student Body President, the only official elected by a community-wide vote. Student senators are elected by their respective classes. Two others systems the school has in place are the Prefect and Teaching Assistant (T.A.) programs. Prefects are elected at the end of their junior year by students and faculty to serve as leaders, role-models, and "big brothers and sisters" in the dorms. T.A.s work with the Human Development department in their Sophomore and Freshman seminars.
Students are also involved in service projects in the community. Students help tutor local schoolchildren, visit with the elderly and disabled, and work on local environmental improvement projects. Faculty and students also travel regularly to northern Mexico to work on community construction projects and help with children and their families in the Los Niños program, a Cate tradition for more than 30 years. Through Round Square students also have an opportunity to travel abroad for community service, work projects and exchange programs.
Cate's traditional athletic rivalry is with The Thacher School, and often considers a victory over Thacher (The "Toads") the most important goal in any sport. The Cate-Thacher lacrosse game is the oldest lacrosse rivalry in the west. In 2007, two Cate students formed a cheering squad for athletics called The Blue Crew. The team distributes rally towels, teaches old and new cheers to spectators, and organizes students to perform collaborative cheers at various sporting events.
The roots of Cate School are actually linked to Thacher. Curtis Cate, a graduate of Roxbury Latin School and Harvard College, traveled to California in 1908 with plans to start a boarding school that "combined the academic excellence of the best East Coast prep schools with the can-do, adventurous spirit of the West". Upon his arrival in California, Cate was hired by Sherman Thacher to teach English "at his famous school in Ojai Valley". Cate spent a year teaching at Thacher before moving to Santa Barbara in 1910 to start his own school (Cate School was originally called the Santa Barbara School).
Notable alumni 
- Sir John Bond, former Chairman and CEO of HSBC
- David Crosby, musician (Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young)
- Otis Chandler, former publisher of the Los Angeles Times
- Conrad Hall, cinematographer (American Beauty (film), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid)
- Nadine Haobsh, novelist and blogger
- Antony Garrett Lisi, inventor of the version of the grand unified theory regarding the E8 lattice
- Mark Whitney Mehran, author, land speed racer, Hot Rod and Chopper builder
- Larry Niven, science fiction author (Ringworld)
- Werner Klemperer, actor/musician, best known for his role as Colonel Klink in the '70s television show Hogan's Heroes
- Tracye Lawyer-Thomas American heptathlete
- Stephen Malkmus, musician, formerly of the band Pavement
- Catherine Reitman, television and film actress
- Billy Steinberg, songwriter
- Paul Simms, creator of the television sitcom Newsradio
- George Ledyard Stebbins, a leading evolutionary biologist
- Chris Strachwitz, founder of Arhoolie Records and music preservationist.
- Malcolm Wallop, US Senator from Wyoming
- Specific references
- "The History of the Cate School", Retrieved on March 8, 2007.
- "Information for International Students". Cate School. Retrieved 18 February 2013.
- "Cate School". Boarding School Review. Boarding School Review LLC. Retrieved 18 February 2013.
- "Map of the Mesa". Cate School. Retrieved 18 February 2013.
- "Independent Study". Cate School. Retrieved 18 February 2013.
- Other sources
- Cate School on Boarding School Review