The Kiski School
|The Kiski School|
|Saltsburg, Pennsylvania, USA|
|Headmaster||Christopher A. Brueningsen|
|Number of students||210|
|Color(s)||Black and White|
The Kiski School, formally the Kiskiminetas Springs School after the Kiskiminetas River, is a private, all-male boarding school located in Saltsburg, Pennsylvania, about 40 miles (60 km) east of Pittsburgh. It is the oldest remaining non-military all-male boarding school in the United States.
Andrew W. Wilson founded the Kiski School in 1888 on a wooded hill overlooking the Kiskiminetas River separating Westmoreland County from Indiana County that he had purchased, on land that had once been a summer resort and mineral spa. Forty-two students had graduated from Kiski by 1894; 26 of them went to Princeton. The original faculty consisted of just Wilson (who had graduated from Princeton and Pennsylvania Law School, and school co-founder R. W. Fair, who taught mathematics.
Dr. W. H. MacColl succeeded Wilson as president in 1930. J. L. Marks and Colonel J. J. Daub were also influential early faculty.
L. M. Clark was elected president of the school's board of trustees in 1941 and appointed headmaster in 1942. Many campus additions and improvements were carried out under Clark's leadership. Upon his retirement in 1957, the young assistant to the headmaster of Deerfield Academy, John A. Pidgeon, was chosen to succeed him.
Pidgeon led the school for 45 years, during which the school underwent additions and improvements to the facilities and a growth in academic reputation, as well as the school's endowment. Under Pidgeon, four new dormitories were built and others renovated, and a new classroom building, dining hall, library, fine arts center, and administrative complex were constructed. Other campus facilities include a baseball field, swimming pool, outdoor track, field house, nine-hole golf course, and the Swank Student Center, opened in 2009. The campus is wireless, and all students are provided with a laptop.
In 2005, Kiski reinstated a day student program that allows students to attend without having to reside on campus.
The school requires every student to participate in athletics. Among the sports offered are football, soccer, cross country, golf, wrestling, swimming, basketball, hockey, diving, lacrosse, baseball, track and field, and tennis. The school has 13 sports teams, including ten at the varsity level. There is also a summer golf camp.
Kiski boys live two to a room in one of seven dorms. Normally, there are two or more faculty members-as well as their families and pets-in each residence. Every Kiski boy eats meals with a faculty family and adheres to a coat-and-tie dress code.
- Daryll Clark '05 - Quarterback at Penn State
- Curtis Enis '94 - NFL player for the Chicago Bears (1998-2000); All-American running back at Penn State
- Jack Hanna '65 - Zookeeper and television personality; Columbus Zoo and Aquarium director emeritus
- James P. Moore, Jr. '71 - U.S. Government official, television commentator, Professor of the Practice at Georgetown University and author.
- John Murtha '51 - Democratic U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district 1972 - 2010
- Bob Mathias '49 - Decathlete; Olympic gold medalist at the 1948 and 1952 games; later Republican U.S. Representative from California's 18th congressional district (1967-1975)
- Harry Stuhldreher '21 - Member of Notre Dame's "Four Horsemen"; later football coach for Villanova and University of Wisconsin–Madison
- Andy Hastings - All-American running back for the Pitt Panthers 1916 national championship football team
- Jim "Monk" Moscrip - All-American end to the Stanford "Vow Boys" teams of 1934-1936
- Rafael de Medina, 20th Duke of Feria - Member of the Spanish aristocracy.
- James Clark - NFL player for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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