Taft School

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The Taft School
Non ut sibi ministretur sed ut ministret
Not to be served but to serve
110 Woodbury Road
Watertown, Connecticut, 06795
United States
Coordinates 41°36′16″N 73°7′27″W / 41.60444°N 73.12417°W / 41.60444; -73.12417Coordinates: 41°36′16″N 73°7′27″W / 41.60444°N 73.12417°W / 41.60444; -73.12417
Type Private, Day & Boarding, College-prep
Established 1890
Headmaster William R. MacMullen
Faculty 124
Grades 912
Gender Co-ed
Enrollment 598 (2013)
Average class size 12
Student to teacher ratio 5:1
Campus 224 acres (0.91 km2)
Color(s)      Maroon
     Navy blue
Nickname Rhinos

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 the brother of President William Howard Taft.

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.[1]


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.[2] 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.[2] Consequently, there is a 5:1 student to teacher ratio.[2] 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.[2] Advanced Placement Program courses are offered in 29 subjects,[2] 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).[2]


Taft's athletic teams are known as the Rhinos and their colors are maroon and navy blue. The following sports are offered at Taft:[3]

  • Baseball (boys)
  • Basketball (boys & girls)
  • Crew (boys & girls)
  • Cross country (boys & girls)
  • Equestrian (girls)
  • Field Hockey (girls)
  • Football (boys)
  • Golf (boys & girls)
  • Ice hockey (boys & girls)
  • Lacrosse (boys & girls)
  • Skiing (girls)
  • Soccer (boys & girls)
  • Softball (girls)
  • Squash (boys & girls)
  • Tennis (boys & girls)
  • Track (boys & girls)
  • Volleyball (girls)
  • Wrestling (boys)

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