Fay School

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Fay School
Fay School - Southborough, MA - IMG 0707.JPG
48 Main Street
Southborough, Massachusetts 01772
United States
Coordinates 42°18′17″N 71°31′59″W / 42.30472°N 71.53306°W / 42.30472; -71.53306Coordinates: 42°18′17″N 71°31′59″W / 42.30472°N 71.53306°W / 42.30472; -71.53306
Type Junior boarding school
Motto Poteris Modo Velis
(You Can If You Will)
Established 1866
Founder Eliza Burnett Fay
Harriet Burnett
Head of School Robert J. Gustavson, Jr.
Faculty 80
Grades K–9
Gender Coeducational
Enrollment 475
Average class size 14
Student to teacher ratio 6:1
Campus 30 acre main campus, 36 acre athletic campus
Campus type Suburban
Color(s) Red and White[1]
Athletics conference New England Preparatory School Athletic Conference
Mascot Moose
Newspaper Moosepaper
Yearbook Pioneer
Endowment $45 Million

Fay School is an independent, coeducational day and boarding school, located on a 66-acre (270,000 m2) campus some 25 miles (40 km) from Boston in Southborough, Massachusetts, and is the oldest junior boarding school in the United States.[2] It has 475 students enrolled from Pre-kindergarten through grade 9; the boarding program (grades 7–9) enrolls 120 students from throughout the United States and more than 19 foreign countries. Fay opened its Primary School (Pre-K to Grade Two) in 2010[3][4] and moved its 6th grade into the Lower School program (now 3rd to 6th) in the 2012–13 school year.[5]


Fay school was founded in 1866 by sisters Eliza Burnett Fay and Harriet Burnett in a former parsonage of the Unitarian church, across from St. Mark's School, where traditionally Fay students where educated to attend.[6] The first year, the school had five day students and two boarders. At Eliza Fay's death in September, 1896, her son, Waldo B. Fay, became headmaster. Under him, the school sizably grew, adding a new dormitory, school room, and library. He was succeeded by Edward W. Fay, Waldo B. Fay's son in 1918. In 1922, the school was officially incorporated,[6] and the ownership of the school was transferred from the Fay family to the newly formed board of trustees.[7]

Harrison L. Reinke became the first headmaster not in the Fay family since its foundation in 1942. He was succeeded by A. Brooks Harlow, Jr., in 1969. The school became fully coeducational in 1977, having implemented a pilot program for girls in 1972. Girls had previously attended the school as day students through the late 19th century.[8] Stephen V.A. Samborski became the sixth headmaster in 1988, who was followed by Stephen C. White in 1990. The Root Academic Center, the main academic building of the campus, was constructed in 2001. In 2008, Robert J. Gustavson, Jr. became the eighth and current headmaster.[7] In 2010, the primary school was opened.[8]

Campus facilities[edit]

The school is situated on a 30-acre main campus, with a nearby 36-acre athletic campus. There are ten fields, eight tennis courts, four basketball courts, two pools, and outdoor high and low ropes courses, along with two fitness centers and an indoor rock climbing wall. Its two libraries combined contain over 18,000 volumes. There are six dormitories, where students from 7th to 9th grade may live.[9]

Student life[edit]

There is a gendered dress code required for students at Fay. In the upper school (grades 7–9), girls are required to wear navy blue or black blazers with dress pants, dresses, or skirts, or a navy or grey suit, along with turtleneck or collared dress shirts with sleeves. Boys are required to wear chinos or corduroys, along with dress shirts, ties, and navy blue or black blazers.[10]

School students are divided into two teams, the Red team and White team, which compete with each other academically and athletically.[11]

Notable alumni[edit]


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Further reading[edit]

  • Steward, Scott C. The Fay School: A History, 1866–1986. Southborough, MA: The Trustees of Fay School, 1988.

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