John Burroughs School

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John Burroughs School
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755 South Price Road


United States
TypePrivate college-preparatory school
Religious affiliation(s)Nonsectarian[1]
Established1923; 99 years ago (1923)
Head of schoolAndy Abbott
Teaching staff92.5 (FTE) (2017–18)[1]
Enrollment593 (2017–18)[1]
Student to teacher ratio6.4 (2017–18)[1]
Campus size49 acres (200,000 m2)[2]
Campus typeSuburban[1]
Color(s)Blue & Gold
RivalMary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School
Tuition$31,240 (2021–22)[2]
AffiliationNational Association of Independent Schools[1] Edit this at Wikidata

John Burroughs School (JBS) is a private, non-sectarian college-preparatory school with 631 students in grades 712. Its 49-acre (200,000 m2) campus[2] is located in Ladue, Missouri (US), a suburb of St. Louis. Founded in 1923, it is named for U.S. naturalist and philosopher John Burroughs.

John Burroughs has long had a school philosophy of liberal and progressive education. It has been recognized as one of the nation's premier preparatory schools.[3] In 2007, the Wall Street Journal ranked it among the top 50 schools in sending graduates to eight top universities.[3]

As of 2020, the faculty includes 96 full-time and 32 part-time members. Since 2009, the Head of School has been Andy Abbott, formerly an English teacher and the school's head of college counseling. He replaced Keith Shahan, who held the job for 23 years.[4]


In 1923, the school's founders wrote, "Burroughs was established upon the conviction that each child has latent possibilities of power, and that it is the chief purpose of the school to cooperate with parents in discovering, fostering and developing that power so that in adulthood he shall make his contribution to the improvement of human society. The child’s mind is not a tablet to be written upon or a cistern to be filled, but a living, growing entity to be guided, developed, trained and inspired."[4]

In the 1930s, JBS participated in the Eight-Year Study, an experiment that tested how American progressive secondary schools would prepare their students for college when released from the curricular restrictions of college admissions requirements.[5]

In April 2020, the school received $2.5 million in federally backed small business loans as part of the Paycheck Protection Program. The school received scrutiny over this loan, which was meant to protect small and private businesses, and returned the money to the Treasury Department the following month.[6][7][8][9]

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The Bombers football team won the state championship in Division 2A in 1975, 1980 (tie), 1985, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1995 (tie) and 2001; and won the 3A title in 2015. Former NFL kicker Neil Rackers is an assistant coach on the football team.[10] Former NFL quarterback Gus Frerotte was head football coach from 2011 to 2013.[10][11] In 2016, the program was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.[12]

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  • Leo Drey, 1935: timber magnate, conservationist, philanthropist. Was Missouri's largest private landholder until 2004, when his $180 million gift of land to a conservation foundation made him the U.S.'s sixth-most generous benefactor.[30] Leases land to JBS for outdoor education.





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