John Burroughs School

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This article is about the school in St. Louis, Missouri. For the school in Burbank, California, see John Burroughs High School. For the school in Ridgecrest, California, see Sherman E. Burroughs High School.
John Burroughs School
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Ladue, MO
Type Private
Established 1923
Head Andy Abbott
Faculty 119
Enrollment 600
Campus Suburban, 47.5 acres (192,000 m2)
Color(s) Blue & Gold
Mascot Bombers
Rival Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School

Founded in 1923, John Burroughs School (JBS) is a private, non-sectarian preparatory school with 600 students in grades 7-12. Its 47.5 acre (192,000 m²) campus is located in Ladue, Missouri (USA), an affluent suburb of Saint Louis. 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.[1] The school ranked among the nation's top 50 in sending graduates to eight top universities in a December 2007 survey by the Wall Street Journal.[1]

The school operates on a campus of 47.5 acres (192,000 m2). Facilities include a main classroom building, a performing arts center, a library, a science building, an athletic center, and a fine arts facility.[2] Burroughs also operates an outdoor education and biology facility in the Ozarks known as "Drey Land".


The faculty includes about 88 full-time and 31 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.

Each class contains about 100 students, for a total student body of about 600. The primary admission level is grade seven, but applicants are considered for grades eight through 10 as openings permit. Admission is based on school records, recommendations, entrance examination results, and a personal interview.[2] The school is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States.[3]

Tuition for the 2014-2015 school year is $24,690. Twenty percent of students receive tuition aid annually in the form of grants and loans. The average award covers more than 70 percent of tuition.[4]

Eighteen members of the Class of 2015 were named National Merit/Achievement Semifinalists, one was honored by the National Hispanic Recognition Program, and 16 received letters of commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. For more than a decade, Burroughs has had the highest percentage of semifinalists in the State of Missouri.[5] Since 1995, four Presidential Scholars have been Burroughs graduates.[3]

Nearly all students go on to attend four-year colleges, including a number to Ivy League schools.[6]

The school has more than 6,200 living alumni.

Extracurricular activities[edit]


The varsity sports teams are referred to as the "John Burroughs Bombers." The school colors are blue and gold. The school has an athletic rivalry with nearby Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School. John Burroughs also holds a cross-state rivalry with The Pembroke Hill School in Kansas City.[citation needed]

The Bombers football team has won the state championship in Division 2A in 1975, 1980 (tie), 1985, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1995 (tie) and 2001. They won the 3A title in 2015. Former NFL kicker Neil Rackers is an assistant coach on the football team.[7] Former NFL quarterback Gus Frerotte was head football coach from 2011 to 2013.[7][8]

Clubs and Activities[edit]

Burroughs students take part in about 40 clubs and activities,[9] including community service, Model U.N.,[10] a robotics club,[11][12] a Quad Fun Club,[13] and a super-mileage vehicle club.[14]

Notable alumni[edit]

Government and politics[edit]

Journalism and literature[edit]

Arts, sciences, and education[edit]

Sports and entertainment[edit]


  • 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.[31] Leases land to JBS for outdoor education.
  • Rebekah Harkness, 1932 (alum non-grad): Standard Oil heiress, philanthropist and founder of the Harkness Ballet




  • Margaret Bahe: teacher 1979–present, winner of Saint Louis Science Center and Carol B. and Jerome T. Loeb Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics award in 2011[35][36]
  • Wayne Salomon: Teacher 1987-2014, won 2011 Art Educator of the Year from the St. Louis Arts and Education Council.[38][39]


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  22. ^ "Actor Jon Hamm honored to get Cardinals bobblehead". Associated Press. August 18, 2014. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  23. ^ Pennington, Gail (December 13, 2009). "From VP queen 'The Office' John Burroughs graduate joins fellow St. Louisans Jenna Fischer and Phyllis Smith at Dunder Mifflin.". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
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  27. ^ Gurnick, Ken (January 31, 2012). "Van Slyke getting with the program". Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  28. ^ Pennington, Gail (November 3, 2013). "Burroughs grad Erinn Westbrook lives a dream on 'Glee'". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  29. ^ Baer, Jim (July 10, 2007). "Jay Williamson: Professional golfer". St. Louis Magazine. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  30. ^ Peterson, Deb (January 24, 2012). "Oscar nominee Beau Willimon grew up in St. Louis". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
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Coordinates: 38°38′40″N 90°22′12″W / 38.64444°N 90.36991°W / 38.64444; -90.36991