MacDuffie School

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The MacDuffie School
MacDuffie School Logo.jpg
66 School Street
Hampshire County
Granby, Massachusetts 01033
United States of America
School type Private international day and boarding school
Motto Veritas
Established 1890
Founders John and Abigail MacDuffie
Head of school Steven Griffin
Staff 31
Faculty 40
Grades 6–12
Enrollment 297
Average class size 11
Student to teacher ratio 7:1
Campus Granby
Campus size 50 acres
Campus type rural
School color(s) Maroon and White
Song The Magnolia Song & Summer Suns
Sports Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Crew, Ultimate Frisbee, Lacrosse, Tennis, Volleyball, Badminton, Softball, Baseball
Mascot Mustang (formerly the Unicorn)
Team name Mustangs (formerly the Unicorns)
Newspaper The Magnet
Yearbook The Magnolia

The MacDuffie School is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational college preparatory school for day and boarding students in grades 6-12. The school is located on 50 acres in Granby, Massachusetts, United States, within close distance to the University of Massachusetts, and Amherst, Hampshire and Mount Holyoke colleges.

The MacDuffie School offers a college preparatory academic curriculum as well as leadership opportunities and a wide range of extracurricular programs in the arts, athletics and community service. The 157 boarding and home-stay students hail from the United States and 26 countries worldwide including Brazil, China, Indonesia, Russia, and Thailand. 138 day students commute from Connecticut and 25 Massachusetts towns such as, Amherst, Belchertown, Granby, and Springfield in the Pioneer Valley. Graduates typically attend selective colleges and universities and continue on to successful and rewarding careers. The school's class size averages about 11 students, with a student/teacher ratio of 7:1.[1]

MacDuffie is a member of many associations such as, New England Association of Schools and Colleges; National Association of Independent Schools; Cum Laude Society; New England Preparatory School Athletic Council; Western Massachusetts Math League; Massachusetts Association of Math Leagues; Massachusetts Library System, and Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages.

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Life At MacDuffie[edit]

School assembles are held twice weekly to share school activities, announcements, talents, or special events. The small group advisory program in which one advisor meets with approximately seven students either individually or in a group, meets weekly or biweekly to guide students on their path of self-discovery

Many programs, sports, trips, and extracurricular activities are offered, such as: various plays, musicals, dance, clubs, organized trips to interesting places; community service, and student council. Students participate in many of the sports and tournaments within NEPSAC - New England Preparatory School Athletic Council. Students can share their creative talents on Diversity Day, or by contributing to the various publications such as the yearbook, The Muse the literary magazine, or the school newspaper The Magnet.

School songs: The Magnolia Song and Summer Sons Mascot: The Mustang


In 1890 John and Abigail MacDuffie purchased Miss Howard’s School on Union Street, Springfield, Massachusetts. This property included the home of Samuel Bowles of the founding family of the Springfield Daily Republican which was transformed into a classroom building known as Main House. The school property once adjacent to a park designed by Frederick Law Olmsted was transformed and renamed The MacDuffie School, an all-girls college preparatory school.[5] It was located on a 15-acre campus in the middle of Springfield's Maple Hill neighborhood of tree-lined streets, and with landscaped grounds of late 19th- and early 20th century mansions that were once homes to Springfield's leading industrialists and businessmen.[6] Fashioned after their Alma Maters, MacDuffie provided young women the same access to excellence in education the MacDuffies experienced at Harvard and Radcliffe. A suffragist and believer in civil rights, Abby MacDuffie instilled a sense of curiosity about the world, equality for all, and progressive thinking in her students that remains at the school’s core today.

In 1936 their son Malcolm and his wife Margaret took over as Heads, but he chose to pursue a different career and they sold the school in 1941 at the beginning of World War II, to Ralph and Cleminette Rutenber. The Rutenbers (1941 – 1972) extended both the reputation of the school and the campus itself, acquiring the athletic field and several large homes on the south side of Central Street and Ames Hill Drive and constructing Rutenber Hall (the school’s main classroom/library facility) and Downing Gymnasium in 1963. Under the Rutenber’s leadership, the school enjoyed its largest enrollments in the 1960s and 70s, reaching 360 boarding and day students from all over the U.S. and abroad.[7]

The legacy of the MacDuffie and the Rutenber years of leadership, however, lies chiefly in the intellectual ideals they instilled through their vision and care.

In 1990, the year of the MacDuffie Centennial, the School became coeducational and the traditional girls’ boarding program became the Ames Hill family-style program, primarily for international students, who resided with house parents in the historic homes on Ames Hill. Under the tenure of Head Michael L. Cornog (1988 – 1999), the School also added a sixth grade to create a fully integrated Middle School curriculum.

In December 2010 the school's board of trustees announced that the NY-based International EC LLC acquired the school's name, mission, and intellectual property. EC International moved the school from Springfield to the former St. Hyacinth Seminary campus in Granby MA, which was purchased to continue the school’s mission. Faculty, staff, and students moved to the new Granby MacDuffie campus in 2011 .

On June 1, 2011, five days before graduation in the school's final year in Springfield, the school's campus on Ames Hill Drive was devastated by a rare category 3 tornado that tore through several neighborhoods in the city and surrounding towns. Many student, faculty and staff were present on the campus at the time of the tornado and while there were no injuries, the campus was severely damaged with most of its trees uprooted as well as damage to buildings.

In the fall of 2011, MacDuffie School relocated and opened in Granby where it continues to operate. Stephen Griffin was appointed as the Head of School and continues to serve as Head of School.

The MacDuffie School now offers students a much larger campus with enhanced classroom space, boarding facilities, greater technology and athletic fields. In July 2015, MMI Holdings a Delaware education management company purchased EC International.

1. "About Us: MacDuffie at a Glance". The MacDuffie School. The MacDuffie School. 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2015.

2.^ "Mission and Values". The MacDuffie School. The MacDuffie School. 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2015.

3. ^ "Academics". The MacDuffie School. The MacDuffie School. 2014. Retrieved 19 October 2015.

4. ^ "The MacDuffie School". Boarding School Review. Retrieved 2015-11-03.

5. ^ GOODHUE, DOUGLAS J. (6 June 2011). "Memories of the MacDuffie Campus". Masslive:The Republican Newsroom. Springfield, MA: The Springfield Republican. Retrieved 14 October 2015.

6. ^ Marilyn Sutin, Editor (January 5, 2012). ""Springfield Preservation Trust Newsletter : Preservation Massachusetts Most Endangered List"" (PDF). City of Springfield, MA:Finance: Agency Correspendence. City of Springfield, Massachusetts. pp. 22–23. Retrieved 14 October 2015.

7. ^ "History of MacDuffie". The MacDuffie School. The MacDuffie School. Retrieved 19 October 2015.

8. ^ Taras, Elizabeth (27 August 2013). "Right Place, Right Time". Business West. Business West. Retrieved 19 October 2015.

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Coordinates: 42°05′56.35″N 72°34′34.28″W / 42.0989861°N 72.5761889°W / 42.0989861; -72.5761889