Mesa Ranch School

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The Mesa Ranch School was a ranch school in Mesa, Arizona, that was established in 1902 by H. David Evans, a Briton with a Cambridge education who arrived in Arizona in 1899.[1] It was designed to offer students from the eastern seaboard a western ranch lifestyle in a "dry and equable climate". Modeled as western equivalent of Phillips Andover, the Evans School was a college preparatory academy for 20 boys ages 15–18.[1][2] Life at the school was described as "simple, even rough, the boys living each in his own cabin, keeping horses and making camping trips."[2] In the mountains near Flagstaff the school maintained a summer tutoring camp.[3]

The Mesa Campus was located 2½ miles SE of downtown Mesa on El Rancho Bonito near the modern intersection of Stapley Dr and Southern Ave. In 1922 the school was renamed the Mesa Ranch School,[4] a name it retained until it was destroyed by fire in 1943.[5]

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Coordinates: 33°23′37″N 111°48′28″W / 33.393557°N 111.807741°W / 33.393557; -111.807741