Northwood School (Lake Placid, New York)

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Northwood School
Northwood School - Lake Placid NY.jpg
Lake Placid, New York
United States
Type Private, independent, coeducational, Boarding/Day school
Motto "Strength through Health and Knowledge"
Established 1905
Headmaster Michael J. Maher
Faculty 25 teachers
Enrollment 175 students (9 - 12, PG)
Average class size 8 students
Student to teacher ratio 6:1
Campus 85 acres (340,000 m2)
Color(s) Blue and white
Athletics 17 intersocholastic sports offered
Mascot Huskies
Average SAT scores (2005) 1250
Endowment $10 Million

Northwood School is an independent coeducational boarding and day school located in Lake Placid, New York in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains.


Northwood School was founded in 1905 by John M. Hopkins as the Lake Placid School. For 20 years it used the facilities of the Lake Placid Club. During this time fall and spring was spent in Lake Placid, with the winter term spent at its campus in Florida.

In 1922 Melvil Dewey, the originator of the Dewey Decimal System founded the Lake Placid Club Education Foundation.[1] Under Dewey's leadership the Foundation took over the operation of the school in 1925, renaming it Northwood.[2] This change marked the end of Northwood's winter migration and in 1928 the school moved into the present school buildings.

In 1934 Northwood School received its charter by the Regents of the State of New York, and made a not for profit institution governed by a Board of Trustees.


Dr. Ira A. Flinner was the Headmaster of Northwood School for 26 years, from 1925 until 1951. Dr. Flinner successfully implemented the educational vision of Melvil Dewey. Dr. Flinner received his doctorate in education from Harvard University before taking over Northwood. Michael J. Maher is currently the headmaster.

Notable alumni[edit]

Eleanor Powell ‘80 Executive Director, Investor Relations at The Estee Lauder Companies Inc

Nancy Kirhoffer ‘82 Post Production Supervisor, Hollywood Film Industry

Jeffrey Bloch ‘75 Lead Scientist for Space Situational Awareness and Space Protection Applications Los Alamos National Laboratory, Intelligence and Space Research Division

Theodore Davidge Lockwood ‘42 Former President of Trinity College, 1968-1981

Philip S. Wilder ‘41 Former President of Hartwick College, 1977-1992

Ed Fancher ‘41 Co-Founder of the Village Voice

Arthur Lien '71 US Supreme Court Sketch Artist

Dr. Amanda Donohue ‘94 Cardiologist with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center

Richard Shaw '68 Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Stanford University

Darcy Prime ‘73 Owner, Darcy Prime Consulting, Former Assistant Director of Admissions, Stanford University

Andrew Weibrecht '03 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics, Alpine Skiing (Bronze Medal (2010), Silver Medal (2014): Super G)

Mike Richter ‘85 New York Rangers, 1988, 1998, 2002 Olympics

Konstanze Krüger, German zoologists, Ethologists 1985-1986


  1. ^ New York Times, Melvil Dewey dead in Florida, December 27, 1931.
  2. ^ Wiegand, Wayne A. Irrepressible Reformer: A Biography of Melvil Dewey Chicago: American Library Association, 1996. ISBN 0-8389-0680-X


  • Ackerman, David H. Lake Placid Club: An illustrated history: 1895-1980. Lake Placid Education Foundation, 1998. ISBN 0-9665875-0-2.

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