Northwood School (Lake Placid, New York)

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Northwood School
Northwood School Seal.jpg
Northwood School Campus Aerial Autumn.jpg
Aerial View of Northwood School.
92 Northwood Rd.

Lake Placid
New York

United States
TypeCo-ed, Private, Boarding and Day school
Motto"Strength through Health and Knowledge"
FounderJohn M. Hopkins
CEEB code332760
Head of SchoolMichael J. Maher
Grades9-12, PG
Enrollment193 students; 82% Boarding (2018)
International students22 Countries (2018)
Average class size10
Student to teacher ratio4.5:1
Campus85 acres (340,000 m2)
Color(s)   Blue and White
Athletics16 interscholastic sports offered
NewspaperThe Mirror
Endowment$10 Million

Northwood School is an independent co-educational boarding and day school for grades 9 through 12 located in Lake Placid, New York in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains.


1905-1927: Founding and Early Years[edit]

In 1905 John M. Hopkins, a Yale graduate who had previously taught at The Hill School and the Florida-Adirondack School (later Ransom Everglades School), established a school in Lake Placid described as, “organized with quarters in the Adirondacks in the summer and in Florida in the winter. The school will furnish a home in which boys may have careful personal attention, the advantages of experienced teachers and wholesome natural outdoor life and amusements.”[1] During this time the school was known variously as Hopkins School, Lake Placid School, and Lake Placid Boys School. Hopkins led the school until 1921 and oversaw its growth from six students to forty. By the time of Hopkins's departure the school was described as being, “...remarkably successful not only in the records of its boys in entrance examinations, but in their after careers in college.”[2]

Herbert L. Malcolm, another Yale graduate, took over leadership of the school in 1921 and served as headmaster until 1925. The school had for years enjoyed a close relationship with the Lake Placid Club, which had been founded by Melvil Dewey, creator of the Dewey Decimal System, in 1895.[3] Many of the students’ families were members of the club and the school utilized club grounds and buildings. In 1925, the Lake Placid Club Education Foundation took over formal control of the school.[4]

This transition brought the arrival of Robert W. Boyden as the school's new headmaster and also marked the end of the school's annual winter migration to Florida in order to, "secure continuity of educational effort and also to enrich the school life by the varied winter sports available for physical development."[5]

1927-1944: Becoming Northwood[edit]

In 1927, Dr. Ira A. Flinner, who received his doctorate from Harvard, was appointed headmaster, a position he would hold until 1951. Early in his tenure the school moved to its present location and adopted a new name, Northwood School. Under Flinner, Northwood continued to expand its physical plant and increase enrollment.

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

1944-45: Hiatus[edit]

In the summer of 1944, the U.S. Army took over control of Northwood's buildings for use as a medical unit within the redeployment center in Lake Placid, NY.[6] The school was closed until the U.S. Army relinquished control of the buildings. In the fall of 1946, Northwood reopened.[7]

1946-1965: Re-Opening and Changes[edit]

Moreau C. Hunt became headmaster in 1951. John G. Howard took over for him in 1954. Howard brought updates to the school buildings and new courses in public speaking and debate. Under Howard, the school newspaper, The Mirror, was elevated in stature and became a more formal and regularly released publication.

1965-1997: Continued Growth, Coeducation[edit]

In 1965, Edward C. Welles became headmaster. He was soon followed by W. John Friedlander in 1967, who served as the school's headmaster until 1996. Friedlander oversaw the school's continued expansion and its transition into a coeducational institution.[8] Female students were first formally enrolled as day students in 1971, and then as boarding students in 1972.[9]

1997-Present: A Modern Northwood[edit]

Edward M. Good took over as Northwood's headmaster in 1997. Good continued the enhancement of Northwood's on-campus facilities and enhanced the school's international reach. In 2015, Michael J. Maher, former head of Berkshire School, succeeded Good as Northwood's Head of School.[10]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "The Arcadian weekly gazette. (Newark, N.Y.) 1887-1906, November 22, 1905, Image 9" (1905/11/22). 1905-11-22: 9. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ A Handbook of American Private Schools. Boston, MA: Porter Sergeant. 1918. pp. 160, 346, 608.
  3. ^ New York Times, Melvil Dewey dead in Florida, December 27, 1931.
  4. ^ "The Lake Placid news. (Lake Placid, N.Y.) 1905-current, June 12, 1925, Image 9" (1925/06/12). 1925-06-12: 9. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  5. ^ "Permanent Charter Given To Foundation. Plan Campus". The Lake Placid News. May 27, 1927. Retrieved October 27, 2019.
  6. ^ "The Lake Placid news. (Lake Placid, N.Y.) 1905-current, August 18, 1944, Image 1" (1944/08/18). 1944-08-18: 1. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  7. ^ "The Lake Placid news. (Lake Placid, N.Y.) 1905-current, August 17, 1945, Image 4" (1945/08/17). 1945-08-17: 4. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  8. ^ "The Lake Placid news. (Lake Placid, N.Y.) 1905-current, September 14, 1967, Image 7" (1967/09/14). 1967-09-14: 7. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  9. ^ "The Lake Placid news. (Lake Placid, N.Y.) 1905-current, September 14, 1972, Image 1" (1972/09/14). 1972-09-14: 1. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  10. ^ "Maher to succeed Good as head of Northwood School - | News and information on the Lake Placid and Essex County region of New York - Lake Placid News". Retrieved 2019-11-04.
  11. ^ Staff, NWHL zone (2017-07-27). "Sam Faber Returns for Season 3 With the Whale". National Women's Hockey League. Retrieved 2019-04-21.
  12. ^ "MIKE RICHTER". US Hockey Hall of Fame Museum. Retrieved 2019-04-21.
  13. ^ Mann, Brian; Placid, in Lake; NY. "Weibrecht's silver upset sparks celebrations". NCPR. Retrieved 2019-04-21.
  14. ^ Broderick, Morgan (2019-02-14). "Ted Lockwood '42, Former Trinity President and Mirror Editor, Dies". The Mirror. Retrieved 2019-04-21.
  15. ^ "ARTIST PROFILE: Roger Mitchell's writing career rooted in the Adirondacks - | News and information on the Lake Placid and Essex County region of New York - Lake Placid News". Retrieved 2019-04-21.
  16. ^ "Q&A with Dee Rizzo". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2019-05-03.
  17. ^ "Prime, Bloch Excel". Adirondack Daily Enterprise. Retrieved 2019-05-06.
  18. ^ "'Emotional roller coaster' - | News and information on the Lake Placid and Essex County region of New York - Lake Placid News". Retrieved 2019-05-06.
  19. ^ "John Gillooly: Cranston natives part of '72 Olympic shocker". Retrieved 2019-05-06.
  20. ^ "Conroy gained fame on college, NHL ice". Watertown Daily Times. Retrieved 2019-05-06.


  • 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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