Northwood School (Lake Placid, New York)

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Northwood School
Northwood School - Lake Placid NY.jpg
Lake Placid
New York

United States
Typeboarding, day, private, independent
Motto"Strength through Health and Knowledge"
HeadmasterMichael J. Maher
Faculty35 teachers
Grades9-12, PG
Enrollment175 students
Average class size10 students
Student to teacher ratio6:1
Campus85 acres (340,000 m2)
Color(s)Blue and white
Athletics16 interscholastic sports offered
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 Head of School at 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 at Northwood. Michael J. Maher is the current Head of School at Northwood.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Samantha "Sam" Faber (born 1987), ice hockey player
  • Konstanze Krüger, German zoologists, Ethologists 1985-1986
  • Mike Richter ‘85, New York Rangers, 1988, 1998, 2002 Olympics
  • Andrew Weibrecht '03, 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics, Alpine Skiing (Bronze Medal (2010), Silver Medal (2014): Super G)
  • Edward Platt 1916-1974 Actor who was best known for playing ”The Chief” in the television show Get Smart.


  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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