The Kiski School

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The Kiski School
Kiski School Logo.svg
Saltsburg, Pennsylvania
Type Private
Established 1888
Headmaster Christopher A. Brueningsen
Grades 9–12
Number of students 210
Campus Rural
Color(s) Black and White
Mascot Cougars
Endowment $10 million

The Kiski School, formally the Kiskiminetas Springs School after the Kiskiminetas River, is a private, all-male boarding school physically located in Loyalhanna Township, Pennsylvania, though it has a Saltsburg, Pennsylvania mailing address. It is about 40 miles (64 km) east of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is the oldest remaining non-military all-male boarding school in the United States.

The school has an enrollment of about 210, including grade 9-12 and postgraduate (PG) students About 35 percent of the student body are international students. There are 36 faculty members.


Andrew W. Wilson founded the Kiski School in 1888 on a wooded hill overlooking the Kiskiminetas River separating Westmoreland County from Indiana County, on land that had once been a summer resort and mineral spa. Forty-two students had graduated from Kiski by 1894; 26 of them went to Princeton. The original faculty consisted of just Wilson (who had graduated from Princeton and Pennsylvania Law School), and school co-founder R. W. Fair, who taught mathematics.

Dr. W. H. MacColl succeeded Wilson as president in 1930. J. L. Marks and Colonel J. J. Daub were also influential early faculty.

L. M. Clark was elected president of the school's board of trustees in 1941, and was appointed headmaster in 1942. Many campus additions and improvements were carried out under Clark's leadership. Upon his retirement in 1957, the assistant to the headmaster of Deerfield Academy, John A. Pidgeon, was chosen to succeed him.

Pidgeon led the school for 45 years, during which the school underwent additions and improvements to the facilities and a growth in academic reputation, as well as the school's endowment. Under Pidgeon, four new dormitories were built and others renovated, and a new classroom building, dining hall, library, fine arts center, and administrative complex were constructed. Other campus facilities include a baseball field, swimming pool, outdoor track, field house, nine-hole golf course, and the Swank Student Center, opened in 2009. The campus is wireless, and all students are provided with a laptop computer.

In 2005, Kiski reinstated a day student program that allows students to attend without having to reside on campus.

The school requires every student to participate in athletics. Among the sports offered are football, soccer, cross country, golf, wrestling, swimming, basketball, hockey, diving, lacrosse, baseball, track and field, and tennis. The school has 13 sports teams, including ten at the varsity level. There is also a summer golf camp.

Kiski boys live two to a room in one of seven dorms. Normally, there are two or more faculty members-as well as their families and pets-in each residence. Every Kiski boy eats meals with a faculty family and adheres to a coat-and-tie dress code.

Notable alumni[edit]


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  2. ^ "About Jack". Official Website of Jack Hanna. Archived from the original on 17 February 2007. Retrieved 24 February 2007. 
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  4. ^ Call, Andy (19 January 2002). "Massillon's Stuhldreher went on to become one of the 'Four Horsemen'". Canton Repository Website. Retrieved 25 February 2007. 
  5. ^ "James Clark". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 

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Coordinates: 40°29′13″N 79°27′25″W / 40.487°N 79.457°W / 40.487; -79.457