Town School for Boys
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|Town School For Boys|
|2750 Jackson Street|
San Francisco, CA
|Head of School||Lorri Hamilton Durbin|
|Student to teacher ratio||11:1|
|Color(s)||Blue and White|
The school was established in 1939 by parents from the recently closed privately owned Damon School, and in 1938–39 was known as the Tamalpais Junior School. Town School for Boys is considered a college preparatory institution for boys in San Francisco. The school is well respected nationally, and has a thriving teacher training program called the New Teacher Institute, founded in 1990. The enrollment of over 400 boys is divided into 9 grades, K - 8, with two classes per grade.
Notable faculty include Gurdon Woods, later head of the San Francisco Art Institute, and Robert Nowe, who was the inspiration for Canin's novel The Palace Thief, which was made into the film The Emperor's Club starring Kevin Kline.
Heads of School
- 1938-1957, Edwin M. Rich
- 1957- 1962, Robert M. Kimball
- 1962-1963, Dr. Harold E. Merrick
- 1963-1965, Samuel Hazard
- 1965-1967, Marshall Umpleby
- 1967-1989, David L. Pratt
- 1989-2016, W. Brewster Ely
- 2016-2017, Lila B. Lohr, Interim
- 2017-present, Lorri Hamilton Durbin
- Sally Kuchar, "The Town School for Boys Will Temporarily Takes Over Old Exploratorium Space", Curbed SF, February 22, 2013.
- Neal Riley, "Lease agreement for temporary Palace of Fine Arts tenant approved", City Insider blog, San Francisco Examiner, February 21, 2013.
- Thomas Albright, Art in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945–1980: An Illustrated History, Berkeley: University of California, 1985, ISBN 9780520051935, pp. 58–59.
- Ruthie Stein, "Ethan Canin's school story makes the grade in Hollywood / 'Emperor's Club' inspired by teacher at Town School", San Francisco Chronicle, November 22, 2002.
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