Town School for Boys

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Coordinates: 37°47′30.67″N 122°26′24.42″W / 37.7918528°N 122.4401167°W / 37.7918528; -122.4401167

Town School For Boys
Town School for Boys.jpg
2750 Jackson Street
San Francisco, CA
Head of SchoolLorri Hamilton Durbin
Student to teacher ratio11:1
Color(s)Blue and White
MascotTown Tiger

Town School for Boys, located in San Francisco, California, is an independent school for boys from kindergarten through the eighth grade.

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.

While renovations took place in the 2013–14 school year, the school temporarily leased the space in the Palace of Fine Arts vacated by the Exploratorium.[1][2]

Notable alumni include Nick Traina, John Heinz, Ethan Canin, Mark Pirie, Deke Sharon, Alex Gansa, Ulrich Schmid-Maybach, Adam Stephens, and Tyson Vogel (members of indie band Two Gallants.)

Notable faculty include Gurdon Woods, later head of the San Francisco Art Institute,[3] 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.[4]

Heads of School[edit]

  • 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


  1. ^ Sally Kuchar, "The Town School for Boys Will Temporarily Takes Over Old Exploratorium Space", Curbed SF, February 22, 2013.
  2. ^ Neal Riley, "Lease agreement for temporary Palace of Fine Arts tenant approved", City Insider blog, San Francisco Examiner, February 21, 2013.
  3. ^ Thomas Albright, Art in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945–1980: An Illustrated History, Berkeley: University of California, 1985, ISBN 9780520051935, pp. 58–59.
  4. ^ 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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