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Gould Academy
Established 1836
Type Private co-educational residential secondary
Head of School Dan Kunkle
Faculty 40
Grades 8–12, PG
Location Church Street,
Bethel, Maine, USA
Coordinates 44°24′25″N 70°47′35″W / 44.40694°N 70.79306°W / 44.40694; -70.79306Coordinates: 44°24′25″N 70°47′35″W / 44.40694°N 70.79306°W / 44.40694; -70.79306
Campus Rural
Colors Blue and gold
Mascot Huskies

Gould Academy is a private, co-ed, college preparatory boarding and day school located in the small town of Bethel, Maine, United States. Founded in 1836, the school offers skiing and snowboarding programs, although unlike specialized "ski academies," it remains first and foremost a college-prep school.

The school serves grades 9–12, with a post-graduate program and an eighth-grade winter-term program for competitive skiers and snowboarders. About 240 students attend the school; of those; 45 percent come from Maine, 15 percent from elsewhere in New England, and the remaining 40 percent from other U.S. states or other countries. Noted alumni include author Robin McKinley, freestyle skier Dominic Arsenault and former U.S Ski Team member Bump Heldman.


Bethel High School opened its doors in 1835; the following year, as Bethel Academy, it accepted its first tuition-paying students, both locals and boarders. Reverend Daniel Gould left his $842 fortune to the school when he died in 1843 with the proviso that it be named for him; from then on it was known as Gould's Academy and eventually Gould Academy. Since the town of Bethel lacked a public high school, all local children were educated at Gould until 1969, when Telstar High School opened.

Notable alumni

Robin McKinley — a fantasy author especially known for her Newbery Medal-winning novel The Hero and the Crown.
Richard Dysart ’48 — an American actor, perhaps best known for his role as Leland McKenzie on the NBC legal drama L.A. Law.
Park Bom ’01 – Korean pop singer
• Arn Chorn Pond ’85 – Human rights activist
• Josh Wharton ’97 – Accomplished Alpine Climber
• Sasha Rearick ’95 – Head Alpine Coach, US Ski Team
Lafayette Grover – Former Governor of Oregon, Congressman and U.S. Senator
• Amy Lowry ’75 – Writer
• Brian Blake ’73 - Managing Director of Prada
• Margaret Joy Tibbetts ‘37 – First Female Ambassador



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