|Roxbury Latin School|
|101 Saint Theresa Avenue
West Roxbury, MA, 02132
|Motto||Mortui Vivos Docent
(The dead teach the living)
|Headmaster||Kerry P. Brennan|
|Campus||Suburban, 120 acres|
|Color(s)||Jule's red, Sable black, white|
|Athletics conference||Independent School League (ISL)|
|Rivals||Noble and Greenough School and Belmont Hill School|
|Average SAT scores||2250|
|Average ACT scores||N/A|
The Roxbury Latin School is the oldest school in continuous operation in North America. The school was founded in Roxbury, Massachusetts by the Rev. John Eliot under a charter received from King Charles I of England. Since its founding in 1645, it has educated boys on a continuous basis.
Located since 1927 at 101 St. Theresa Avenue in the West Roxbury neighborhood of Boston, the school now serves close to 300 boys in grades seven through twelve. Eliot founded the school "to fit [students] for public service both in church and in commonwealth in succeeding ages," and the school continues to consider instilling a desire to perform public service among its principal missions.
The school's endowment is estimated at $143.8 million, the largest of any boys' school in the United States The school maintains a need-blind admissions policy, admitting boys without consideration of the ability of their families to pay the full tuition.
Other significant claims to fame are its students' high SAT scores. According to Peterson's Private Secondary Schools 2010, Roxbury Latin students scored a median of 2250 on the 2400 scale, believed to be the highest score of any school in the country. The July 2008 issue of the Roxbury Latin School Newsletter lists the SAT medians for the Class of 2008 as 750 Critical Reading, 750 Math, and 750 Writing. A 2004 piece in the Wall Street Journal noted Roxbury Latin for its acceptance rates at the most competitive universities, despite maintaining a low tuition relative to its peers ($17,900 in 2008-2009). In 2003, Worth magazine ranked Roxbury Latin as the #1 "feeder school" for elite universities, with a larger portion of its graduating class attending Princeton, Harvard, or Yale than any other school.
In 2008, the website PrepReview.com extended and updated the earlier survey by Worth magazine. Despite using more inclusive criteria in place of Worth's narrow focus on the Big Three, Roxbury Latin once again topped the rankings. PrepReview.com looked at the number of matriculants to all eight Ivy League undergraduate colleges as well as to MIT and Stanford. Roxbury Latin placed nearly half (45%) of its recent graduates among these institutions, the highest success rate of any secondary school in the world. The 2008 rankings by PrepReview.com placed Roxbury Latin first in all of the following categories: America's Top 50 High Schools, America's Best High Schools Ranked by SAT, and America's Best Private Day Schools. Additionally, PrepReview.com ranked Roxbury Latin first in the world among secondary schools for its students' success at gaining admission to Harvard University: in 2009, 20% of the graduating class at Roxbury Latin matriculated at Harvard.
Its previous headmaster, F. Washington Jarvis, who retired in the summer of 2004 after a 30-year tenure, published two books about Roxbury Latin: a history of the school and a collection of his speeches to boys at Roxbury Latin (With Love and Prayers). The title of the former, Schola Illustris, was the phrase Cotton Mather used to describe the school in 1690, following John Eliot's death. In addition to those books, Richard Walden Hale published Tercentenary History of the Roxbury Latin School in 1946. Roxbury Latin continues to hold a unique place in the history of American education.
The school has varsity, junior varsity and lower-level teams in football, cross country, soccer (fall), basketball, ice hockey, wrestling (winter), baseball, tennis, lacrosse, and track and field (spring).
The school has a wide variety of extra-curricular activities for its students to partake in. The Model United Nations program and the Debate and Public Speaking program are especially popular, with apporximately a hundred students in each. The school participates in many Model United Nations conferences and Debate tournaments every year. Another moderately popular activity is Botball, an annual inter-scholastic robotics competition. The school has done relatively well in recent years, placing 5th out of dozens of teams in the 2009 season.
The school has an extensive music program, available to students of all grades. There is junior chorus for seventh and eighth graders, and a chorus and a glee club for highschoolers. There is also a small a cappella group consisting of about fourteen singers called the Latonics that requires an audition. Additionally, there is a jazz band and several halls a year devoted to instrumental performances by students and faculty. Most of the students participate in the music program in some capacity.