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Taft School
Non ut sibi ministretur sed ut ministret

Not to be served but to serve

Watertown, Connecticut, USA
Type Co-ed, Private, Boarding
Religious affiliation None
Established 1890
Headmaster William R. MacMullen '78
Faculty 117
Enrollment 570

Boarding: 464

Day: 106

Average class size 11
Student:teacher ratio 5:1
Campus 220 acres (.89 km2)
Color(s) Maroon, Navy Blue
Athletics 27 Interscholastic
Mascot Rhino
Average SAT scores Verbal: 634
Math: 655

The Taft School is a private, coeducational prep school located in Watertown, Connecticut, USA. The school was founded by Horace Dutton Taft in 1890. It has 570 students, about 470 of whom live on the 220-acre (0.89 km2) campus. Taft is a member of the Ten Schools Admissions Organization. Horace Taft was the brother of William Howard Taft, the 27th President of the United States and the 10th Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.


Campus and facilities

The campus is located in Watertown, Connecticut, and is approximately 220 acres (0.89 km2) in size. It includes two theaters, an 18-hole golf course, 12 tennis courts, 8 squash courts, 2 fieldhouses, 2 ice hockey rinks, (1 Olympic sized and 1 NHL sized), and more than 10 fields all situated around Potters Pond.[1]


There are eight dorms on the Taft Campus. There are 3 boys' dorms including Charles Phelps Taft (CPT), Horace Dutton Taft (HDT), and ISP. There are 5 girls' dorms including Mac, Centennial, Congdon, Vogelstein (Vogue), and Upper School Girls' Dormitory (USGD/The Rock).


In 2008, Taft has 577 students from 33 states and 21 foreign countries.[2] The school hosts students in 9th through 12th grades as well as post-graduate (PG) students. Students are referred to by their grade's common name such as Lower Mids, Mids, Upper Mids, and Seniors. A dress code (pithily summarized by the "collared shirt,no sweatshirts, no denim" dictum) is required for all students. Semi-formal attire is required for sit down dinners. There are currently 470 boarders and 109 day students. In 2009, the senior class graduated 171 students.


The faculty at the Taft School includes 69 men and 48 women, a total of 117 teachers.[2] Consequently, there is a 5:1 student to teacher ratio.[2] The majority of the Taft faculty live on campus, in both private houses scattered across the grounds, or in apartments in the dorms. Each floor of each dorm has at least one faculty apartment.


The school's first building in Watertown: Photo courtesy of the Leslie Manning Archives/The Taft School

There are more than 207 academic courses offered at the Taft School. The average class consists of 11 students.[2] Advanced Placement Program courses are offered in 27 disciplines[2], including Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Spanish Literature, Spanish Language, French Literature, French Language, Latin, European History, American History, American Government, AB and BC Calculus, Statistics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics B and C, and Environmental Science, Studio Art, Music Theory, Music History, English Literature, Economics, and Computer Science AB.


Class of 2007

  • Average SAT Reasoning Test CR: 690[2]
  • Average SAT Reasoning Test Math: 670[2]
  • From the middle 50% of the class, combined SAT scores ranged from 1200–1450[2]

College acceptance

The Taft School's first building, circa 1910

From 1997 to 2007, Taft Seniors (165 per year on average) have matriculated in greatest numbers at the following colleges and universities: Georgetown (65); Boston College (55); Middlebury (56); Cornell (49); Brown (47); Harvard (40); Trinity College (39); Colgate (38); Hamilton (36); Colby (34); NYU (34);Yale (32); Columbia (31); Boston University (29); UVM (28); Vanderbilt (28); University of Pennsylvania (27); Bates (26); Princeton (26); University of Virginia (25); Bowdoin (23); Bucknell (23); Colorado College (22); Davidson (22); Williams (21); Tulane (21); Dartmouth (19);Carnegie-Mellon (18); Wesleyan (18); St. Lawrence (17); Tufts (17); University of Colorado (16); University of Richmond (16); Skidmore (15); Johns Hopkins (14); Amherst (14); Syracuse (14); Babson (14); Connecticut College (14); University of Chicago (14); Hobart and William Smith (13); Duke University (12); University of Michigan (12); University of North Carolina (12); George Washington University (12).[2]

Notable alumni


Arts and entertainment


Government officials

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Writing, journalism, and publishing


  1. ^ About The Taft School
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Taft Facts
  3. ^ Schoemer, Karen. "No Hair Spray, No Spangles", The New York Times, August 1, 1993. Accessed December 3, 2007. "Born and reared in Princeton, N.J., one of four sisters whose father, Chapin Carpenter, worked for Life magazine, Carpenter is suburban to the core. What's more, she attended private schools, including the Taft School in Connecticut, and graduated from Brown University."
  4. ^ Guide to the Deane Keller Papers : Finding Aid
  5. ^ John Schiff, A Philanthropist And Investment Banker, Dies - New York Times
  6. ^ Obituaries | Dilettante Oliver Hills Whitney, Dies At 75 | Seattle Times Newspaper
  7. ^ CRALEY, Nathaniel Neiman, Jr. - Biographical Information
  8. ^ MAILLIARD, William Somers - Biographical Information
  9. ^ a b Citation of Merit
  10. ^ Justice Flemming L. Norcott, Jr
  11. ^ Category
  12. ^ Harvard University Gazette
  13. ^ Common Good: Founder & Chair

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