Phillips Exeter Academy

John Phillips, the founder of Phillips Exeter Academy
First Academy Building c. 1910, where the school opened in 1783
Exeter baseball team in 1881, including a student from the Chinese Educational Mission
Edward S. Harkness, benefactor
1909 advertisement for the school
The Academy Building
The Class of 1945 Library
Phillips Church in 1911
View from the tower of Phillips Church in 1911, showing Alumni Hall (1903, now Mayer Art Center), and third Academy Building (1872–1914)
Abbot Hall
Student body, Phillips Exeter Academy, ca. 1903
Letter from President Abraham Lincoln to Mary Todd Lincoln, written from Exeter, where Lincoln was visiting son Robert Todd Lincoln, then an Exeter student. March 1860
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Highly selective, coeducational independent school for boarding and day students in grades 9 through 12, and offers a secondary postgraduate program.

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Phillips Academy

Co-educational university-preparatory school for boarding and day students in grades 9–12, along with a post-graduate (PG) year.

Student body, Phillips Andover, 1910
Phillips Academy elm tree, which is estimated to be at least 200 years old
A view of Samuel Phillips Hall
Andover Battalion cadets training at the school, 1918
Graves Hall
Visitors by the American elm in front of the library (May 2020)
Western dormitory quadrangle ("West Quad").
Winslow Homer's Eight Bells, part of the Addison Gallery's Permanent Collection
Central campus at Andover
An Andover crew races on the Merrimack River.
Andover football team posing for The Phillipian, 1883
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Phillips Academy is the oldest incorporated academy in the United States, established in 1778 by Samuel Phillips Jr. His uncle, Dr. John Phillips, later founded Phillips Exeter Academy in 1781.

Harkness table

Teaching and learning method involving students seated in a large, oval configuration to discuss ideas in an encouraging, open-minded environment with only occasional or minimal teacher intervention.

Instructor and students at Techie Youth, engaged in the Harkness discussion-based teaching method
Students and instructor seated around a Harkness table at The College Preparatory School in Oakland, California
Students at The Episcopal School of Dallas engaged around a Harkness table.

Developed at Phillips Exeter Academy, the method's name comes from the oil magnate and philanthropist Edward Harkness, who presented the school with a monetary gift in 1930.

George Plimpton

American journalist, writer, literary editor, actor and occasional amateur sportsman.

Plimpton in 1977
Plimpton with Herb Caen and Ann Moller in 1993

After St. Bernard's School, Plimpton attended Phillips Exeter Academy (from which he was expelled just shy of graduation), and Daytona Beach High School, where he received his high school diploma, before entering Harvard College in July 1944.

Edward Harkness

American philanthropist.

Harkness circa 1912
Harkness House in New York, now home of The Commonwealth Fund
Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia
King Tutankhamun's sarcophagus
Butler Library at Columbia University
Harkness Eolia Mansion in Waterford, Connecticut

He was a major benefactor to Columbia University, Yale University, Harvard University, Phillips Exeter Academy, St. Paul's School, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the University of St Andrews in Scotland.

Exeter, New Hampshire

Town in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States.

The Gilman Garrison House in 1906
A Declaration of Rights and Plan of Government for the State of New-Hampshire, adopted by New Hampshire Convention at Exeter, June 1779
Jude Hall memorial stone
Phillips Church in 1911
Exeter High School
Town Offices {{circa|1912}}
Squamscott Falls in 1907
Phillips Exeter in 1910
Linden Street {{circa|1909}}
Exeter Town Hall, September 2008
Powder House, 1936
Giddings Tavern, 1935
Liberty Emery House, 1935
Simeon Folsom House, 1935
First Congregational Church, {{circa|1870}}
Lower falls in winter, {{circa|1870}}
Town Hall, {{circa|1870}}
Bellows House, Front Street, {{circa|1870}}
Robinson Female Seminary, now defunct, {{circa|1870}}
Front Street, {{circa|1870}}
Phillips Exeter Academy, {{circa|1870}}

Home to Phillips Exeter Academy, a private university-preparatory school, Exeter is situated where the Exeter River becomes the tidal Squamscott River.

Ralph Adams Cram

Prolific and influential American architect of collegiate and ecclesiastical buildings, often in the Gothic Revival style.

Cram in 1911
Cover of Time magazine (December 13, 1926)
Original design: Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City. The tower over the crossing has never been completed.
First Unitarian Society of Newton, Massachusetts (1905)
House of the Rising Sun, Fall River, Massachusetts, c.1890
Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Detroit, 1908
Church of the Covenant in the University Circle neighborhood of Cleveland, 1911
Cathedral of St. John the Divine, NYC; design taken over by Cram in 1911
Princeton University Chapel, 1928
Sayles Memorial Library in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, 1902
Hunt Memorial Library, Nashua, New Hampshire, c. 1906
Princeton University Graduate College, 1911-13
Lucius Beebe Memorial Library, Wakefield, Massachusetts, 1922
Julia Ideson Building, Houston Public Library, Houston, Texas, 1926
Archbold Infirmary, The Choate School, Wallingford, Connecticut, 1928
Rothschild Memorial Archway, Princeton University, c. 1929-1930

He was educated at Augusta, Hampton Falls, Westford Academy, which he entered in 1875, and Phillips Exeter Academy.

John Phillips (educator)

John Phillips (December 27, 1719 – April 21, 1795) was an early American educator and the cofounder of Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, along with his wife, Elizabeth Phillips.

John Taylor Gilman

Farmer, shipbuilder and statesman from Exeter, New Hampshire.

Broadside proclamation from Governor Gilman, Exeter, 1794

He was president of the board of trustees of Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, New Hampshire, 1795–1827, and donor of the oldest property, the 'Yard,' upon which the older buildings stand.

Nicholas Gilman

American Founding Father, a soldier in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, a delegate to the Continental Congress, and a signer of the U.S. Constitution, representing New Hampshire.

Order by Nicholas Gilman, Treasurer of New Hampshire, Exeter, 1781
Coat of Arms of Nicholas Gilman
Portrait miniature of Gilman painted by John Ramage, c. 1790. Winterthur Museum
Exeter, New Hampshire, home of Hon. Nicholas Gilman
General orders of George Washington: the bottom section (May 24, 1779) names Captain Nicholas Gilman, of the Third New Hampshire Regiment as assistant to the adjutant general

He was a member of the United States House of Representatives during the first four Congresses and served in the U.S. Senate from 1805 until his death in 1814.His brother John Taylor Gilman was also very active in New Hampshire politics, serving as Governor of New Hampshire for 14 years, as well as a principal benefactor of Phillips Exeter Academy.

Amos Alonzo Stagg

American athlete and college coach in multiple sports, primarily American football.

Stagg in 1906
Stagg (far left) on Yale's 1888 team
Stagg in 1899
Stagg invented the end-around play (diagram pictured), and published the first book with plays diagrammed

Stagg was born in a poor Irish neighborhood of West Orange, New Jersey, and matriculated at Phillips Exeter Academy.