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Why The Family Boarding School

A dormitory hall celebrates a birthday for a hall resident and the dorm parent's son
The Hill School was founded in 1851 as “The Family Boarding School for Boys and Young Men.” The Hill was the first boarding school in the United States where students and faculty lived together, under the same roof, in a family setting – a tradition that remains every bit as strong today.

With respect to the School’s history, The Hill still is referred to as The Family Boarding Schoolwith Hill students and employees maintaining a strong sense of community on campus. The School’s purposefully small class sizes, small group meetings with advisers, and traditions such as seated meals and Chapel services that frequently bring the School community together allow students to forge strong friendships with each other and students and faculty to form strong, trust-based relationships. Visitors often state that they are impressed by the extraordinary sense of community and camaraderie at The Hill.

Tuesday nights are “Family Night” in the dormitories. During Family Nights, students take a break from the regular evening study routine to participate in dorm-bonding activities such as board games or going to Mercer Field House to play dodge ball. Occasionally, dorm parents will provide food for “hall feeds” on Family Night.

The Family Boarding School extends beyond daily school life at The Hill. More than 30 percent of current Hill students have a legacy connection to the School, and The Hill boasts an extensive alumni network that holds numerous annual regional events, allowing alumni to stay connected after graduating from The Hill. Reunion Weekend also is a well-attended event that occurs each June, bringing together generations of Hill alumni and their families from across the country and around the world as they come “home” to The Hill School. 

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