Founded in 1851 as The Family Boarding School, The Hill School prepares young men and women from across the country and around the world for college, careers, and life. Within a family school environment and a rigorous liberal arts curriculum, we challenge our young people to work hard; think and reason; be fulfilled; serve the common good; and be prepared to lead as citizens of the world, uniquely guided by our motto: “Whatsoever things are true.”
- Student enrollment is 515 students, third form through post-graduate.
- 56% boys, 44% girls
- New students for 2014-2015: 177
- 79% / 21% boarding-to-day student ratio; all students must board for one year.
- Hill students are drawn from 26 states and 25 foreign countries.
- 37% students of color; 18% international
- 34% of students have a Hill legacy connection
- Student/teacher ratio: 7-1; Typical class size: 12-14 students; Largest class size: 20 students
- Advanced Placement subjects offered: 27.
- Each college adviser has approximately 35-40 advisees. College advisers are assigned during the winter
term of the fifth form (junior) year.
- The Hill has 73 teaching faculty members; 71% hold or are working toward advanced degrees. Nearly all
reside in dormitories serving as dorm parents, or in homes on campus.
- Students will explore a number of new courses including a team-taught AP Physics 1 with Pre-calculus Honors course;
introductory Arabic; pilot STEM initiatives; a financial literacy workshop for sixth formers; new offerings in the fine and
performing arts including term courses in animation, digital media, and Music Appreciation Through Technology; a course
on the history of jazz; and an English 4 Honors course on literature and religion.
- We offer 29 interscholastic sports programs; 3 club sports; 9 instrumental and vocal ensembles; and 3
theatrical productions per year.
- The Student Activities Office offers a wide variety of on-and off-campus opportunities to students.
- The Hill has a thriving community service program.
- School traditions include a dress code; twice-weekly nondenominational chapel services; and
seated family-style meals with faculty in the Dining Room.
- Day tuition: $36,900; Boarding tuition: $53,500
- About 40% of students receive financial aid.
- As of May 2014, The Hill School's endowment was approximately $153 million.
- The Hill School is accredited by the Middle States Association and the Ten Schools Admission Organization (TSAO).
- The Hill's campus is more than 200 acres, and includes two new artificial turf fields, a new 8-lane track,
and 11 new faculty homes.
- Current headmaster is Zachary G. Lehman, who arrived at Hill on July 1, 2012.
- Hill competes in the Mid-Atlantic Prep League for athletics, which includes Lawrenceville School (Lawrenceville, N.J.);
The Hun School (Princeton, N.J.); Mercersburg Academy (Mercersburg, Pa.); Peddie School (Hightstown, N.J.); and Blair Academy (Blairstown, N.J.).
- The Hill School motto is "Whatsoever things are true." (Philippians 4:8)
- The Hill School's first year of coeducation was 1998-1999.
- Pottstown has a population of approximately 22,000.
- The Hill School has 9,738 living alumni residing in all 50 states, and D.C., as well as 76 countries.
- Notable alumni include: Former Secretary of State James Baker III ’48; the late Lamar Hunt ’51, businessman,
owner and founder of the Kansas City Chiefs and a creator of the American Football League; Clark Hoyt ’60,
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, public editor of the New York Times, and former Washington editor of
Knight Ridder/Tribune Information Services, as well as classmate Norman Pearlstine ’60, former top editor of
Time, Inc. and The Wall Street Journal, current chief content officer of Time, Inc.; Tobias Wolff ’64, Stanford University
professor and critically acclaimed author of Old School and This Boy’s Life; F. Barton Harvey III ’67, former CEO
and Chairman of The Enterprise Foundation, a national network of 1,400 non-profit organizations that revitalizes
distressed communities; S. Roger Horchow ’45, Tony Award-winning Broadway producer and founder of the
mail-order catalogue the “Horchow Collection;" James Cromwell '58 Oscar-nominated actor; Manoj Bhargava '72,
philanthropist, entrepreneur, and founder of 5-Hour ENERGY; Oliver Stone ’64, Academy Award-winning producer/director;
Josiah Bunting III ’57, novelist, former School headmaster and college president, current president of the Harry Frank
Guggenheim Foundation and chairman of The English-Speaking Union of the United States; John Backus ’42, an
influential computer scientist and lead developer of the first high-level programming language (FORTRAN);
Robert Lovett 1914, the fourth United States Secretary of Defense; Juan Trippe 1917, the founder of Pan American Airlines;
and Edmund Wilson 1912, accomplished editor, book reviewer, and author.
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