Phillips Academy

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Phillips Academy (also known as Andover and Phillips Andover) is a coed high school for boarding and day students grades 9-12 located in Andover, Massachusetts, near Boston.

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Motto Non Sibi ("Not for Self")
Established 1778
School type Private
Head of School Barbara L. Chase
Location Andover, Mass., USA
Enrollment 1,083- 784 boarding, 299 day
Faculty 217
Campus Suburban, 500 acres (2 km²)
Athletics 30 sports
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Phillips Academy, commonly known as Andover, is one of the best private high schools in the United States, being that it is the oldest and considered by some to be the most prestigious. PA has one of the lowest overall acceptance rates, and one of the highest average SAT scores (avg. 1363). The school's endowment as of April 30, 2005 is approximately $620 million, making the per-student endowment almost $600,000; this figure is higher than the per-student endowments at Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, U-Penn, and Cornell. It has a history of educating America's elites for universities, particularly Yale University. While this traditional relationship has declined, Phillips Academy now prepares its graduates for a wide range of universities, including Harvard University (which now tops the list with 74 students matriculating in the last five years), Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Johns Hopkins University, New York University, Northwestern University, the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, MIT, and Princeton University. Andover has educated two American Presidents, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush.

Phillips Academy was founded during the American Revolution as an all-boys school in 1778 by Samuel Phillips, Jr. The great seal of the school was designed by Paul Revere. George Washington sent his nephews to the academy, and spoke at an assembly while visiting. John Hancock, the famous signer of the United States Declaration of Independence, signed the articles of incorporation.

Phillips Academy faces stiff competition from its sister school and traditional rival, Phillips Exeter Academy found in Exeter, New Hampshire. Exeter was established only three years after Andover in 1781 by Samuel Phillips' uncle, John.

PA's campus was laid out by Frederick Law Olmsted and is predominated by neo-Georgian architecture. The campus is centered around the Great Lawn, which spans several hectares. Some of the most architecturally notable campus structures include the Memorial Bell Tower, which is currently undergoing a $5 million renovation, Samuel Phillips Hall, Bullfinch Hall, and Pearson Hall.

Paul Revere incorporated the symbols of bees, a beehive, and the sun into the school's great seal. The school's primary Latin motto, Finis Origine Pendet, meaning "the end depends upon the beginning," is scrolled across the bottom of the seal. The school's second motto, Non Sibi, located in the sun, means "not for self." Phillips Academy was chartered to educate "qualified youth from every quarter."

Phillips Academy, offers a broad curriculum as well as a variety of extracurricular activities, ranging from the 30 competitive sports to various music ensembles to the campus newspaper and debate club. The academy recently completed a successful $208 million fundraising campaign called "Campaign Andover," which brought its endowment to around $550 million in 2004. Currently, Phillips Academy's endowment is valued at approximately $620 million (03.21.2005).

As a result of the movement to make secondary schools and colleges co-educational in the 1960s and 1970s, Phillips Academy merged with neighboring Abbot Academy in 1973. Abbot, which was founded in 1829 and named for Sarah Abbot, and was the first school for girls in New England. It educated elite American women for 144 years.

The name Andover is often used today to distinguish the school from Phillips Exeter Academy, Phillips Academy's sister school and rival in Exeter, New Hampshire.

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