Bordentown Military Institute

The Bordentown Military Institute was a private high school in Bordentown, New Jersey, United States, from 1881 to 1973.


The institute was created in 1881, when Reverend William Bowen purchased the Spring Villa Female Seminary building and reopened it as the Bordentown Military Institute. In 1972, it was merged with the Lenox School in Lenox, Massachusetts. The combined entity was shut down the following year as the Vietnam War reduced the popularity of a military education.[1]

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ "Bordentown Military Institute Alumni Association". Bordentown Military Institute Alumni Association. Retrieved March 22, 2010. Founded in 1881, the Bordentown Military Institute operated as an independent military school in Bordentown, New Jersey, for 91 years. In 1972, it merged with the Lenox School in Lenox, Massachusetts. Bordentown/Lenox was in existence for only one year, however, closing its doors completely in June 1973.
  2. ^ Joe Duckworth, Accessed November 9, 2018. "High School: Bloomfield (NJ), Bordentown Military Institute (NJ)"
  3. ^ "Col. Vincent Kramer, decorated Marine veteran", New Jersey Hills, October 11, 2001. Accessed June 29, 2020. "Vincent R. Kramer, 83, of the Basking Ridge section of Bernards Township, died on Monday, Sept. 17, 2001, at Morris Hills Multicare Center in Morristown. Born in Paterson, he attended the Bordentown Military Institute and Rutgers College under football scholarships."
  4. ^ a b c Fischer, Rich. "Bordentown Military Institute alumni to gather this month", Community News, September 26, 2018. "Leading the list is NFL Hall of Famer Floyd Little. Then there is two-time All-Star Chris Short, who won 83 games with the Phillies from 1964-68 and still owns the franchise record of 15 strikeouts in one game. Former Phils and Cubs manager Lea Elia was another baseball star, along with Trenton Thunder owner Joe Plumeri. Other football entries included Eagles All-Pro Stan Walters, the Giants’ Tom Longo and the Bills’ Paul Costa."
  5. ^ "Douglas Palmer". City Mayors. Retrieved March 22, 2010. Douglas Palmer was born in Trenton and attended Trenton Public Schools. He then graduated from Bordentown Military Institute in Bordentown, New Jersey. He is a graduate of Virginia’s private black college Hampton University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management in 1973. ...
  6. ^ Nowlin, Bill. "Jack Robinson", Society for American Baseball Research. Accessed September 11, 2019 "Jack, the nickname he reported on his player questionnaire for the National Baseball Hall of Fame, attended the Demarest and Park Grammar Schools, then Bloomfield High School (graduating in 1939), and then spent a year at the Bordentown Military Institute."
  7. ^ Chris Short biography from the SABR Baseball Biography Project