Fay School is an independent, coeducational day and boarding school, located on a 66-acre (270,000 m2) campus some 25 miles (40 km) from Boston in Southborough, Massachusetts. Fay opened its Primary School (Pre-K to Grade Two) in 2010[2][3] and moved its 6th grade into the Lower School program (now 3rd to 6th) in the 2012–13 school year.[4]

Fay School
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48 Main Street


Coordinates42°18′17″N 71°31′59″W / 42.30472°N 71.53306°W / 42.30472; -71.53306Coordinates: 42°18′17″N 71°31′59″W / 42.30472°N 71.53306°W / 42.30472; -71.53306
TypeJunior boarding school
MottoPoteris Modo Velis
(You Can If You Will)
FounderEliza Burnett Fay
Harriet Burnett
Head of SchoolRobert J. Gustavson Jr.
Average class size14
Student to teacher ratio6:1
Campus30 acre main campus, 36 acre athletic campus
Campus typeSuburban
Color(s)Red and White[1]
Athletics conferenceNew England Preparatory School Athletic Conference
Endowment$45 Million


Fay school was founded in 1866 by sisters Eliza Burnett Fay and Harriet Burnett in a former parsonage of the Unitarian church, across from St. Mark's School, where traditionally Fay students were educated to attend.[5] The first year, the school had five day students and two boarders. At Eliza Fay's death in September, 1896, her son, Waldo B. Fay, became headmaster. Under him, the school sizably grew, adding a new dormitory, school room, and library. He was succeeded by Edward W. Fay, Waldo B. Fay's son in 1918. In 1922, the school was officially incorporated,[5] and the ownership of the school was transferred from the Fay family to the newly formed board of trustees.[6]

Harrison L. Reinke became the first headmaster not in the Fay family since its foundation in 1942. He was succeeded by A. Brooks Harlow Jr., in 1969. The school became fully coeducational in 1977, having implemented a pilot program for girls in 1972. Girls had previously attended the school as day students through the late 19th century.[7] Stephen V.A. Samborski became the sixth headmaster in 1988, who was followed by Stephen C. White in 1990. The Root Academic Center, the main academic building of the campus, was constructed in 2001. In 2008, Robert J. Gustavson Jr. became the eighth and current headmaster.[6] In 2010, the primary school was opened.[7]

Campus facilitiesEdit

The school is situated on a 30-acre main campus, with a nearby 36-acre athletic campus. There are ten fields, eight tennis courts, four basketball courts, two pools, and outdoor high and low ropes courses, along with two fitness centers and an indoor rock climbing wall. Its two libraries combined contain over 18,000 volumes. There are six dormitories, where students from 7th to 9th grade may live.[8]

Notable alumniEdit


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  6. ^ a b "Fay School's 150th Anniversary, 1866–2016 HISTORY". fay150.fayschool.org. Retrieved 2017-08-16.
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  10. ^ "Singer-Songwriter Eric Chou '10 Releases Second Album".
  11. ^ http://www.fayschool.org/ftpimages/486/download/2010_Fay%20Magazine%20Spring%202010%20-%20low%20res.pdf
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  13. ^ "St. Mark's School:Tarah Donoghue '00 Prize Day Speaker". stmarksschool.org. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  14. ^ https://www.fayschool.org/page/about/the-power-of-tradition
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  18. ^ "Topher Grace". NewHampshire.com. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
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  20. ^ Hevesi, Dennis (23 June 2009). "Heyward Isham, a Negotiator With Hanoi, Dies at 82". The New York Times.
  21. ^ "Duke University – Religious Studies: People". duke.edu. Archived from the original on 7 October 2013. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  22. ^ "David McKean '72 Appointed United States Ambassador to Luxembourg". 2016-07-31. Retrieved 2016-09-07.
  23. ^ "Nicholas Negroponte – One Laptop per Child". laptop.org. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  24. ^ "Complete Biographical Encyclopedia of Pulitzer Prize Winners 1917 – 2000". google.com. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
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Further readingEdit

  • Steward, Scott C. The Fay School: A History, 1866–1986. Southborough, MA: The Trustees of Fay School, 1988.

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