Maclay School is an independent, non-sectarian college-preparatory school[1] in Tallahassee, Florida.

Maclay School
3737 North Meridian Road


United States
Coordinates30°31′24″N 84°16′30″W / 30.5232548°N 84.2749003°W / 30.5232548; -84.2749003
NCES School ID00260954[3]
PrincipalJames Milford, Head of School
GradesPreK –12
Student to teacher ratio11.2[1]
Color(s)Blue and white
Annual tuitionRanges from $9,600 (preschool) to $18,000 (international students)[2]

aerial view

History edit

In the late 1960s, a group of white parents raised funds[4] to create a segregation academy in response to the federally mandated racial integration of Leon County Schools.[5] Its working name was Capital City Day School, but this was changed before opening to Maclay School,[6] after Alfred B. Maclay Jr., a World War II veteran whose mother was a major benefactor[7] and whose father's estate became Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park.[8] The school's campus is bounded on two sides by the park.[9]

Construction on the first campus buildings was completed in a year and a half for $150,000 ($1,262,297 today[10]),[6] allowing the school to open on September 9, 1968, with eight teachers and 138 students.[6] Headmaster William A.P. "Bill" Thompson Jr. said admission was open to anyone, based on I.Q., school transcripts, and ability to do college-prep work.[11] In 1970, the school had 170 students, all white.[12] Thompson told the Tallahassee Democrat newspaper that the school had a non-discriminatory admissions policy but that just one Black person had ever applied and that the prospective student was not accepted.[13] He also said that although other local private schools had been rapidly expanding to accommodate white parents looking to move their children out of integrated schools, Maclay would stick to its plan for "orderly growth."[13]

In 1973, when per capita personal income in Leon County was $4,815,[14] annual tuition at Maclay was $775 for the lower school and $875 for the upper school.[15] The school confirmed to the Tallahassee Democrat that no black yonungsters were enrolled there.[15]

By 1974, the school's 394 students[16] included at least one Black person: 14-year-old Deryk Jones, who told the Tallahassee Democrat that he had been warmly received.[17] In 1976, the school had two Black students,[18] and by 1979, when the student body had grown past 600,[19] there were five.[17] Assistant headmaster Robert Webster told the newspaper that he couldn't say whether the school had been "founded on principles that are prejudicial or biased" but said it had an open admissions policy since he had joined the school in 1970. "We'd like to have more blacks enrolled," he said. "Our problem is that we only get two or three applications a year."[17]

The school added a new $150,000 building wing in 1970.[20] In 1977, the senior class bought a used double-decker bus at auction for $601 ($2,902 today[10]) and converted it for use as a campus lounge.[21] In 1979, the 48-acre campus[22] expanded to 75 acres.[23]

In 2019, the school opened the Beck Family Research Center, which includes classrooms made of recycled shipping containers. In 2020, the school opened the 20,000-square-foot, $7.5 million Beck Family Innovation Center for the school's iTHINK curriculum. The center includes an aquarium, science labs, administrative offices, a common room, a coffee shop, and an art gallery.[24]

Academics edit

The school, as of the 2022-2023 academic year, offers 28 Advanced Placement classes. The SAT average for the class of 2021 was 1278, compared to the state-wide average of 999 and national average of 1058.[citation needed] The ACT average for the class of 2021 was 26.5, compared to the state-wide average of 20.1 and national average of 20.6.[citation needed]

Student body edit

In 2022, the school had a student population of 1,051. Almost 30 percent of the student body was made up of minorities from various cultures and ethnicities. Some 6% of the student body was Black[1] in a county whose population was 30% Black.[25]

Accreditations edit

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), since 1978[26]
  • Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS), since the mid-1970s[26]
  • Florida Kindergarten Council
  • Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS)
  • Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA)
  • National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC)
  • Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools (ACCIS)
  • Southern Association of College Admissions Counselors (SACAC)
  • National Career Development Association (NCDA)

Athletics edit

The Maclay Marauders participate in the Florida High School Athletic Association. The athletic teams have combined for 36 state titles and the school has been named the Sunshine State Top 3A/4A Private School Athletic Program in Florida 10 times.[1]

Sports offered by Maclay School include:[27]

  • Boys: lacrosse, baseball, football, soccer, tennis, basketball, golf, cross country, swimming, weightlifting, track and field
  • Girls: volleyball, soccer, lacrosse, tennis, basketball, cross country, golf, swimming, weightlifting, track and field

Notable alumni edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Maclay School Profile, 2021-22" (PDF). Maclay School. Retrieved September 8, 2022.
  2. ^ "Tuition and Affordability - Maclay School". Retrieved 2022-09-09.
  3. ^ "Search for Private Schools – School Detail for Maclay School". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved February 9, 2022.
  4. ^ Malcolm Johnson (1 Dec 1968). "Talk of Quality Education". Boca Raton News. p. 4. Retrieved 2022-09-09 – via
  5. ^ Glenda Alice Rabby (1999). The Pain and the Promise: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Tallahassee, Florida. Athens, Georgia: University of Georgia Press. p. 255. ISBN 082032051X
  6. ^ a b c "Classes Begin at Maclay Monday". Tallahassee Democrat. 8 September 1968. p. 6. Retrieved 2022-09-09 – via
  7. ^ "History - Maclay School". Retrieved 2022-01-11.
  8. ^ "Alfred B. Maclay Gardens". 2005-08-26. Archived from the original on 2005-08-26. Retrieved 2022-09-09.
  9. ^ "Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park". Florida State Parks. Retrieved 2022-01-11.
  10. ^ a b 1634–1699: McCusker, J. J. (1997). How Much Is That in Real Money? A Historical Price Index for Use as a Deflator of Money Values in the Economy of the United States: Addenda et Corrigenda (PDF). American Antiquarian Society. 1700–1799: McCusker, J. J. (1992). How Much Is That in Real Money? A Historical Price Index for Use as a Deflator of Money Values in the Economy of the United States (PDF). American Antiquarian Society. 1800–present: Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved February 29, 2024.
  11. ^ "Action line questions". Tallahassee Democrat. 2 December 1968. p. 2. Retrieved 2022-09-09 – via
  12. ^ Pamela Amlong (19 February 1970). "Tuition Grant Goal of Group". Tallahassee Democrat. p. 13. Retrieved 2022-09-09 – via
  13. ^ a b Hettie Cobb (18 January 1970). "Parents seek private schools for children". Tallahassee Democrat. p. 23. Retrieved 2022-09-09 – via
  14. ^ U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (1969-01-01). "Per Capita Personal Income in Leon County, FL". FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Retrieved 2022-09-09.
  15. ^ a b "Action line". Tallahassee Democrat. 25 March 1973. p. 2. Retrieved 2022-09-09 – via
  16. ^ Diane Conklin (6 October 1974). "Leon Private Schools Flourish despite Inflation". Tallahassee Democrat. p. 57. Retrieved 2022-09-09 – via
  17. ^ a b c Peter Racher (17 May 1979). "She Couldn't Even Pronounce 'Negro'". Tallahassee Democrat. p. 1. Retrieved 2022-09-09 – via
  18. ^ Brenda Jones (9 April 1976). "Ruling Wouldn't affect local schools". Tallahassee Democrat. p. 1. Retrieved 2022-09-09 – via
  19. ^ "Maclay is accredited". Tallahassee Democrat. 8 January 1978. p. 41. Retrieved 2022-09-09 – via
  20. ^ Sage Thigpen (5 October 1970). "At Maclay School Dedication: Status of education outlines". Tallahassee Democrat. p. 13. Retrieved 2022-09-09 – via
  21. ^ Becky Livingston (3 November 1979). "Bus becomes senior haven". Tallahassee Democrat. p. 27. Retrieved 2022-09-09 – via
  22. ^ "Advert". Tallahassee Democrat. 19 July 1978. p. 5. Retrieved 2022-09-09 – via
  23. ^ "Advert". Tallahassee Democrat. 22 July 1979. p. 5. Retrieved 2022-09-09 – via
  24. ^ CD Davidson-Hiers (December 2, 2020). "Maclay School in Tallahassee to open $7.5 million new classroom wing". Tallahassee Democrat. Retrieved February 21, 2023.
  25. ^ "Explore Census Data". Retrieved 2022-09-09.
  26. ^ a b "8 Jan 1978, 41 - Tallahassee Democrat at". Retrieved 2022-09-09.
  27. ^ "Marauder Teams - Maclay School".

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