Milton Academy

Milton Academy (also known as Milton) is a highly selective, coeducational, independent preparatory, boarding and day school in Milton, Massachusetts consisting of a grade 9–12 Upper School and a grade K–8 Lower School. Boarding is offered starting in 9th grade. It is a highly selective school, accepting only 14% of applicants in the 2020–21 school year.[1] Historically, it has been an unofficial feeder school for Harvard University.[2]

Milton Academy
Milton Academy Seal.jpg
170 Centre Street


TypeIndependent, boarding and day
MottoDare to be True
Established1798; 224 years ago (1798)
Head of SchoolTheodorick ("Todd") B. Bland
Faculty127 (Upper School)
Grades9–12 (Upper School)
K–8 (Lower School)
Enrollment675 (Upper School)
50% boarding, 50% day

287 (Lower School)
967 (Total)
Average class size14 students (Upper School)
Student to teacher ratio5:1 (Upper School)
Campus size125 acres (0.51 km2)
Campus typeSuburban,
Color(s)Orange and Blue
Athletics25 Interscholastic sports
Team nameMustangs
RivalNoble and Greenough
Endowment$520 million
Annual tuitionUpper School
$64,800 (boarding)
$55,560 (day)
AlumniOld Miltonians

Milton is a member of the Independent School League (ISL). Milton's historic athletic rival is Noble and Greenough.


The original Milton Academy was founded by a Massachusetts bill granting a charter in 1798, but operations ceased in 1866[3] with the opening of the public Milton High School. The academy, however, was re-established in 1884 on a new 125-acre site by John Murray Forbes, with the approval of the old board of trustees.[4]


Milton offers 15 interscholastic sports for both boys and girls each, as well as nine intramural teams.[5] It is a member of both the Independent School League and the New England Schools Sailing Association division of the Interscholastic Sailing Association. Since 1886, Milton's traditional rival has been the Noble and Greenough School of Dedham. Recently, the ultimate team was ranked seventh in the nation and the varsity football team "entered the 2005 season with the best ten-year record of all ISL prep programs". Between 1998 - 2004 and led by coach Herb Chennel, The Boys' Tennis Team won the ISL Championship 6 times, and The New England Intercollegiate Tennis Championship 6 times. During that time Milton amassed a record of 74 wins and 1 loss. More than 10 players from those teams went on to Division I tennis careers.[6] The coed sailing team has won two national championships—one in team racing and one in fleet racing.[7] They have also won team racing worlds in 2015. Milton's boys' hockey team has had several players go on to successful professional careers, most notably 12-year NHLer Marty McInnis and current Boston Bruin Josh Hennessy.[8][9] In 2011, Milton's boys hockey team won the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) championship. The team featured two NHL draft picks: Patrick McNally and Rob O'Gara. In 2012, the Girls' Cross Country team placed 1st and the Boys' Cross Country team placed 2nd in the ISL, earning the team's highest finish in 25 years. In 2013 the Girls Track & Field team clinched the ISL title while the Boys did the same in 2015. The Boys' Varsity Soccer team earned a first-round bid in the playoffs for the NEPSC in 2013. In 2014 they went undefeated until a semi-final elimination in the playoffs but returned to a perfect untied and unbeaten 22–0 season the following year, earning the ISL title, the New England Class A championship and the ISL Sportsmanship award.


In February 2017, the academy announced the results of a nine-month sexual misconduct investigation by T&M Protection Resources. The firm interviewed 60 alumni, parents, current and former staff and came to the conclusion that four former employees had engaged in illegal sexual conduct with students in the 1970s and 80s. The most egregious abuse came from a drama teacher named Reynold Buono who had abused at least 12 male students before being terminated by the school in 1987.[10] On June 27, 2018, Buono was arraigned in Norfolk Superior Court on three counts of rape of a child and three counts of rape of a child with force. Six of those counts were reversed in 2019 and four were reinstated in 2020 by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.[11] The original District Attorney alleged the rapes happened while Buono was teaching at the school between 1975 and 1987. Buono was terminated in 1987 after admitting to molesting a student and had been living in southeast Asia.[12]

In 2005, the school expelled five members of the boys varsity ice hockey team for rape/sexual assault of a female student. Following the county criminal investigation and prosecution by the state of Massachusetts, the three defendants over the age of 18 were found guilty of rape in adult court, and the two who were 16 at the time of the incident were found guilty in juvenile court.[13][14] This incident was used for fictional accounts in both print[15] and a Lifetime movie.[16]

Notable alumniEdit


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  2. ^ "10 of the Best Boarding Schools in the US". Hong Kong Tatler. Retrieved 2020-09-27.
  3. ^ "Milton Academy, 1930, Historical Sketch" Retrieved July 4, 2017.
  4. ^ Hale, Richard Walden (1948). Milton Academy, 1798–1948. The Academy. Archived from the original on 23 February 2017. Retrieved 23 February 2017.
  5. ^ Milton Athletics Archived 2011-09-02 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Milton Academy Archived 2006-09-03 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Inter-Scholastic Sailing Association (ISSA) Archived 2011-07-19 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ NHL
  9. ^ NHL
  10. ^ Saltzman, Jonathan (2017-02-21). "Milton Academy discloses sexual misconduct by former employees". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2017-02-21.
  11. ^ DiFazio, Joe. "Court reinstates child rape charges against former Milton Academy teacher". The Patriot Ledger, Quincy, MA. Retrieved 2020-05-06.
  12. ^ Smyth, Sean; Crimaldi, Laura (2018-06-27). "Ex-Milton Academy teacher accused of rape is back in US". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2018-06-27.
  13. ^ "Milton Academy rocked by expulsions". Archived from the original on March 18, 2013.
  14. ^ "Charges put spotlight back on Milton Academy scandal". Archived from the original on June 30, 2006.
  15. ^ Abigail Jones; Marissa Miley (28 August 2007). Restless Virgins. ISBN 978-0-06-119205-0. LCCN 2007021120. OCLC 137260067. OL 17944664M. Wikidata Q108668881.
  16. ^ Leddy, Chuck (2007-09-13). "'Restless Virgins' explores sex subculture at exclusive prep school". The Boston Globe.
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-05-27. Retrieved 2015-05-26.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  18. ^ "Parents of Alumni (2012-2013) | Milton Academy Annual Report".
  19. ^ "John Avlon". The Daily Beast.
  20. ^ Paul Anthony Theis, Edmund Lee Henshaw, Who's Who in American Politics, Volume 2, 1991, page 1657
  21. ^ "The rise and fall of Twitter's most infamous right-wing troll". Mother Jones. Retrieved 2015-10-09.

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