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OCTOBER 2018


The Impressive result of The General’s Will

If one were to Google Thayer Academy, Braintree and check out Wikipedia they would find the following.  All thanks to the generosity of Gen. Sylvanus Thayer.

Thayer Academy (TA) is a prestigious private, co-educational, college-preparatory day school located in Braintree, Massachusetts, United States.  The academy, conceived in 1871 at the bequest of General Sylvanus Thayer, known as the father of the United States Military Academy at West Point, and founder of the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College, was established in 1877.  Thayer annually enrolls approximately 470 students in the Upper School (grades 9-12) and an additional 220 students in the Middle school (grades 6-8) and grade 5 commencing in the 2018-19 academic year.  The 34acre (14ha) campus is situated in the heart of Braintree and consists of eight buildings and 54 classrooms.  Students are drawn primarily from Boston’s Metro West and South Shore communities.

History
General Thayer, born in Braintree, Massachusetts, graduated as valedictorian from both Dartmouth College and the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.  General Thayer was dedicated to hard work, and at the age or 17, he taught in the local schools of Hanover, New Hampshire to earn money to pay for college – an early sign of the importance he attached to teaching and education.  He was Superintendent of the Military Academy at West Point from 1817-1833.  General Thayer’s 1871 will provided for the creation of Thayer Academy, and on September 12, 1877, the Academy opened its doors to 30 students in what is now Main Building.



Then and Now


Postcard of The Hollis Elementary School built in 1912


Picture of Hollis Elementary School as it appears now in 2018

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