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Type  Private, Boarding, Day
Established  1848
Phone  +1 908-362-6121
Founded  1848
Religious affiliation(s)  Presbyterian
Faculty  89 (on FTE basis)
Number of students  460 (2015–2016)
Colors  Grey, White, Navy Blue
Blair Academy

Motto  Venite, Studete, Discite ("Come, Study, Learn")
Head of School  Christopher Fortunato 2013- present Chandler Hardwick 1989- 2013
Address  2 Park St, Blairstown, NJ 07825, USA
Similar  Lenape Valley Regional, Campus Kids, North Warren Regional, Newton High School, Pope John XXIII Regional

Blair academy life on the hilltop

Blair Academy is a private, coeducational, boarding and day school for students in high school for ninth through twelfth grades. The school's campus is situated on 463 acres (1.87 km2) in Blairstown Township, in rural Warren County, New Jersey, United States, approximately 60 miles (97 km) west of New York City.


As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 460 students and 89 classroom teachers, for a student–teacher ratio of 6:1. As of the 2013-14 school year, the school had an enrollment of 454 students and 59.6 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 7.6:1.

Blair academy campus


Blair’s academic program follows the traditional four-year college-preparatory plan. Diploma requirements are governed by college entrance requirements, and they ensure that all students graduate with an exposure to a wide variety of disciplines.

The academic year is divided into two semesters. To graduate, a four-year student must successfully complete the following units (with each semester yielding 1.5 credits): English, 12; mathematics, 9; modern or classical language, 6; laboratory science, 6; world history, 3; U.S. history, 6; arts, 4.5; religion, 1.5; and health, 1.5. Electives include area studies in Africa, Asian history, politics and government, computer science, environmental science, and the philosophy of religion. A full complement of courses is offered in the visual and performing arts. In addition, for every year a student attends Blair, he or she must complete 3 units of physical activity or athletics.

Individual participation is encouraged in small classroom sections, with an average class size of 11 students.


Blair primarily competes in the Mid-Atlantic Prep League (which includes Blair Academy, The Peddie School, The Lawrenceville School, The Hill School, Hun School of Princeton and Mercersburg Academy). Its traditional mascot is the "Buccaneer" (with the team called the Bucs) and the school colors are navy blue, white and grey. Blair's traditional arch-rival is The Peddie School of Hightstown, New Jersey. Since 1903, Blair and Peddie have competed in football, and the rivalry constitutes New Jersey’s oldest continuous prep football competition. Each November, the two schools vie for the coveted Kelley-Potter Cup by playing against one another in a fall sports competition.

During the days leading up to Peddie Day, spirit abounds at Blair. The campus is bedecked with banners hanging from windows, often poking fun at Peddie's Falcon mascot (known to Blair as the Peddie Chickens). On Peddie Day “Eve,” a spirited pep rally, torch procession and stories-high bonfire pave the way for a day of athletic competition. The Bonfire at Blair in the past has been over 80 feet (24 m) tall, however fire regulations prohibit such large fires now. On Peddie Day held at Peddie in November 2013, Blair claimed the Kelly-Potter Cup for the fourth straight year.

The most successful athletic program is wrestling. Under previous head wrestling coach Jeff Buxton, the team won 31 consecutive National Prep Titles (from 1981–2012) and produced a number of NCAA champions and Olympic gold medalist Robert B. Weaver. Most recently, Blair has produced PAC12 Champion Evan Martin Silver. He has gone on to wrestle for Stanford University after leading as wrestling team captain at Blair. The academy's wrestling team is considered one of the most successful high school wrestling program in the nation, winning 10 National Team Championships.

Over the past several years, Blair has developed a respected basketball program whose alums include three active NBA players: Luol Deng, Charlie Villanueva, and Royal Ivey.

Former Blair football player Dion Lewis was drafted in the 5th round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. He has received numerous honors in 2010 such as, Sporting News Top 5 Heisman Trophy Candidate, Top 25 Overall Players (No. 6), All America Team (first team), All-Big East, as well as "Big East's 25 Best" No.1.


Almost all campus architecture is in the Richardson Romanesque style, and modern buildings reflect the features and themes of the older structures. At the center of the campus are the four major classroom buildings: Clinton Hall, Bogle Hall, Timken Library, and the Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts. Bogle Hall, dedicated in 1989, provides laboratories and classrooms for the math and science departments and includes a state-of-the-art computer laboratory and the 100-seat Cowan Auditorium. Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts was dedicated in 1997. The renovated Timken Library, a state-of-the-art facility that includes classrooms and a computer center, opened in 1998. Annie Hall, a girls’ dormitory, opened in the fall of 1999. Expanded athletic fields and a roadway system (making for Blair's pedestrian campus) were completed in 1997, the Romano Dining Room was completed in the fall of 2000, and renovation of Insley Hall was completed in 2001. A major expansion and renovation of the school's athletic and activities facilities and fields occurred between 2006 and 2009: a lighted, synthetic turf field for football, field hockey and soccer, with new stands, press box, and 400 meter all-weather track; ten new tennis courts (five lighted), a new junior varsity baseball field, and expansion of the existing, natural grass fields. The renovation and expansion of the existing athletic center, including a new student center, concluded in March 2009. This facility, known as Blair Commons, houses the school's bookstore, canteen, college counseling offices, seven squash courts, three gymnasiums, wrestling facilities, aerobic space, and a new training room and locker rooms. Blair is also home to a nine-hole golf course.


Characteristics of the student body:

  • Total Enrollment: 460 (80% boarding / 20% day)
  • Male/Female Ratio: 52% / 48%
  • Number of postgraduate students: 11
  • Number of countries represented: 26 (17% of student body)
  • Number of states represented: 23
  • Tuition and fees

    For the 2016-2017 academic year, Blair charges $57,900 for tuition, room and board. Day students are charged $40,500, which covers tuition, study rooms, and meals at school.

    In rankings based on tuition, room and board and required fees for the 2013-14 school year, Business Insider ranked the school as the 29th-most-expensive boarding school in the United States. The school was 26th-most expensive based on the publication's rankings based on 2012-13 data.


  • Student/Faculty Ratio: 61
  • Head of School: Christopher Fortunato
  • Accreditation

  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (since 1928).
  • School memberships

  • ADVIS – Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools
  • CASE – Council for Advancement and Support of Education
  • NAIS – National Association of Independent Schools
  • NJAIS - New Jersey Association of Independent Schools
  • Endowment

  • Current Market Value (approximate): $88.0 million.
  • Campus

  • The campus, set among 463 acres (1.87 km2) of rolling hills in the shadow of the Delaware Water Gap, is home to numerous grand old buildings and in 1992 was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in recognition of its historic and architectural significance.
  • In the 1960s and 1970s, the campus was used in the summer by Camp Racquet, a tennis camp run by Charlie Lundgren, then the coach of the tennis team at Upsala College.
  • Notable alumni

  • Mahlon Apgar, IV, Businessman and Assistant Secretary of the Army
  • John C. "Jack" Bogle (born 1929), founder of The Vanguard Group.
  • Luol Deng (born 1985), professional basketball player for the Miami Heat
  • Christine Evans (born 1990), songwriter.
  • Reid Fliehr (born 1988), professional wrestler.
  • Bob Guccione (1930–2010), Penthouse magazine publisher<
  • John Reiley Guthrie (1921–2009), United States Army four star General.
  • James Hagerty, White House Press Secretary during the presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Andrew R. Heinze (class of 1973), writer, scholar of American history.
  • Royal Ivey (born 1981), former professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers, whom now is a free agent
  • George P. Jenkins, Jr. (1915–2009), Former Chairman of Metropolitan Life.
  • Dion Lewis (born 1990), running back for the University of Pittsburgh and the New England Patriots.
  • Stuart Loory (born 1932, class of 1950), author/reporter, ex-Managing Editor of the Chicago Sun-Times and Executive Vice President of Turner Networks.
  • Tucker Max (born 1975), Internet celebrity and New York Times best-selling author.
  • Steve Mocco (born 1981), 2008 Olympic wrestler.
  • Albert G. Rutherford (1879–1941), United States Congressman.
  • Ed Sabol (born 1916), founder of NFL Films.
  • John Sebastian (born 1944), lead singer and guitarist for the band The Lovin' Spoonful.
  • William E. Simon (1927-2000), businessman and US Secretary of the Treasury.
  • Samuel S. Stratton (1916–1990), United States Congressman.
  • Hudson Taylor (born 1987), wrestling coach at Columbia University, straight ally, and founder of Athlete Ally.
  • Taki Theodoracopulos (born 1937), conservative writer.
  • William R. Timken (born 1938), Businessman and United States Ambassador to Germany (2005–2008).
  • Charlie Villanueva (born 1984), professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks.
  • Alexis Wangmene (born 1989), Cameroonian basketball player at the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Robert B. Weaver (born 1958), Olympic Gold Medalist in Wrestling at the 1984 Summer Olympics.
  • Ed Ruth (born 1990, class of 2009), mixed martial arts competitor.
  • References

    Blair Academy Wikipedia