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Established  1890
Faculty  124
Gender  Co-ed
Founder  Horace Dutton Taft
Headmaster  William R. MacMullen
Grades  9–12
Phone  +1 860-945-7777
Colors  Navy blue, Maroon
Type  Private, Day & Boarding, College-prep
Address  110 Woodbury Rd, Watertown, CT 06795, USA
Motto  Non ut sibi ministretur sed ut ministret
Similar  Choate Rosemary Hall, The Hotchkiss School, The Gunnery, Kent School, Canterbury School

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The Taft School is a private, coeducational school located in Watertown, Connecticut, United States. Approximately three-quarters of Taft's 596 students live on the school's 226-acre campus.


The Taft School was founded in 1890 by Horace Dutton Taft, brother of President William Howard Taft. The original campus was in Pelham Manor, New York; the school moved to Watertown two years later. In its 125-year history, Taft has had only five headmasters. William R. MacMullen, a 1978 graduate of Taft, has served as headmaster since 2001.

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Campus and facilities

The campus is located in Watertown, Connecticut, and is approximately 226 acres (0.91 km2) in size. It includes The Lady Ivy Kwok Wu Science and Mathematics Center, Pinto Language Lab, Moorhead Academic Center, Hulbert Taft, Jr. Library, Belcher Reading Room, Mortara Academic Wing, Pailey Dance Studio, Tremaine Art Studio, Gail Wynne Art Studio, Potter Gallery, two theaters, an 18-hole golf course, 16 tennis courts (four indoor), 8 squash courts, 2 fieldhouses, 2 ice hockey rinks, (1 Olympic sized and 1 NHL sized), and more than 10 fields, all situated around Potters Pond.


Taft students come from across the globe. While exact numbers vary slightly from year to year, a typical student body hails from more than 40 different countries and more than 30 US states. The school community includes students in 9th through 12th grades, as well as post-graduates (PGs). Approximately 34% of Taft students share in more than $7.7 million in financial aid. All awards are based on need only; there are no merit-based scholarships.


The student-faculty ratio at Taft is 11-1. Three-quarters of the faculty hold advanced degrees (master's or doctorates). The majority of the Taft faculty live on campus, in both private houses surrounding the grounds, or in apartments in the dorms.


There are more than 200 academic courses offered at the Taft School. The average class consists of 11 students. Advanced Placement Program courses are offered in 29 subjects, including Mandarin Chinese, Spanish Literature, Spanish Language, French Literature, French Language, Latin, European History, American History, American Government, AB and BC Calculus, Statistics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, and Environmental Science, Studio Art, Music Theory, Art History, English Literature, Economics, and Computer Science. 90% of graduates take one or more AP exams with an average score of 4 out of a possible 5. Taft is a member school of the Global Online Academy. The class of 2014 had mean SAT Reasoning Test scores of 633 (critical reading), 653 (math), and 652 (writing).


Taft's athletic teams are known as the Rhinos and their colors are maroon and navy blue. The following sports are offered at Taft:

Taft is part of the Hotchkiss-Taft rivalry.


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