Maria Bissell Hotchkiss founded the independent boarding school on 65 acres in Lakeville CT in 1891 to prepare young men in grades 9-12 for Yale University. It became coed in 1974.|
Their goal is not just to get students into top colleges, but
Today the campus covers 545 acres in rural NW Connecticut a little over 2 hrs. from New York City, with academic and residential buildings, playing fields, and a golf course by the deepest freshwater lake in Connecticut, an area designated by The Nature Conservancy as one of 200 "Last Great Places."
590 students choose from a curriculum that includes more than 200 courses in 16 academic departments.
Universities with the most students from the 2005-2008 classes:
Hotchkiss in mentioned in F. Scott Fitzgerald's "This Side of Paradise" and in his short story Six of One, Joe Klein's book later turned into a movie "Primary Colors", Jeffrey Archer's novel "Sons of Fortune ".
In "Can't Take It With You: The Art of Making and Giving Money", alumnus and supporter Lewis B. Cullman writes, "Like most New England boarding schools of the time, Hotchkiss was built around the concept of rugged, manly Christianity. Living conditions were Spartan; trips home, rare...There was a Hotchkiss way to do everything."
Some notable Hotchkiss Alumni: Business: Henry Ford II '36, CEO of Ford Motor Company William C. Ford '43, CEO of Ford Motor Company William Clay Ford, Jr., Chairman of Ford Motor Company Forrest Mars Jr. '75, CEO of Mars candy, Incorporated, billionaire John Mars, billionaire Arthur Kittredge Watson '38, Chairman of IBM, US Ambassador to France Tom Werner, Chairman of the Boston Red Sox and co-founder of Casey Werner, producers of "The Cosby Show", "3rd Rock" and "That 70's Show" Fay Vincent - Baseball commissioner, CEO Columbia Pictures, EVP Coke Harold Stanley, Founder, Morgan Stanley Dan W. Lufkin Founder Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette CT Environmental Commissioner Thomas P. F. Hoving, Head of Tiffany & Company, former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Frank A. Sprole '38 Vice chairman, Bristol-Myers Journalist - Writer: Henry Luce, Co-founder of Time Magazine William Loeb, conservative newspaper proprietor Archibald MacLeish, Poet Laureate, Pulitzer Prize winner Peter Matthiessen, Naturalist and Writer John Hersey, Pulitzer Prize winning author Diplomat - Government: Strobe Talbott, Journalist, diplomat, president of Brookings Institution Winston Lord, US Ambassador to the People's Republic of China 1985-1989 Paul Nitze, Secretary of the Navy, architect of US policy towards the Soviet Charles Yost, US Ambassador to the UN Porter J. Goss, former Director of the CIA Malcolm Baldrige '40 - Secretary of Commerce Politician: Charles Edison, Governor of New Jersey, son of Thomas Edison Lawrence M. Judd, Governor of Hawaii William Warren Scranton, Governor of Pennsylvania, US Ambassador to the UN Jurist: Potter Stewart, Justice of the US Supreme Court Robert Bork, Conservative legal scholar, nominated for the Supreme Court Arthur Lehman Goodhart, Legal scholar, Master of University College, Oxford Science Dickinson Woodruff Richards, Jr. '13, GP'91 - Nobel Prize in Medicine William Mansfield Clark '03, GP'63 - Pioneer in the field of biochemistry, Physiological Chemistry professor David Hawkins '31 Philosopher of science and assistant to J. Robert Oppenheimer, director of the Manhattan Project to build atomic bombs Sports: Matt Herr and Torrey Mitchell, who played in the NHL Gina M.A. Kingsbury '00 Olympic Gold Medal Winner 2006 Canadian Hockey Team Environmentalist: Donal C. O'Brien Jr. '52 University of Virginia Law School. Chairman of the Board, Atlantic Salmon Federation; former chairman, National Audubon Society; vice-chair, the Nature Conservancy Dan W. Lufkin Founder Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette CT Environmental Commissioner George Cooley Hixon '55, P'90, '98 - Environmentalist Entertainment: Allison Janney '77 Emmy Award-winning actress John G. Avildsen '55 Independent film director; recipient of the Academy Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Feature Film for Rocky. John Hammond '29 Executive at Columbia Records who discovered musical talents Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Billie Holiday, and Aretha Franklin. F. Dennis Greene '68 Founder and lead singer, Sha Na Na; professor of law, University of Dayton School of Law _______________________ Alumni Awards