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Taft School

The Taft School
Non ut sibi ministretur sed ut ministret
Not to be served but to serve
110 Woodbury Road
Watertown, Connecticut, 06795
United States
Type Private, Day & Boarding, College-prep
Established 1890
Headmaster William R. MacMullen
Faculty 124
Grades 912
Gender Co-ed
Enrollment 598 (2013)
Average class size 12
Student to teacher ratio 5:1
Campus 224 acres (0.91 km2)
Color(s)      Maroon
     Navy blue
Nickname Rhinos

The Taft School is a William Howard Taft. In its 125-year history, Taft has enjoyed the consistent leadership of only five Headmasters. Taft's fifth and current Headmaster, Willy MacMullen, has been leading the school since 2001.


  • Campus and facilities 1
  • Students 2
  • Faculty 3
  • Academics 4
  • Athletics 5
  • Notable alumni 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

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.[1]


In 2014, Taft had 596 students from 34 states and 32 countries.[2] The school hosts students in 9th through 12th grades as well as post-graduates (PGs). Students are referred to by their grade's common name, such as Lower Mids, Mids, Upper Mids, and Seniors. A dress code (summarized by a "collared shirt, no sweatshirts, no denim" dictum) is required in class for all students. Semi-formal attire is required for sit-down dinners, two nights per week. There are currently 483 boarders and 113 day students. More than $7.6 million in financial aid supports 36% of the student body. All scholarships are based on need only; there are no merit-based awards.


The faculty at the Taft School includes 63 men and 62 women, a total of 125 teachers.[2] Consequently, there is a 5:1 student to teacher ratio.[2] 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 12 students.[2] Advanced Placement Program courses are offered in 29 subjects,[2] 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).[2]


Taft's athletic teams are known as the Rhinos and their colors are maroon and navy blue. The following sports are offered at Taft:[3]

  • Baseball (boys)
  • Basketball (boys & girls)
  • Crew (boys & girls)
  • Cross country (boys & girls)
  • Equestrian (boys & girls)
  • Field Hockey (girls)
  • Football (boys)
  • Golf (boys & girls)
  • Ice hockey (boys & girls)
  • Lacrosse (boys & girls)
  • Skiing (boys & girls)
  • Soccer (boys & girls)
  • Softball (girls)
  • Squash (boys & girls)
  • Tennis (boys & girls)
  • Track (boys & girls)
  • Volleyball (girls)
  • Wrestling (boys)

Taft is part of the Hotchkiss-Taft rivalry.

Notable alumni


  1. ^ About The Taft School
  2. ^ a b c d e f Taft Facts
  3. ^ "Taft Sports". THE TAFT SCHOOL. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 

External links

  • The Taft School website
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