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February 5, 2014

My years in all-boys schools

Years ago there were more schools of the same gender available than today. In place of going to the local public high school, one had the option to attend a private one. Some were there after high school. Because the cost got to be so high, only a few have this advantage today.

Some of the schools were just for boys or just girls. Many were co-educational, but there were many for those of the same sex.

Both offer great advantages to those who could attend. One big advantage is that all the students who do go have college in mind, thus there is much more seriousness. They are in with others who would do some serious studying. In sports, there are other advantages. Sports are all kept in the same perspective, not overly done. Kids compete against one another with similar skills. These schools were all over New England. To attend one you’d have to live there. They all have dormitories right on the campus. Should one live close enough to one, they could commute there.

The cost of the schools keeps rising, so only a few have the means to attend. That’s so unfortunate because it eliminates so many.

Just out of Newburyport a short way is The Governor’s Academy. In my day it was strictly a boys school. Today, it’s co-educational. Still a very fine secondary school with fine athletes.

Down the Pike a little farther is St. John’s Prep in Danvers. That has been an all-boys school for as far back as I remember. Up until recent years it had dormitories so students could live there. That’s changed today. It’s strictly a day school, and all the boys commute. They have a large enrollment and you have to take exams to be admitted. All the graduates go on to college all over the country.

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