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Friday, December 2, 2011

Hoosac School


Located on Pine Valley Road, just off NY 7 in the Town of Hoosick, The Hoosac School, founded in 1889, is a coeducational, college preparatory school enrolling boarders and a few day students grades 8 through postgraduate. While welcoming students of diverse religious backgrounds, the school retains its historic affiliation with the Episcopal Church through its on-campus chapel. The 350-acre campus is the site of the former Tibbits family estate, adjoining the 850-acre Tibbits State Forest.

Hoosac's History webpage is quite interesting. Here are my favorite tidbits from it:
  • The late Burgess Meredith, the distinguished American actor, graduated from Hoosac in 1926.
  • The Mansion has a tunnel leading beneath the campus down to the Hoosic River. It was sealed at both ends in 1952. The tunnel is rumored to have been used as an escape route when the Tibbits estate was a stop on the Underground Railroad.
  • Owen Wister, the 19th century American novelist, wrote his classic, The Virginian, while a summer guest of the Tibbits family here on the campus. His story is the prototype of all Westerns.
  • LeGrand Tibbits, our founder's brother, gave a band of gypsies permission in the late 1800's to camp at the Old Stone School House on the corner of our property. They finally left in 1965. Rumor ties LeGrand romantically with a gypsy princess during his youth.

Tibbetts Hall (former Tibbits Mansion)
A brownstone Gothic mansion constructed in 1860, houses administrative offices and a girls dormitory.
Blake Science Center

How many high schools have their own observatory?

Library


A beautiful campus with a view of the Taconic Mountains and an 850-acre state forest in their backyard!