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A Timeline and Modern History of George School, PA

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The sexual assault lawyers in George School, PA, sponsor this article to present some detailed information about the area.

George School is a private Quaker boarding and day high school in Middletown Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The campus spans 265 acres and has been a significant element of the community since 1891. The George School is found within ZIP code 19047.

History

George School was founded in 1891 and was named after John M. George, a wealthy businessman who provided great financial donations to the school. The school was originally meant to serve Hicksite members of the Religious Society of Friends, otherwise known as Quakers.

The campus was originally 227 acres until the owners retained an additional 60 acres in 1768, including the Tate House and 1804 Worth House.

The school's first headmaster was George Marris, who ran the campus on the premise of "guarded education" to separate Quakers from worldly voices. However, his approach was not considered effective, and Marris was forced to step down in 1901 and Joseph Walton, another founding group member, became the next headmaster.

Walton was tenured at the George School from 1901-1912, and under his leadership, the school constructed Drayton Hall, a new dormitory, in 1903. In the following year, the school expanded and built the Retford Hall, the campus's first separate classroom building.

Following Joseph Walton's passing, his son, George Walton, took his place as headmaster. George Walton carried on his father's ideology of an arts education, and while he served from 1912-1948, enrollment doubled, and the first black student was accepted in the 1940s. Under George Walton's leadership, the school experienced great social change and even allowed social dancing and created the school's football team.

George Walton retired in 1948, and Richard McFeely became the next headmaster. Under McFeely's leadership, he tried to break down the formal relationships between students and faculty. McFeely insisted students called him by his first name, and while he was headmaster, the school expanded and constructed the Alumni Gym, Hallowell Hall, McFeely Library, and Walton Center.

After McFeely was forced to step down due to his polio sickness, Erin Curtis became the school's headmaster in 1967. During Curtis's time as headmaster, the school dynamic began to change as students became more politically active and began to battle with the older faculty and administrators.

When David Bourns became the school's headmaster in 1979, his focus was to build the relationships between students and faculty after the trying times of the previous decade. An emphasis on academic rigor was enforced, and the school focused more on local activism.

In 2007, the George School received a generous donation of $128.5 million from a former class of 1950 alumni, Barbara Dodd Anderson. The donation was meant to span 20 years of support and is the single largest donation to an existing private school in the United States.

George School Today

The George School remains a top-rated private Christian school in Pennsylvania. Today, the school serves 524 students with a student-to-teacher ratio of 7:1. According to survey polling,

  • 91% of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about their students.
  • 91% of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.
  • 95% of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.

Yearly tuition for the George School is $43,900, and yearly boarding is $22,350. At George School, 58% of students receive financial aid.

The average SAT score for students is 1330, and the average ACT score is 30.

Additionally, George School has ranked #1 in Most Diverse Private High Schools in Pennsylvania, #2 in Best Boarding High Schools in Pennsylvania, and #3 in Best Christian High Schools in Pennsylvania.

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Date Published: June 29, 2021
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