1160 Great Pond Road
|School type||Private, Day & Boarding, College-prep|
|Motto||VICTURI TE SALUTAMUS ("We greet thee, we, about to live.”)|
(We, who are about to be victorious, salute you)
|Head of school||John R. Packard|
|Average class size||12|
|Student to teacher ratio||6:1|
|Campus size||251 acres (1.02 km2)|
|Color(s)||Green and Black|
|Athletics||14 varsity sports; 45 teams|
|Athletics conference||Independent School League|
|Rival||The Governor's Academy|
$46,600 (day) (2017-18)
Brooks School was founded in 1926 by Endicott Peabody, the headmaster of Groton School at the time, and was named after Phillips Brooks (1835–1893), a well-known clergyman and author who spent summers in North Andover, Massachusetts, and briefly served as Bishop of Massachusetts in the Episcopal Church during the 1890s.
The school opened on September 29, 1927, with fourteen boys in the first and second forms (seventh and eighth grades), two masters, a headmaster and headmistress, and one dormitory. The school added one form (grade) each year thereafter until it comprised grades 7–12, denoted by the British educational notations, Forms I, II, III, IV, V and VI, respectively. Forms I and II (seventh and eighth grades) were later dropped.
Brooks School has had just four heads of school in over 80 years. The School's first headmaster, Frank D. Ashburn (a graduate of Groton School, Yale University and Columbia Law School), was appointed at the age of 25 and served for 46 years until his retirement in 1973. Ashburn was succeeded by H. Peter Aitken who served until 1986, when he was succeeded by Lawrence W. Becker. Becker, who stepped down in 2008, was succeeded by John R. Packard, previously the Dean of Faculty.
The school started admitting day students in the early 1950s and became co-educational in 1979. Today, the school enrolls 185 boys and 160 girls who come from many states and foreign countries. There has been a steady increase of students of color and of international students, and the school aspires to achieve gender equality. In addition, approximately 20 percent of students receive financial aid.
Brooks offers 20 AP courses in the following subjects listed below. In addition to AP's, student are also granted the option of applying for an independent study with the head of department.
- AP Art History
- AP Biology
- AP Calculus AB
- AP Calculus BC
- AP Chemistry
- AP Chinese
- AP Computer Science Principles
- AP English Literature
- AP Environmental Science
- AP European History
- AP French Language
- AP Latin: Virgil
- AP Spanish Language
- AP Physics C
- AP Spanish Language
- AP Spanish Literature
- AP Statistics
- AP United States History
- AP United States Government and Politics
- AP World History
- Barry Bingham, Jr. (1933–2006), United States newspaper publisher and television and radio executive, the last descendant of the Bingham family that controlled Louisville, Kentucky's daily newspapers, a television station, and two radio stations for much of the 20th century
- Frank Blake '67, American businessman and lawyer, CEO and Chairman of Home Depot
- Jake Burton Carpenter, founder and chairman of Burton Snowboards
- Charlie Davies '04, United States professional soccer striker who currently plays in Major League Soccer for the New England Revolution, 2008 Olympian.
- William R. Ferris '60, United States author and scholar, former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, co-founder of the Center for Southern Folklore in Memphis, Tennessee, co-founder of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, co-editor of The Encyclopedia of Southern Culture
- Steve Forbes '66, son of Malcolm Forbes, president and CEO of Forbes, editor-in-chief of Forbes magazine, former Republican candidate in the United States presidential primaries in 1996 and 2000
- Mike Fucito '04, United States retired professional soccer striker.
- Robert L. Gerry, III '56, American businessman
- William W. Kellogg, Ph.D. '35, geophysicist, meteorologist
- John LeBoutillier, '71, former U.S. Congressman and political columnist
- Nekima Levy-Pounds, '94, lawyer, professor, former president of the Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP, and mayoral candidate of the 2017 Minneapolis mayoral election
- Elle Logan '06, United States rower, Olympic gold medalist, 2008 Summer Olympics, rowing
- Henry Lyman '33, conservationist, publisher
- Daniel Lyons, journalist and the Fake Steve Jobs
- Esmond Bradley Martin '59, conservationist
- Anthony Perkins, actor
- Thomas Collier Platt, Jr. '43, grandson of Thomas C. Platt, federal judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, former chief judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
- Tim Prentice, sculptor
- Lorenzo Semple, Jr. '40, screenwriter
- Huntington Sheldon, Dr. '47, medicine
- Mark Shuttleworth, South African entrepreneur, first African in space, founder of Canonical Ltd., providing leadership for the Ubuntu Linux distribution
- James Spader, actor
- Parker Stevenson, actor
- Sam Waterston, actor
- Michael Weatherly, actor
- McFadden, Robert D. "Barry Bingham Jr., Louisville Publisher, Is Dead at 72", The New York Times, April 4, 2006. Accessed December 12, 2007. "He attended the Brooks School in North Andover, Mass., and graduated from Harvard in 1956 with a bachelor's degree in history."
- Chamberlain, Tony. "Chairman of the Board Burton's innovation has fostered a snowbound sensation", The Boston Globe, December 18, 1997.
- Bumiller, Elisabeth. "In Political Quest, Forbes Runs in Shadow of Father", The New York Times, February 11, 1996. Accessed December 11, 2007. "Christine Todd, Mr. Forbes's childhood friend from the Far Hills Country Day school, would grow up to become Governor Whitman.... His son went off to the Brooks School in North Andover, Mass., then on to Princeton, Malcolm Forbes's alma mater."
- "Lorenzo Semple '40". Archived from the original on 2014-02-02. Retrieved 2012-04-07.