Brooks School

Brooks School is a private, co-educational, preparatory, secondary school in North Andover, Massachusetts on the shores of Lake Cochichewick.

Brooks School
1160 Great Pond Road


United States
Coordinates42°42′20″N 71°5′9″W
School typePrivate, Day & Boarding, College-prep
MottoVICTURI TE SALUTAMUS ("We greet thee, we, about to live.”)
(We, who are about to be victorious, salute you)
Religious affiliation(s)Episcopal
Head of schoolJohn R. Packard
Average class size12
Student to teacher ratio6:1
Campus size251 acres (1.02 km2)
Campus typeSuburban
Color(s)Green and Black          
Athletics14 varsity sports; 45 teams
Athletics conferenceIndependent School League
RivalThe Governor's Academy
NewspaperThe Brooksian
Tuition$59,800 (boarding)
$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 712, 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.

Advanced Placement

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.

Notable alumni


  1. 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."
  2. Chamberlain, Tony. "Chairman of the Board Burton's innovation has fostered a snowbound sensation", The Boston Globe, December 18, 1997.
  3. 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."
  4. "Lorenzo Semple '40". Archived from the original on 2014-02-02. Retrieved 2012-04-07.
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