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always governor's: Always for you

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As the oldest continuously operating boarding school in the United States, we have always cherished the possibilities of the future as much as we cherish our traditions. You will become part of an exciting history of progress and service from which spring the scientists, artists, athletes, writers, innovators, and leaders of tomorrow.

Governor's will change your life. So you can change the world.

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In 1884, future social reformer and statesman Yu Kil-chun attended the Academy. He was the first Korean to study in the West.

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The 1906 football team included Booker T. Washington, Jr., who attended the Academy at a time when integrated education was still rare in the United States.

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From the 1930s until the early 1960s, Glee Club was one of the most popular extracurricular activities on campus.

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More than 6,100 Governor's alumni form a network throughout 50 states and more than 40 countries.

It says a lot about Governor's that the most popular campus spot on Saturday night is the headmaster's home.

The headmaster and his family open Mansion House to all students each weekend for food and games.

Mansion House was built as a summer home in 1713 and became the residence of the Academy's first headmaster and many of the boarding students in 1763. Today the family feel and deep sense of history remain entwined at Governor's, where students and their parents as well as faculty and their children form a community deeply committed to helping new generations move confidently into the future.

< In 1763 . . . >

The Treaty of Paris ends the Seven Years' War, surrendering Canada to England.

Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon begin surveying the Mason-Dixon line between Pennsylvania and Maryland.

Bayes' theorem of probability is first announced.

The school known today as The Governor's Academy is founded with a bequest from Governor William Dummer.


The tradition of jumping off of the wall behind Mansion House after the commencement ceremony was started by students in the mid-20th century.


First awarded in 1913, the Morse Flag is presented to the senior "whose record in all respects meets the highest approval of the faculty." A new flag then flies over the school until the next year's presentation.