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Fryeburg Academy


Fryeburg Academy

Fryeburg Academy
745 Main Street
Fryeburg, Maine, 04037
United States
Coordinates 44°01′12″N 70°58′31″W / 44.0200°N 70.9754°W / 44.0200; -70.9754Coordinates: 44°01′12″N 70°58′31″W / 44.0200°N 70.9754°W / 44.0200; -70.9754

Type Private, Boarding
Religious affiliation(s) None
Established 1792
Head of school Daniel Lee
Faculty 70
Enrollment 695 total
125 boarding
570 day
Average class size 15 students
Student to teacher ratio 20:1
Campus Rural, 238 acres (1 km²)
Color(s) Blue and White
Athletics 46 sports
Mascot Raider

Fryeburg Academy, founded 1792, is one of the oldest private schools in the United States. It is located in Fryeburg, Maine. One of the first headmasters was Daniel Webster, who taught at the school for a year.

Boarding students come from across the United States, North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. The Academy also serves as the high school for the MSAD 72 school district.[1]

Notable alumni and faculty

Gymnasium fire

In the early morning hours of October 12, 2005, fire destroyed the Gibson Gymnasium at Fryeburg Academy. The fire was determined to be arson, and two former students were charged. As a result of the fire, a major capital campaign was begun to fund a new and better athletic facility.

2007 fieldhouse

The new facility was opened in May 2007 and is currently in use. Featuring new basketball courts, it also has the benefits of a fitness center, wrestling room, many locker rooms, offices, and a lobby - among other things. The new multi-purpose fieldhouse is widely considered to be one of the finest in the state of Maine at the high school level. The new gym was used in its first public event since opening to hold the Commencement ceremonies for the graduating Class of 2007.

Center for the Arts

With the new Fieldhouse/Arena project completed, the school broke ground on a new theater complex in 2007. Known as the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center, the building serves more than just the theater production program. Aside from a full stage and auditorium style seating for 381, it includes three art galleries and a student gallery space, a seminar room, a scene shop, and full backstage facilities. The performing arts center opened for its first performance in January 2009 and was officially dedicated in May 2009.[2]


External links

  • Website of Fryeburg Academy


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