In 1848, wealthy merchant and railroad tycoon John Insley Blair proposed the founding of a small school to the Presbyterian Church and the town fathers of Blairstown. Mr. Blair, The Reverend John A. Reiley, minister of the First Presbyterian Church, and Mr. John Bunnell, a local carriage maker, met on April 6, 1848, and agreed on the site for the school. Mr. Blair gave a small building (known to us now as the Old Academy) to be called Blair Presbyterial Academy. The universal public education act was 10 years away, so Blair Academy assumed the task of educating the sons and daughters of local farmers and merchants, soon reaching beyond the surrounding community.
Today, Blair Academy is a dynamic, coeducational boarding school in northwest New Jersey
where 460 students pursue a superior college preparatory education amid a caring, vibrant community. The modern Blair experience centers on strong faculty-student relationships that lead to exceptional learning and empower students to become
persons of great accomplishment and character.