Blair Academy's

175th year

Join us in celebrating Blair’s demisemiseptcentennial during the 2022-2023 academic year!

Blair History

View a timeline of 100 Blair milestones from 1848 to today. 

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Girls Dorm Blair Hall in 1898

Explore the Archives

See photos of Blair's transformation and growth over the last 175 years.

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Clinton Hall computer lab in 1983

Fun & Games

How well do you know Blair Academy? Test your knowledge today!

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Alumni parade and class flags during Alumni Weekend 2015

Blair's 175th Year Video

On our 175th anniversary, we celebrate the School's vibrant history and dynamic community with a brief look back at the forward-thinking programs, dedicated educators and academic excellence that are at the heart of the Blair experience.

Since 1848, Blair has honored its core values of relationship-based learning and superior academic preparation. On our 175th anniversary, we celebrate Blair's vibrant history and ever-expanding community, while also bolstering our faculty talent and excellence, forward-thinking programs, historic and state-of-the-art campus, and the School's long-term financial strength ensuring many future generations of students will learn and grow on the hilltop.

175 Years @ a Glance

1848

Blairstown Presbyterial

Academy

# of students

a "handful"

# of faculty

3

Today

Blair

Academy

# of students

478

# of faculty

95

first building

old academy

Coeducation resumed

1970

Blair's

Founders
  • Mr. John Bunnell
  • The Rev. John A. Reiley
  • John Insley Blair

# of acres in 1848

<1

# of acres Today

463

First endowment gift

$10,000

Endowment today

$140M

Past

curriculum
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Surveying
  • Bookkeeping
  • English grammar
  • Greek
  • Latin
  • Rhetoric
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Astronomy
  • Physiology
  • Geography
  • History
  • Composition
  • Geology
  • Military training during WWI
  • Morse code during WWII

# of academic buildings in 1848

1

# of academic buildings today

6