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Blair Academy


P. O. Box 600
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA

“Agreeable to notice, publicly given, the citizens of Blairstown and vicinity convened in the Presbyterian church, in Blairstown, this day, for the purpose of selecting a site for an Academy, and appointing a committee whose business it shall be to superintend its erection. The meeting was called to order by John I. Blair, Esq. and organized by appointing John Messler, Chairman, and Isaiah W. Condict, Secretary. The hilltop west of the Methodist Church and south of the burying ground in Blairstown was selected for the site of the building, and was offered gratuitously for the purpose by the possessor John I. Blair, Esq.” — from Blair Academy, A Sesquicentennial History by Arthur T. Hamlin Blair Academy is situated on 423 hilltop acres adjacent to the village of Blairstown, New Jersey. In 1848 John Insley Blair, wealthy merchant and railroad tycoon, turned to the Presbyterian Church and the town fathers of Blairstown to proposed the founding of a small school. 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 Old Academy) to be called Blair Presbyterial Academy. The universal public education act was ten 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. John I. Blair was the school’s principal benefactor for a half-century, and his gifts of land and money made the growth of the school possible, such as Locke, East and Insley Halls. Mr. Blair’s son, DeWitt Clinton Blair, more than duplicated his father’s generosity by providing the funds for the construction of Clinton Hall, the gymnasium,...

School Focus:
  • Summer Boarding School
  • Post Graduate Year
Grades Offered: 9 to 12
School Type: Co-ed
Religious Affiliation: Presbyterian
Year Founded Size: 1848
Post-Grad Year: Yes
Saturday Classes: No
Classroom Dress Code: n/a
Average Class Size: 50 Students
ESL Courses: No
Summer Program: No