Phillips Exeter Academy
The Phillips Exeter Academy (also simply called Exeter, Phillips Exeter or PEA) is an independent mixed boarding school for grades 9 to 12 The school is located in Exeter (New Hampshire), USA, about 80 miles north of Boston.
The school is very prestigious in the U.S. and has financial resources in excess of 902 million U.S. dollars, which allows the school to generously awarded scholarships. There is an unofficial relationship of the school to Harvard University and many students enroll at the famous university.
About 80 % of students ( Exonians ) living in the boarding school on the school premises and the remaining twenty percent comes from the surrounding area. The school is open also for girls since 1970.
Well-known graduates of the school are ( with year of graduation in brackets ):
- Lewis Cass (1792 ) - Secretary of State
- Daniel Webster (1796 ) - politician
- George Bancroft (1811 ) - historian and founder of the United States Naval Academy.
- Franklin Pierce (1820 ) - 14th President of the United States
- Frederick Winslow Taylor ( 1874) - engineer and biotechnologist, president of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME ) 1906-1907
- Gifford Pinchot (1885 ) - forestry scientists
- Lawrence Dennis (~ 1914) - Diplomat
- James Agee (1928 ) - Author
- Lex Barker (1938 ) - Actor
- Gore Vidal ( 1943) - Author
- George Plimpton (1944 ) - Author
- Donald Hall ( 1947) - poet
- John R. Harrison ( 1951) - Journalist
- John Negroponte (1956 ) - first Director of National Intelligence
- Peter Benchley (1957 ) - journalist and author
- Daniel Dennett (1959 ) - philosopher
- John Irving (1961 ) - Author
- David Finkelhor (1964 ) - sociologist
- Judd Gregg (1965 ) - politician
- Lawrence Lasker (1967 ) - producer and screenwriter of Sneakers
- Benmont Tench (1971 ) - musician
- Ned Lamont (1972 ) - businessman and politician
- Paul Klebnikov (1981 ) - Journalist
- Dan Brown ( 1982) - Author ( The Da Vinci Code, among others )
- Chang -Rae Lee ( 1983) - Author
- Alessandro Nivola (1990 ) - Actor
- Mark Zuckerberg (2002) - creator of Facebook
- Erik Per Sullivan (2009) - Actor