Northfield Mount Hermon School

Mount Hermon, Massachusetts USA

“ Discere et Vivere ”

To Learn and to Live

School Information

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  • Founded : 1879
  • Motto : Discere et Vivere (To Learn and to Live)
  • Grades : 9-12
  • Enrollment Gender : Co-ed
  • Tuition : Boarding $61,800; Additional $3,058 in mandatory fees
  • Mascot : The Hogger
  • School Color : Maroon, Light Blue

Academic Information

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  • Academic Calendar : Trimesters
  • Average Class Size : 11
  • Faculty/Student Ratio : 1:6
  • Dress Code : No (Casual)
  • ESL Offered : Yes

Notable Alumni

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  • Lawrence Ferlinghetti '37
    Beat-generation poet; co-owner of City Lights Bookstore and Publishing House
  • Laura Linney ’82
    Academy Award-nominated actress; films include The Savages, The Nanny Diaries, Kinsey, You Can Count on Me
  • Uma Thurman ’88
    Academy Award-nominated actress; films include The Producers, Pulp Fiction, Dangerous Liaisons
  • S. Prestley Blake ’34
    Cofounder, Friendly Ice Cream
  • Amy Domini ’68
    Founder and CEO of Domini Social Investments; Creator of the Domini 400 Social Index; Author of Socially Responsible Investing and The Challenges of Wealth
  • William Rhodes ’53
    President, Chairman, and CEO of Citibank, NA; Senior Vice Chairman of Citigroup
  • Arn Chorn-Pond ’86
    Founder of Children of War, Peacemakers, and Cambodia Master Performers Program; Winner of Reebok Human Rights Award
  • Kimmie Weeks ’01
    Liberian child rights activist, UN advisor, director of Youth Action International/Peace for Kids
  • Dallas Baker ’02
    Wide Receiver for University of Florida Gators (Winner 2006–07 College Football National Championship)
  • Frank Shorter ’65
    Founding Chairman of US Anti-Doping Agency; TV Sports Commentator; Earned Gold medal in 1972 Olympic Marathon and Silver in 1976


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  • Northfield Mount Hermon was founded by Dwight Lyman Moody with Protestant evangelist ideological and educational values. It was founded with the mission of providing a challenging academic program to those historically without access to high quality American secondary educational institutions. It’s first students included former slaves, native americans, and international students from Asia and Europe. The school first began as a collection of two separate institutions: the Northfield Seminary for Young Ladies and the Mount Hermon School for Boys. In 1972, these two schools merged to create the current coeducational Northfield Mount Hermon School.

Student Life

Student Publications / Magazine

  • NMH Review (Collection of Student Essays)

Signature Programs

  • College Model Academic Program (CMAP)
    The College Model Academic Program brings college academic schedules to NMH in order to bring more flexibility and in-depth learning to students. Students are given more time for discussion and hands-on projects as well as the opporunity to experience the academic life of college.
  • Partnership of 12
    The Partnership of 12 indicates how each student at NMH are given at least 12 adults who work together to support learning and growth. These 12 adults could be composed of a mix of different faculty members such as teachers, coaches, deans, and dorm parents.
  • Work Program
    The Work Program pushes each NMH student to contribute to the school community by getting involved in campus operations such as office work, kitchen cleanup, and other chores.
  • The NMH Farm
    The NMH Farm, as one part of NMH's larger sustainability initiatives, gives students the opportunity to engage with animals and produce at the farm.
  • Upward Bound
    Upward Bound focuses on the empowerment of talented low-income students at surrounding schools.


Interscholastic Sports
Alpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Dance, Field Hockey, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Nordic Skiing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Wrestling


Total number: 56
AASA: Asian American Students Association, Activities Programming Board, African and Latin American Hand Drumming, AIMS: Association in the Interest of a Multicultural School, American Indian Students Association, Amnesty International Club, Animal Rights Club, Artists Activists Alliance, Astronomy Club, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Campus Republicans, Chamber, Chamber Orchestra, Chinese Review, Christian Fellowship Club, Circle of Sisters, Community Meals, Concert Band, Concert Choir, Concert Club, Courthouse Volunteers, Dance Club, Deacons of the Church of Christ, Debate Club, Environment Club, GEECS: Guild of Electrical Engineers, Gemini: yearbook, HBH: Homo-Hetero-Bisexual Alliance, Interfaith Club, International Student Club, Intramural Sports, Jazz Club, Jewish Student Alliance, Mandala, MOCA: Men of Color Alliance, Muslim Student Association, NMH Outreach, NMH Pianists, NMH Political Board, NMH Singers, Operation Happy Birthday, Quaker Student Association, Roman Catholic Community, SALSA: Spanish & Latin American Students Association, Select Women's Ensemble, Stage Band, Student Congress, Symphony Orchestra, The Echo: student newspaper, The Gamers Guild, The Globe: international student magazine, Theatre Program, Ultimate Frisbee, Unitarian Universalist Student Association, WNMH Radio, World Music Combo


  • Academic Facilities:
    The Schauffler-Rockey Library, The Rhodes Arts Center, superb acoustics and an audio and video recording booth; a recital hall and an instrumental rehearsal hall; a harpsichord; 14 grand pianos and five uprights; an electronic music lab with recording capabilities and small studio; six teaching studios; 10 practice rooms; a percussion room, world music classroom with a collection of musical instruments from all over the world, A dance performance space with a sprung floor doubles as a black box theater; a separate dance studio with a sprung floor
  • Athletic Facilities:
    Two turf fields, 12 outdoor tennis courts, an eight-lane all-weather track, ice rink, six-lane indoor pool; boathouse on the Connecticut River, two full gymnasiums, and nine fields for baseball, soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, and softball.

Special Days

  • Mountain Day
    Mountain day is a surprise holiday when classes are cancelled and students and faculty hike either Mount Monadnock or Northfield Mountain
  • The Chat
    The Chat is the senior prom, named for the Chateau in which it was originally held.
  • Founder's Day
    Founder's day honors D.L. Moody's birthday with a school meeting and a birthday dinner.
  • Rope Pull
    Rope pull is an annual tug-of-war competition between the junior and senior class.
  • Hogolympics
    At the beginning of the year, dorms compete against each other in fun competitions including water baloon toss and a puzzle assembly.
  • Bemis-Forslund Pie Race
    The annual Bemis-Forslund Pie Race is a 4.3 mile race in which runners who complete the course under a specified time recieve an apple pie.


School Type
81% Boarding (526 Students) and 19% Day Students (123 Students)
23% International Students
9th Grade: 98
10th Grade: 173
11th Grade: 175
12th Grade: 198

Deadline: Jan. 15
Notification Date: Mar. 9
Reply Date: Apr. 10

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