Freedom Trail Stop 5: Boston Latin School/Ben Franklin Statue
Updated: Aug 23, 2022
Welcome to the OLDEST school in the United States. It was funded on donations and land rentals and had the intention to prepare boys of all social classes to graduate into higher academics. Latin was a requirement at colonial schools, so learning, writing, and speaking it was a top priority for the curriculum. Some very notable Boston figures attended the school, including Samuel Adams, William Hooper, John Hancock, Robert Treat Paine, and Ben Franklin who famously dropped out. The school has had five locations since originally being built in 1635, and the current location in Fenway has been open since 1922. Boston Latin was a boys only school until 1972, besides from Helen Magill White who was accepted and graduated in the 1860s's. She would go on to be the first American woman to receive a doctorate degree. Today, the school is still ranked among the best in the country.