|Established||April 23, 1635|
|Type||Public Exam School|
|Affiliation||Boston Public Schools|
|Head Master||Lynne Mooney-Teta|
|Location||78 Avenue Louis Pasteur,|
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
|Colors||Purple and White|
The Boston Latin School is a public exam school founded on April 23, 1635, in Boston, Massachusetts, making it the oldest public school in the United States. A motto (from the Italian word motto, meaning witticism sentence is a phrase meant to formally describe the general motivation or intention of a social group Events 215 BC - A temple is built on the Capitoline Hill dedicated to Venus Erycina to commemorate the Roman defeat at Educational institutions are often categorised along several dimensions The term public school has two distinct (and virtually opposite meanings depending on the location of usage in the United States, Australia and A magnet school is a School which offers specialized courses or curricula. Gender comprises a range of differences between men and women extending from the biological to the social Mixed-sex education, (or just Mixed education) also known as Coeducation, is the integrated education to males and females at the same school facilities Leadership The district is led by a Superintendent, hired by the Boston School Committee a seven-member school board appointed by the Mayor after approval by a nominating The Commonwealth of Massachusetts ( is a state located in the New England region of the northeastern United States. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the The New England Association of Schools and Colleges Inc (NEASC founded in 1885, is the oldest regional accrediting association in the United States A campus is traditionally the land on which a College or University and related institutional buildings are situated School colors are the Colors chosen by a School to represent it on uniforms and other items of identification Purple is a general term for the range of shades of Color occurring between Red and Blue. White is a Color, the perception which is evoked by Light that stimulates all three types of color sensitive Cone cells in the Human eye The athletic nickname, or equivalently athletic moniker, of a University or College within the United States is the name officially adopted by The term mascot – defined as a term for any person animal or object thought to bring Luck – colloquially includes anything used to represent a group with a common A sports rivalry is intense competition between athletic teams or athletes The English High School of Boston Massachusetts is a high school that was founded in 1821. A yearbook, also known as an annual is a book to record highlight and commemorate the past year of a School or a book published annually A student newspaper is a Newspaper run by Students of a University, High school, Middle school, or other school Public education is education mandated for or offered to the children of the general public by the Government, whether national regional or local provided by an institution A magnet school is a School which offers specialized courses or curricula. Events 215 BC - A temple is built on the Capitoline Hill dedicated to Venus Erycina to commemorate the Roman defeat at The Commonwealth of Massachusetts ( is a state located in the New England region of the northeastern United States. following are the oldest public high schools in the United States which are still in operation The United States of America —commonly referred to as the  The Public Latin School was a bastion for educating the sons of the Boston Brahmin elite, enabling the school to claim many influential Bostonians as alumni. Boston Brahmins, also called the First Families of Boston and cold roast Boston, are the class of New Englanders who claim hereditary and cultural descent Its curriculum follows that of the 18th century Latin-school movement, which holds the Classics to be the basis of an educated mind. The 18th century lasted from 1701 to 1800 in the Gregorian calendar, in accordance with the Anno Domini / Common Era numbering system "Classical literature" redirects here For literature in Classical languages outside the Graeco-Roman sphere see Ancient literature. Four years of Latin are mandatory for all pupils that enter the school in 7th grade, three years for those who enter in 9th. In 2007 the school was named one of the top twenty high-schools in the United States by U.S. News & World Report. USNews & World Report is an influential weekly American Newsmagazine published in Washington D 
The school's first class was in single figures, but it now has 2,400 pupils drawn from all parts of Boston. It has produced four Harvard presidents, four Massachusetts governors, and five signers of the Declaration of Independence. This article is about declarations of independence in general William Lloyd Garrison, Benjamin Franklin, and Louis Farrakhan are its most famous dropouts. William Lloyd Garrison ( December 12 1805 – May 24 1879) was a prominent American abolitionist, journalist and social reformer Benjamin Franklin ( April 17 1790 was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America. Louis Farrakhan (born Louis Eugene Walcott, May 11, 1933) is the Supreme Minister of the Nation of Islam as the National Representative
The school was modeled after Boston Grammar School in Lincolnshire, UK, from where many of Boston's original settlers derived. Boston Grammar School is a selective school for boys aged 11 to 18 recently admitting girls aged 16 to 18 in Boston Lincolnshire. Current students assert with pride that Harvard College, founded a year later in 1636, was created for Boston Latin's first graduates. Harvard College is the undergraduate section and oldest school of Harvard University, a Private university in the United States founded in 1636 by the Massachusetts Whether or not that is true, Boston Latin had been a top feeder school for Harvard, and has consistently sent large numbers of students to Harvard, recently averaging about twenty-five students per year. More than 99% of Boston Latin's approximately 300 annual graduates are accepted by at least one four-year college.
Latin School admitted only male students and hired only male teachers teachers from its founding in 1635. The school's first female student was not until the nineteenth century. Helen Magill White was the school's first female graduate and first American women to earn a Doctorate. Helen Magill White (1853-1944 was the first woman in the United States to earn a Ph A doctorate is an Academic degree that indicates the highest level of academic achievement However, soon after White's graduation in 1877, Girls' Latin School was founded. Boston Latin Academy is a Public Exam school school in the Boston Public School system for students from 7th to 12th grade For nearly a century, all qualified female students would attend the all-girls instituation. It was not until 1972, when Boston Latin would admit its first co-educational class. Mixed-sex education, (or just Mixed education) also known as Coeducation, is the integrated education to males and females at the same school facilities
Cornelia Kelley, the school's first female Headmaster, served from 1998 to her retirement in 2007, after which Lynne Mooney-Teta was selected to become the school's 28th Headmaster. Mooney-Teta is a 1986 graduate of Boston Latin, and was formerly an Assistant Head Master at the school. 
Boston Latin's motto is Sumus Primi, Latin for we are the first. This is meant as a double entendre, referring both to the school's date of founding and its academic stature. Not to be confused with Puns which employ multiple phrases A double entendre is a Figure of speech similar to the Pun, in Boston Latin has a history of pursuing the same standards as elite New England prep schools while adopting the egalitarian attitude of a public school. History See also History of New England New England's earliest inhabitants were Algonquian -speaking Native Americans including the A university-preparatory school or college-preparatory school (usually abbreviated to preparatory school, college prep school, or prep school The term public school has two distinct (and virtually opposite meanings depending on the location of usage in the United States, Australia and Academically, the school regularly outperforms public schools in rich Boston suburbs, particularly as measured by the yearly MCAS assessment required of all Massachusetts public schools. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts ( is a state located in the New England region of the northeastern United States. The term public school has two distinct (and virtually opposite meanings depending on the location of usage in the United States, Australia and In 2006, Brooklyn Latin School was founded in New York City, explicitly modeled on Boston Latin, borrowing much from its curriculum and traditions. The Brooklyn Latin School is a specialized high school in New York City, founded in 2006 
Admission is determined by a combination of a student's score on the Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE) and recent grades, and is limited to residents of Boston proper. The Independent School Entrance Examination, or ISEE, is an Entrance exam used by many Independent schools and Magnet schools in the United  Although Boston Latin runs from the 7th through the 12th grade, it only admits students into the 7th and 9th grades. Consequently the higher grades have fewer students than the lower grades, as a relatively large number of students transfer out. The school has historically been described as having a sink-or-swim environment, but in recent years there have been notable efforts to create a more supportive atmosphere.
Because it is a high-performing and well-regarded school in a city school system that is among the worst in the state, Boston Latin has been at the center of controversy concerning its admissions process. Admissions are very competitive, and it is not uncommon for fewer than 20% of applicants to be admitted. Before the 1997 school year, Boston Latin set aside a 35% quota of places in its incoming class for under-represented minorities. Year 1997 ( MCMXCVII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar Racial quotas in employment and education are numerical requirements for hiring promoting admitting and/or graduating members of a particular racial group while discriminating The school was forced to drop this policy after a series of lawsuits involving non-minority girls who were not admitted despite ranking higher than admitted minorities.  Boston Latin subsequently defeated a legal effort to do away with its admissions process entirely and conduct admissions by blind lottery. Since 1997, the percentage of under-represented minorities at Boston Latin has fallen from 35% to under 19% in 2005, despite efforts by Boston Latin, the Boston Public Schools, and the Boston Latin School Association to recruit more minority applicants and retain more minority students. Leadership The district is led by a Superintendent, hired by the Boston School Committee a seven-member school board appointed by the Mayor after approval by a nominating Because many of its minority students attend Boston Public Schools whereas a substantial number of its white students come from parochial schools or private schools, some advocate instituting a quota for the number of students that must be admitted from Boston's public middle schools. Parochial school is one term used (particularly in the United States) to describe a school that engages in Religious education in addition to conventional Education For the film of this title see Private School (film. Private schools, or Independent schools are Schools not administered
Declamation is the most time-honored of the school's traditions. Declamation (also known as Oratorical Declamation or Oratorical Interpretation commonly abbreviated to "dec" is a public speaking event of the National Catholic Forensic Pupils in the 7th to 10th grade are required to give an oration in their English class three times during the year. There is also Public Declamation, where pupils from all grades, or classes, are welcomed to try out for the chance to declaim a memorized piece in front of an assembly. During Public Declamation, declaimers are scored on aspects such as "Memorization" "Presentation", and "Voice and Delivery", and those who score well in three of the first four public declamations are given the chance to declaim in front of alumni judges for awards in "Prize Declamation".
In addition to the well-known and time-honored tradition of declamation in English classes, recently the Modern Languages department instituted an annual "World Language Declamation" competition. Once a year, during National Foreign Language Week (usually the first week of March), students from grades 8 through 12 perform orations in languages other than English. Most students choose to declaim in the modern language they are studying, though some choose Latin, Greek, or their native tongue. Judges are brought in from various institutions around the city, and mark the students in similar categories to those used in Public Declamation. Entrants are categorized by level, rather than language, such that all students declaiming at the first-year level of various languages are competing against each other, all students at the second-year level compete against each other, and so on. Students who regularly perform exceptionally well at World Language Declamation are honored at Prize Night with the Celia Gordon Malkiel Prize. 
In a move that was controversial among some alumni, the school decided in 2001 to decrease the requirement for students' Latin instruction by one year, starting with the class of 2006.  The mandatory minimum period of Latin instruction was decreased for students admitted for 7th grade from five years to four years, and for students admitted for 9th grade from four years to three years. This decision was made by the head of the school's Latin department, in recognition of the fact that the requirement was hampering students' ability to take enough courses in important modern subjects such as Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science and modern languages. However, students still retain the ability to study Latin through their sixth year, and many do so, partly in order to maximize the number of AP courses in which they are enrolled.
In a 1789 codicil to his will, Benjamin Franklin established a legacy to fund the Franklin Medals, which are awarded to the school's top-ranking pupils at graduation. Year 1789 ( MDCCLXXXIX) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common A codicil is a document that amends rather than replaces a previously executed will. The second most prestigious awards, the Dixwell Prizes, are given to pupils excelling in Latin or Greek.
There are currently two main publications of the Boston Latin School: The Register is the school's literary magazine, and The Argo the school newspaper. George Santayana founded The Register in 1881 to serve as the school newspaper. George Santayana ( December 16, 1863, Madrid &ndash September 26, 1952, Rome) was a Philosopher, Essayist Over the years, however, it evolved into a purely literary magazine, publishing prose and poetry written by members of the student body, as well as artwork. There are generally two editors-in-chief, and it is published twice per year. The Argo, the school's newspaper, is far younger, having been founded after it was clear that the Register had become a purely literary magazine. As of the 2006–2007 school year, it is published seven times a year. Both the Register and the Argo are entirely student-produced, and both have won awards from the New England Scholastic Press Association. 
The Boston Latin Lampoon, a humor magazine, was published only sporadically, and has not appeared since 2005. A science publication, The Catapulta, was published four times since the Spring of the 2004-2005 school year, and a new edition is planned.
In the 2003–2004 school year, a publication entitled "Plebeians Speak" appeared once. The anonymous pamphlet featured articles that might have been censored from The Argo for being controversial or inflammatory. Its title referred to its editorial belief that students (and in some cases, teachers) were considered common, insignificant folk by the administration.
Boston Latin's teams are known as the Boston Latin Wolfpack; their colors are purple and white. Boston Latin has played rival Boston English in Football every Thanksgiving since 1887, the oldest continuous high school rivalry in the United States. The English High School of Boston Massachusetts is a high school that was founded in 1821. American football, known in the United States and Canada simply as football, is a competitive Team sport known for mixing strategy with Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day, is a traditional North American Holiday, which is a form of harvest festival. Since 1887 the oldest school in the United States, the Boston Latin School, has faced off against the English High School of Boston, in an annual football The United States of America —commonly referred to as the  Historically, Boston Latin's hockey and volleyball teams, both boys' and girls', have been very good; for the most part, however, titles have been few and far between since the school left the Boston Public Schools league in Division V which it had dominated. Boston Latin now competes in Division II Dual County League against suburban schools with better facilities and greater funding. In 1995, the girls' soccer team won their first game after 11 years of losses. The girl's hockey team won the Division 1 State Championship in 2001 and has won the Dual County League for the past 9 years. In 2001 Boston Latin Girls Tennis won their first ever Division I State Championship. They continued to dominate for the next two years and became the first team to go three seasons undefeated; gaining two more State Championships in both 2002 and 2003. In 2005 Boston Latin Boys Hockey won the schools first ever boys ice hockey Division II State Championship. Boston Latin defeated the two time defending state champion Saugus in overtime. This feat was remarkable considering Boston Latin was the first ever exam entrance school to win the State Championship.
Boston Latin School is the only school in the Division II Dual County League that does not charge an Athletics Fee to students who wish to participate, and only has a budget of around two hundred thousand dollars per year, which is about half of what the other Division II DCL schools usually boast. Athletics are funded by the Boston Latin School Alumni Association, the Boston Latin School Varsity Club, and about half of the funding comes from the Boston Public Schools.
Boston Latin has participated in the Mock Trial program sponsored by the Massachusetts Bar Association since the programs' founding in 1987. The team has since won the State Championship twice: the first in 1987 and then again in 2006. BLS went on to rank 24th in the Nationals at Oklahoma City in 2006. The team receives a mock case each year and prepares drafts of openings, directs, crosses and closings for both prosecution and defense. They then compete at regionals in order to advance to the Championship series. In 2006, the team advanced and won the State Championship with the help of three lawyer coaches who were all alumni of BLS: Lauren McDonough, Milo Tumposky and Sean Cronin.
The internal television station of Boston Latin School is BLSTV; it has been broadcasting since 2003. Every day BLSTV broadcasts the daily bulletin to all of BLS. All of the broadcasters are students, in either their Junior or Senior years. BLSTV also appears at most school events, filming and archiving all of their footage. Many of the producers of BLSTV who have graduated have moved on to college, where they are studying to become film and television producers.
Boston Latin School's Theatre Company produces three to four plays per academic year, including a spring musical. Traditionally, the school also showcases a one-act play in the Massachusetts High School Drama Guild Festival. The Massachusetts High School Drama Guild is usually known in common parlance as the MHSDG. The 2007 entry, Jordan Harrison's Kid Simple: A Radio Play in the Flesh, advanced to the semi-final level of the festival where it won multiple awards for acting, lighting design, and sound design. In 2004, the student director was awarded for Excellence in Directing, for Jon Klein's Dimly Perceived Threats to the System. Other BLS entries in the MHSDG Festival have included Tristine Skyler's The Moonlight Room (2006), Craig Lucas' Reckless (2005), A. R. Gurney's The Dining Room (2003), Jean-Claude van Itallie's T. V. (2002) and Interview (2001), Elaine May's Adaptation (2000), Steve Martin's WASP (1999), Peter Shaffer's Black Comedy (1998), and The Romancers (1997). Elaine May (born April 21 1932, Philadelphia) is a two-time Academy Award nominated Director, Screenwriter and Stephen Glenn Martin (born August 14, 1945) is an Emmy Award -winning American Actor, Comedian, Writer, In Winter 2008, the Boston Latin Theatre Company produced Tilt Angel, which reached the State Finals of the 2008 MHSDG Festival, the first finals appearance since 2004. The Massachusetts High School Drama Guild is usually known in common parlance as the MHSDG. Tilt Angel won numerous awards for individual and ensemble acting, as well as for sound, makeup, and lighting design. Tilt Angel was also selected by the MHSDG to be one of two Massachusetts representatives at the 2008 New England Drama Festival, the first time BLS has advanced so far. The Massachusetts High School Drama Guild is usually known in common parlance as the MHSDG. In Spring 2008, the company will produce The Secret Garden. The Secret Garden is a musical based on the 1909 novel of the same name by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The Boston Latin Theatre Company currently has alumni studying at Emerson College, New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Northwestern University, Boston College, Boston University, and the University of Southern California's School of Theatre. Emerson College is a private university in Boston, Massachusetts that focuses on "communication and the arts" New York University ( NYU) is a private, Nonsectarian, Coeducational Research University in New York City. Tisch School of the Arts (known more commonly as Tisch or TSOA) is one of the 15 schools that make up New York University (NYU For similarly-named academic institutions see Education in Boston MA. For similarly-named academic institutions see Education in Boston MA. The University of Southern California (commonly referred to as USC, SC, Southern California, and incorrectly
Boston Latin School also has an extensive music program. Introductory, Junior, and Senior Concert Bands, Concert Choir, and String Orchestras are elective classes (although these grades do not contribute to GPA). After-school musical ensembles include the a cappella Wolftones and Wolfettes, Football Pep Band, Show Choir, Chamber Choir, Big Band, Junior Big Band, Flute Ensemble, and the Honors Orchestra, among others. A cappella (Italian or Latin "From the chapel/choir" Music is Vocal music or Singing without instrumental Accompaniment There are also fully academic music classes (for which grades are factored into the GPA), such as Introduction to Music Theory, and a very rigorous Advanced Placement Music Theory class. Music theory is the field of study that deals with the Mechanics of music and how Music works The Advanced Placement Program is a program that offers college level courses at High schools across the United States and Canada.
Each year, all of the musical groups display their talents at Boston Latin School's Holiday Concerts and Music Nights. The former is two nights in mid-December and the latter two nights in Spring, where students perform several selections of music that they have been working on for those who wish to attend.
Musical groups from Boston Latin School also perform at the Massachusetts Instrumental & Choral Conductors Association festival in April. In 2006, the Boston Latin School Senior String Orchestra received a gold medal for the second year in a row while the Senior Concert Band and Concert Choir received bronze medals. In 2007, the Senior Strings received a gold medal while the Wind Ensemble received a silver medal. The Boston Latin Big Band has made it to the International Association for Jazz Education State Finals six years in a row and has placed as high as second in the Berklee College of Music High School Jazz Festival. International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE was a Non-profit voluntary organization that distributed student Scholarships through its approved festivals program Berklee College of Music, founded in 1945 is an independent music College in Boston Massachusetts. In 2007, the Big Band won a gold medal at the IAJE state finals.
The Boston Latin School visual arts program, while not as extensively funded as the music program, still commands a viable part of the workload. Seventh and eighth grade students are expected to take regular basic art classes, meant as introductions to the visual arts. Older students then have the option of taking an elective arts course, including a regular foundations class and a rigorous two year Advanced Placement course designed to prepare students for art college and build portfolios. The Advanced Placement Program is a program that offers college level courses at High schools across the United States and Canada.
The Boston Latin School visual arts program boasts three large 2D art studios, a firing kiln, a computer lab, and a photography lab (although no photography classes are currently available). Kilns are thermally insulated chambers or Ovens in which controlled temperature regimes are produced The program is staffed by two teachers, Mr. Stephen Harris and Mr. Carlos Byron, with additional pottery classes taught after school from alumna Kaitlyn Jolly. The art program hosts an Arts Night, similar to the Music Nights, which is dedicated to the work of students in the Advanced Placement program.
Since 2000, Boston Latin School has been an active participant on the local, state and national levels of the National Junior Classical League, formed in 1936, fostering a tradition of deeper academic study of the classics, along with creative expression through visual and creative arts. The National Junior Classical League, or NJCL, is an organization of secondary school students sponsored by the American Classical League. Boston Latin School hosts a certamen scrimmage (much like a quiz bowl competition) each year in late November or early December, and sends delegates to the State Convention in April, and often the National Convention, which takes places in July or August. Certamen, Latin for "competition" (pl ' Certamina') is a Quiz bowl style competition with classics-themed questions In the past years, Boston Latin School's JCL chapter has grown substantially since its founding; Boston Latin School often contributes dedicated certamen players to represent Massachusetts on a national level in certamen.
Recently, the Boston Latin School JCL sent eight delegates to the MassJCL State Convention, held at Barnstable High School. There, the advanced certamen team won 1st place, and the intermediate certamen team won 2nd place. Olivia Schwob won 1st place overall in Art, and Jacob Meister won 1st place overall in Academics; he was elected as MassJCL's 2nd Vice President for the 2007-2008 school year. On a more recent note, the Boston Latin School JCL attended the National Junior Classical League Convention, held in Knoxville, Tennessee, from July 24th to July 29th, 2007. Two Latin School delegates, Olivia Schwob and Jacob Meister, placed 10th and 3rd respectively in overall individual achievement; Olivia Schwob won 5th overall in Art, and Jacob Meister won 3rd place in Academics and creative contests.
There are also many other extracurricular activities, such as Wolfpack Volunteers, Youth Climate Action Network, Clay Club, Dungeons & Dragons Club, the Gay/Straight Alliance, a Robotics team, many cultural clubs such as Asian Students in Action (A. S. I. A. ), a ski club and more.
Boston Latin has graduated notable Americans in the fields of politics (both local and national), religion, science, journalism, philosophy, and music. This is a list of notable alumni of Boston Latin School. Boston Latin School is a public exam school founded in 1635 and located in Boston Of the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence, five were educated at Latin: Adams, Franklin, Hancock, Hooper, and Paine. This article is about declarations of independence in general  Graduates and students fought in the Revolutionary War, American Civil War, World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War, and plaques and statues in the school building honor those who died. In this article the inhabitants of the thirteen colonies that supported the American Revolution are primarily referred to as "Americans" with occasional references to "Patriots" Causes of the war See also Origins of the American Civil War, Timeline of events leading to the American Civil War The coexistence of a slave-owning South World War I (abbreviated WWI; also known as the First World War, the Great War, and the War to End All World War II, or the Second World War, (often abbreviated WWII) was a global military conflict which involved a majority of the world's nations, including The Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, or the Vietnam Conflict, occurred in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia
The Hall of Fame, known casually as "The Wall," refers to the upper frieze in the school's auditorium, where the last names of famous alumni are painted. In Architecture the frieze is the wide central section part of an Entablature and may be plain or &ndash in the Ionic or Corinthian order &ndash These names include Adams, Bernstein, Fitzgerald, Franklin, Hancock, Hooper, Kennedy, Mather, Paine, Quincy, Santayana, Winthrop, and many others. Samuel Adams ( – October 2 1803 was an American Statesman, Politician, Writer and political philosopher, brewer WikipediaWikiProject Composers#Lead section --> WikipediaWikiProject Classical music#Biographical_infoboxes For the American author John Fitzgerald see John D Fitzgerald. Benjamin Franklin ( April 17 1790 was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America. John Hancock ( October 8 1793 was a Massachusetts merchant and prominent patriot of the American Revolution. William Hooper (June 17 1742 &ndash October 14 1790 was an American lawyer politician and a member of the Continental Congress representing North Carolina Joseph Patrick "Joe" Kennedy Sr (September 6 1888 &ndash November 18 1969 was a prominent American businessman and political figure and the father of U Cotton Mather (February 12 1663 &ndash February 13 1728 AB 1678 ( Harvard College) A Robert Treat Paine (March 11 1731 &ndash May 11 1814 was a signer of the Declaration of Independence as a representative of Massachusetts. Josiah Quincy II (born in Boston, Massachusetts, February 23, 1744 &ndash died April 26, 1775) was a famous American lawyer George Santayana ( December 16, 1863, Madrid &ndash September 26, 1952, Rome) was a Philosopher, Essayist The most recent name, Wade H. McCree Jr. Wade Hampton McCree Jr ( July 3, 1920 &ndash August 30, 1987) was the first African American Judge appointed to , was added to the frieze in 1999, and the selection of the name involved a conscious effort to choose a graduate of color. In Architecture the frieze is the wide central section part of an Entablature and may be plain or &ndash in the Ionic or Corinthian order &ndash  There are no names of female graduates, mostly because females have attended the school for just 34 years and the honor is only bestowed posthumously. A posthumous recognition is a ceremonial award given after the recipient has died usually in honor of an action associated with their death Currently there is only space for one more name, and the Head Master enjoys telling incoming students that if they work hard enough, one of their names might end up on "The Wall" some day. There is also a lower frieze with the names of many other distinguished graduates, and a place on the lower frieze can be awarded while the person is still alive.
Hall of Fame Alumni can be viewed here: Boston Latin School's Hall of Fame
Boston Latin has benefited enormously from the efforts of the Boston Latin School Association (BLSA), a private charity dedicated to fostering involvement by and donations from the school's substantial alumni base. The BLSA recently completed its major Pons Privatus (Private Bridge) fund-raising campaign, which raised nearly $37 million in donations from alumni and an additional $20 million in planned gift intentions. At the time, it was the largest fundraising effort in the history of public secondary education. This endowment is mostly supplementary, on top of the roughly $10 million per year in untaxed operating grants the school receives from the Boston Public Schools, which covers most teacher salaries and maintenance. Leadership The district is led by a Superintendent, hired by the Boston School Committee a seven-member school board appointed by the Mayor after approval by a nominating The school also received a $34. 6 million multiyear grant in the late 1990s for a major expansion project.