Andover and Abbot at 50
September 13, 2023

Abbot & Andover: A Golden Milestone

“Abbot & Andover at 50: Then, Now, Next” launches yearlong celebration

As we open a new academic year, we are excited to mark the 50th anniversary of Abbot Academy and Phillips Academy becoming a singular institution. “Abbot & Andover at 50: Then, Now, Next” will feature reflections, celebrations, aspirations, and a platform to explore what Abbot and Andover mean to us from a variety of perspectives. Our charge is four-fold and aims to include the voices of alumni, students, faculty, and staff.

Over the course of the year, we will:

  • Recognize the legacy of Abbot Academy and the ways it has impacted our community, including examining the complicated history associated with the merger;
  • Reveal and share the experiences of students, faculty, and alumni since 1973;
  • Celebrate the people, programs, and places that Abbot and Andover have brought together to create a more inclusive learning and living environment;
  • Cultivate ongoing discussion and action around the changing dynamics related to gender and education.

The missions of both schools reflect shared values to “prepare graduates who are…committed to the public good” (Abbot) and to “enlarge the minds, and form the morals of … youth” (Phillips). These ideals motivate all of us to inspire knowledge and goodness on our campus and in the world around us.

We opened school with banners adorning Samuel Phillips Hall to announce the milestone year. The campus community will mark this year with speakers, programs, and other initiatives centered around our theme of “then, now, next”. Alumni and parents, we hope you will join off campus and virtual events, and take this opportunity to share lived experiences. I invite you to join the conversation today by sending us 50 Words for 50 Years!


Raynard Kington, MD, PhD, P’24, ’27

Categories: Alumni, Leadership

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