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The Hotchkiss School

The Hotchkiss School is a highly selective independent, co-educational American college preparatory boarding school located in Lakeville, Connecticut. Founded in 1891, the school enrolls students in grades 9 through 12 and a small number of postgraduates. Students at Hotchkiss come from across the United States and 37 foreign countries.

Hotchkiss is a member of the Eight Schools Association, the Ten Schools Admissions Organization, and a member of the G20 Schools group. In 2010 Hotchkiss joined in a partnership with The Affiliated High School of Peking University to form the basis of the International Division of Peking University High School.

hotchkissMaria H. (Bissell) Hotchkiss founded the school in 1891 to prepare young men for Yale University.  The first day of instruction was October 18, 1892.
Maria originally had aspirations for the school to serve underprivileged students, and the original charter provided some scholarships. The charter also reserved space for academically gifted Lakeville boys regardless of family income.  Maria Hotchkiss was the widow of Benjamin B. Hotchkiss, who
founded the French arms company Hotchkiss et Cie, made famous by the use of its machine guns in World War I.