Education: Roxbury's 300th

The trustees of a suburban Boston preparatory school were looking for a new headmaster. One candidate they considered was an alumnus then teaching chemistry at Harvard. They rejected him because of his "youth and inexperience." Three months later the alumnus, James Bryant Conant, was chosen president of Harvard. The pick-&-choosy school, Roxbury Latin, is this week celebrating its 300th anniversary. Alumnus Conant, proud of his old school's high standards, will be there to help celebrate.

Roxbury Latin is the oldest independent, continuously functioning school in the U.S.* Its founder was Preacher John...

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