Friday, June 10, 2011

Postcard Friendship Friday - Miss Porter's School



Every once in a while I will sit and look through my post cards and pull a few to check out the history behind the picture.  With the card I am sharing today I did just that.  Wow was I in for a surprise.  

Miss Porter’s School, Farmington Connecticut has been around since 1843! In 1847 she had 25 students. A group of Framington fathers wanted their daughters to get the best education and encouraged the growth of the school.  In 1886 there were 62 graduates.  Miss Porter ran the school until her death in 1900. Then her nephew Robert Porter Keep and his wife managed the school. Robert Porter Keep Jr. became the headmaster.  The school remained private until 1943 when it was incorporated as a non-profit.  At one time it was refereed to as a finishing school for girls.

The curriculum taught at Porter's in the 19th century included Latin, French and German, spelling, reading, arithmetic, trigonometry, history and geography. Because Sarah Porter believed young women to be as capable of learning as young men, her curriculum also included chemistry, physiology, botany, geology and astronomy. The arts also were emphasized; Sarah Porter hired prominent men to teach drawing and give music lessons, and chamber music concerts were frequently given at the school. Each student was expected to design her course selection to meet her individual needs and talents. - Quoted from Miss Porter's School History 

Notable students at Miss Porter’s School include:  
Gloria Vanderbuilt
Barbara Hutton “ Poor Little Rich Girl”
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis
Barbara Babcock
Laura Rockefeller Chasin
Brenda Frazier
Alice Hamilton
Gene Tierney, 
Edith Beale
Lilly Pulitzer
Over the years members of families with last names of Rockefeller, Auchincloss, Bouvier, Biddle, Bush, Havemeyer, Forbes, and Van Rensselaer, also heiresses to the fortunes Kellogg’s, Raths, Swifts, Armours, and Pillsbury.
As recently as December 2008 the school made national news, the school was being sued over the expulsion of a student. 

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5 comments:

jill said...

Wow, those are a lot of famous last names.. And it's called just Miss Porter's school? cool! interesting read.

Postcards Crossing said...

I agree with jill - lots of prominent names out there. Must be a really exclusive school for the rich kids. Great info.

MrCachet said...

Was this card used? Perhaps by a student? Thanks for the history lesson!

Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

It sounds like the sort of school where Miss Brodie would work, or where "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" would have taken place.

Mary said...

I remember going to a camp in 8th grade with a girl named Libby. She went to this school and always seemed very proud of herself - snooty even. I had never heard of it and could never figure out why she was so impressed with herself. Makes sense now!