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Boston Latin School

Boston is home to the oldest existing school in the US. Founded on April 23, 1635, Boston Latin School is also the first public school. It is a public exam school and was attended by many prominent Bostonians, such as: Ben Franklin, Samuel Adams, John Hancock, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Richard Saltonstall Greenough, Sumner Redstone, Charles Bulfinch, Louis Farrakhan and Leonard Bernstein. A pretty impressive roster!

Ninety-nine percent of the students attending now are accepted into colleges. The first school house, 375 years ago, resided on School Street and changed locations in Boston four times until settling at its current location on Avenue Louis Pasteur.

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