Dr. Edward Dudley Tibbits established Hoosac School to provide an intimate, highly personalized educational setting in which each student could receive individualized attention and support.

Today, the School's essential mission remains true to its founder's philosophy: to develop the character, spirit, mind, and body of its students, to foster independence and self-discipline, and to motivate them to develop to their full potential for success in college and for full, productive, and intelligent lives. Founded as an Episcopal church school for boys, Hoosac today retains its ties to the church through the Chapel program while welcoming young men and women from many religious backgrounds. Students and faculty pledge to conduct themselves according to the School's Code of Honor.

Hoosac School is a nonprofit corporation governed by a Board of Trustees. It is chartered by the New York State Board of Regents and accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Many of the 1700 living graduates support the School through the Annual Giving. Eight alumni currently serve on the Board of Trustees.

1780

Historical image of George Tibbits

George Tibbits commenced his career in dry goods business and became a wealthy, powerful citizen of Troy and served in political office.

1800

Historical image of George TibbitsGeorge Tibbits, founder of the Tibbits fortune, purchased ”White House Manor” in Dutch Hoosac, which was passed down to George M. Tibbits, his eldest son.

1820

Historical image of Hoosac ValleyGeorge M. Tibbits built a brick house on a hill over looking the “Hoosic Valley,” later incorporated into the stone mansion built in 1860.

1850

Historical image of the Old SchoolhouseFirst recorded Episcopal service in the “Old Schoolhouse” at junction of Rts. 7 & 22. Services x10 years by vestryman George M. Tibbits. No services 1861-1865.

1860

Historical image of the Mansion HouseConstruction on the Mansion House started by George M. Tibbits and later remodeled by his son, LeGrand Tibbits,  into the stone Gothic castle known as the “Finest Mansion in the Hoosac Valley of the Mingling Waters.”

1864

Historical image of the All Saints Chapel BuildingGeorge M. Tibbits began construction on the All Saints Chapel building.

1866

Historical image of the Sacring Bell of All Saints ChurchThe Sacring Bell of All Saints Church, cast in 1578, was purchased by the Tibbits family in Munich, Germany. 
John B. Tibbits was ordained and made head of services in Hoosick. 

1872

Historical image of the All Saints ChapelAll Saints Chapel was completed when the medieval peal of bells, purchased in 1867 by Mrs. George M. Tibbits, was hung in the tower; George M. Tibbits dedicated the tower to her memory.
George M. Tibbits passes away; his son, John Tibbits, assumes ownership of all church properties.

1889

Historical image of the All Saints Choir SchoolOn September 27, the Rev. Edward D. Tibbits, ordained in 1885, established the All Saints Choir School. Eight boys enrolled and lived in the Rectory. Later in 1889 it became the Hoosac School for Boys. Edward Tibbits remained Rector until his death.

1891

Historical image of the first Boar's Head Yule Log celebrationFirst performance of the Boar’s Head and Yule Log celebration.

1892

Historical image of the Red HouseThe Red House, a former tavern from Bovie Farm, was used as a dormitory.

1896

Historical image of the Old SquealeryThe Old Squealery was built by John B. Tibbits as a surprise for his son and later turned into a library.

1900

Historical image of the first 19 boys enrolled in the Hoosac School for BoysNineteen boys are enrolled in Hoosac School for Boys.

1901-1903

Willis College was converted to a dormitory.
A Master’s apartment was added to the Old Squealery.
LeGrand Cannon Tibbits became the sole owner of the Mansion House

1903

Hoosac was incorporated under Business or School Corporation Law.

1905

The Meeting house was converted into schoolhouse.
Dr. Edward D. Tibbits purchased the Armstrong Store and Home.

1906

The Owl Spring property was gifted to the school by Cebra Quackenbush.

1907

Trinity College conferred a Doctor of Letters upon Dr. Edward D. Tibbits.

1908

Funds raised for a new gymnasium; $1200 raised, end cost $6000, paid out of pocket by the Rector.
Doctor of Divinity conferred upon Dr. Tibbits by Williams College.

1910

Enrollment is up to 72.

1921

Charter granted to Hoosac School for elementary and secondary instruction of young men.

1923

Mr. Julian G. Hillhouse, Headmaster until 1930.

1930

Rev. Dr. Edward D. Tibbits passed away.

Rev. James L. Whitcomb, Headmaster until 1941.

1934

Gym lost to fire.

First Asado Day.

1935

LeGrand C. Tibbits passed away.

1939

Rectory and Holly Dome lost to fire.

1941

Rev. Meredith B. Wood, Headmaster until 1957.

The Tunesmiths choir was founded.

1947

The Mansion House was renovated and 15 boys moved in.

1952

Hoosac School moved to the Mansion Estate, where it still is today.

1957

Dr. Roger G. Cooley, Headmaster until 1961.

1961

Rev. Clinton H. Blake, Headmaster/Rector until 1966.

1966

Mr. Donn D. Wright, Headmaster until 1971.

1967

Pitt Mason dormitory built.

1969

Lavino dormitory built.

1970-1975

First Middle States Accreditation.

Blake Science Center built.

Cannon House Built.

First female students admitted.

1971

Mr. H. Ashton Crosby, Headmaster until 1976.

1976

Mr. James P. Beckford, Headmaster until 1981.

1978

The "Tibbits House" Mansion was placed on the National Registry of Historic Places.

1980

The old "Stone Schoolhouse" and surrounding land on the far side of Rt. 22 was sold.

1981

Mr. Samuel Greene, Headmaster until 1984.

1982

The George E. Lavino Trust was established.

1984

Mr. Donn D. Wright, returned as Headmaster until 1990.

Plaque placed in Memorial Hall to honor ten trustees who "risked much" to preserve the school.

1985

Dana B. Wotkyns '18 gives bequest of over $500,000, presented by Edward Pattison '49.

First issue of Hoosac Today.

1988

Sports Complex built thanks to bequest from Dana B. Wotkyns '18; dedicated to Coach Harry H. Dickie.

Centennial Bell Tower built by alumni.

1989

Centennial Celebration; Will Moses donated painting of Hoosac.

McCullough House built and named in honor of Edith McCullough.

1990

Trustees created the Wotkyns Society for bequests, in honor of Dana B. Wotkyns '18.

Mr. Richard J. Lomuscio, Headmaster until 2011.

1993

Dedication of a plaque honoring those Hoosac men who served in the World Wars.

Hoosac became a chartered member of the National Honor Society.

1995

New Tennis Courts gifted by Louis B. Hagar Jr. '74 in honor of his class.

1999

First computer lab added to library.

2000

The Reverend Meredith B. Wood Foundation scholarship fund initiated.

2001

Five new classrooms added to Blake Science Center.

2005

Hoosac's boys varsity hockey team made it to the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) finals.

2006

Theater added to Lowenfish Auditorium.

Bell Tower rebuilt by Edward Norton '72 and John Millar '64.

2007

Hoosac boys varsity hockey team wins NEPSAC championship.

New track gifted in memory of George Sedgwick III '63.

2008

Old Barn remodeled into woodshop; $30,000 raised, with matching grant from the E. E. Ford Foundation.

2009

Greenhouse added to Blake; $10,000 raised with matching grant from Benedict Foundation for Independent Schools. 

2010

New Observatory "Galactica" gifted by the proctor family.

2011

Mr. Dean S. Foster, Current Headmaster.

New slate roof for Tibbits Hall provided by an anonymous gift of $165,000 in memory of Daniel Francis Verdery '68.

Owl Society initiated.

2012

"Richard J. Phair, Class of '43" Fitness Center gifted by alumni & parents.

Hoosac boys varsity basketball team wins Class D NEPSAC championship.

First ELL lab gifted by international parents.

2013

Hoosac boys varsity basketball team repeats as Class D NEPSAC champions.

Day student lounge created by parent volunteers.

Memorial Garden dedicated to members of the Hoosac community who served in all wars.

2014

Tibbits Common Room renovated thanks to parent donations.

New school store opened.

2016

Girls varsity ice hockey begins. Bill Ward is hired as head coach. 

2017

Boys varsity lacrosse wins Division III NEPSAC championship. 

2018

A brand new hardwood basketball court is installed in honor of Athletic Director Michael Ryan's 30 years of service (Coach Ryan Court).

2019

Highest total enrollment (194), female enrollment (52), and most diverse student population (31 countries, 10 U.S. states) in school history. 

2020

Towne Hall, Hoosac's 10th dormitory, is built.