Founded on April 13, 1635, Boston Latin is America’s oldest public school. Until the completion of the schoolhouse, classes were held in the home of the first headmaster, Philemen Pormont. On School Street a mosaic and a statue of noted alumnus Benjamin Franklin marks the location of the original Boston Latin schoolhouse, which was completed in 1645. Four signers of the Declaration of Independence attended Boston Latin: Franklin, Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and Robert Treat Paine. But of the four, only three graduated: Ben Franklin, though one of America’s greatest minds, is also one of its most notable high school dropouts. Marking the association, the statue of Franklin, sculpted by Richard Saltonstall Greenough in 1856, is installed in front of the building.


The original wooden school building was torn down in 1745 to make way for an expanded King’s Chapel, but the school has continued in different locations. It is currently located in the Fenway ( a neighborhood of Boston), and unlike in the days of the Revolution, it admits both boys and girls.