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High school is a name used in some parts of the world, and particularly in North America, to describe the last segment of compulsory secondary education. In the United States, high schools generally consist of grades 9, 10, 11, and 12, although the inclusion of grade 9 varies by school district.
The Boston Latin School is a public exam school founded on April 23, 1635, in Boston, Massachusetts, making it the oldest school in North America. The school has a rich history and is known for educating many influential historical figures from Boston. Its curriculum follows that of the 18th century Latin-school movement, which holds the Classics to be the basis of an educated mind. Four years of Latin are mandatory for all pupils that enter the school in 7th grade, three years for those who enter in 9th. The school is a part of the Boston Public Schools school district. Corneila Kelley is the principal for the school. Their mascot is Wolfpack.
The school's first class was in single figures, but it now has 2,400 pupils drawn from all parts of Boston. It has produced four Harvard presidents, four Massachusetts governors, and five signers of the Declaration of Independence. William Lloyd Garrison, Benjamin Franklin, and Louis Farrakhan are its most famous dropouts. There are two main publications of the Boston Latin School, the register which is the school's literary magazine, and the Argo, the school newspaper. A third publication is the Boston Latin Lampoon, a humor magazine. However, Lampoon is published only sporadically.

Admission to Boston Latin is determined by a combination of a student's score on the ISEE, Independent School Entrance Examination and his or her recent grades, and is limited to residents of Boston proper. Although Boston Latin runs from the 7th through the 12th grade, it only admits students into the 7th and 9th grades. Consequently the higher grades have fewer students than the lower grades, as a relatively large number of students transfer out. The school has historically been described as having a sink-or-swim environment, but in recent years there have been notable efforts to create a more supportive atmosphere.

The mission of Boston Latin High School is to provide their students with opportunities to obtain the skills needed to become productive, responsible citizens, capable of making positive contributions to a changing society.

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