History - 150 Years of Tradition



Seven Dwight Firsts

DWIGHT’S LEGACY of innovation and personalized learning dates back to 1872. We are proud of our long and rich history as a premier independent school, landmark New York City educational institution and pioneering global network of schools.

From the very beginning, Dwight was designed to prepare graduates for admission to Harvard and Yale; our school’s namesake is Yale’s twelfth President, Timothy Dwight V.

For more than 150 years, our visionary leaders have transformed the educational landscape, while our illustrious alumni have left their mark on the world.


“I cannot doubt that those who enjoy the advantages of your institution will be well prepared for their subsequent studies and their college life.”

Timmothy Dwight V
President of Yale University, 1888