As is the case with most of the New England states, Maine has its fair share of heritage educational institutions.  Maine has some of the oldest schools and colleges in the entire country.

In addition to iconic Ivy League-esque colleges like Bowdoin, Bates, and Colby, Maine is home to some very impressive high schools.


What Is The Oldest High School In The State Of Maine?

As far as we can tell, the oldest high school in the State of Maine is Fryeburg Academy.  Located in the small Maine town of Fryeburg, the school first welcomed students way back in 1792.  Yes, that makes it over 225 years old!

One of the unique things about Fryeburg Academy is that it is a combination public and private high school.  It does operate as a private high school, welcoming hundreds of students from all over the world.  And, it also serves as the public high school for the Town of Fryeburg and surrounding towns.

Because of its unique status, the school has the cashflow for it to be one of the best equipped high schools in all of New England.  Walking the school's campus is more like taking a walk around a private university than walking around a high school.

The school provides an amazing education.  However, for those who are not local to the area, the school is not cheap.  For the upcoming school year, a student's family will pay $19,000.  That assumes the student will be living at home and community.  If your teen will be staying at the school's dorms, the fee will be more like $52,000 for the year.

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What About Hampden Academy?

According to the Family Minded website, Hampden Academy first opened in 1803.  As far as we can tell, this makes Hampden Academy the second oldest high school in the State of Maine.

Located on Western Avenue in the town of Hampden, it is the 15th oldest high school in the entire country.


Where did you go to high school?  Were you lucky enough to attend one of the oldest schools in the state?

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