In the nineteenth century, Kimball Union was a co-educational school, its social life integrated with the village of Meriden, where many students traveled from their local family farms. While our current students come from countries around the world, we still value our community of young men and women living and learning together in our historic village home.
Through its first century, moral character and classical values of both the local and national culture helped to form the basis of our honor code and course curriculum. As the years progressed, the arts blossomed in the extended Meriden community, including the Cornish Arts Colony, and simultaneously at the school. Kimball Union is near the Augustus Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site just up the road, and our campus is framed by an inspirational natural landscape, often represented in the neo-classical work of Maxfield Parrish.
Kimball Union has always maintained a close relationship to the community, and specifically with nearby Dartmouth College, to provide the best environment for learning into the twenty-first century. Frequent guest lecturers, coursework, and access to cultural events connect modern day students with the college. A shared history includes many alumni in common, most notably, famed biologist and educator, E.E. Just, for whom our environmental center is named.
There is no doubt that Kimball Union has come a long way from its beginnings in 1813. But one thing has not changed; we still offer the best in contemporary education. From a predominantly locally based student body to a school with no international constraints, from forty years as a single-sex institution to a return to coeducation in the mid-seventies, from seven students to three hundred and forty, we have grown and flourished over two hundred years of history. Grounded by our mission, Kimball Union Academy has the experience of centuries.