In 1879, evangelist D.L. Moody founded the Northfield Seminary for Young Ladies on a hilltop in Northfield, Massachusetts; this was the birthplace of Northfield Mount Hermon. Two years later, he established the Mount Hermon School for Boys on the other side of the river.
It started as a school for girls who had limited access to education because they were poor and became known as an institution of academic excellence. Northfield graduates include: Juliana Rieser, class of 1900, founding director of the Whitney Museum of American Art; Connie Guion, class of 1902, the first woman doctor to teach in a medical school; the poet and author June Jordan ’53; the actress Bette Davis ’27; and Aurelia Brazeal ’60, the former U.S. ambassador to Ethiopia, Kenya, and Micronesia.
The two schools merged in 1971 and consolidated on the Mount Hermon campus in 2005. The Northfield campus was sold in 2009 in order for the school to focus its resources on educational programs. For more information about the Northfield campus, click here.