Our History

The White Mountain School was founded in 1886 as St. Mary’s School, an Episcopal school for girls, by The Rt. Rev. William Niles, Bishop of N.H. Opening its doors in Concord, N.H., St. Mary’s School welcomed eight boarders, 14 day students and six teachers. Nearly 50 years later, our School’s inspired Headmistress, Dorothy E. McLane, outlined her plan to move the School to the White Mountains. “Aunt Dot,” a firm believer in the importance of academic and athletic challenge, as well as a lover of the outdoors, held the 50th Commencement exercises of St Mary’s-in-the-Mountains at the newly purchased “Seven Springs Estate,” formerly owned by Eman and Mary Payne Beck in Bethlehem, N.H. The School was renamed The White Mountain School in 1973. See our interactive timeline below for a closer look at our proud history. 

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371 West Farm Road  •  Bethlehem, New Hampshire 03574  •  603.444.2928
Founded in 1886 and set in the beautiful White Mountains of northern New Hampshire,
The White Mountain School is a coeducational college-preparatory boarding and day
school for students grades 9-12/PG.