Founded in 1866, the Noble and Greenough School is a small, elite private school in Massachusetts that has both boarding and day students. Historically, the school was started in Boston as feeder school for Harvard (and still to this day holds the reputation). It moved from Boston early in the 1900's to Dedham where it continued to thrive beside the Charles River and Many prominent Boston families such as the Lowells and Saltonstalls traditionally went to the school in its early years. Today the school is consistently ranked among the best in New England and known widely for its academic prestige. Upon graduation all seniors go on to attend accredited 4 year colleges with one of the highest proportion of students attending Ivy League schools in the nation (listed by the New York Times). The most popular colleges and universities are Brown, Boston College, U Penn, Tufts, Harvard, and Georgetown (based on matriculation in the last five years). The campus has very modern facilities and is proud of the commendations received by for various architectural accomplishments. It boasts pristine and manicured lawns and playing fields along the Charles River as well as a castle and many other buildings that serve the students and faculty. The school's historic rivalry is with Milton Academy, also a member of the Independent School League, or ISL. Nobles is also recognized as one of the athletic powerhouses of the ISL and maintains some of the best hockey programs in New England every year as well as other sports teams that often compete in New England championship games. There is a prep culture at Nobles but students hardly fall into any stereotype as they are known to be intellectual individuals with a wide range of pursuits.
The Noble and Greenough School, often called Nobles, is one of the finest New England preparatory schools today.