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Coe-Brown Northwood Academy

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy
Northwood, NH
Type Public Academy
Established 1867
Headmaster David S. Smith
Faculty 68
Enrollment 700
Average class size 16 students
Student to teacher ratio 12:1
Campus Open campus with five buildings, one tunnel, multiple playing fields, courts, track
Color(s) Red,White
Athletics 15 Interscholastic Sports
24 Interscholastic Teams
Mascot Black Bear

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy is a comprehensive secondary institution in Northwood, New Hampshire, United States. It serves all students from the towns of Strafford and Northwood and has agreements with the towns of Barrington and Nottingham. The school also accepts other students by application.


  • History 1
  • Characteristics 2
  • Admissions 3
  • External links 4


Coe-Brown Northwood Academy was founded in 1867 as a small private academy after veterans from the Civil War had pushed for the creation of a high school in Northwood. Shares were sold to 200 shareholders at $10.00. The shareholders originally owned the academy. Another high school in Northwood, the Northwood Seminary, was created in the same year. The first headmaster of Northwood Academy was the Reverend Eliot Cogswell.

The Board of Trustees of the academy was created in 1875 to manage the academy and take pressure off the shareholders. The academy was renamed Coe's Northwood Academy to honor the Coe family who donated land, money, houses, and woodlots to the academy and also paid to build a new office building.

In 1887 the school was given the deed to the Northwood Congregational Church (now located on campus) as well as another building and moved that building into what is now the teacher parking lot and named it Soper Hall. In 1901 the town of Northwood began paying tuition for students. In 1906 central heating and water systems were installed in the school. In 1926, electricity replaced the corroded gas lights.

Albert O. Brown (governor of New Hampshire from 1921–1923) was a great benefactor for the academy, and in 1939 the board of trustees renamed the academy Coe-Brown Northwood Academy in his honor. Since then, six additions and new buildings have been erected, Smith Hall and the Smith Hall Gymnasium (both across campus from the original building), Pinkham Hall, Wiggin Hall, Soper Hall, and the Gerrish Gym. Plans are in place to build an auditorium and arts center. There are also plans to fund and build a music and theater building somewhere in the near future. There will also be plans to build another field in the destroyed field next to Smith Hall and will probably be completed by 2017.

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy is now officially a "public academy" approved by the State of New Hampshire and accredited by New England Association of Schools & Colleges.


The school has characteristics of both a public and a private institution. Like a private school, it is run by an independent board of directors and paid for through student tuition. It is directed by a headmaster rather than a principal, and has somewhat of the campus feel common in private schools. Unlike most private schools, however, nearly all of the students are local, and most have their tuition paid and are accepted through contracts with local towns. The academic curriculum is also more on par with local public high schools. Coe-Brown Northwood Academy is officially recognized by the State of New Hampshire as a "public academy." This is a special identification given to two schools in the state.


Coe-Brown has contracts with Northwood and Strafford to be the high school for all residents of those two towns. Consequently, students who live in or move into those towns will automatically become Coe-Brown students, barring very unusual circumstances. Students who reside in Deerfield, Nottingham or Barrington may apply to come on a competitive basis, as may students from any other town within reasonable commuting distance. Nottingham and Barrington will pay the difference between CBNA's tuition and their local high school's tuition, whereas other towns which have their own high schools or contracts with area high schools would require a parent to pay private tuition to Coe-Brown. No transportation is provided by towns other than Northwood, Nottingham and Strafford.

External links

  • Coe-Brown website
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