Buckley School (New York City)

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The Buckley School
The Buckley School (New York City) Crest.png
School crest
Coordinates 40°46′18.4″N 73°57′44.1″W / 40.771778°N 73.962250°W / 40.771778; -73.962250Coordinates: 40°46′18.4″N 73°57′44.1″W / 40.771778°N 73.962250°W / 40.771778; -73.962250
Type Private Independent
Motto Honor et Veritas
(Honor and truth)
Established 1913
Founder B. Lord Buckley
Headmaster Gregory J. O'Melia
Assistant Headmaster Caroline Berry
Grades K-9
Gender Boys
Enrollment 374
Color(s) Blue and white
Mascot The Blue Demon
Affiliations NYSAIS[1]

Buckley School is an independent, K-9 day school for boys located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York City.

The school has three divisions: Lower School (K-3), Middle School (4-6) and Upper School (7-9), with a student body of approximately 370 pupils and 90 faculty and staff members. The headmaster is Gregory J. O’Melia, a graduate of Westminster School, CT and Harvard University, and is the sixth headmaster to be appointed since the school's founding in 1913.

Buckley is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, the New York State Association of Independent Schools and the International Boys’ Schools Coalition. Additionally, it is a charter member of the Manhattan Private Middle School League and the Metropolitan Private Middle School Track and Field Association. The school’s motto is “Honor et Veritas” (Honor and Truth), and its official seal is a shield.


B. Lord Buckley, a professional educator, founded Buckley in 1913 as a boys' elementary school with the aim of offering a classical curriculum. The original school was located above a milliner's shop on Madison Avenue. In 1917, the school moved to a larger building on East 74th Street. In the late 1990s, Buckley purchased a townhouse on E 73rd Street to house the Walsh building, its main school. The 74th Street Hubball building continues to be a part of the school and houses Beginners classrooms and athletic facilities. In 2014 two townhouses were purchased on E 73rd Street to serve as the school's Arts and Sciences building.

Five headmasters have succeeded B. Lord Buckley: Evelyn Adams (1932-1940), James Hubball (1940-1972), C. Brett Boocock (1972-1982), Brian Walsh (1982-2001) and its current headmaster, Gregory O’Melia (2001–present).


Buckley offers a wide range of athletic activities. Cross country, football and soccer are offered in the fall; basketball, gymnastics, strength training and wrestling are offered in the winter; baseball, gymnastics, lacrosse and track compete in the spring.

Every year, varsity football teams from Buckley and a rival, the Allen-Stevenson School, compete in a match known as the East Side Bowl. The winning team takes home the East Side Cup. The Buckley varsity wrestling team competes in the King of the Ring Tournament every year. In 2012, they won the league championship for the 25th consecutive year. Field Day takes place at the end of the school year on Randall’s Island. Boys in every class compete in traditional track races as well as fun events, such as tug of war, sack races, egg relays and the obstacle course.

Notable alumni

  • Charles B. Finch, attorney and business executive
  • James Harder, actor and son of American Businessman & Titanic Survivor Achilles Harder
  • John V. Lindsay, Mayor of New York and US Congressman
  • Peter Livanos, shipping tycoon and majority owner of The Aston Martin Automobile Company
  • Winston Lord, United States diplomat and leader of non-governmental foreign policy organizations; served as Special Assistant to the National Security Advisor, Director of the State Department Policy Planning Staff, President of the Council on Foreign Relations, Ambassador to China, and Assistant Secretary of State (1993–1997)
  • Nick McDonell, author
  • Claiborne Pell, US Senator and Chairman of Senate Foreign Relations Committee, longest serving Rhode Island US Senator
  • John Negroponte, Ambassador and Deputy Secretary of State under US President George W Bush
  • Nicholas Negroponte, MIT professor and founder of MIT Media Lab, Co-Founder of Wired Magazine
  • David Rockefeller, Jr., Chairman of Rockefeller Family Foundation, member of Council on Foreign Relations and philanthropist[2]
  • Michael C. Rockefeller, explorer & son of New York Governor & US Vice President Nelson Rockefeller
  • Elliott Roosevelt, United States Army Air Forces officer, author and a son of President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882–1945) and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt (1884–1962)
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jr., American lawyer, politician, and businessman and fifth child of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt
  • John Aspinwall Roosevelt, philanthropist and last child of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and his wife, Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Donald Trump Jr., American businessman, Mensa member, and son of US President Donald Trump[3][4]
  • Oswald Garrison Villard, Jr., Stanford & Harvard Professor of Engineering, inventor & son of Henry Villard, Thomas Edison's financial backer
  • Robert F. Wagner, Jr., Deputy Mayor of the City of New York & Chairman of New York City Board of Education, Grandson of US Senator Wagner
  • William Woodward Jr., heir to the Hanover National Bank fortune and the Belair Estate, and a leading figure in racing circles[5]
  • Christopher A. Wray, 8th Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Sam Posey, retired racing driver, television commentator, artist
  • Tom Steyer, American billionaire, Forbes 400 member and founder of hedge fund Farallon Capital
  • Chris Cox, Grandson of President Richard M. Nixon & son of Chris Cox Sr. Congressman & Senior Counsel to US President Ronald Reagan
  • Paul Cortez, stage actor, dancer and convicted murderer
  • J. Tomilson Hill, Blackstone Vice Chairman, Lehman Brothers CEO & Billionaire
  • Cyrus Vance Jr., New York County District Attorney & son of Cyrus Vance, Secretary of State to US President Jimmy Carter
  • Charles B. Finch, Chairman of Alleghany Power
  • Charles Finch, American author
  • Huntington Hartford, Heir to A&P Supermarket Chain
  • Walter Curley, Ambassador to France & Ireland under US Presidents Gerald Ford, George HW Bush & George W Bush
  • S. Parker Gilbert, Chairman and President of Morgan Stanley, son of Seymour Gilbert, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury under US Presidents Woodrow Wilson & Warren G. Harding, Ambassador to Germany
  • William J. "Billy" Ruane Jr., Boston music promoter

In popular culture


  1. ^ "School Directory". nysais.org.
  2. ^ "David Rockefeller Jr.", South China Morning Post, December 11, 2011.
  3. ^ Schuster, Dana (December 11, 2016). "Supposedly tolerant NYC is making the Trump kids' lives 'horrible'". New York Post. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  4. ^ Brenner, Marie (September 1, 1990). "After The Gold Rush". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 5 August 2017.
  5. ^ Darrach, Brad (February 16, 1987). "Could They Get Away with Murder?". People. Retrieved 9 January 2018.

External links

  • Official website
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