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Portsmouth Abbey School

Portsmouth Abbey School
285 Corys Lane

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United States
Coordinates41°36′12″N 71°16′19″W / 41.60333°N 71.27194°W / 41.60333; -71.27194
TypePrivate, day & boarding, college-prep
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic,
FounderJohn Hugh Diman
HeadmasterMatthew Walter[1]
Enrollment355[2] (2015–2016)
Average class size14
Color(s)   Red and black
SloganVeritas "Truth"
Song"Portsmouth, Place of Fellowship"
Athletics conferenceEastern Independent League
Sports45 athletics teams in 16 sports
AccreditationNew England Association of Schools and Colleges[3]
PublicationThe Raven (Literary Magazine)
Portsmouth Abbey School Alumni Bulletin
NewspaperThe Beacon {f.k.a. the Beaverboard}
YearbookThe Gregorian
School fees$63,050/boarding year

Portsmouth Abbey School is a coeducational Catholic, Benedictine boarding and day school for students in grades 9 to 12. Founded in 1926 by the English Benedictines, the school is located on a 525-acre campus in Portsmouth, along Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay.


The school and monastery are located on land originally owned by the Freeborn family beginning in the 1650s. The land was later owned by the Anthony family, and in 1778 it was the site of the Battle of Rhode Island during the American Revolution. In 1864, Amos Smith, a Providence financier, built what is now known as the Manor House and created a gentleman's farm on the site with the help of architect Richard Upjohn. After buying the Manor House and surrounding land in 1918, Dom Leonard Sargent of Boston, a convert from the Episcopal Church, founded Portsmouth Priory on October 18, 1918. The priory was founded as, and remains, a house of the English Benedictine Congregation. It is one of only three American houses in the congregation, and maintains a unique connection with sister schools in England, including Ampleforth College and Downside School.

A parcel of the school's land is leased to The Aquidneck Club (formerly the Carnegie Abbey Club) where the student golf team practices and holds its interscholastic golf matches.[4]

Portsmouth Abbey School today

Today the school, often referred to as "the Abbey," has students from 17 nations and 26 states.[5]

In 2006, the school installed a Vestas V47-660 kW wind turbine, the first such project in Rhode Island,[6][7][8] to provide forty percent of the school's electricity.

Notable art on campus

Richard Lippold's Trinity after Restoration by Newmans LTD

The Abbey's Church of St. Gregory the Great contains a wire sculpture titled Trinity, created by the late American sculptor Richard Lippold in 1960. The sculpture is made of a 22,000 foot web of gold plated wire surrounding a gold and silver Crucifix, created by Meinrad Burch. The sculpture underwent an award-winning restoration in 2009, carried out by Newmans’ Ltd., of Newport, Rhode Island.[9]

Notable alumni

Noted students who did not graduate

See also


  1. ^ "From Our Headmaster". Portsmouth Abbey School. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Search for Private Schools - School Detail for PORTSMOUTH ABBEY SCHOOL". Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  3. ^ NEASC-CIS. "NEASC-Commission on Independent Schools". Archived from the original on 16 June 2009. Retrieved 28 July 2009.
  4. ^ "Carnegie Abbey Club". Archived from the original on 24 October 2004. Retrieved 9 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Portsmouth Abbey School".
  6. ^ "U.S. Wind Energy Projects - Rhode Island". American Wind Energy Association. 19 November 2008. Archived from the original on 15 November 2008. Retrieved 18 January 2009.
  7. ^ "Wind Powering America: New England Wind Project: Portsmouth Abbey". United States Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Wind and Hydropower Technologies Program. Retrieved 22 January 2009.
  8. ^ Opalka, William (August 2006). "Wind Goes To School". North American Windpower. Retrieved 22 January 2009.
  9. ^ Newmans Ltd. Art Restoration
  10. ^ "Portsmouth Abbey School: Alumni Authors". Archived from the original on 8 October 2015.
  11. ^ "James D. Farley, Jr. | Ford Media Center".
  12. ^ The Last Mountain
  13. ^ "Bill Haney". IMDb.
  14. ^ "Trump chooses Sean Spicer for press secretary, rounds out communications staff - The Washington Post". The Washington Post.
  15. ^ "Sleeples Draft Sleeper". Retrieved 14 June 2020.
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