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January 28, 2021
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St. Ann’s Charismatic Founder

By Lisa M. Collins

Stanley Bosworth, the founder of Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn Heights, a famously exclusive and creative private school and haven for children of famous artists, writers, filmmakers and actors, has died. He was 83.

Bosworth was a character, sometimes controversial, and his school was the subject of stories in New York Magazine, Newsweek and elsewhere. Saint Ann’s does not give grades and has an unorthodox approach to education, something the school refers to as “creative chaos,” with an embrace of music, the arts and literature and developing academic talents. The Wall Street Journal ranked it the nation’s No. 1 high school in 2004 after finding that St. Ann’s led the nation in number of graduates accepted the nation’s top 10 universities.

Bosworth wasn’t afraid to curse or call people out–he once called a board member fat, said he didn’t like banker’s children, proclaimed a belief in sexual freedom for kids and more in a New York Magazine article.



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