In its 2015 rankings, Business Insider ranked the school's tuition as the 18th most expensive private high school tuition in the United States, with tuition and fees of $44,800. The site ranked Peddie 13th on its 2015 list of the Most Elite Boarding Schools In The US, with rankings based on the size of each school's endowment, average SAT scores and selectivity.
As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 544 students and 79.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 6.9:1. The school's student body was 59.2% White, 16.0% Asian, 12.9% Black, 6.1% Hispanic and 5.9% two or more races. Peddie had 62% of students in residence. The student body represented 26 states as well as 29 foreign countries. Peddie had an average class size of 12. The senior class of 2015 was composed of 141 seniors, including 13 post-graduate students.
Peter Quinn succeeded John Green as head of school in 2013.
What is now the Peddie School was founded as an American Baptist school, The Hightstown Female Seminary, in 1864. Later that year, boys were admitted and it changed its name for the first time, to New Jersey Classical and Scientific Institute. In 1872, it became the Peddie Institute in honor of philanthropist and politician Thomas B. Peddie, who gave the school $25,000 ($500,000 in 2015 dollars). In 1923 the school was formally renamed The Peddie School, which is as it remained until 2005 when the school was renamed Peddie School and the present logo was created.
Peddie remained coeducational until 1908, when, for social and economic reasons, it decided to admit boys only. This was reversed in the early 1970s, and girls were readmitted. Today, the school is coeducational and non-denominational.
In 1993, former AmbassadorWalter Annenberg (Class of 1927) gave $100 million to Peddie, the largest donation ever made to a U.S. secondary school at the time.
While previous generous gifts by Annenberg helped the school build a library, dormitories, an athletic center, and a science center, the legendary gift of $100 million was made to see Peddie become accessible to all. This endowment was not earmarked for new buildings, but for financial aid. The endowment has enabled students from all backgrounds to pursue a course of study that would have been unattainable otherwise. In 2014-15, annual tuition for day students is $43,500 and for boarding students is $52,600. Each year, about 40% of Peddie students receive financial aid.
As of June 30, 2014, the school's endowment stood at $325.7 million.
The Signature Experience program allows Peddie juniors and seniors to pursue in-depth academic and co-curricular passions that promote their intellectual, social, and moral growth, through intensive summer programs or study over a longer period of time, or through in-depth courses of study housed within or between academic departments.
All students must participate in theater, be on an interscholastic team, or be in one of the elective physical-education classes after school.
Peddie has its own 18-hole golf course, where the boys' and girls' golf teams compete. The course is a private facility of the Peddie Golf Club, but students and faculty have free access to the greens.
Peddie's arch-rival is Blair Academy, and the two schools compete every year during the second week of November for the Potter-Kelley Cup. The day of the football competition, which alternates yearly between campuses, is known as Blair Day at Peddie (and Peddie Day at Blair). The game between the two schools is the oldest football rivalry in New Jersey and ranks among the oldest in the country., After Peddie won the Potter-Kelley cup in 2018 making a 4-year victory streak, although Blair has always been strong competition and will definitely make a comeback in 2019.
Peddie's crew team was first recognized on the national stage in 1993, when the men's midweight 4+ won a Youth National Championship title in Occaquan, VA. This feat was nearly repeated three years later, with Peddie coming in second in the same event by less than half a second. In 2006, the Peddie Girls' Varsity Four won the United States Youth National Championship, a regatta hosting the strongest club and scholastic teams in the nation. They won again in 2007, defending their U.S. Youth National Regatta title. In 2008, Peddie's Girls' Varsity Four placed third in their division at the Head of the Charles Regatta and returned to the Youth National in Ohio, placing second. The men's varsity four also traveled to Ohio, placing twelve in the Varsity Lightweight Four event. In 2009 the girls and boys returned to the National Championships. The girls regained their first place position, and the men placed sixth in the Petite Final of the Heavyweight Varsity Four. The women then continued on to the Henley Women's Regatta in England, setting a course record on their way to the final and eventually placing second.
Peddie also boasts a nationally-acclaimed swimming program. Peddie School swimmers (students or alumni) have represented their nations in every Olympics since 1992. The team has won the Swimming World Mythical National Championships eight times, including the inaugural boys' and girls' independent-school titles in 1977 and 1982. The teams in the early 1990s were among the most-dominant high-school swimming programs in history, winning back-to-back boys' and girls' Mythical titles in 1990 and 1991. The 1994-95 team was the only team ever to lead the nation in all six relays. In 2007 both the girls' and boys' teams claimed first place at the Eastern Interscholastic Swimming and Diving Championships held at La Salle University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. During the 2007 championships, Peddie broke three national independent-school records in the girls' relay events. In 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017 the Peddie's boys swim team won the Eastern Interscholastic Swimming and Diving Championships, continuing their success.
In 2010, the Girls' Basketball team won the ESPN National High School Invitational, defeating Oak Hill Academy by a score of 60-44 in the tournament final and finishing the season with a 25-2 record. From 2000-2010 the girls' basketball program has been ranked one of the top 25 teams in the country seven times. During this same time period, three McDonald's All-Americans played for the Falcons including: Crystal Goring '05 (Richmond), Bridgette Mitchell '06 (Duke) and Haley Peters '10 (Duke).
The Walter and Leonore Annenberg Science Center
Annenberg Hall, formerly Memorial Hall, houses the English, mathematics, and foreign language departments.
In fall 2015, the Digital Fabrication Laboratory opened. The renovated boiler plant, a 4300-square-foot building, houses an engineering lab with advanced fabrication capabilities including a CNC mill, CNC laser, 3D printer and a robotics studio.
In 2005, The Walter and Leonore Annenberg Science Center opened. The 42,000-square-foot (3,900 m2), US$19-million facility features 11 laboratory classrooms, a fully equipped DNA and Special Projects laboratory, a dedicated advanced experimental physics facility, a psychology seminar room, and 10 "genius" Smart Boards. The "genius" SMART boards are normal whiteboard surface boards, unlike normal SMART Boards, though capable of capturing any drawing on the board using special barcoded markers. Ceiling-mounted mobile fume-hoods are located above each table in the Biology and Chemistry department laboratories.
The Annenberg Science Center replaced science classrooms at the previously modern Caspersen Science Building, originally built in the late 1960s. It was subsequently remodeled and renamed Caspersen History House in 2006; it houses the history and some English department facilities.
The Swig Arts Center facilitates the school's visual art, music and theater programs.
The William Mount-Burke Theatre in Geiger-Reeves Hall hosts both student performances and outside ones as well.
Nat Sakdatorn (born 1983), winner of Thailand's reality-television singing contest Academy Fantasia (Season 4) and now a singer-songwriter in the Thai music industry under the label "True Fantasia".
Stanley Steingut (1920-1989), New York Assemblyman (1953-1978), Minority Leader of the Assembly (1969-1974), Speaker of the New York Assembly (1975-1978), and Chairman of the Brooklyn Democratic Committee (1962-1969).
^Tatu, Christina. "Peddie School takes top prize at annual Peddie Day tradition", New Jersey Herald, January 23, 2009. Accessed June 26, 2011. "Not the chilly weather, the spitting rain or the four-hour drive from his home in Annapolis, Md., could keep 89-year-old Art Richmond from Blair Academy's 105th annual Peddie Day, a day of sporting events between its rival the Peddie School in Hightstown."
^Staff. "Hill swimmers have record weekends", The Mercury (Pennsylvania), February 15, 2011. Accessed July 6, 2011. "The Hill School swim teams closed out the season with the 111th Eastern Interscholastic Swimming and Divings Championships, last weekend at the La Salle University's Kirk Natatorium.... The Hill boys' team placed 17th, and Peddie School won the boys' team title."
^Peddie School, Swimming World Magazine. Accessed February 27, 2011. "A national swimming power, Peddie swimmers represented the U.S. in the last three Olympics including double gold medalist, Nelson Diebel in Barcelona and gold medalist BJ Bedford in Sydney."
^Paul Benacerraf, Princeton University. Accessed August 16, 2017. "Two years later, when he was 11, Paul's parents returned to Caracas, and he entered the Peddie School in Hightstown, New Jersey, as a boarding student."
^Chingo Bling, MTV. Accessed February 5, 2011. "To keep him away from the city's turbulent city life, his parents sent him away to the prestigious Peddie School, a private boarding school in New Jersey, on a scholarship."
^Staff. "Sport Quotes", The Miami News, April 17, 1946. Accessed July 7, 2011. "George Case, speedy Cleveland outfielder: 'Best season I ever had was when I was pitching for Peddie Prep school in New Jersey. I hit a home run in every park we played that year.'"
^Browning, Lynnley. "Suicide Victim May Have Hidden Millions Abroad", The New York Times, September 15, 2009. Accessed August 16, 2017. "He unexpectedly resigned from the Dean's Advisory Council at Harvard Law School — he was in the class of 1966 — and quit as chairman of the board of the Peddie School, the prep school in Hightstown, N.J., from which he graduated in 1959."
^Staff. Richard Hornberger (Obituary), Variety (magazine), November 20, 1997, accessed February 27, 2011. "But in an interview last year with the Peddie News, the student newspaper of his prep school in New Jersey, Hornberger said he couldn't understand why the Robert Altman-directed film and the TV series were assailed for anti-war themes during the Vietnam War."
^Goldstein, Richard. "Larry Kelley, 85, a Yale End Who Won the Heisman, Dies", The New York Times, June 29, 2000. Accessed February 27, 2011. "Kelley, a native of Ohio, played high school football in Williamsport, Pa., then attended the Peddie School in Hightstown. The Princeton campus was nearby, but Kelley's football coach at Peddie was a Yale alumnus and steered him to New Haven."
^"Heroes for Pay", Time, November 1, 1937, accessed April 15, 2007. "After being the most publicized Yale footballer since Albie Booth, Larry Kelley last summer turned down a fantastic offer from the Detroit Lions, supposedly because Yale alumni do not yet regard professional football as dignified. Instead, he went to The Peddie School at Hightstown, N. J., to teach history and coach Peddie's strictly amateur football team."
^Nutt, Amy Ellis. "Jersey's Myron Rolle -- Mr. Everything", The Star-Ledger, March 19, 2009. Accessed March 16, 2012. "In fact, Rolle has to reach back to the third grade when asked about the last time he got in trouble.Instead, fame came calling at an early age, with stellar schoolboy careers at the Peddie School in Hightstown and then the Hun School in Princeton."
^Brady, Patrick. "Richard Sachs Part 2", Peloton. Accessed November 12, 2012. "Patrick Brady: Have you held other positions in the industry? Richard Sachs: No. Actually, I have never done anything else (for pay) since I left The Peddie School in 1971."
^My Floating Grandmother by Gerald Schnitzer, WriteLife.com. Accessed January 9, 2012. "A retired film director and screen writer, Gerald Schnitzer was born and raised in Brooklyn in the 1920s and early 30s, He attended Erasmus Hall High and The Peddie School, graduating Dartmouth College in 1940."
^Staff. "Ex-Peddie standout is finalist for college soccer's highest honor", Examiner, December 29, 2011. Accessed August 11, 2016. "Allentown's Billy Schuler, who starred at the Peddie School before going on to the University of North Carolina, is one of three finalists for the Hermann Trophy, which is the highest award for a college soccer player."