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Founded in 1836 as a preparatory department for Marshall College, the school stayed in Mercersburg after Marshall merged with Franklin College in Lancaster in 1853 to form Franklin & Marshall College. Mercersburg Academy - officially, ‘Mercersburg College’ - is home to the original James Buchanan birthplace cabin which was moved to the campus in the 1930’s. Like F&M College, the school became coeducational after 1969. The school is very well endowed - over $185 million for only 440 prep students, very expensive - $40000 per year for boarding students; and very selective - 150 selected out of over 800 applicants. James Stewart, Benicio del Toro, Jim Orsay (owner of the Indianapolis Colts), the sons of President Calvin Coolidge, 1976 physics Nobel Prize winner Burton Richter are but a few of the alumni. The Academy is located on the east edge of the town. Reflecting the exclusivity of the school, the town is very handsome with a fascinating compact main street area.
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