As a unique, independent academy, Pinkerton Academy's mission is to strive to ensure the growth of all students in a challenging, respectful, and collaborative environment. The Academy fosters a student-centered community with purposefully designed, interactive and relevant learning opportunities.


Griffin Morse

Welcome to Pinkerton Academy. Unique to education in New Hampshire and the United States, Pinkerton combines a rich blend of inclusion and innovative expansion made possible by its size, historic traditions and educational philosophy. With over 320 courses to choose from, students come from 21 towns to study in classes steeped in tradition but augured by innovative technology. Thought of as a “Town Academy” or the “High School of Record” by its six sending towns, Pinkerton has the best of both private and public high schools – the diverse inclusiveness of all students and the broad, imaginative curriculum that adapts to the demands of our era. We are delighted to have our roots in Derry, as our former teacher Robert Frost, astronaut and alumnus Alan B. Shepard and countless other distinguished alumni do, on the beautiful grounds that define Pinkerton.

At the heart of our community are the three principles – courtesy, respect and responsibility – that guide our decisions, our behavior and our passion for learning. You will see them evident in the class rooms, on the sports fields and courts, in the Board room, on the pathways and in the career decisions our graduates make. Winning state titles in Sportsmanship is every bit as important to us as winning state athletic titles and national competitions, as our students proudly and graciously do. The collaborative demands of today’s learning styles work especially well in our class rooms where students demonstrate the educational value of courtesy, respect and responsibility on our campus and in our countless forays abroad through exchanges and international education. Pinkerton students contribute and they are open to learning empathetically from others.

Pinkerton is fortunate to have a committed and talented faculty who not only teach but also advise in over sixty extra-curricular activities and coach more than 90% of our teams. They know their students well from many contexts and seek to bring out their best with their differentiated approaches to solve problems and perform at their best. Conversely, our students/athletes know their mentors, teachers, coaches and advisors well and interact easily and meaningfully with them throughout the day, finding them for quick chats, planning sessions and playful banter.

As students rise from local Middle Schools, they are challenged to make their “5-year Plan” to envision their four years at Pinkerton and the start of a career altogether in a fluid selection of courses and roots for a career. Indeed, our Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department is unmatched in the state, offering nineteen career paths on our campus within the same schedule as all our courses, enabling a broad and diverse foundation for future studies and work. I am proud to come across our students in local jobs and internships (extended learning opportunities) throughout the year, learning work skills, professional manner and money towards their education.

I am delighted to be back in the same Rockingham County of my own childhood when I began to discover these dramatic four seasons, the gorgeous New Hampshire countryside and the excitement of learning. It is a personal and professional joy to share in the experiences of Pinkerton’s students and faculty engaged in the same passions that were at the roots of my passion for education, making connections with our 21,000+ alumni and the many local communities that give context to what we do in the class room.

Two hundred years of Pinkerton’s education gives it tradition but those years of success also confirm the extraordinary strength of the learning while also encouraging innovation in our curriculum for a changing and more global world. Explore and join us in our pursuits – inclusion is what makes Pinkerton the great school that it is today.