A decade earlier, when I was thirteen, a recruiter from another elite boarding school, in an effort to seek “youth from every quarter,” had visited my rough public middle school on Tucson’s southwest side. I took a pamphlet, and, despite my parents’ bafflement and skepticism (boarding schools existed outside of Victorian England?), submitted an application. I was awarded a nearly full ride. I bought six mock turtlenecks in jewel tones from the Fashion Bug, and set off across the continent to New Hampshire.
A custom illustration by Longreads Art Director Kjell Reigstad for the Kirstin Valdez Quade story “Youth from Every Quarter.” The poster is 12″ by 18″ and printed on durable, archival matte paper.