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Some of his backstory will look familiar: streetwise Brooklyn kid is forced to attend a fancy prep school by his parents, doesn't fit in, yadda yadda yadda, spider-bite, hero. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse," 14 Dec. 2018 The son appeared set to follow his father’s steps from elite prep school to Yale and on to a career in the financial industry when World War II broke out. Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, "George H.W. Bush, America’s 41st President and Father of 43rd, Dies," 1 Dec. 2018 That's a significantly higher percentage than at Deerfield (35 percent, with a tuition of $45,450) and most other U.S. prep schools. Richard Mcgill Murphy, Town & Country, "Desert Prep," 17 Dec. 2012 Some had to or chose to repeat a year, and some enrolled in a high school or prep school that allowed a fifth, or post-graduate, year. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Reclassifying is trending up in college basketball, for better or worse," 26 June 2018 At a prep school in the Midwest about 15 years ago, a freshman on the school’s football team was introduced to a disturbing locker room hazing ritual. Adam Howard, Vox, "I’ve spent decades studying elite schools. Here’s how their culture enables toxic masculinity.," 27 Sep. 2018 Forward Charles Bassey, a junior at Louisville prep school Aspire Academy, has now joined New Albany senior Romeo Langford in signing to play for a nearby college next season. Gentry Estes, The Courier-Journal, "Romeo Langford, Charles Bassey make Louisville-area 2018 class special," 15 June 2018 Writing about British all-male prep schools — the ancestors of both Georgetown Prep and Yale — the author and journalist Robert Verkaik argues that the very nature of those institutions is designed to promote intense homosocial bonding. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Brett Kavanaugh and the hidden cost of male bonding," 26 Sep. 2018 The question of how prospective female physicians will juggle family and work even comes up at college-entrance interviews, says Yusuke Takanashi, who runs a medical-college prep school in Tokyo. Megumi Fujikawa, WSJ, "Medical School’s Exam-Rigging Against Women Prompts Furor in Japan," 7 Aug. 2018

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1829, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of prep school

US : a private school that prepares students for college
British : a private school for children between the ages of 7 and 13

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