Originally founded as a prep school for Cornell University in 1876, the Cascadilla School now operates as a preparatory high school. The school shares a number of Cornell's facilities, including its dining halls and libraries. The school's student population is extremely small, with only about 50 students per year. Typically, between 30-50 percent of these students live in campus dormitories. Cascadilla offers a number of special programs to prepare students for college. These include Advanced Placement courses and The Cascadilla Seminar, which is an advanced history and literature course offered to seniors.
Backstory and Context
Notable alumni of the school include Hermann M. Biggs, Adolph Coors, Jr., and John M. Olin. Biggs (1859-1923) was a doctor best known for the advancements he made in how tuberculosis was treated and understood. Believed by many at the time to be a nutritional disorder, Bigg argued for a better understanding of the nature of tuberculosis using bacteriology. By 1889, Biggs was discussing the importance of Robert Koch's discovery of tubercle bacillus at a time when it was still not widely accepted. Koch discovered this bacteria, the cause of tuberculosis, in his lab in Germany in 1882. Biggs was granted a number of titles during his illustrious career, including the chief inspector of the New York City Department of Health's division of bacteriology, which he was appointed to in 1882, and the general medical officer of New York City n 1914.
"Hermann Michael Biggs (1859-1923)." London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Accessed April 11, 2016. https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/aboutus/introducing/history/frieze/hermann-michael-biggs.