Pencey Preparatory School is an exclusive boarding school for boys in Agerstown, Pennsylvania which Holden Caulfield attended before being expelled.


Established a preparatory school for the elite in 1888, Pencey prides itself in "molding boys into splendid, clear-thinking young men". Pencey advertises in numerous magazines including ads that depict a boy on a horse jumping over a fence, though according to Holden, he has never seen a horse anywhere near the place.[1]


Student Life


Football is an important custom among Pencey students that on the last game of the year against rival school Saxon Hall, Holden mentions that "you were supposed to commit suicide or something if Old Pencey didn't win." During these games, almost all Pencey students would attend and cheer.

Pencey also has a fencing team, which Holden Caulfield is the manager of.



Notable Alumni



"Strictly for birds."

Holden Caulfield, about Pencey, Chapter 1

"They don't do any damn more molding at Pencey than they do at any other school. And I didn't know anybody there that was splendid and clear-thinking and all. Maybe two guys. If that many. And they probably came to Pencey that way."

Holden Caulfield, Chapter 1

"They give guys the ax quite frequently at Pencey. It has a very good academic rating, Pencey. It really does."

Holden Caulfield, Chapter 1


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