The scandalous world of elite prep schools and college clubs

 |  Caroline Howe 08/10/2017 11:08 AM MDT
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Behind the storied walls of America's most elite private schools, whose graduates rank among the crème de la crème of society, lie dark and scandalous secrets, secrets involving rape, sexual abuse, drug use, cheating and bullying.

Student pregnancies where the baby died after being hidden under a bed, masturbation rituals and illicit teacher affairs plagued these schools where famous alumni included the Kennedys, the Bushes, captains of industry like the Rockefellers and literati like Gore Vidal and John Irving.

'Every school has it secrets: either known to all but never spoken of, or known to just a few until a moment of searing revelation,' as told in this collection of past published stories, Vanity Fair's Schools for Scandal: The Inside Dramas at 16 of America's Most Elite Campuses, edited by Graydon Carter and published by Simon & Schuster on August 15.