The trustees of Phillips Exeter Academy voted yesterday to make the prep school coeducational in September.
The approved plan will admit some girl students from nearby areas as commuting students in September, and will complete co-education by next January, when dormitories become available for girl boarding students. The change will not reduce the number of boy students.
The trustees, stressing that coeducation will not mean sacrificing any part of the education of Exeter boys, visited the academy dorms yesterday afternoon to announce the decision.
"The boys are delighted," a school spokesman said. Recently, some Exeter students had been wearing pink neckties to show their support for coeducation.