Town School for Boys, located in San Francisco, California, is an independent school for boys in the kindergarten through the eighth grade. Started in 1939 by parents from the recently closed (privately owned) Damon School, the school is currently a preeminent institution for boy's education in San Francisco. Headmaster Brewster Ely frequently addresses his peers and is well respected nationally. The community of approximately 400 boys is divided into 18 classes, two classes in every grade. Notable alumni include Nick Traina, John Heinz, Ethan Canin, Deke Sharon and both members of indie band Two Gallants. Notable faculty include Rollie Warner and Robert Nowe who was the inspiration for Ethan Canin's novel The Palace Thief, which was made into the film The Emperor's Club starring Kevin Kline.