In the fall of 1893 the first Hotchkiss football team played its only game of the year--against the previous year's Hotchkiss class at Yale. Since that time, the School's athletic program has experienced dramatic growth and change while never losing sight of its commitment to the value of athletics and exercise as a part of a complete education. Athletes here are students first, and this belief, along with the principles of fair play and sportsmanship, make up the foundation of the Hotchkiss athletic program.
Our athletic program and facilities are specifically designed to handle the community's range of interests and needs. To that end, the School offers a variety of interscholastic, intramural, and recreational sports. Our goal is for all of our students to leave Hotchkiss with a lifelong appreciation for fitness. Consequently, we require an athletic activity in each of our three seasons, although students may apply for a special project in lieu of athletics during one or two seasons. Interscholastic teams practice each afternoon for approximately two hours and have games on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Club and instructional sports meet four times a week for an hour.