For over a century, Hotchkiss has enjoyed a proud tradition. At the School’s founding, organized sports in America had just been institutionalized and Hotchkiss was quick to introduce this new and valuable discipline into its own curriculum. What began as an organized intramural program soon became a spirited force in secondary school athletics with the student-athletes demanding greater challenge and a higher level of competition. Today, the athletic program continues to be one of the School’s many strengths and a primary source of spirit and pride. Over the years we have found that for many students, the athletic experience has been the most enjoyable piece of their extracurricular program.
Since the beginning, Hotchkiss has recognized the importance of combining academic pursuits with a strong athletic education. Assisting our student-athletes in becoming physically self-assured and mentally self-confident is a chief goal of our department, as these qualities not only improve performance on the playing fields but in all the other areas of campus life.
As you develop your athletic skills, you will be coached by Hotchkiss faculty members and will play in facilities that are second to none. At Hotchkiss, your teachers are your coaches; due to this special arrangement you will be able to form doubly close bonds, which will benefit you at the individual and team levels. The high standards governing the classroom experience carry over to the gymnasium, fields, rink, and pool, and make for exciting, rigorous play.
The standards and philosophy of the New England Preparatory School Athletic Conference (NEPSAC) are embraced on our campus. Included are good sportsmanship, competitiveness, achievement and respect. Working within our resources, we strive to make participation opportunities available to those students who have the motivation to make the necessary commitment to their teammates, coaches as well as the Hotchkiss community.
The Hotchkiss School is committed to excellence in all areas, and Hotchkiss student-athletes are competitive in their quest to better themselves on a daily basis. Our interscholastic program enhances the overall quality of a Hotchkiss education. It improves the connection to campus life and allows our students opportunities unique to the “outdoor classroom.”
Robin Chandler & Danny Smith
Directors of Athletics