Blue and White Spirit for the Win on Taft Day
Blue and White Spirit for the Win on Taft Day

By 1:15 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11, Main Building had become a mob scene — literally. The sound of cowbells filled the chilly air as a brigade of Hotchkiss students — some sporting paw decals on their cheeks, others covered in body paint, all decked out in full blue-and-white gear— gathered for the Blue and White Mob, an annual tradition that pumps up the cheering squad before students head to the fields on Taft Day.

Each year, Taft Day marks the culmination of Spirit Week and the most anticipated athletic matchup of the fall season. This year, in spite of the unseasonably chilly weather, the Hotchkiss community — including many alumni — turned out in full force to watch the games and cheer on their classmates. For senior Emily Rose, who co-heads Blue and White Society, which organizes the Taft Day festivities, the day was bittersweet.

"It's hard to believe that this is my last Taft Day," she said. "It's the one day a year designated towards school spirit, and everyone gets super excited to go out to the games. It feels like everyone's behind each other, working towards the same goal."

On the athletic fields, Hotchkiss prevailed over Taft by a total score of 8-6. Victorious teams included varsity field hockey (3-1), JV field hockey (2-0), girls varsity soccer (3-1), JV volleyball (3-1), boys varsity XC, boys JV cross country, girls varsity cross country, and girls JV cross country.

For more scores, photos, and a video recap of the day, click here.