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The Seniors Brought It Back: The Class of 2016’s Legacy

Last spring, the seniors launched the “Bring It Back” campaign in an attempt to revitalize school spirit and the sense of community at Deerfield. Class Dean Kevin Kelly said, “In the spring of 2015, the rising seniors met on the stairs of the Main School Building. The cheerleaders led the ...


Reflections from the First Captain Deerfield: Tom Mathews ‘96

Captain Deerfield Tom Mathews ’96 in costume with cheerleaders Pat Graney and Andy Sweetland performing an original song on Choate Friday. On the Original Costume (In 1995): “It was a very bare bones operation – just myself in a very mediocre homemade (or I guess dorm-made) outfit that ...


Captain Deerfield: Bringing Back the Old, Bringing In the New

The position of Captain Deerfield was created with the initial purpose of increasing school spirit at athletic events. By “getting rowdy” throughout the school year during cheers, pep rallies, Choate Weekend, and the games of popular sports such as football, hockey, and lacrosse, Captain ...


Our Barn, Our Culture

In the winter, hockey season begins in the “Barn.” The Deerfield Academy ice hockey rink is full of traditions for both players and fans. Rachel Yao Courtney Morgan ’16, one of the boys varsity hockey team captains, explained that playing in the barn is “special because we think about the ...


Seniors, Buy In!

To our seniors:   We’re here to remind you of the promise we made in the dance studio last May to be the class that finally brings “it” back. We’re here to remind you that we’re keeping that promise. In that dance studio, we spitballed ideas to actually implement our master plan to ...


Evolving Social Norms At Deerfield

Deerfield has come a long way since its founding in 1797, as changes to the student body have shifted the Academy’s social culture significantly. English teacher Frank Henry ’69, who has taught at Deerfield for over 30 years, explained that Deerfield has become increasingly diverse, especially ...


Watching Boys vs. Girls Sports

Over the past decade, there has been a lot of talk among Deerfield students, faculty and alumni about a perceived decline of school spirit on campus. Whether it is getting rowdy at a pep rally or supporting our athletic teams by attending contests, something is different. Although change has ...



The DeNunzio Disco is one of the most anticipated events of the school year. From the minute students step foot on campus, they hear constant talk about outfits and a buzz of excitement. As Molly Kennedy ’16 put it, “It’s a great way for the school to come together and get to know each ...


School Spirit Defines Deerfield

Tradition at Deerfield from the outside might seem stupid or corny, but our traditions are what make Deerfield a community that students want to be a part of.