|The Hotchkiss School|
Moniti Meliora Sequamur
After instruction, let us move on to pursue higher things.
|Lakeville, Connecticut, United States|
|Head of school||Kevin Hicks|
|Faculty||151, 113.8 (on FTE basis)|
|Enrollment||599 (as of 2011–12).|
|Average class size||12 students|
|Student to teacher ratio||4:1|
|Campus||Rural, 810 acres (3 km2)|
|Color(s)||Yale Blue and White
|Athletics||19 interscholastic sports|
|Mascot||Bucky the Bearcat|
|Average SAT scores||2013 (2005)|
The Hotchkiss School is an independent, highly selective, coeducational American college preparatory boarding school located in Lakeville, Connecticut. Founded in 1891, the school enrolls students in grades 9 through 12 and a small number of postgraduates. Students at Hotchkiss come from across the United States and 37 foreign countries.
Hotchkiss is a member of the Eight Schools Association, the Ten Schools Admissions Organization, and a member of the G20 Schools group. In 2010 Hotchkiss joined in a partnership with The Affiliated High School of Peking University to form the basis of the International Division of Peking University High School.
As of the 2005–06 school year, the school had an enrollment of 595 students and 151 classroom teachers, for a student–teacher ratio of 4:1. Hotchkiss has one of the largest secondary school financial endowments in the country, and extremely competitive admissions, with a 17% acceptance rate in the fall of 2013.
Maria H. (Bissell) Hotchkiss founded the school in 1891 to prepare young men for Yale University. The first day of instruction was October 18, 1892. Maria originally had aspirations for the school to serve underprivileged students, and the original charter provided some scholarships. The charter also reserved space for academically gifted Lakeville boys regardless of family income. Maria Hotchkiss was the widow of Benjamin B. Hotchkiss, who founded the French arms company Hotchkiss et Cie, made famous by the use of its machine guns in World War I . This led to a nickname for the school, "son of a gun".
The current Head of School is Dr. Kevin Hicks.
Campus and facilities
2005 saw the completion of Hotchkiss' Esther Eastman Music Center. Elfers Hall seats 715 people. The school has equipped the hall with a handmade Fazioli F308 piano, 12 Steinway pianos, 12 practice rooms, 39 guitars, 3 ensemble practice rooms, the WKIS radio station, and a Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) lab.
- Indoor facilities
- Field House – multi-purpose playing surfaces with an elevated indoor exercise track
- Ice Hockey Rinks (two) – Dwyer Rink (Olympic), Schmidt Rink (NHL)
- Natatorium – 10-lane pool with a separate diving well
- Fowle Gymnasium (hardwood basketball court)
- Wrestling/Multi-Purpose Room
- Squash Courts (eight)
- Ford Indoor Tennis Courts (three)
- Chandler Fitness Center
- Boat House (sailing)
- Training Rooms
- Locker Rooms and Shower Facilities
- Outdoor facilities
- Nine-hole golf course (designed by Seth Raynor)
- All-weather track
- Outdoor tennis courts (twenty)
- Paddle tennis courts (two)
- Field hockey, soccer, lacrosse, ultimate frisbee, and softball fields
- Climbing walls
- Football stadium
- Baseball stadium
- Lake Wononscopomuc (sailing)
- Three ponds and extensive hiking trails on a 810-acre (3.3 km2) wooded campus
The athletic complex contains a 35-meter ten-lane pool, indoor jogging track, eight squash courts, two ice hockey rinks, a fitness center/weight room, two basketball courts, a wrestling room, three indoor tennis courts, and two paddle tennis courts.
Boarding and general facilities
Hotchkiss has twelve dormitories on campus, six for boys (Tinker, Edelman, Coy, Dana, Watson, and Wieler) and six for girls (Bissell, Buehler, Flinn, Memorial, Garland, and Van Santvoord). Rooms vary in size, from singles to the occasional triple.
Hotchkiss currently fields 17 interscholastic sports teams. The school is a member of the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council and the Interscholastic Sailing Association. The athletic directors of Hotchkiss and the other members of the Eight Schools Association compose the Eight Schools Athletic Council, which organizes sports events and tournaments among ESA schools. Historically strong athletic programs include the girls' field hockey team, the girls' volleyball team, the girls' tennis team, the boys' ice hockey team, the boys' lacrosse team, the boys' track and field team, and the co-ed sailing team. Hotchkiss's field hockey team has won thirteen New England championships, including ten consecutively from 2002–2011. In 2010, the team defeated Phillips Academy Andover 1–0 in overtime in the semifinals, and defeated Greenwich Academy in strokes in the finals. Hotchkiss's volleyball has won seven New England Championships including the 2007 New England Volleyball Championships. The boys' track and field team was undefeated in regular season meets from 2005 to 2009. During this five year span, they placed in the top three at Founder's and NEPSTA Championships each year and won both titles in 2007 and in 2009. In the 2008 fall athletic season, Hotchkiss became the first school to win four New England Championships in one fall season. The four championships were a seventh straight in field hockey, a second straight in volleyball, a first in soccer, and a second in football. :)
Hotchkiss students run a number of clubs, including The Record, a biweekly, student-run newspaper that delivers to the school as well as alumni through print copy and an iOS app; the Human Rights Initiative; WKIS Radio Station; BaHSA, the Black and Hispanic Student Alliance; the Gay/Straight Alliance; HotchkissTV; Hotchkiss Dramatic Association; Junior Bearcats; Asian Society; The Whipping Post (Hotchkiss's satire publication, which transitioned from print to online articles in 2012); the Writing Block (a creative writing publication); the Chinese Club; Hotchkiss Democrats; Hotchkiss Republicans; Investment Club; WAHED (Hotchkiss–Afghanistan Initiative); Economics Club; Hotchkiss Libertarians; the Hotchkiss Political Union; Club Backgammon; Blue Notes (male a cappella); Chess Club; Science Olympiad; Hotchkiss Lookbook (Student-run Fashion and Arts blog/publication); Songs For Smiles; SEA (Students for Environment Awareness); the yearbook (called the Mischianza); Read to Grow; App Club; and INKredible (Hotchkiss Arts/Literary Magazine). Clubs are student-run, though most have faculty advisors, and many of them receive a budget from the school to provide for their various needs. There is also a Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter at Hotchkiss,one of the few amongst high schools.
Hotchkiss is one of four U.S. schools in Round Square, a global conference of more than 50 secondary schools. Students have the option to go on an exchange for a semester to another participating school, or they may meet other Round Square students while working together on a project in an area of need. Hotchkiss has recently hosted students from Australia, Germany, Peru, South Africa, and India.
Hotchkiss alumni have achieved prominence in a number of fields, and the school has produced many captains of industry. Distinguished alumni include:
- founders of Time, Henry Luce and Briton Hadden;
- automotive giants Henry Ford II, Edsel Ford, and William Clay Ford;
- candy men Forrest Mars and John Mars;
- former New Jersey governor and son of inventor Thomas Edison, Charles Edison;
- former Solicitor General, U.S. Attorney General, and U.S. Court of Appeals judge Robert Bork;
- Wyoming oilman and politician Warren A. Morton;
- founder of Morgan Stanley, Harold Stanley;
- former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart;
- former Deputy Secretary of Defense, and partner of prominent New York law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore, Roswell Gilpatric; and
- CIA director Porter J. Goss.
- Nobel prize laureate Dickinson W. Richards (Medicine);
- John G. Avildsen, director of Rocky and The Karate Kid; and
- Tom Werner, producer of television shows such as That '70s Show, The Cosby Show, and Roseanne, now co-owner of the Boston Red Sox and chairman of Liverpool Football Club
- Ernest Gruening, former US Senator from Alaska, emergency 911 instigator and prominent anti-Vietnam War activist.
Professional athlete alumni include National Hockey League players Matt Herr, now retired, and Torrey Mitchell, currently playing for the Minnesota Wild. Ducky Pond, the last Yale alumnus to be head football coach at Yale University, was a Hotchkiss alumnus. Hotchkiss also has a strong literary tradition; alumni authors include Pulitzer Prize winner and Poet Laureate Archibald MacLeish and Pulitzer Prize Winner John Hersey.
Hotchkiss in popular culture
- The school is mentioned several times in F. Scott Fitzgerald's This Side of Paradise and in his short story Six of One.
- In the book Primary Colors by Joe Klein, later turned into a film, the principal character, Henry Burton, was educated at Hotchkiss, and is frequently referred to as "Hotchkiss".
- In Jeffrey Archer's novel Sons of Fortune, protagonist Fletcher Davenport is a Hotchkiss alumnus.
- Hotchkiss is mentioned in Elizabeth Wurtzel's 1994 book Prozac Nation.
- One of the brothers who are the focus of Jay McInerney's 2007 story, "The Madonna of the Turkey Season," is, in the course of the dialogue, forcefully pointed out to have attended Hotchkiss.
- For the school's centenary, Ernest Kolowrat was commissioned to write Hotchkiss: A Chronicle of an American School (ISBN 1-56131-058-1).
- The Hotchkiss School: A Portrait was published by the school in 1966 (Wertenbaker & Basserman, p. 113).
- Prominent alumnus, Librarian of Congress, and poet Archibald MacLeish refers to Hotchkiss in a 1982 interview in American Heritage magazine. He mentioned not liking his time at the school.
- Barney Penniman plans to go to Hotchkiss in the young-adult fiction book Through the Hidden Door.
- Glen Bishop from the AMC series Mad Men attends Hotchkiss. In the season 5 episode "Commissions and Fees," Glen sneaks off campus to visit Sally Draper in New York City.
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