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The Hotchkiss School
Hotchkiss School Seal.png
Moniti Meliora Sequamur
(After instruction, let us move on to pursue higher things.)
Address
11 Interlaken Road
Lakeville, Connecticut, United States

Information
Type Private, coeducational boarding
Religious affiliation(s) Nonsectarian[1][2]
Established 1891[3]
Head of school Dr. Kevin M. Hicks, 13th Head
(B.A. Yale, Ph.D. Princeton)[4]
Faculty 152[3]
Grades 9–12, PG[3]
Enrollment 598 (2014–15):[3]
93% boarding, 7% day;[3]
50% male, 50% female;[3]
43% diverse (21% international)[5]
Average class size 12 students
Student to teacher ratio 5:1[3]
Campus Rural, 827 acres (3 km2)
13 dorms, 2 lakes, 1 forest[3]
Color(s)      Yale Blue and
     White
Athletics 19 interscholastic sports[3]
Mascot Bearcat[6]
Rivals Taft School[5][7]
Average SAT scores 2110 (2014)[8]
Newspaper The Record[9]
Yearbook The Mischianza[9]
Endowment Decrease $370 million (July 2013)[10]

$430 million (January 2008)[11]

Annual tuition $51,155 (boarding)[12]
$43,475 (day)
Affiliation Eight Schools Association[13]
Ten Schools Admissions Organization[14]
G20 Schools
Founders League[15]
New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC)[16]
New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)[17]
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)[2]
Global Education Benchmark Group (GEBG)[18]
Round Square[19]
Website

The Hotchkiss School is a private, nonsectarian,[1][2] coeducational, college preparatory boarding school in Lakeville, Connecticut, United States founded in 1891. The school offers a classical education[5] with grades 9–12 and a postgraduate (PG) option, attracting students across the United States and 34 foreign countries.[3]

Hotchkiss is a member of the Eight Schools Association,[13] Ten Schools Admissions Organization,[14] G20 Schools group, Founders League,[15] New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC),[16] New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC),[17] The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS),[2] National Association of Independent Schools,[20] Global Education Benchmark Group (GEBG),[18] Round Square,[19] and Cum Laude Society.[21]

Hotchkiss has one of the largest private school endowments in the country (ranked fifth largest in 2008 by New York Times),[11] with a competitive 18% admit rate for fall of 2013.[10]

History[edit]

Postcard circa 1905

In 1891, Maria Harrison Bissell Hotchkiss, with guidance from Yale President Timothy Dwight V, founded the school to prepare young men for Yale University. In 1892, Hotchkiss opened its doors to 50 male boarding students for $600. Hotchkiss's endowment also precipitated scholarship aid to deserving students. In 1974, the school became coeducational.[5]

International relations and diversity[edit]

Maria Hotchkiss was uninterested in establishing “a school for the pampered sons of rich gentlemen.” The school has enrolled international students since 1912. In 1928, the school joined the English-Speaking Union and established the International Schoolboy Exchange. Established by the Class of 1948, The Fund for Global Understanding enables student participation in summer service projects across the world.[5] In 1953, Hotchkiss alumnus Eugene Van Voorhis (Yale '55, ‘58LLB) incorporated the Ulysses S. Grant Foundation program to assist minority New Haven students with boarding school admission,[22] with Hotchkiss School formally participating in addition to other recruitment initiatives from the 1960s onward,[5] such as A Better Chance (ABC)[23] Greater Opportunity (GO) summer program for inner-city students,[24][25] and Prep for Prep to foster minority leaders.[5]

The school has a 43% diverse student body[3] (21% international students),[5] offers a School Year Abroad program,[5] and is a member of the Global Education Benchmark Group (GEBG)[18] and Round Square.[19] In 2010, Hotchkiss partnered with Peking University High School to establish its study abroad program called the International Division.[26][27]

Academics[edit]

The Hotchkiss School offers a classical education,[5] 224 courses, 7 foreign languages (Chinese, French, German, Greek, Latin, Russian and Spanish),[3] and study abroad programs.[28] The school has a 100% college matriculation rate,[3] and among the Classes of 2011-2014, 33 enrolled at Yale, 19 at Harvard, and 16 at Princeton.[29]

Extracurriculars[edit]

Athletics[edit]

Hotchkiss fields 19 interscholastic sports teams[3] that compete in the Founders League,[15] Eight Schools Athletic Council,[13] New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC),[17] and Interscholastic Sailing Association's New England Schools Sailing Association (NESSA) district.[30] Its colors are Yale Blue and white, with the mascot being the bearcat.[6]

Season Sport[31] Championships Notes[30][32]
Fall (B), (G) Cross Country - Varsity (G) 4 (G) Founders League Champion – 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008
(B), (G) Cross Country - Junior Varsity 0
(G) Field Hockey - Varsity 9 Founders League Champion – 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008

NEPSAC New England Class A Champion – 2011, 2010, 2008

(G) Field Hockey - Junior Varsity 0
(G) Field Hockey - Third 0
(B) Football - Varsity 3 Erickson League Champion – 2009, 2008

NEPSAC New England Class A Champion – 2008

(B) Football - Junior Varsity 0
(B), (G) Soccer - Varsity (B) 8
(G) 1
(B) Founders League Champion – 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008
NEPSAC New England Class A Champion – 2011, 2009, 2008
(G) Founders League Champion – 2013
(B), (G) Soccer - Junior Varsity 0
(B), (G) Soccer - Third 0
(G) Volleyball - Varsity 3 Founders League Champion – 2010, 2008
NEPSAC New England Class A Champion – 2008
(G) Volleyball - Junior Varsity 0
(B) Water Polo - Varsity 0
Winter (B), (G) Basketball - Varsity (B) 5
(G) 1
(B) Tri-State League Champion – 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007
(G) Founders League Champion – 2012
(B), (G) Basketball - Junior Varsity 0
(B), (G) Basketball - Third 0
(B), (G) Hockey - Varsity 0
(B), (G) Hockey - Junior Varsity 0
(B), (G) Squash - Varsity (B) 2 (B) Founders League Champion – 2012, 2008
(B), (G) Squash - Junior Varsity 0
(C) Squash - Third 0
(B), (G) Swimming and Diving - Varsity 0
(C) Wrestling - Varsity 0
Spring (B) Baseball - Varsity 0
(B) Baseball - Junior Varsity 0
(B), (G) Golf - Varsity 0
(B) Golf - Junior Varsity 0
(B), (G) Lacrosse - Varsity (B) 1
(G) 3
(B) Founders League Champion – 2009
(G) Founders League Champion – 2014, 2013, 2011
(B), (G) Lacrosse - Junior Varsity 0
(B), (G) Lacrosse - Third 0
(G) Softball - Varsity 0
(C) Sailing - Varsity 12 (C) NESSA New England Fleet Racing Champion – 2014, 2012, 2011, 1977, 1975, 1974
NESSA Team Racing Champion – 2011, 1977, 1976, 1974
Connecticut State Champion – 2012, 2011
(C) Sailing - Junior Varsity 0
(B), (G) Tennis - Varsity (B) 7
(G) 9
(B) Founders League Champion – 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008
NEPSAC New England Class A Champion – 2012, 2010, 2008
(G) Founders League Champion – 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008
NEPSAC New England Class A Champion – 2013, 2012, 2010, 2009
(B), (G) Tennis - Junior Varsity 0
(B), (G) Tennis - Third 0
(B), (G) Track and field - Varsity (B) 3
(G) 4
(B) Founders League Champion – 2014, 2009
NEPSAC New England Class A Champion – 2009
(G) Founders League Champion – 2014, 2013, 2011, 2008
(G) Water Polo - Varsity 0
(C) Ultimate Frisbee - Varsity 2 NEPSAC New England Champion – 2009
Annual Hotchkiss Invitational Tournament Champion – 2011
Total 77

Hotchkiss-Taft rivalry[edit]

The Hotchkiss School and Taft School have a long-standing rivalry, where on the final Saturday of the fall sport season, called Taft Day at Hotchkiss and Hotchkiss Day at Taft, the two schools compete against each other in every sport.[5][7]

Clubs[edit]

Hotchkiss offer over 65 clubs, including The Record, a biweekly, student-run newspaper circulated on campus and among alumni, The Mischianza yearbook, The Hotchkiss Chorus music ensemble, and extensive service organizations.[9]

Campus[edit]

General facilities[edit]

Main Building, academic and social center of Hotchkiss.

Hotchkiss is located on a rural, 827 acres (3 km2) campus featuring 13 single-sex dorms (Baechle-Ayres, Buehler, Coy, Dana, Edelman, Flinn, Garland, Larsen House, Memorial, Tinker, Van Santvoord, Watson, and Wieler),[33] 2 lakes, and 1 forest.[3] The Main Building serves as the academic and social center, featuring 30 SmartBoard classrooms, The Edsel Ford Memorial Library with 87,000-volumes occupying 25,000 square feet, and dining halls.[34]

Art facilities[edit]

In 2005, Hotchkiss opened the 715-seat Esther Eastman Music Center, equipped with a handmade Fazioli F308 piano, 12 Steinway pianos, 12 practice rooms, 3 ensemble practice rooms, a WKIS radio station, and Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) lab. Hotchkiss also has a 615-seat proscenium theater called Walker Auditorium.[34]

Athletic facilities[edit]

In 2002, Hotchkiss opened the Forrest E. Mars Jr. Athletic Center, a 212,000 square-foot athletic center with multi-purpose playing surfaces, elevated indoor exercise track, the Andrew K. Dwyer and Martin Dwyer III Olympic Rink and Thomas Schmidt NHL Rink, natatorium with 10-lane pool and separate diving well, William C. Fowle Gymnasium (hardwood basketball court), Edward R. Davis Wrestling Room, Joseph Cullman Squash Courts featuring eight international squash courts, Ford Indoor Tennis Courts, John R. Chandler, Jr. Fitness Center, locker rooms, and shower facilities.[35]

The Hotchkiss Golf Course is a nine-hole golf course designed by Seth Raynor in 1924. Hotchkiss also has the Baker Complex, an all-weather track, fifteen outdoor tennis courts, Joseph Cullman Paddle Tennis Courts, Centennial, Hoyt, Taylor, and Class of '49 Fields for all Hotchkiss sports, Malkin Climbing Walls, Lake Wononscopomuc and a boathouse for sailing, three ponds, and extensive hiking trails.[36]

Notable alumni[edit]

Some universally notable Hotchkiss alumni include:

Hotchkiss in popular culture[edit]

F. Scott Fitzgerald's This Side of Paradise

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d "School Profile: The Hotchkiss School". The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS). 2014. Retrieved November 19, 2014. 
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  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "About Hotchkiss: History & Traditions". Hotchkiss School. 2014. Retrieved November 19, 2014. 
    • a "With the guidance of then President of Yale University Timothy Dwight, Maria Hotchkiss established the School in 1891 to prepare young men for Yale...Hotchkiss offers a classical education, finding strength in a traditional approach that has worked well and stood the test of time." — ¶ 2 (Strengthened by Time)
    • b "The week leading up to and including “Taft Day," the Saturday in the fall when Hotchkiss teams compete against the Taft School. From kickoff night to the Friday night pep rally and bonfire to Taft Day itself, blue and white rule." — ¶ 14 (Sprit Day, right sidebar)
    • c "When The Hotchkiss School opened its doors in 1892, the first 50 boys were charged a boarding tuition of $600--more than many families could afford. But fortunately, Maria Hotchkiss had insisted on something unique in allocating the funds to establish the School: Hotchkiss would offer scholarship aid to deserving students." — ¶ 3 (A 123-Year Policy)
    • d "Three years later, in September 1974, 88 young women entered Hotchkiss as preps, lower-mids, upper-mids, and seniors. Today, the number of boys and girls attending Hotchkiss is roughly equal." — ¶ 4 (Coeducation)
    • e "As early as 1912 students from China have come to Hotchkiss...He also enabled Hotchkiss students to study abroad by having the School join the English-Speaking Union program and through the inception of The International Schoolboy Exchange in 1928. Today, the Hotchkiss student body includes students from 34 countries, and on average 5 to 10 students study abroad each year with the School Year Abroad program. Begun by the Class of 1948, The Fund for Global Understanding provides grant support for students participating in summer community service projects throughout the world. Hotchkiss is also a member of Round Square and Global Connections..." — ¶ 5 (Globally Connected)
    • f "From the beginning, Maria Hotchkiss was not interested in establishing “a school for the pampered sons of rich gentlemen.”...In the 1960s Hotchkiss began its first formal participation in minority student recruitment programs such as the U.S. Grant Program – begun by Hotchkiss graduates attending Yale – as well as A Better Chance (ABC) and the Greater Opportunity (GO) Program. The Hotchkiss connection with Prep for Prep, an organization that helps prepare minority students for academically demanding independent schools, began in the early 1980s. Today, 43 percent of Hotchkiss students identify themselves as students of color." — ¶ 6 (Lessons of Differences)
    • g "Of our 600 students, 21 percent come from countries other than the U.S."— ¶ 8 (Hotchkiss Today)
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    • a "It is Spirit Week on campus as the excitement builds for Hotchkiss Day this Saturday, November 12. It will be an exciting day for Taft sports, as many of our teams travel north in the hopes of extending their winning records and defending Taft’s name against our perennial rival." — ¶ 1
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    • a "But Eugene Van Voorhis '55, ‘58LLB remembers when things were different. When Van Voorhis came to Yale from Hotchkiss in 1951, reaching out to New Haven “wasn’t the 'shoe' thing to do,” he recalls. Undaunted, Van Voorhis started a group to tutor middle school-aged African American students with an eye toward getting them admitted into elite boarding schools at a time when African American applicants were virtually unheard of in such places. Two years later, he incorporated his venture as the Ulysses S. Grant Foundation." — ¶ 2
    • b "After two years of tutoring, the first “graduate,” Barry Loncke, was admitted to Hotchkiss. Four years later, he was admitted to Yale College in the Class of 1962; he is now a Superior Court judge in Sacramento, California." — Pg. 6
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    • a "The people that live up there would invite us on the weekends into their homes, to go to church with them and whatnot. There were a lot of families involved to take on all us inner-city kids, and the racial barrier was totally broken," Collins, who is black, said of the mostly white families who took the boys into their homes in Lakeville." — ¶ 14
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