Loomis Chaffee School

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Coordinates: 41°50′24.17″N 72°38′25.96″W / 41.8400472°N 72.6405444°W / 41.8400472; -72.6405444

The Loomis Chaffee School
Loomis Chaffee school seal.gif
Ne Cede Malis
Location
Windsor, Connecticut, United States
Information
Type Private, Boarding
Religious affiliation(s) No religious affiliation
Established 1874
Head of school Sheila Culbert
Faculty 160
Enrollment 650
Average class size 11 students
Student to teacher ratio 5:1 (4:1 boarding student-to-residential faculty)
Campus 300 acres (1.2 km2)
Color(s) Maroon and Grey
Mascot Pelican
Endowment $175 million
Website

The Loomis Chaffee School (LC or Loomis) is a coeducational boarding school for grades 9–12 and postgraduates located on a 300-plus acre campus in the Connecticut River Valley in Windsor, Connecticut, six miles (10 km) north of Hartford. Loomis is a member of the Ten Schools Admissions Organization, and remains highly selective with a 27% acceptance rate.

Foundation[edit]

The school was chartered in 1874 by five siblings who had lost all their children and determined to found a school as a gift to the children of others. Almost 8 million dollars in need-based financial aid is awarded to 34 percent of the student body.

History[edit]

Loomis Homestead (1640), one of the oldest houses in the state, still remains on the campus of the Loomis Chaffee School (1910 postcard)

The roots of Loomis Chaffee run as far back as 1639, when Joseph Loomis and his family first settled at the confluence of the Farmington and Connecticut rivers. Several generations later, the inspiration for the school was born out of family tragedy, when, in the early 1870s, four Loomis brothers and their sister had outlived all their children.

As a memorial to their own offspring, and as a gift to future children, they pooled their considerable estates to found a secondary school called The Loomis Institute to educate young persons, "hoping and trusting that some good may come to posterity, from the harvest, poor though it be, of our lives."[1] The original 1640 Loomis Homestead was chosen as the site where their dream would become reality.

James Chaffee Loomis, Hezekiah Bradley Loomis, Osbert Burr Loomis, John Mason Loomis, and Abigail Sarah Loomis Hayden planned a school that would offer both vocational and college preparatory courses. (Vocational offerings were discontinued during the later development of the school.) The institution would have no religious or political admission criteria. Boys and girls would be given as free an education as the endowment would allow. The Loomis Institute opened its doors in 1914 to 39 boys and five girls. In 1926, their girls’ division broke off to focus more closely on girls’ educational issues and became The Chaffee School.

Both schools continued to expand. The Loomis Institute built several new facilities in 1967, and the two schools reunited in 1970, forming The Loomis Chaffee School. Six years later it began admitting girls as boarders.[2] The reunification led to a major revision of the curriculum, which combined a demanding basic program with a broad range of electives in art, music, philosophy, religion and other subjects.

The Loomis Chaffee School has enjoyed a period of unprecedented growth since the 1970s. It strengthened its endowment to bolster financial aid and broadened the diversity of the student body. Recently, it opened new dormitories, an enclosed hockey and skating rink, a brand new athletics center, a visual arts center, a new history and social science facility, an expanded dining hall, and a new student center. In recent years, the Clark Center for Science and Mathematics was completely renovated, and Chaffee Hall was transformed and expanded to house the all-new Hubbard Music Center. In the summer of 2012, the first floor of the Katharine Brush Library was extensively renovated, increasing the usable space of the library by 17 percent.[citation needed]

Overview[edit]

Facts and figures[edit]

Grubbs Quadrangle looking toward the Dining Hall, The Loomis Chaffee School (circa the 1950s).

The school[3][4]

  • 300-acre (1.2 km2) semi-rural campus in historic Windsor, Connecticut (settled 1633)
  • 5-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • 4-to-1 boarding student-to-residential faculty ratio; 11 dormitories with 32 live-in faculty families
  • 180 courses (regular, advanced and Advanced Placement) and independent study
  • Average class size: 11
  • 55 girls and boys interscholastic teams in 18 sports; 19 intramural sports offerings

Finances, tuition and financial aid[5]

  • $175 million endowment; $44 million annual operating budget
  • $2.8 million in Annual Fund contributions (2010–11) with 82% of current parents participating
  • $49,220 boarding tuition; $37,570 day tuition (for the 2012–13 school year)
  • $7.9 million in need-based financial aid awarded to 34% of student body

The students (2012–13)[6]

  • 650 enrollment
  • 62% boarding, 38% day
  • From 5 continents (and Oceania), 31 countries and 30 U.S. states
  • 24% students of color; 15% international students

The faculty[7]

  • 160 members
  • 50% male, 50% female
  • 55% of full-time teaching faculty at Loomis Chaffee for 10 years or longer
Cupola atop Founders Hall

Academics[edit]

Loomis Chaffee offers courses in Arabic, Chinese, psychology, writing workshop, videography, English, Latin, Spanish, French, art, dance, history and social science, mathematics, music, philosophy, religion, science and theater arts. Noncredit diploma requirements include library skills, and physical fitness and health. Advanced Placement courses are offered in 20 subjects.[8]

The Norton Family Center for the Common Good and the Center for Global Studies work to engage the student body with the wider community and world by means of visiting speakers and international study opportunities.[9]

Athletics[edit]

All students participate in interscholastic, intramural or daytime athletic programs each trimester. Interscholastic varsity and junior varsity competition for boys and girls is offered on 55 teams in baseball, basketball, cross country, field hockey, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, skiing, soccer, softball, squash, swimming/diving, tennis, track, volleyball, water polo and wrestling. There are an additional 19 intramural sports, including both team sports and "lifetime and leisure" sports like yoga and weight lifting. Freshman-level teams are offered in soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, boys basketball and boys tennis.[10][11] Facilities include a double gymnasium and two other gymnasia, supporting basketball and volleyball courts; a fitness center and a weight room, totaling 6,300 square feet (590 m2); a 25-meter, six-lane swimming pool; an enclosed hockey rink; a 400-meter, eight-lane, all-weather track; eight international squash courts; 17 tennis courts; a 3.1-mile (5.0 km) cross-country course; two baseball diamonds; two softball diamonds; 17 fields for football, soccer, lacrosse and field hockey; and a golf practice driving range, putting green and sand trap.[12]

College guidance[edit]

Four full-time college counselors guide students through the college search and application process. Eighty-six percent of the members of the Class of 2010 were admitted to colleges and universities deemed most competitive or highly competitive by Barron’s Profiles of American Colleges, with sixty-six percent matriculating at the most competitive institutions.[13]

The Senior Path, Grubbs Quadrangle looking toward Founders Hall, The Loomis Chaffee School

The Loomis Chaffee Log[edit]

The Loomis Chaffee Log is a student-run, school-sponsored newspaper. Its readership includes students, faculty, parents, and alumni. Published monthly by a team of student editors, the Log is now in its 94th year. It recently launched an online edition to stay current with growing trends in today's media. Recently, a second paper, The Maroon & Grey has been published to provide students with satirical content about issues ranging from school topics to worldwide news.[14]

Traditions[edit]

  • Loomis and Kent School have a long-running athletic tradition. On November 11, 1921, the Kent football team played Loomis on the Island and despite a strong showing of the home team, Loomis lost 14 to 7. After the game, as was the custom of the day, the boys from both teams showered and went to the headmaster's home where Mrs. Batchelder served them tea. Once the Kent boys returned home, the Batchelders discovered that a silver teaspoon, one from a wedding set belonging to the Batchelders, was missing. Mr. Batchelder wrote to Father Sill, Kent's founder, about the missing spoon. Heated words were exchanged defending the honesty of the young men at each school until finally, the matter was dropped. In June 1922, the guilty young Kent football player went to Father Sill and confessed. At Father Chalmers thirty-fifth anniversary dinner years later, Kent's new headmaster told the whole story and offered the spoon back to Mr. B. who graciously declined. He insisted that the spoon stay at Kent. Father Chalmers then suggested that a large spoon serve as a permanent football trophy to be held by the victorious school. Kent would secure the spoon "to in someway... return to Loomis for our keeping borrowed property."[15] The two schools take this historic enmity quite seriously, and have annual Kent vs. Loomis days. The two schools competed for the spoon and the bowl until 2013, when, due to new rules in the Erickson Football League, Kent pulled out of the football game, leaving the two schools to compete only for the bowl.
  • The Senior Path is a brick pathway running through the middle of the Grubbs Quadrangle. Tradition holds that only seniors, PGs, and graduates are allowed to walk the length of the path. As each class heads into its final months at Loomis, the soon-to-be-graduates design a new section of brick to be laid.
  • Traditionally, the third floor of Founders' Hall, the tunnels, and some parts of the health center are rumored to be haunted.

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History & Origins of Loomis Chaffee". Loomischaffee.org. Retrieved February 26, 2011. 
  2. ^ History & Origins of Loomis Chaffee[dead link]
  3. ^ "Facts & Figures". Loomischaffee.org. Retrieved February 26, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Key Facts 2011–12". Loomischaffee.org. Retrieved December 2, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Key Facts 2011–12". Loomischaffee.org. Retrieved December 2, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Key Facts 2012–13". Loomischaffee.org. Retrieved November 5, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Key Facts 2011–12". Loomischaffee.org. Retrieved December 2, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Key Facts 2011–12". Loomischaffee.org. Retrieved December 2, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Key Facts 2011–12". Loomischaffee.org. Retrieved December 2, 2011. 
  10. ^ Loomis Chaffee Athletics Program[dead link]
  11. ^ Loomis Chaffee Teams & Schedules[dead link]
  12. ^ Loomis Chaffee Athletic Facilities[dead link]
  13. ^ "College Guidance". Retrieved 18 June 2012. 
  14. ^ Loomis Chaffee Log
  15. ^ "Loomis Chaffee Website". Retrieved November 8, 2012. 
  16. ^ Baseball Digest. Retrieved June 16, 2011. 
  17. ^ The Nation Institute

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