Eaglebrook School

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Eaglebrook School
Eaglebrook School Logo.jpg
TypePrivate Junior Boarding School
MottoLumen, Fides, Labor, Facta
(Light, Faith, Work, and Deeds)
FounderHoward B. Gibbs[1]
HeadmasterAndrew C. Chase '73
 • Grade 619
 • Grade 750
 • Grade 898
 • Grade 981
International students103
Average class size8-12 students[1]
Student to teacher ratio4.9:1[1]
CampusRural & Mountainous
Campus size800 acres
RivalCardigan Mountain School
Tuition$56,250 domestic boarding, $57,250 int'l boarding, $34,700 day[2]
1994 track team

Eaglebrook School (also known as Eaglebrook or EBS) is an independent junior boarding and day school for boys in grades six through nine. It is located in Deerfield, Massachusetts, on the Pocumtuck Range near Deerfield Academy and sited on an 800-acre (3.2 km2) campus which is also preserved by the Deerfield Wildlife Trust.[1] Eaglebrook School is accredited by the Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE).[3]

Eaglebrook has a student body of approximately 260 boys in grades six, seven, eight, and nine (forms 3 through 6). Girls may only attend if their parents work or live on campus. Eaglebrook has its own alpine ski area (the Easton Ski Area), indoor 25-yard six-lane swimming pool, and a state-of-the-art hockey rink arena indoors.[3] Whipple Pond, located in the center of campus, is stocked with trout and bass for fishing in the spring and fall. In the winter the pond serves as the water source for snow making. The Chase Learning Center, at the heart of campus, includes classrooms and a multi-purpose assembly area which is called the "Pit". There are three other classroom buildings for science, language, and arts, including digital photography, woodworking shops, stained glass, stone carving, black and white photography, and many more.[4]

Part of Eaglebrook School's mission is "to help each boy come in to full and confident possession of his innate talents, to improve the skills needed for the challenges of secondary school, and to establish values that will allow him to be a person who respects individual differences and acts with thoughtfulness and humanity."[5]


Eaglebrook School was founded in 1922 by Howard Gibbs, a friend of Headmaster Frank Boyden of Deerfield Academy. Gibbs, who graduated from Amherst, envisioned a younger boy's boarding school that allowed boys to develop their innate abilities, discover new interests, and gain confidence.

Thurston Chase, an Eaglebrook teacher and Williams College graduate, took over the school after Mr. Gibb's unexpected death. Student enrollment was expanded, and the school grew to include a gymnasium, tennis courts, a learning center, a science building, and four new dormitories.

After Thurston Chase's retirement, his son, Stuart Chase, became the headmaster. The school continued to grow as it bought 500 adjacent acres and added new playing fields, a track, a ski area with snow making and chair lift, a swimming pool, and two new dormitories.

In 2002, Andrew Chase, son of Stuart and Eaglebrook’s former director of development, became the current headmaster.

The campus has undergone extensive massive upgrades since the mid-1990s. Baines House and the Thurston C. Chase Learning Center have been renovated. The Schwab Family Pool, and the McFadden Rink at Alfond Arena and a new track and field facility have been built in the late 1990s. Two new dormitories, Kravis House and Mayer House, were completed in the early 2000s. In 2007, a major renovation was undertaken on Flagler House, Halsted House, and Taylor House. The Learning Center was also extensively renovated at that time. During the summer of 2010, the Sports Center was renovated, adding two new international squash courts, bringing the total to six, a new student lounge and student fitness room, and a 50-kilowatt solar panel system on the roof of the gym.[6]


Eaglebrook is owned by the Allen-Chase Foundation, a nonprofit educational trust. Andrew Chase is a descendant of the Allen and Chase families, both leaders in 19th-century American education. The foundation receives gifts from parents, friends, and alumni of the school and uses those gifts to enhance facilities, create endowed chairs for many faculty positions, provide a fund for professional development, and maintain a scholarship program.[6]


1996 football team
  • Flagler House
  • Halsted House – Named after trustee Henry M. Halsted Jr.
  • Kravis House – Named after Henry Kravis
  • Mayer House – Named after trustee Gerry Mayer
  • Taylor House
  • Eagle's Nest (2018)

Former: The Lodge and Lodge Wing, Keith House, Macy House (Now Taylor House), Baines House, Benton House, Thurber House, Stoddard House, Gibbs House, Bancker House and Wood House (the Cubies)


Many sports are offered:[7]


Cardigan Mountain School

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Eaglebrook School-Facts". Retrieved March 10, 2014.
  2. ^ "Eaglebrook School-Tuition". Retrieved March 11, 2014.
  3. ^ a b "AISNE-Eaglebrook School". Retrieved March 11, 2014.
  4. ^ "Eaglebrook School-Visual Arts". Retrieved March 11, 2014.
  5. ^ "Eaglebrook School-Mission". Retrieved March 12, 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Eaglebrook History". Retrieved March 11, 2014.
  7. ^ "Eaglebrook School Athletics". Retrieved Feb 28, 2014.
  8. ^ "Soldier Creek Associates". Retrieved March 2, 2007.
  9. ^ a b "Ski Racing, The Journal of Snowsport Competition". Retrieved May 22, 2008.
  10. ^ "Hoving, Thomas. "Artful Tom, a Memoir"". Retrieved December 14, 2009.
  11. ^ Nick Bromell, "Scooter Libby and Me" Archived August 13, 2007, at Archive.today, The American Scholar (Phi Beta Kappa) (Winter 2007) and "Scooter's Tragic Innocence: Why My Friend Scooter Libby Is Loyal to Bush, Cheney and an Arrogant Administration Whose Values Are Not His Own", Salon, January 24, 2007 (Premium content; restricted access); "Nick Bromell", faculty profile at umass.edu (University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts); all accessed June 8, 2007.
  12. ^ Welcome to The Libertarian – How to Keep Your Gold, Keep Your Guns, Keep Your Freedom!
  13. ^ http://www.alumniconnections.com/olc/pub/DRF/filemanager/Overview/Waddell2002HeritageAward.html

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Coordinates: 42°32′35.58″N 72°35′33.33″W / 42.5432167°N 72.5925917°W / 42.5432167; -72.5925917