Suffield Academy

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Suffield Academy
TypePrivate boarding/day school
MottoEsse Quam Videri
Latin: To be, rather than to seem
PresidentFrederic B. Powers III[1]
Head teacherCharles Cahn III[1]
Faculty90 teachers
Enrollment415 students[2]
Average class size10 students[2]
Student to teacher ratio5:1[2]
Campus368 acres (149 ha)
Color(s)     Black      Orange
Athletics20 interscholastic sports teams

Suffield Academy is a private preparatory school located in Suffield, Connecticut, United States. It was founded in 1833 to train young men for ministry in the Baptist Church. The tuition fees for students are currently $58,000 for boarders and $38,700 for day students. The headmaster is Charlie Cahn, who has been in post since 2004. The school is coeducational with slightly more than half the students (55%) being boys. Approximately 15% of the student body are students of color, 18% overseas students and 67% board.[2]

Thirteen dormitories on campus house the boarding students with 90 faculty members serving as dormitory and student advisors as well as teachers and coaches.


The early mission of the school was to educate young men for the ministry. Despite its founding links to the Baptist Church, the institute quickly moved towards a non-denominational model and in 1833 was renamed Connecticut Literary Institute, locally known as CLI.[3] The institute was the only high school in town and local government funding helped to pay for each student's tuition.

The school's library
The school's library
The newest dorm
The school's newest dorm accommodates 30 female students
Centurion Hall
The bell and Centurion Hall


New field
Construction on a new turf field finished in August 2007

Suffield competes regularly in a number of interscholastic sports, with a total of 20 teams.[4] There are Varsity, JV, Thirds and Fourths levels throughout various sports. The school's main rival is the Williston Northampton School. Teams also compete against schools including Deerfield Academy, Hotchkiss School, Choate Rosemary Hall, Berkshire School, Kent School, Wilbraham and Monson Academy, and Cushing Academy.

Athletic success[edit]

  • The water polo team appears at the New England Prep Tournament each year, winning in 2009.[5]
  • The wrestling team has produced 4 Prep National Champions, 17 New England Champions and many other recognized athletes, as well as winning the Western New England Prep Championships in their 2010–2011 season.[6]
  • The riflery team was Connecticut League State Champions for three years running.[7]
  • The football team won the New England Super Bowl five years running, with students continuing to play at college level.[8]
  • The baseball team earned four championships in five years[9]
  • The boys' track and field team won two championships and a runner-up spot.[10]

Visual and performing arts[edit]

Programs in the visual arts include studio art, photography, multimedia, architecture and ceramics. Theater and music programs include acting, dance, chamber ensemble, women's choir, jazz ensemble, wind ensemble and private lessons in instruments including vocal training.[11]

The visual art department mounts displays throughout the campus with artwork, photography and sculptures. The department also collaborates with the English department to produce an Arts Review Magazine filled with work by current students.[12]

Suffield's Performing Arts Center also presents many performances for the community throughout the year, such as a Fall Arts Festival, winter musical, spring play, guitar show, dance concert, and vocal and instrumental concerts. Recent performances have included Spring Awakening, The Diary of Anne Frank, Sister Act, Noises Off, In The Heights, The Crucible, Hairspray, Spamalot, August: Osage County, and Into The Woods. Suffield won Best Play at the Connecticut Halo Awards for four of the past six years. In 2017, Sister Act was awarded the Best Contemporary Musical prize at the Connecticut Halo Awards. In 2018, Suffield's production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time was awarded Best Contemporary Play and won an acting award for Dominic Colangelo.

2018 also marked Suffield's first year in the Stephen Sondheim Awards, where Suffield earned two awards for their work on Hairspray, including Best Lighting Design and a special recognition award for student choreographer Mia White.[13]

Notable alumni[edit]

Brewster Hall
Brewster Hall—Home of the Dining Hall and Student Union

George B. Daniels 1971 - United States federal judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York[14]

Vinny Del Negro 1984 - NBA player for the San Antonio Spurs, the head coach of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers[15]

Tarō Kōno - Japanese Foreign Minister [16]

Andrew H. Tisch 1967

James S. Tisch 1971

Christian Wilkins 2013


  1. ^ a b "Trustees". Suffield Academy. Retrieved 2016-11-14.
  2. ^ a b c d "Suffield Academy". Boarding School Review. Retrieved 2016-11-14.
  3. ^ Thomas, Grace Powers (1898). Where to educate, 1898-1899. A guide to the best private schools, higher institutions of learning, etc., in the United States. Boston: Brown and Company. p. 38. Retrieved August 17, 2012.
  4. ^ "Athletics". Suffield Academy. Retrieved 25 November 2011.
  5. ^ "Water Polo- Boys Varsity". Suffield Academy. Retrieved 22 June 2012.
  6. ^ "Wrestling - Varsity". Suffield Academy. Retrieved 22 June 2012.
  7. ^ "Riflery - Varsity". Suffield Academy. Retrieved 22 June 2012.
  8. ^ "Football - Varsity". Suffield Academy. Retrieved 22 June 2012.
  9. ^ "Baseball - Varsity". Suffield Academy. Retrieved 22 June 2012.
  10. ^ "Track and Field - Boys Varsity". Suffield Academy. Retrieved 22 June 2012.
  11. ^ "Arts and Culture". Suffield Academy. Retrieved 22 June 2012.
  12. ^ "Suffield Academy Arts Magazine 2011" (PDF). 2010-2011 Arts Review. Retrieved 25 November 2011.
  13. ^ "Performing Arts". Suffield Academy. Retrieved 22 June 2012.
  14. ^ "Hon. George B. Daniels" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-11-16.
  15. ^ "Clippers to hire Del Negro". Yahoo!. 2010-07-06. Retrieved 2010-11-06.
  16. ^

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Coordinates: 41°59′05″N 72°39′01″W / 41.9848°N 72.6503°W / 41.9848; -72.6503