The Winchendon School

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The Winchendon School
The Winchendon School Crest.jpg
School Crest
172 Ash St, Winchendon, MA 01475

TypePrivate, boarding and day
MottoAchieve Academic Success
Head of SchoolLaurie Lambert
Grades9–12, PG
Average class size7
Student to teacher ratio6:1
Campus236 acres (960,000 m2)
Color(s)Dark green and white         
Athletics conferenceNEPSAC
Endowment$30.00million (as of August 2017)
TuitionBoarding: $60,300 Day: $21,900

The Winchendon School is a coeducational, private boarding and day school located in Winchendon, Massachusetts just over an hour from Boston. Founded in 1926, The Winchendon School has an average classroom size of seven students, an enrollment of approximately 270 students, and a student to teacher ratio of 6:1.[1]

Campus and Facilities[edit]

The Winchendon School's campus is approximately 236 acres. The campus includes three main academic buildings, six dorms, a theater, a two-story arts studio, and a music room. Its athletic facilities feature a Donald Ross-designed golf course, the Ritchie Ice Arena, the LaBelle Athletic Fields, Boomhower Field, six tennis courts, and two basketball and volleyball courts and a fitness center.[2] The school also has a chicken coop and a greenhouse.[2]

The campus is 15 miles (24 km) from Mount Monadnock, one of the most-climbed mountains in the world.



Winchendon students come from all across the world. Numbers change year-to-year, but a typical student body represents over 15 countries and approximately 15 US states. The school community includes students in 9th grade to students in 12th grade, as well as post-graduates (PGs). The Winchendon School offers a total of $3 million in needs-based grants to its students every year.[1]

Special academic programs[edit]

The entire Winchendon student body participates in Service Learning, a year-long program designed to allow students to address what they see as problematic in the global and local communities. Going further than a community service requirement, Service Learning urges students to consider the root causes of an issue such as poverty, hunger, or human rights, rather than simply addressing a symptom. Through Service Learning, students have the opportunity to travel abroad to help communities in other countries. Recent trips include The Caribbean and Central America.[3]

Built into The Winchendon School's curriculum are periods of two weeks when students focus on only one subject that they choose. These "Collaborative Laboratory" (ColLab) projects range from internships to fly-fishing to traveling abroad.[4] ColLABs are offered twice a year.


Winchendon Boys' Hockey at NEPSAC Championships

Winchendon's athletic teams are known as the Wapitis, and their colors are dark green and white. The following competitive sports are offered at The Winchendon School:[5]

  • Ice Hockey (boys and girls)
  • Basketball (boys and girls)
  • Soccer (boys and girls)
  • Cross Country (boys and girls)
  • Badminton (boys and girls)
  • Tennis (boys and girls)
  • Baseball (boys)
  • Softball (girls)
  • Ultimate Frisbee (boys and girls)
  • Volleyball (girls)
  • Golf (boys and girls)
  • Lacrosse (boys and girls)

Winchendon is a part of New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC).


Williams College alumnus Robert Marr's experience at Deerfield Academy, and earlier at Vermont Academy, provided him knowledge to take The Winchendon School into its permanent home. As new headmaster in Newport at The Hatch School in 1959, Marr maintained its tutorial model while introducing his own leadership brand. Finding a new campus emerged as a focus for the new Head. Marr settled on Winchendon's current location. The school moved in the summer 1961 to Winchendon, Massachusetts.

Teachers like Charles Dillaway and Clifford Eriksen provided teaching in the traditional Hatch mold. The seasoned leadership of Bob Marr and his assistant head (and former Vermont Academy colleague) Frederick L. Zins enabled newly arrived students to sense the great traditions of Hatch-Newport – while also experiencing a revitalized school and its own setting.

During the early to mid-1980s, the school faced financial difficulties, which drew attention to the failures of the school. This led to many successful and grateful alumni donating to The Winchendon School. In the late 1980s, a rolling capital campaign was started that led to the addition of new dorms, a gymnasium and additional classrooms. Much of this attention happened during Headmaster LaBelle's tenure and pushed the school onto its feet, and it has been financially healthy ever since.

The Winchendon School has only had six headmasters. Marr's tenure (1959–1973), was followed by Lewis V. Posich, Stephen V.A. Samborski, J. William LaBelle, John A. Kerney, and current Head of School Laurie Lambert.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b "About - The Winchendon School". The Winchendon School. Retrieved 2017-07-25.
  2. ^ a b "Campus & Facilities - The Winchendon School". The Winchendon School. Retrieved 2017-07-25.
  3. ^ "Service Learning - The Winchendon School". The Winchendon School. Retrieved 2017-07-26.
  4. ^ "ColLABs - The Winchendon School". The Winchendon School. Retrieved 2017-07-26.
  5. ^ "Athletics - The Winchendon School". The Winchendon School. Retrieved 2017-07-25.
  6. ^ "Mark Concannon hockey statistics and profile at". Retrieved 2017-07-25.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 42°40′28.0″N 72°2′16.3″W / 42.674444°N 72.037861°W / 42.674444; -72.037861