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Thayer Athletics

At Thayer, our athletics philosophy serves our institutional mission, and we believe that every student should participate in physical activities to balance the significant time and energy spent toward academics and other extracurricular activities to ensure overall health and wellness.

The Middle and Upper School athletic, physical education, and health and wellness requirements–each year offering opportunities in interscholastic athletics, physical education classes, and classroom programs–allow students to learn, compete, and grow in mind and body. The benefits of team sports, physical education, and health education include:

  • The experience of teamwork, competition, sportsmanship, winning, and losing
  • Development of relationships and self-confidence, plus physical and life skills
  • Knowledge of nutrition, fitness, and mental relaxation
  • Development of leadership skills, discipline, and a strong sense of self

Thayer is a charter member of the Independent School League (ISL) and games and matches against several non-league teams are also scheduled in most sports. Thayer is also a member of the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC), which sponsors many postseason tournaments.

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The Future of Thayer Athletics

Numerous upgrades have been made to the athletic fields on the main school campus. During the summer of 2015 the main baseball and softball fields underwent a complete overhaul. Both fields were re-graded, re sodded, and the irrigation system was enhanced. Both fields have a professional portable fencing system that gives the look and feel of a permanent field, but allows for the fencing to be taken down after the Spring season which allows for a regulation soccer pitch to be lined between the two diamonds. This soccer pitch is used only by the varsity soccer programs to ensure the field stays in peak condition.

In the summer of 2016 the two grass field behind the school were converted to turf fields using a natural vegetable fill rather than the traditional rubber fill. These are multi-purpose fields used for a variety of Upper and Middle school sports. In the fall these fields are used by soccer and field hockey for practices and games, and football for practice. During the spring these fields are used by boys and girls lacrosse for practices and games and also for sub-varsity baseball and softball for practices and games. Thayer is building a small pavilion between the track and the turf fields.. This new space will allow for equipment storage and restroom facilities.

These steps, along with recent upgrades to the South Athletic Campus turf fields, Memorial and Alumni Gyms, the varsity locker rooms, and the resurfacing of the track, plus plans to construct a field house (on a site about a mile from campus) exemplify Thayer’s commitment to provide Thayer students with versatile, top-notch facilities across the full spectrum of athletic offerings.


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