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Hotchkiss School

The Hotchkiss School
Moniti Meliora Sequamur
(After instruction, let us move on to pursue higher things.)
11 Interlaken Road
Lakeville, Connecticut
(New York metropolitan area)
United States
Type Private, coeducational boarding
Religious affiliation(s) Nonsectarian[1][2]
Established 1891[3]
Head of school G. Peter O'Neill Jr., 14th Head of School
Faculty 150[3]
Grades 9–12, PG[3]
Enrollment 600 (2015–16):[3]
93% boarding, 7% day;[3]
50% male, 50% female;[3]
17% International students
32% U.S. students of color[5]
Average class size 13 students
Student to teacher ratio 5:1[3]
Schedule Semester
Campus Rural, 827 acres (3 km2)
13 dorms, 2 lakes, 1 forest[3]
Color(s)      Yale Blue and
Athletics 19 interscholastic sports[3]
Mascot Bearcat[6]
Rivals Taft School[5][7]
Average SAT scores 2110 (2014)[8]
Newspaper The Record[9]
Yearbook The Mischianza[9]
Endowment $455 million (August 2015)[10]
Annual tuition $51,155 (boarding)[11]
$43,475 (day)
Affiliation Eight Schools Association[12]
[19]Green Schools Alliance
[18]Round Square
[17] Global Education Benchmark Group (GEBG)
[2] The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
[16] (NEASC)New England Association of Schools and Colleges
[15] (NEPSAC)New England Preparatory School Athletic Council
[14]Founders League
G20 Schools

The Hotchkiss School is a private, nonsectarian,[1][2] coeducational, college preparatory boarding school in Lakeville, Connecticut of the New York metropolitan area, founded in 1891. The school offers a classical education[5] with grades 9–12 and a postgraduate (PG) option, attracting students across the United States and 34 foreign countries.[3]

Hotchkiss is a member of the

  • Official website

External links

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  4. ^ "About Hotchkiss: Administration - G. Peter O'Neill Jr., 14th Head of School". The Hotchkiss School. 2014. Retrieved October 13, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "About Hotchkiss: History & Traditions". Hotchkiss School. 2014. Retrieved November 19, 2014. 
    • a "With the guidance of then President of Yale University Timothy Dwight, Maria Hotchkiss established the School in 1891 to prepare young men for Yale...Hotchkiss offers a classical education, finding strength in a traditional approach that has worked well and stood the test of time." — ¶ 2 (Strengthened by Time)
    • b "The week leading up to and including “Taft Day," the Saturday in the fall when Hotchkiss teams compete against the Taft School. From kickoff night to the Friday night pep rally and bonfire to Taft Day itself, blue and white rule." — ¶ 14 (Sprit Day, right sidebar)
    • c "When The Hotchkiss School opened its doors in 1892, the first 50 boys were charged a boarding tuition of $600--more than many families could afford. But fortunately, Maria Hotchkiss had insisted on something unique in allocating the funds to establish the School: Hotchkiss would offer scholarship aid to deserving students." — ¶ 3 (A 123-Year Policy)
    • d "Three years later, in September 1974, 88 young women entered Hotchkiss as preps, lower-mids, upper-mids, and seniors. Today, the number of boys and girls attending Hotchkiss is roughly equal." — ¶ 4 (Coeducation)
    • e "As early as 1912 students from China have come to Hotchkiss...He also enabled Hotchkiss students to study abroad by having the School join the English-Speaking Union program and through the inception of The International Schoolboy Exchange in 1928. Today, the Hotchkiss student body includes students from 34 countries, and on average 5 to 10 students study abroad each year with the School Year Abroad program. Begun by the Class of 1948, The Fund for Global Understanding provides grant support for students participating in summer community service projects throughout the world. Hotchkiss is also a member of Round Square and Global Connections..." — ¶ 5 (Globally Connected)
    • f "From the beginning, Maria Hotchkiss was not interested in establishing “a school for the pampered sons of rich gentlemen.”...In the 1960s Hotchkiss began its first formal participation in minority student recruitment programs such as the U.S. Grant Program – begun by Hotchkiss graduates attending Yale – as well as A Better Chance (ABC) and the Greater Opportunity (GO) Program. The Hotchkiss connection with Prep for Prep, an organization that helps prepare minority students for academically demanding independent schools, began in the early 1980s. Today, 43 percent of Hotchkiss students identify themselves as students of color." — ¶ 6 (Lessons of Differences)
    • g "Of our 600 students, 21 percent come from countries other than the U.S."— ¶ 8 (Hotchkiss Today)
  6. ^ a b "Athletics: Bearcat Athletics". The Hotchkiss School. 2014. Retrieved November 19, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Taft-Hotchkiss Rivalry Heats Up: Saturday is Hotchkiss Day: Show your spirit!".  
    • a "It is Spirit Week on campus as the excitement builds for Hotchkiss Day this Saturday, November 12. It will be an exciting day for Taft sports, as many of our teams travel north in the hopes of extending their winning records and defending Taft’s name against our perennial rival." — ¶ 1
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  9. ^ a b c "About Hotchkiss: Life At Hotchkiss - Clubs & Activities". The Hotchkiss School. Retrieved November 20, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "Head of School: Leadership Opportunity - July 2013" (PDF). The Hotchkiss School. July 2013. Retrieved November 19, 2014. 
    • a "...Value of Endowment: $455M." — Pg. 2
    • b "Approximately 18% of the 1,860 applicants were offered admission this year." — Pg. 5, ¶ 3
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  14. ^ a b c "Founders League: Member Schools".  
  15. ^ a b "ABOUT NEPSAC: Member Schools".  
  16. ^ a b c "About Us: CIS Directory of Schools".  
  17. ^ a b c "Member Schools". Global Education Benchmark Group (GEBG). 2014. Retrieved November 19, 2014. 
  18. ^ a b c Vassallo, Damien (August 2011). "RSIS South Africa Project - July 2011: Leader’s Report" (PDF).  
  19. ^ a b c "Membership - School Profiles: The Hotchkiss School".  
  20. ^ Pinkus, Ari (Fall 2013). "Sustainability educators convene at Hotchkiss for environmental summit".  
  21. ^ "About CLS: Member Schools".  
  22. ^ Fabrikant, Geraldine (January 26, 2008). "Age of Riches: At Elite Prep Schools, College-Size Endowments".  
    • a "Educational Wealth: Some independent schools have accumulated sizeable endowments. Here are some of the largest, at the end of the schools' most recent fiscal year...Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, Conn. 430.0." — Pg. 1, Inforgraphic
  23. ^ Bowen, John G. "Alumni Accomplishments - A Closer Look: George Van Santvoord '08". Hotchkiss School. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  24. ^ Kolowrat, Ernest (1992). "Hotchkiss: A Chronicle of an American School". Hotchkiss School. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
    • a "Be a gentleman! That was the only rule, the Duke always liked to say, that the school truly had."— Pg. 33, ¶ 2
  25. ^ Birmingham, Stephen (1987). "America's Secret Aristocracy".  
    • a "His school, the Duke used to say (Hotchkiss) had only one rule, and that was "Be a gentleman," How he defined what a gentleman was he did not say, but what a gentleman was usually became clear when you discovered what a gentleman wasn't. A gentleman didn't cheat. he didn't lie. A gentleman wasn't petty. A gentleman wasn't intolerant of others' shortcomings. A gentleman wasn't a whiner, wasn't a gossip, wasn't a boor, wasn't inconsiderate of others' feelings..."
  26. ^ "American Legends Interviews - Louis Auchincloss: The Rector of Justin". American Legends. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
    • a "George Van Santvoord (1891-1975), whose distinguished bearing earned him the nickname the Duke. Van Santvoord, and his predecessor who was known as the King, claimed that at Hotchkiss there was only one rule for students to follow: Be a gentleman."— ¶ 2
  27. ^ Shields, David D. (Summer 2014). "Hotchkiss Magazine: Summer 2014". Hotchkiss School. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
    • a "And the number-one rule in the Blue Book—Be a gentleman."— Pg. 24, last ¶
  28. ^ "Education: The Duke Steps Down".  
    • a "Of all U.S. prep schools, few, if any, can beat the standards Hotchkiss has set. — ¶ 2
  29. ^ "Jose A. Camprubi, Newspaper Owner". New York Times (New York). March 13, 1942. p. 19. 
  30. ^ Branch (October 2002). "A Firm Foundation: How does an ever-changing cast of undergraduates keep an educational program for New Haven schoolchildren going for 50 years? For the Ulysses S. Grant Foundation, the answer is adaptability.".  
    • a "But Eugene Van Voorhis '55, ‘58LLB remembers when things were different. When Van Voorhis came to Yale from Hotchkiss in 1951, reaching out to New Haven “wasn’t the 'shoe' thing to do,” he recalls. Undaunted, Van Voorhis started a group to tutor middle school-aged African American students with an eye toward getting them admitted into elite boarding schools at a time when African American applicants were virtually unheard of in such places. Two years later, he incorporated his venture as the Ulysses S. Grant Foundation." — ¶ 2
    • b "After two years of tutoring, the first “graduate,” Barry Loncke, was admitted to Hotchkiss. Four years later, he was admitted to Yale College in the Class of 1962; he is now a Superior Court judge in Sacramento, California." — Pg. 6
  31. ^ "Participating Schools: Independent Boarding Schools - Connecticut". A Better Chance Program. Retrieved November 19, 2014. 
  32. ^ Miller (July 19, 2013). "Reunion Held For Hotchkiss School's GO Program: Inner-City Kids Spent Summers At Private School".  
    • a "The people that live up there would invite us on the weekends into their homes, to go to church with them and whatnot. There were a lot of families involved to take on all us inner-city kids, and the racial barrier was totally broken," Collins, who is black, said of the mostly white families who took the boys into their homes in Lakeville." — ¶ 14
  33. ^ "The Hartford-Hotchkiss Greater Opportunity Program: Interim Report to the State Department of Education and the Hartford Board of Education - Summer 1968" (PDF). U.S. Department of Education's  
  34. ^ "Confucius Classroom at Hotchkiss School".  
  35. ^ Xueqin, Jiang (August 11, 2010). "Beijing’s Study Abroad Market: Beijing parents expect SAT cramming when selecting a high school. But what about the kids?".  
  36. ^ Boughton, Kathryn (July 19, 2011). "Chinese Students Learn About America at Portals". Litchfield County Times'. Retrieved November 19, 2014. 
  37. ^ "About Hotchkiss: International Programs". The Hotchkiss School. Retrieved November 19, 2014. 
  38. ^ Judson, George (August 15, 1991). "Summer School for the Very Ambitious". New York Times. Retrieved March 13, 2015. 
  39. ^ Carlson, Wendy (November 18, 2011). "At Prep School, Rolling Up Sleeves and Working the Soil". New York Times. Retrieved March 13, 2015. 
  40. ^ "Hotchkiss’s Fairfield Farm Grows Up". National Association of Independent Schools. September 10, 2013. Retrieved March 29, 2015. 
  41. ^ Woolf, Sarah (January 2010). "Are They Greener on the Other Side? Part Three: The Hotchkiss School".  
  42. ^ "Academics: College Advising - Matriculation List (Classes of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)". The Hotchkiss School. Retrieved November 19, 2014. 
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  • Joe Klein's book, Primary Colors (1996), features the principal character, Henry Burton, as a Hotchkiss graduate frequently called "Hotchkiss."[71]
  • In 1947, TIME magazine made a school prank infamous by twice-publishing, "Man of Distinction. In Lakeville, Conn., someone penciled in the Hotchkiss School lavatory: "Schuyler van Kilroy 3rd was here"[66][67] to distinguish the school culture from the popular culture expression, Kilroy was here.
F. Scott Fitzgerald's This Side of Paradise

In popular culture

Notable faculty

Alumni with universally notable affiliations include:

Notable alumni

The Hotchkiss Golf Course is a nine-hole golf course of just over 3,000 yards, designed by Seth Raynor in 1924 and rated by Golf Digest as one of the 25 best nine-hole courses in America.[57] Hotchkiss also has the Baker Complex, including Sprole Field and an all-weather track; fifteen outdoor tennis courts; Joseph Cullman Paddle Tennis Courts; Centennial, Hoyt, Taylor, Downing, and Class of '49 Fields; Malkin Climbing Walls; Lake Wononscopomuc and a boathouse for sailing; three ponds; and extensive hiking trails.[58]

In 2002, Hotchkiss opened the Forrest E. Mars Jr. Athletic Center, a 212,000 square-foot athletic center with multi-purpose playing surfaces, elevated indoor exercise track, the Andrew K. Dwyer and Martin Dwyer III Olympic Rink and Thomas Schmidt NHL Rink, natatorium with 10-lane pool and separate diving well, William C. Fowle Gymnasium (hardwood basketball court), Edward R. Davis Wrestling Room, Joseph Cullman Squash Courts featuring eight international squash courts, Ford Indoor Tennis Courts, John R. Chandler, Jr. Fitness Center, locker rooms, and shower facilities.[56]

Athletic facilities

In 2005, Hotchkiss opened the 715-seat Esther Eastman Music Center, equipped with a handmade Fazioli F308 piano, 12 Steinway pianos, 12 practice rooms, 3 ensemble practice rooms, a WKIS radio station, and Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) lab. Hotchkiss also has a 615-seat proscenium theater called Walker Auditorium.[51]

Art facilities

Beyond its increasingly visible role providing organically grown food for the School Dining Hall, the 270-acre Hotchkiss Farm is also where art classes can practice plein air painting, poetry classes can find inspiration, environmental science classes can explore terrain that includes rare grassland bird habitats, and American history classes can reflect on the fact that this was once part of a land grant from King George III. When completed, farm trails will add an estimated three to five miles to the six or more that already traverse the Hotchkiss Woods.

Fairfield Farm at Hotchkiss

An Bruce Price, Cass Gilbert, and Delano and Aldrich.[48] The school renovation project earned Robert A.M. Stern Architects the 2010 Palladio Award, with Paul Rudolph[48] and Butler Rogers Basket[53] contributing elements of modern architecture.

The school overlooks The Berkshires (named among the 200 Last Great Places by The Nature Conservancy)[48][49] on a rural, 827 acres (3 km2) campus featuring 13 single-sex dorms (Baechle-Ayres, Buehler, Coy, Dana, Edelman, Flinn, Garland, Larsen House, Memorial, Tinker, Van Santvoord, Watson, and Wieler),[50] 2 lakes, and 1 forest.[3] The Main Building serves as the academic and social center, featuring 30 SmartBoard classrooms, The Edsel Ford Memorial Library with 87,000-volumes occupying 25,000 square feet, and dining halls.[51]

Main Building, academic and social center of Hotchkiss.


Hotchkiss offer over 65 clubs, including The Record, a biweekly, student-run newspaper circulated on campus and among alumni, The Mischianza yearbook, The Hotchkiss Chorus music ensemble, and extensive service organizations.[9]


Despite Kent School's location in the same county, The Hotchkiss School and Taft School have a long-standing rivalry, where on the final Saturday of the fall sport season, called Taft Day at Hotchkiss and Hotchkiss Day at Taft, the two schools compete against each other in every sport.[5][7] Similar boarding school traditions include the Andover–Exeter rivalry and Choate-Deerfield rivalry.

Hotchkiss-Taft rivalry

Season Sport[46] Championships Notes[44][47]
Fall (B), (G) Cross Country - Varsity (G) 4 (G) Founders League Champion – 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008
(B), (G) Cross Country - Junior Varsity 0
(G) Field Hockey - Varsity 9 Founders League Champion – 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008

NEPSAC New England Class A Champion – 2011, 2010, 2008

(G) Field Hockey - Junior Varsity 0
(G) Field Hockey - Third 0
(B) Football - Varsity 3 Erickson League Champion – 2009, 2008

NEPSAC New England Class A Champion – 2008

(B) Football - Junior Varsity 0
(B), (G) Soccer - Varsity (B) 8
(G) 1
(B) Founders League Champion – 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008
NEPSAC New England Class A Champion – 2011, 2009, 2008
(G) Founders League Champion – 2013
(B), (G) Soccer - Junior Varsity 0
(B), (G) Soccer - Third 0
(G) Volleyball - Varsity 3 Founders League Champion – 2010, 2008
NEPSAC New England Class A Champion – 2008
(G) Volleyball - Junior Varsity 0
(B) Water Polo - Varsity 0
Winter (B), (G) Basketball - Varsity (B) 5
(G) 1
(B) Tri-State League Champion – 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007
(G) Founders League Champion – 2012
(B), (G) Basketball - Junior Varsity 0
(B), (G) Basketball - Third 0
(B), (G) Hockey - Varsity 0
(B), (G) Hockey - Junior Varsity 0
(B), (G) Squash - Varsity (B) 2 (B) Founders League Champion – 2012, 2008
(B), (G) Squash - Junior Varsity 0
(C) Squash - Third 0
(B), (G) Swimming and Diving - Varsity 0
(C) Wrestling - Varsity 0
Spring (B) Baseball - Varsity 0
(B) Baseball - Junior Varsity 0
(B), (G) Golf - Varsity 0
(B) Golf - Junior Varsity 0
(B), (G) Lacrosse - Varsity (B) 1
(G) 3
(B) Founders League Champion – 2009
(G) Founders League Champion – 2014, 2013, 2011
(B), (G) Lacrosse - Junior Varsity 0
(B), (G) Lacrosse - Third 0
(G) Softball - Varsity 0
(C) Sailing - Varsity 12 (C) NESSA New England Fleet Racing Champion – 2014, 2012, 2011, 1977, 1975, 1974
NESSA Team Racing Champion – 2011, 1977, 1976, 1974
Connecticut State Champion – 2012, 2011
(C) Sailing - Junior Varsity 0
(B), (G) Tennis - Varsity (B) 7
(G) 9
(B) Founders League Champion – 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008
NEPSAC New England Class A Champion – 2012, 2010, 2008
(G) Founders League Champion – 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008
NEPSAC New England Class A Champion – 2013, 2012, 2010, 2009
(B), (G) Tennis - Junior Varsity 0
(B), (G) Tennis - Third 0
(B), (G) Track and field - Varsity (B) 3
(G) 4
(B) Founders League Champion – 2014, 2009
NEPSAC New England Class A Champion – 2009
(G) Founders League Champion – 2014, 2013, 2011, 2008
(G) Water Polo - Varsity 0
(C) Ultimate Frisbee - Varsity 2 NEPSAC New England Champion – 2009
Annual Hotchkiss Invitational Tournament Champion – 2011
Total 77

In 1933, Samuel Gottscho photographed the Hotchkiss baseball team, which appears in the Library of Congress' Gottscho-Schleisner Collection.[45]

Hotchkiss fields 19 interscholastic sports teams[3] that compete in the Founders League,[14] Eight Schools Athletic Council,[12] New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC),[16] and Interscholastic Sailing Association's New England Schools Sailing Association (NESSA) district.[44] Its colors are Yale Blue and white, with the mascot being the bearcat.[6]



The school has a 100% college matriculation rate,[3] and among the Classes of 2011-2014, 33 enrolled at Yale, 19 at Harvard, and 16 at Princeton.[42] In 2007, the Wall Street Journal listed Hotchkiss as among the schools with a higher success rate (than Choate and Deerfield) in matriculation at Harvard, Princeton, and six others (excluding Yale).[43]

Operating on a semester schedule, The Hotchkiss School offers a classical education,[5] 224 courses, 7 foreign languages (Chinese, French, German, Greek, Latin, Russian, and Spanish),[3] and study abroad programs.[37] In 1991, the New York Times recognized Hotchkiss' summer program as, "Summer School for the Very Ambitious"[38] and in 2011, as a private school leader in the farm to table movement,[39] by incorporating agriculture into the curriculum since 2008.[40] The year prior, the Deerfield Scroll featured that "many consider The Hotchkiss School to be the leader in environmental awareness among the top prep schools in the country."[41]


The school has a 43% diverse student body[3] (21% international students),[5] offers a School Year Abroad program,[5] and is a member of the Global Education Benchmark Group (GEBG),[17] Round Square,[18] and Confucius Institute International Division (Hanban).[34] In 2010, Hotchkiss partnered with Peking University High School to establish its study abroad, international division called Dalton Academy.[35][36]

Maria Hotchkiss was uninterested in establishing “a school for the pampered sons of rich gentlemen.” The school has enrolled international students since 1896.[29] In 1928, the school joined the English-Speaking Union and established the International Schoolboy Exchange. Established by the Class of 1948, The Fund for Global Understanding enables student participation in summer service projects across the world.[5] In 1953, Hotchkiss alumnus Eugene Van Voorhis (g. 1951, Yale '55, Yale Law ‘58) incorporated the Ulysses S. Grant Foundation program to assist minority New Haven students with boarding school admission,[30] with Hotchkiss School formally participating in addition to other recruitment initiatives from the 1960s onward,[5] such as A Better Chance (ABC),[31] Greater Opportunity (GO) summer program for inner-city students,[32][33] and Prep for Prep to foster minority leaders.[5]

International relations and diversity

George Van Santvoord (g. 1908, Yale 1912),[23] a headmaster hailed as the Duke with an honorary dorm, claimed there was only one school rule: Be a gentleman.[24][25][26][27] In 1954, TIME recognized in Education: The Duke Steps Down, that "of all U.S. prep schools, few, if any, can beat the standards Hotchkiss has set."[28]

Number-one rule

In 1891, Maria Harrison Bissell Hotchkiss, with guidance from Yale President Timothy Dwight V, founded the school to prepare young men for Yale University. In 1892, Hotchkiss opened its doors to 50 male boarding students for $600. Hotchkiss's endowment also precipitated scholarship aid to deserving students. In 1974, the school became coeducational.[5]

 The Hotchkiss School
The Hotchkiss School

Postcard circa 1905



  • History 1
    • Number-one rule 1.1
    • International relations and diversity 1.2
  • Academics 2
  • Extracurriculars 3
    • Athletics 3.1
      • Hotchkiss-Taft rivalry 3.1.1
    • Clubs 3.2
  • Campus 4
    • Fairfield Farm at Hotchkiss 4.1
    • Art facilities 4.2
    • Athletic facilities 4.3
  • Notable alumni 5
  • Notable faculty 6
  • In popular culture 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Hotchkiss has a competitive 18% admit rate for fall of 2013,[10] and one of the largest private school endowments in the country (ranked fifth largest in 2008 by New York Times).[22]

[19].Green Schools Alliance and [21],Cum Laude Society [18],Round Square [17] Global Education Benchmark Group (GEBG),[20],National Association of Independent Schools [2] The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS),[16] (NEASC),New England Association of Schools and Colleges [15] (NEPSAC),New England Preparatory School Athletic Council [14],Founders League group, G20 Schools [13]

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