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Reminiscing About Our Coeducational Heritage

This year marks the 25th anniversary of coeducation at Deerfield Academy-or at least the reinstitution of coeducation, after the all-boys years (1948-88). “1989 has proved a pivotal year for both Deerfield and the world. It has signaled an end to one era and the beginning of another. The ...

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Parents Weekend @ Away

This fall’s Parents Weekend—which is unusually placed on the fifth weekend of fall term—will be following a new schedule. There will still be classes, parent-teacher conferences and performances on Friday; but on Saturday, only two games will be home: JV football and boys junior A soccer. ...

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Letter To The Editor

Dear Editor, I write to elaborate on the article, “Land Acquisitions Upset Locals”, in the October 15th edition of the Deerfield Scroll.  The Academy, like non-profits and educational institutions across the country, benefits from tax-exempt status for many of its properties.  But looking ...

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Land Acquisitions Upset Locals

In the past year, Deerfield bought two parcels of land near the school: the Williams Farm and the Thorne Estate, for $1.5 million each. Although no purpose has been designated for use of these properties yet, Deerfield expects them to become either faculty housing or alternative spaces to current ...

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School Cracks Down

Upon returning to Deerfield this fall, students have observed a new strictness permeating the campus. It is evident to many students and faculty that the administration has become more stringent in adhering to the Academy’s code of conduct, especially at required school events. During the 2013-14 ...

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It’s Not the Girl’s Fault

For Commencement, girls wore cute, playful white dresses while boys wore serious, dark coats and ties. During the DeNunzio Disco, girls felt humiliated undergoing “spandex checks” by faculty while boys were not reprimanded for taking off their shirts. Girls here constantly have to worry about ...

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Deerfield Water Balloon Toss Breaks World Record

On Sunday, September 14, the Deerfield Community held the annual Dorm Olympics, but this year there was a change. The faculty, staff, students and other members of the Deerfield community participated in a Guinness Book of World Records-breaking water balloon toss. Signe Ahl ’15, the chief ...

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Murphy ’10 Remembers Deerfield Community

During the summer after my freshman year at Deerfield, I staged a protest. I sat my parents down and told them that I would not be returning to the Pocumtuck Valley for a second year. When asked why, I flatly responded that I hated everyone. “Oh really,” my Dad retorted in sarcastic disbelief, ...

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Deerfield Dining Hall Lives Clean and Eats Dirty

Since the start of the new school year, notable changes have been made to the Dining Hall—the most prominent having to do with breakfast foods, vegetarian options and beverages. These modifications have been made due to the Academy’s “Live Clean, Eat Dirty” campaign, an initiative to shift ...

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2014~2015 New Faculty Bios

New students are not the only ones anticipating a fresh start at Deerfield this year. The Academy welcomes 17 new faculty members as the school year approaches. (The excerpts below are drawn from Assistant Dean of Faculty Peter Nilsson’s biographical notes on new faculty.) An Exeter graduate, ...

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