From the 1940s Radio Club to DRB (Deerfield Radio Broadcasting) in 1967, to WGAJ in 1981, to the current streaming station Deerfield Academy Radio, Deerfield Academy has, in one way or another, been riding the airwaves and streaming the Web.
The first Deerfield Academy hockey game was played on January 18, 1922, against the “Aggies” at M.A.C. (Massachusetts Agricultural College). Deerfield won 2-1. The program continued to thrive, with an indoor rink (known lovingly as “The Barn”) coming in 1957, and undefeated teams in 1952 and 1960. New England Championships were won in 1984, by the girls team in 2001 and the boys team in 2003. Many DA players went on to have successful hockey careers, such as Gene Kinasewich ’60, Paul Hurley ’64, Lou Reycroft ’68, Craig Janney ’85, Marty Reasoner ’95, Ty Hennes ’98, Jamie Hagerman ’99, Katie Guay ’01, Chad Kolarik ’02, Ben Lovejoy ’03, Molly Schaus ’06, Alex Killorn ’08, Kevin Roy ’12, and Sam Lafferty ’14.
Highlights from a century-long devotion. Watch for both boys’ and girls’ OT wins in the NE quarterfinals, 2003 and 2001. Both teams went on to be New England Champions.
Footage from the late 1920s – 1960s. Look for Coach Bobby Merriam ’43 and students at work shoveling the outdoor rink, and helping with pipes for The Barn!
Once a week, School Meeting begins with the singing of one of Deerfield’s school songs, and at every Sunday sit down dinner the whole school comes together and sings the Evensong. During the spring term, as seniors prepare to graduate, they are called upon many times to join in the Evensong. Even at the Academy’s annual Investiture event, alumni, parents, and students gather at sunset to sing the Evensong together. All these songs hold very special meaning for students, alumni, and faculty alike.
In most cases, digital scans can be provided. Contact the Academy Archives if you are looking for a specific archival photograph.
Frank Boyden was Deerfield’s longest serving headmaster from 1902-1968. His time at Deerfield is captured in John McPhee’s 1966 book, The Headmaster. For additional information, please contact the Academy Archives.
If you have materials that you wish to donate, please contact Anne Lozier, Academy Archivist. Of particular interest are scrapbooks, correspondence, ephemera, photographs, and audiovisual material.