MOMENTS IN HISTORY

1902

Modern day founder Frank L. Boyden accepts an offer to be principal of Deerfield Academy, with an annual salary of $800. He plans to soon move on to law school, but instead stays for 66 years, becoming one of the country’s most renowned educators.

 

1902

1905

Helen Childs (1905-1968) accepts a position as science and mathematics instructor. In 1907, she marries Mr. Boyden. A charismatic scholar and scientist, she reaches legendary status through intelligence, wit, and “inexhaustible patience”.

 

1905

1911

Tom Ashley, local farmboy, Deerfield icon, US Marine, and friend and collaborator of Mr. Boyden, graduates. After attending Amherst College and graduating in 1916, he returns to the Academy as a teacher, coach, and advisor to Mr. Boyden. Ashley is credited with establishing the Academy’s boarding department and drafting its first school catalog. In 1918, he is killed in action at the Battle of Belleau Wood.

1911

1916

John Williams House, aka, the house that features the Academy’s famous Door, is renovated into a dorm.

1916

1918

Sunday Sings begin a long tradition of song at the Academy. 

1918

1921

The Deerfield Cup is established honoring that individial from each class that best embodies the values of Deerfield Acadamy.

1921

1922

The first Deerfield-Choate football game is played. (Go Big Green!)

1922

1930

The Evensong is written. (The Evensong is amongst one of the favorites!) Listen to the 1967 Evensong

1930

1939

The first train to Choate, carrying athletes, students, and faculty

1939

1962

The Deerfield Medal is established.

1962

1989

Deerfield returns to coeducation

1989

Frequently Asked Questions

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. 

Contact Academy Archives

archives@deerfield.edu
413-774-1502

Boyden Library, Room B03
Mon-Fri, 8:30am–4:30pm

PO Box 87
Deerfield MA 01342