Athletics Overview




At Deerfield Academy we have a long, rich tradition of athletics.  Legendary Headmaster Frank Boyden believed strongly in athletics and required all his students to participate in school programs throughout the year. This same requirement continues today. With over 60 interscholastic team offerings throughout the year and a wide range of recreational activities to choose from each term, Deerfield prides itself on giving students great opportunities to excel on their teams as well as providing quality recreational options to try new things.

Athletics play a big role in our students’ lives at Deerfield Academy. We believe the quality of our interscholastic and recreational programs can offer our students the opportunity to further develop their leadership skills and instill important life skills including discipline, teamwork, sportsmanship, and humility. These skills complement what Deerfield students are already receiving in their classes. It is a goal of this department to have every Deerfield graduate leave here with a desire to lead a rewarding and active life.

Deerfield is a member of the Eight Schools Association that includes Choate, Hotchkiss, Lawrenceville, Northfield Mount Hermon, St. Paul’s, Phillips Andover, and Phillips Exeter. Our school also regularly competes against Loomis Chaffee, Taft, Westminster, Avon Old Farms, Greenwich Academy and Nobles, to name just a few. In all our interscholastic sports we compete at the Class A or Division I level in New England Prep School Athletic Conference competitions.

In recent years, boys and girls teams at Deerfield have won New England championships in alpine skiing, lacrosse, swimming, track, tennis, water polo and squash, and have had significant success with their crew program at the national level. At Deerfield, we value good coaching, high levels of participation and a commitment to fair play and good sportsmanship regardless of the sport or level.

Go Big Green!