Concord Academy Turns 100

A Centennial Celebration for All
Centennial EventsCA Traditions

Beginning in April 2022 and throughout Concord Academy’s 2022–23 academic year, we will illuminate our history, honor our mission, and celebrate the values and traditions that have animated our school for a century.

We can’t wait to come together with all of CA’s students, alumnae/i, parents, faculty, staff, and friends. To mark this momentous occasion, a series of events and experiences will bring together members of our community from every era, joined by the enduring spirit of CA.

Attending events is just one way you can take part in this historic milestone. Look for more ways to participate, virtually and in person, throughout our Centennial celebration. No matter where you are in the world, we hope you will engage in the ways that bring you meaning and joy.

Centennial Events

Come Celebrate With Us

Centennial Days of Service and Sustainability
April 22 and 23, 2022

 

This April marks 100 years since a group of parents assembled to create Concord Academy. On this occasion, we will commemorate the creation of a school whose values have held true for a century. Love of learning, common trust, striving for equity, purposeful collaboration, and creative engagement—these values unite within a fundamental orientation instilled at Concord Academy: service to others. In honor of CA’s 100th birthday, we invite all members of our school community to engage in an act of service.

CA’s 100th Birthday on April 22, 2022: On this day the campus community will dedicate the school day to a Centennial Day of Service. Falling on Earth Day, our first occasion to celebrate CA’s Centennial will focus on both sustainability, service to others, and the world at large.

Global Day of Service on April 23, 2022: Volunteers leaders will host service activities, inviting the global CA community for a day of serving others. We invite alumnae/i, parents, and friends to take part in this global day of service, individually or in regional groups.

Chapel Run/Walk
October 15–16, 2022

 

Alumnae/i of Color Reunion
Winter 2022/2023

 

CA’s Centennial Celebration
June 9–11, 2023

 

Centennial Planning and Advisory Team

The following individuals have given generously of their time and talents, helping to envision and prepare programming that will welcome all to participate in CA’s Centennial Celebration.

Alumnae/i Advisory Committee

Kitty Fisk Ames ’65, P’95
Former Board President & Life Trustee

Amy Cammann Cholnoky ’73
Former trustee, Centennial Campaign Steering Committee

Jamie Wade Comstock ’82, P’17

Centennial Campaign Steering Committee

Ingrid von Dattan Detweiler ’61, P’95

Former trustee & Alumnae/i Association President

Marion Freeman ’69
Former Board President & Life Trustee

Lara Jordan James ’80
Former trustee & alumnae/i leader

Zahaan Khalid ’21
Young Alumnae/i Leader

Jamie Klickstein ’86, P’15 ’18
Trustee & former Alumnae/i Association President

Michael Lichtenstein ’94
Chair, Class Secretaries Program

Karen McAlmon ’75
Alumnae/i Association President & Trustee

Laura McConaghy ’01
Former Trustee & Alumnae/i Association President

Rebecca Miller ’14
Co-chair, CAYAC Committee

Alex Ocampo ’10
Young Alumnae/i Leader

Katie Pakenham ’88
Former faculty & alumnae/i leader

Miriam Perez-Putnam ’12
Co-chair, CAYAC Committee

Carol Sacknoff P’94
Former staff, alumnae/i guru

Fay Lampert Shutzer ’65
President, Board of Trustees

Lucille Stott
Former faculty member and administrator, centennial book author

Kelsey Stratton ’99
Former Trustee & President of the Alumnae/i Association

Tom Wilcox P’01
Former Head of School

Linden Havemeyer Wise ’70
Former Board President & Life Trustee

Faculty & Staff Planning Committee

Michael Bennett
Performing Arts Department Head

Justin Bull P’25
Interim Dean of Faculty

Renee Coburn
Assistant to the Student Life Office

Betsy Day
Assistant Director of Communications and Advancement Initiatives

Merrill Genoa
Annual Fund and Alumnae/i Programs Officer

Max Hall
Science faculty member

Sue Johnson P’20
Director of Athletics

Martha Kennedy
Library Director, archivist

Don Kingman
Director of Campus Planning and Construction

Heidi Koelz
Senior Associate Director of Communications

Melody Komyerov ’89, P’25
Director of Marketing and Communications

Wenjun Kuai
Mandarin teacher, house faculty

Rob Munro
Dean of Academic Program and Equity

Alice Roebuck P’25
Director of Advancement and Engagement (co-chair)

Hilary Rouse
Director of Engagement

Katie Wells
Director of Head’s Initiatives and Campus Events (co-chair)

Sarah Yeh P’24
Interim Head of School

CA Traditions Over The Years

Chapel Talks

One of CA’s most beloved traditions, chapels give seniors the opportunity to share their stories with the campus community. In their current form, chapels often begin the school day with 15 minutes of anecdotes, reflections, songs, “senior advice,” and thanks to friends and family. As the steeple bell rings to usher everyone into the Chapel, a “hug line” forms down the left aisle and the senior stands on stage to hug community members. Upon entering the Chapel, students, faculty, and staff remain silent to give their undivided attention to the senior speaker.

May Day

Students would practice their dances for May Day beginning in December and would vote for a May Queen—a secret until the very day. Helen Smith Strong ’24 was Concord Academy’s first May Queen. She returned to celebrate CA’s 25th anniversary, when Mary Leigh Morse Houston ’47 was crowned as that year’s May Queen. The final May Day was held in 1961.

Saturday Picnics

These weekly outings for boarding students started in the earliest years of CA. Adventures included paddling on the Sudbury and Concord rivers, treks to Punkatasset Hill for swimming, skiing, or snowshoeing around Hutchins Pond, or excursions to Walden Pond. 

Red and Blue Day – Past

The yearlong intramural competition between the Reds and Blues, culminated with an afternoon of track and field events to determine the final winner of the coveted cup. Throughout the year, the two teams competed for points in field hockey, soccer, and baseball and spent the winter months practicing elaborate and secret synchronized marching routines. This tradition lapsed in the 1970s but was revived after 50 years.

Red and Blue Day – Present

On May 4, 2018, Concord Academy revived this once-beloved school tradition. Now students annually don red and blue and face off for friendly Field Day competition.

Senior Mug Signing

CA’s Chameleon takes a much-needed coffee break during Mug Day in 2015. For years, seniors have signed each other’s mugs as momentos.

Class Rings

In the 1930s and 1940s, each class designed its own CA ring. It’s unclear whether rings featured the chameleon throughout the 1930s and early 1940s, but the class of 1944 claims to have created the chameleon ring still in use today—a plain gold ring with a chameleon image etched in a recess of the rectangular top. Other classes admired the design and decided to make it official. Since at least the 1960s, students have worn the chameleon ring with the tail facing toward themselves until graduation, when they turn it to face the world.

If you look closely, you can see this student’s ring in the picture.

Chandler Bowl

This annual fall athletic challenge between Concord Academy and the Pingree School began in 1990 and is named in honor of John Chandler, a former Pingree head of school. Today the challenge includes a fundraising effort and is officially known as the Chandler Bowl for Changing Lives. Each year, the host school determines the organization that will benefit. In 2021, CA defeated Pingree in a day of tight competition, with funds going toward the Innocence Project.

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