The Hill School- The Family Boarding School
Campus Life

Seated Meals in the Dining Room

Seated meals in The Dining Room place an emphasis on our family setting and reinforce students' manners.

During lunch on Monday through Friday and one night a week during the fall and spring terms, the entire school community gathers in the Dining Hall for a family-style seated meal. Most students are assigned to new tables each list for seated meals to allow interaction with different people and the formation new friendships.  It is a tradition that all varsity sports teams, as well as theatre and choral groups currently practicing together, sit together in the Dining Room to further "bond" during their session or season.

Halloween is celebrated on campus as students are encouraged to wear costumes to dinner in The Dining Room in place of the customary academic dress. A parade precedes dinner and prizes are awarded for creative costumes. In addition, students celebrate other holidays, such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other special occasions throughout the year. One of the favorite holiday meals celebrated at Hill is the annual Christmas Dinner. Held just before students embark on winter break, students and faculty gather for a special family-style dinner.

The Hill School Dining Room

Constructed in 1914, the present Dining Room was the first distinguished accomplishment of The Hill's third headmaster, Dwight Meigs, grandson of our founder, the Reverend Matthew Meigs. The room captures the English Renaissance style with its dark oak walls and floors, intricate wood-carvings, and use of wrought iron detail. 

With its linen tablecloths, rich draperies, high-back wooden chairs and long tables, and antique chandeliers, The Hill School's Dining Room creates a magnificent atmosphere appropriate for our time-honored seated meal tradition that dates more than 165 years.

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