The Hill School has a long-standing post-Commencement tradition: The entire graduating class jumps into the pond at the entrance of the campus, called “the Dell,” following the formal ceremony (students change into grey T-shirts proclaiming them Hill Alumni). Learn more about The Hill's Commencement ceremony.
There has long been debate over who first began the “Jumping in the Dell” ritual. Comments provided in response to a query on The Hill’s Facebook page have indicated that the tradition was indeed started by students in The Hill School’s then all-boys class of ’82. Somewhere between the years of 1985 and 1986, the Dell jump became an “official” tradition for the entire class. (Hill became coeducational in 1998, so the first co-ed Dell jump occurred in 1999.)