Wow! What a fun-filled week this was at Hill! The community gathered on Tuesday evening to celebrate Halloween. Students, faculty, and children of our faculty donned their most creative costumes for our annual spooktacular seated dinner. On Wednesday, October 31, six students participating in the fall Afternoon Arts program displayed their hard work and efforts from the semester with the Fall Afternoon Arts Recital. Near the end of each semester, Afternoon Arts students have the chance to showcase their talents for Hill students and faculty.
Wednesday also was the beginning of Spirit Week, leading up to The Hill vs. Lawrenceville Day on Saturday, November 3 at Hill. This year marked the 131st anniversary of the first athletics contest between the schools, a football game in 1887. Theme days for this year's Spirt Week were Twin / Opposite Day (Wednesday), Dorm Day (Thursday), and Blue/Gray Day (Friday). A treasured Hill tradition that takes place during this exciting week leading up to the final athletics competitions for the fall season is "spoon banging." Before seated lunches, the Dining Hall was filled with the loud sounds of students banging their spoons against the tables. Led my Mrs. Yoon, Hill's Oaklawn-Tuttle Director of Vocal Music, students and faculty sang "Dear, Old Hill," The Hill School Fight Song, to show their Hill pride!
The excitement for our rivalry weekend continued with the pep rally and Red Meat dinner on Friday night. Unfortunately, due to severe weather conditions the traditional bonfire was cancelled. Fans gathered throughout campus to cheer on our student-athletes as they took on Lawrenceville on Saturday afternoon. Seven teams celebrated victories over Lawrenceville, beginning with the JV football team’s 24-14 victory on Monday afternoon. The varsity boys’ water polo team was victorious on Wednesday afternoon, and the boys’ cross country, football, varsity boys’ soccer, varsity field hockey, and JV field hockey teams all won on Saturday. Read more about the outcome of the athletics competitions.
While the majority of Hill’s fall athletics teams were taking on rival Lawrenceville, the boys’ and girls’ water polo teams participated in the Eastern Prep Championship tournament. The boys' team advanced to the final game on Sunday where they defeated Haverford 12-11 to capture the Eastern Prep Championship for the first time since 2002!