The Head’s Circle was founded in 1998 to honor the partnership between Thacher’s dedicated supporters and the Head of School, whose common goal is to maintain and advance Thacher’s mission to train “young men and women in the art of living for their own greatest good and for the greatest good of their fellow citizens in a diverse and changing world.” The Head’s Circle is a group of some of Thacher’s most loyal and generous alumni, parents and friends—leaders in their communities and professions. They understand that an annual investment in Thacher students is an investment in transforming lives.
Sherman Day Thacher Associates
Gifts of $10,000-$24,999
Year Founded: 1998
Sherman Day Thacher Associates was founded in 1998 following the successful conclusion of the Dormitory Project Campaign to honor the school’s founder. Sherman Thacher served as Head of his School from 1889 to 1931. His legacy of stressing honesty, fairness, kindness, and truth is the foundation for the School today. Alumni, families, and friends, the members of this association, support Thacher’s unique tradition and educational goals by making gifts in the range of $10,000 to $24,999.
Gifts of $5,000-$9,999
Year Founded: 1989
The image of Pegasus, the winged horse of myth, has graced the Thacher campus since the School’s inception. It is not surprising that Thacher would have a horse for its emblem. That the horse should have wings seems fitting too, for as much as Thacher stands for the basic, practical values of horse and trail, it stands also for the flight of the mind to new ideas and new horizons.
Members of the Pegasus Society, founded during the School’s Centennial Celebration in 1989, provide for Thacher’s unique traditions and educational goals by giving annual contributions of $5,000 to $9,999.
Chambered Nautilus Society
Gifts of $2,500-$4,999
Year Founded: 1989
Sherman Thacher admired many poets and treated his students to a wide selection of verse. He always opened the school year by reading aloud “The Chambered Nautilus,” a tradition followed by Thacher Heads of School ever since. Much of the School’s philosophy is contained in the final stanza of that poem, particularly the commitment to instill in Thacher students a passion for growth, for improvement in themselves and the world in which they live.
The Chambered Nautilus Society, formed during the School’s Centennial Celebration in 1989, is dedicated to preserving and furthering that commitment. To be a member of this special group, alumni, families and friends must commit to making gifts to the Annual Fund ranging from $2,500 to $4,999.
Casa de Piedra Society
Gifts of $1,000-$2,499
Year Founded: 1973
Sherman Thacher’s rough stone house, called Casa de Piedra, was built more than 100 years ago amid boulders and sagebrush in the east end of the Ojai Valley. The beginning of The Thacher School dates from this event and remains its most enduring symbol.
The building itself is gone, irreparably weakened by the devastating fire of 1895, but the old stone house and the story of its origin will always be an essential part of Thacher life. Indeed, the names "The Thacher School" and "Casa de Piedra" are still interchangeable.
In 1973, when friends of Thacher established the first organization to encourage and recognize exemplary annual gifts to the School, they called their group the Casa de Piedra Society. It includes alumni, families, and friends who support Thacher’s culture of honesty, fairness, kindness, and truth, by donating annual gifts of between $1,000 to $2,499.
Diamond Hitch Club
Gifts of $250-$999 or $100 to $999 before the 10th Reunion
Year Founded: 1974
Whether in the Sespe or the High Sierra, generations of Thacher students have relied upon the trusty diamond hitch to secure the burden of pack animals against the buffeting of the trail, to see them through deep gullies and high mountain passes. As Thacher begins its second century, the School places similar confidence in members of the Diamond Hitch Club, who have distinguished themselves by their loyalty and generosity.
The Diamond Hitch Club was born in the flickering glow of a campfire, and that hardy spirit has lived in the Club ever since. Those campers formed an organization to encourage exemplary annual gifts to Thacher, later named for the faithful diamond hitch. Members make an annual gift in the range of $250 to $999, or recent graduates may join The Diamond Hitch Club for just $100 to $999.
Year Founded: 2010
The 1889 Society recognizes the donors who help to secure Thacher’s future through capital and endowment gifts. The name acknowledges the year that Sherman Day Thacher founded The Thacher School and underscores the School’s deep appreciation for those who invest in the long-term financial health of the institution. Importantly, most 1889 Society donors also give consistently to the Annual Fund, which provides critical support for the daily operations at Thacher.