Our Tour Guides

Our students are true Thacher experts. Here, this year's head tour guides discuss favorite classes, boarding school life, and what to know before joining Thacher’s unique community.

    • Lila '24

How are your hopes, dreams, or ambitions for the future different from when you arrived at Thacher?
Prior to coming to Thacher, I had always had a relationship with horses, but after becoming fully involved in the horse program, I now aspire to work with horses professionally, which I could never have imagined being a possibility before I came to Thacher. 
What makes boarding school so special?

While the thought of leaving home to go to a completely new place with completely new students can be scary, the boarding experience opens doors for students that a day school just can’t. At a boarding school you are able to be fully immersed in the campus life and fully connected to the other community members. You will make friendships that may turn into roommates, you will make memories that will last forever, and you will learn far more than what you thought possible. Your English teacher may turn out to be your coach and your dorm head, and your advisor could also be your art teacher. These deep connections between the student body and the campus faculty, built on honor, fairness, kindness, and truth, are truly only possible in a place where students and faculty live side by side. 
    • Robinson '24

What is your favorite Thacher tradition?

Without a doubt the Senior Scare! Every Halloween, seniors get together and plan a school-wide haunted house experience. I’ve been on the scared side for the past three years, so I’m really excited to be the one doing the scaring!

How have you changed during your years here?

Before coming to Thacher, I saw high school as a platform to get to college and beyond – however, after experiencing all that this school has to offer, I’ve realized how enjoyable these four years can really be. 
What has been your favorite class that you've taken at Thacher and why?
My French classes! I really like French, but it’s the teacher who really elevated the classes for me. She has a contagious passion for teaching, and her classes are always molded by the students.
    • Francesca '24

How have you changed during your years here?

Before coming here, I never could have imagined all of the amazing and unique opportunities I have been given, and how much I have pushed myself and grown. Just to give a few examples: I played Troy Bolton the lead male role in High School Musical despite never having sung in front of anyone before, I was a gymkhana team captain despite only having ridden a few times before Thacher, I went backpacking for the first time and led a trip last spring despite absolutely hating hiking before, and I started taking piano lessons for the first time last year. I have been shocked by what I am capable of, and I never would have discovered my new passions for musicals, camping, horses, and so much more if I never took that first leap and said yes to Thacher. 

What advice would you give to a student thinking about coming to Thacher?

You are capable of so much more than you think. I have tried so many things I never thought I would ever do since being here, and have grown tremendously. All it takes is that first leap of faith, and I promise you will not regret it. Coming here has changed my life, and applying was the best decision I have ever made. 
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