During the winter of 1966, a group of faculty and students who were seeking an alternative to basketball started an intramural lacrosse program. The Thacher Notes explained that while that first season “served mainly to muddy the pants and fill the time of the team’s members,” the boys fell in love with the sport. One year later, Thacher’s team joined newly formed teams from Cate and Ojai Valley School in California’s very first interscholastic lacrosse games. All those involved loved the friendly competition so much that The Notes proclaimed, “The sport of lacrosse is here at Thacher to stay.”
More than just here to stay though, the seeds planted in the muddy fields those first two seasons have grown and blossomed into one of the most popular sports on campus. For four decades, skilled and passionate coaches have been inspiring boys on the lacrosse fields here at Thacher. We now have three boys’ lacrosse teams, offering expert instruction and challenging competition for players of all levels, from those who have never picked up a stick before to those ready for a schedule including the best teams in California.
Beyond competing within the Frontier League, in recent years the varsity team has enriched its experience with trips to San Diego and the Bay Area. Over the years, Thacher’s teams have enjoyed great success at all levels, and many players have extended their lacrosse playing days beyond high school to join the teams at colleges including Colgate, Dartmouth, Georgetown, Kenyon, Pomona, Stanford, and the US Naval Academy.