Our Athletics Program builds the kind of resilience and persistence that helps students succeed no matter what they do.

Whether they’re stars or rookies, whether they win or lose, Thacher student-athletes test and explore their own relationship to commitment, teamwork, stress, and personal limits.

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  • Our Approach

    Our approach to coaching is a lot like our approach to teaching—most coaches are also teachers here, after all—in that we seek the zone where the mental and physical challenges facing each student are truly tough, but attainable with the right support. It’s how we produce champions, record-breakers, and college athletes, but also students who can confidently manage any demanding task at Thacher and beyond.
  • Different Paths

    Our approach also lets students chart a different kind of path. Every student is required to play on one third, JV, or varsity team before they graduate, but you’ll also see students joining activities you won’t find at other schools. The Rock Climbing Program takes students bouldering in the surrounding mountains, practicing belaying techniques on the indoor climbing wall, and tackling multi-pitch climbs in Joshua Tree or Yosemite. Students returning to the Horse Program spend afternoons training for gymkhana events and exploring the surrounding trails. And for juniors and seniors with unique talents and passions, Independent Projects allow them to create their own course of study for anything from martial arts or photography to aerial dance or painting.

Athletics Facilities

Notice of nondiscriminatory policy as to students: The Thacher School admits students of any race, color, national, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national, and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other School-administered programs.