Athletic Facilities

Worcester Academy is a member of the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) and competes against the top tier of New England prep schools with rivalries dating back more than a hundred years.

The formation of the Worcester Academy Athletic Association in 1885 was the official beginning of interscholastic sport at the Academy and like many Eastern boarding schools, Worcester Academy helped pioneer the growth of athletic competition in the United States. This tradition in sports has motivated many graduates to continue their involvement by playing sports at the college or professional level, or through coaching, officiating, or athletic administration.

The nickname of the school teams is the Hilltoppers due to the school’s location at the top of Worcester’s Union Hill and the ram is the mascot because of the hilltop location. Approximately 60% of the students participate in an interscholastic sport on one of the 50 athletic teams. There are 22 different sports offered starting in the fall season with football, soccer, volleyball, cross country, field hockey; in the winter, basketball, wrestling, alpine skiing, hockey, swimming; and in the spring, track and field, baseball, lacrosse, crew, golf, softball, and tennis.

Facilities

The Athletic Facilities listings below link directly to Google maps for navigating assistance.  The links to the left, link to a facilities information page. Here are written direction summaries for each of our athletic locations.

Daniels Gymnasium
(1915 with a 1983 addition) has two basketball courts, a wrestling room, a weight room, and a four lane swimming pool. Volleyball is played in this building in the fall. The new gym/basketball court add in 1983, is named to honor former Director of Athletics Donald "Dee" Rowe. A running track is above the original basketball court.

Gaskill Field (1910) is a located three blocks south of the main campus and was completely renovated in 1995. This complex includes a football field with stands, a six lane quarter mile composition track, four tennis courts, and a baseball field. The baseball diamond is named for long-time Director of Athletics and baseball coach Thomas Blackburn.

New Balance Field (2001) is located six miles from the main campus and it includes fields on three planes of different elevations. These are used for soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, and baseball based upon the season. There is also a field dedicated to softball.

Morse Field (South Campus) (2011) is located just a block away from the main campus.  South Campus consists of a multi-purpose synthetic turf field that hosts varsity football, lacrosse, field hockey, soccer and softball. As part of the $3.2 million project, lights were installed for Friday night football games. There is also a walking track surrounding the field. In December 2015, the South Campus Performance Art Center will also open situated adjacent to Morse Field.

The Robert F. Hall ‘62 Weight Room, located in Heydon Hall, is a 4,500 sq. ft. training facility equipped with over 9,000 pounds of weights and multi - purpose machines for both hard and soft tissue exercises. The room is equipped with: 4x half racks, 2x benches, 2x incline benches, shoulder press, 3x leg machines, glute machine, curl rack with weights up to 105 pounds, kettle bells up to 70 pounds, dip rack, lat machine, and 3x dumbbell racks with weights to 100 pounds.  Our soft tissue and multiplex area includes rollers, core/balance balls, smash balls, medicine balls, harnesses, push sleds, ladders, dot drill mat, battle rope, sand bags, vests, plyometric boxes, jump ropes, straps and pull up bars. A warm up area includes a 30-yard turf stripe for multiple functions.
 
Bob Hall is widely regarded as one of Worcester Academy’s all-time best all-around athletes. He graduated from Brown University and played professional football for the Minnesota Vikings before pursuing a career in finance. 

Off-Campus Facilities

The crew team rows on Lake Quinsigamond and store their shells at the Donahue Rowing Center in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. The hockey teams practice and compete at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough, Massachusetts, a 15 minute drive from our campus.. The golf team plays at Cyprian Keyes Golf Club in Boylston, Massachusetts. The ski team competes at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area in Princeton, Massachusetts.
WORCESTER ACADEMY® is a co-ed day and boarding school for grades 6 to 12 and postgraduates. Our urban setting, diverse community, and innovative curriculum provide each student with unique opportunities for self-discovery, academic achievement, and personal empowerment.

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