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.
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.