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For Students – and Alumni – It’s Mountain Day

It’s almost Mountain Day! After a one-year hiatus, Thetford Academy will celebrate it’s 42nd Mountain Day on Friday, September 24. A TA tradition forged by former headmaster Frederick G. Torrey, Mountain Day challenges each of TA’s six grades to climb a nearby peak together as a class. The traditional hikes, starting in 7th grade, have included Mt. Cube, Black Mountain, Smarts Mountain, Cardigan Mountain, Mt. Ascutney, and Mt. Moosilauke–along with opportunities for alternative hikes and activities. This year, due to Covid-related constraints, Mountain Day will look a little different for some grades, but the spirit of the tradition – class connection, outdoor recreation, and a day spent together, will remain for all.

Alumni: It’s Mountain Day Everywhere!

For the past few years, TA has encouraged all alumni to celebrate Mountain Day with us. Alumni across the country and the world can participate by embarking on their own favorite hike with their fellow alumni, friends, and families. Document and share your Mountain Day hikes – hikes can be anytime between Sept. 24 and October 10 – using the hashtags #mountaindayeverywhere and #alumnimountainday and tagging @thetfordacademy in your posts. Or simply email your photos to us at [email protected] and we’ll share on social media.

Interested in leading a Mountain Day hike near you? Reach out to Patty McIlvaine, Director of Advancement, for a list of local alumni and help getting the word out!



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