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The Class of 1972 gathered on Saturday, July 16 at the Thompson Hill Campground in East Corinth for their 50th Thetford Academy reunion. Alum Jeanie Hayes, one of the organizers of the event, shared that "it was an absolutely wonderful afternoon of good weather, great food, lots of laughter, reminiscing, and GREAT company!" Fifteen of the 38 class members attended: Gail ( Adams) and Richard ThresherJames BaconAlice (Bailey) ThompsonNancy (Bailey) ManningClyde BlakeTimothy CaldwellJeanie (Elliott) HayesLarry HolmesHolly (Jenkins ) TowleLinda (O'Donnell) SouthworthKathy (Orr) ParsleyGary OsgoodBetty (Parsley) MooreJohn PattonLouise (Rowell) TetraultTheodore ShumwayAlso in attendance were former classmates: Gloria (Lund) Durkee and Robert...


Thetford Academy alumnus and longtime basketball coach and mentor Eric Ward ‘76 was known for his kindness and leadership on and off the court. For decades, he was a beloved part of local AAU and school teams at the elementary, junior varsity, and varsity level, passing on his love of the game to a generation of local players. As the girls varsity coach at TA, Ward was excited for the opportunity to build the team from the ground up. In 2014, he led the Panthers to their first-ever state championship win - and followed it with three more titles in...


Though the academic year is over, TA's Thetford Outdoor Program (TOP) continues its work "to ignite academic curiosity and foster environmental stewardship through outdoor exploration, recreation, and project-based, experiential learning" with a full slate of summer wilderness leadership opportunities. Starting in June, students have participated in TOP's annual summer trail crew, working on maintenance and expansion of TA's trail system, traveled on backpacking and rock-climbing trips, and paddled and camped on the Connecticut River. New this year, the TOP Summer program included a successful "GLOW" backpacking and canoeing trip (specifically for girls, ladies, or whoever) led by outdoor educators...


On July 5, TA welcomed the new nonprofit Thetford Arthouse Cinema to the Martha Jane Rich Theater in Anderson Hall for the debut of its summer film series. The series, running throughout the summer through September 30, 2022 features 13 arthouse films (Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.), 13 repertory films (Fridays at 7:00 p.m.), and 12 children's films (Saturdays at 10:00 a.m.). For opening night, the Cinema screened the 1949 film "The Third Man," written by Graham Greene and directed by Carol Reed. Upcoming this Friday is the 1992 film "The Crying Game," which IMDB describes as "a thriller in...


After six years at the helm of Panther athletics, Blendon Salls is stepping down from the AD role at Thetford Academy to pursue new career opportunities. Blendon’s deep knowledge and love of sports, along with his strong relationship-building skills, helped the TA athletic program stay strong and increase student participation. Blendon’s can-do attitude was a boon to the TA athletic programs and they thrived under his leadership. During Blendon’s tenure, Panther varsity teams won 12 state championships in cross country, soccer, basketball, and track and field. He cultivated relationships with sending schools and welcomed middle school participants to join teams here at...


The following letter accompanied students' final report cards of the year, which were mailed home on June 22. Dear Thetford Academy Parents, Caregivers, and Families, This 4th quarter report card mailing marks the official end of the 2021-2022 school year.  At our closing assembly of the year on June 10, I asked students to think back on their year and reflect on key moments. We took a long, quiet pause as a community, with over 300 of us gathered in the gym, each summoning our own memories and highlights of the school year and considering takeaways. To be sure, there was a bit of...

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