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The Loomis Chaffee School (LC or Loomis) is an independent school, or college preparatory school, for boarding and day students grades 9–12, including postgraduates, located in Windsor, Connecticut. Loomis Chaffee is a member of the Ten Schools Admissions Organization.

The Loomis Chaffee School
Loomis Chaffee school seal.gif
Coordinates41°50′24.17″N 72°38′25.96″W / 41.8400472°N 72.6405444°W / 41.8400472; -72.6405444Coordinates: 41°50′24.17″N 72°38′25.96″W / 41.8400472°N 72.6405444°W / 41.8400472; -72.6405444
TypePrivate, boarding, day
MottoNe Cede Malis
Head of schoolSheila Culbert
Grades912, PG
Enrollment700 total
490 boarding
210 day
Average class size11 students
Student to teacher ratio5:1 (4:1 boarding student-to-residential faculty)
Campus size300 acres (1.2 km2)
Color(s)Maroon & Gray          
Athletics55 interscholastic teams in 18 sports; 19 intramural offerings
Athletics conferenceNEPSAC
Founders League
NewspaperThe Loomis Chaffee Log
Endowment$208.2 million
Budget$55.7 million (2019)[1]
Tuition$61,760 (boarding)[2]
$47,440 (day)[2]
AffiliationsTen Schools Admissions Organization [3]



Loomis Homestead (1640), one of the oldest houses in the state, still remains on the campus of The Loomis Chaffee School (1910 postcard)

The roots of Loomis Chaffee run as far back as 1639, when Joseph Loomis and his family first settled at the confluence of the Farmington and Connecticut River. Several generations later, the inspiration for the school was born out of family tragedy, when, in the early 1870s, four Loomis brothers and their sister had outlived all their children.

As a memorial to their own offspring, and as a gift to future children, they pooled their considerable estates to found a secondary school called The Loomis Institute to educate young persons, "hoping and trusting that some good may come to posterity, from the harvest, poor though it be, of our lives."[4] The original 1640 Loomis Homestead was chosen as the site where their dream would become reality.


Grubbs Quadrangle looking toward the Dining Hall, The Loomis Chaffee School (circa the 1950s).
Cupola atop Founders Hall


Loomis Chaffee offers courses in Arabic, Chinese, psychology, writing workshop, videography, English, Latin, Spanish, French, art, dance, history and social science, mathematics, music, philosophy, religion, science and theater arts. Noncredit diploma requirements include library skills, and physical fitness and health. Advanced Placement courses are offered in 20 subjects.[5] The Norton Family Center for the Common Good and the Alvord Center for Global & Environmental Studies work to engage the student body with the wider community and world by means of visiting speakers and international study opportunities.[6]

College guidanceEdit

Five full-time college counselors guide students through the college search and application process. Eighty-six percent of the members of the Class of 2010 were admitted to colleges and universities deemed most competitive or highly competitive by Barron’s Profiles of American Colleges, with sixty-six percent matriculating at the most competitive institutions.[7]

The Senior Path, Grubbs Quadrangle looking toward Founders Hall, The Loomis Chaffee School


Loomis Chaffee competes in sports against schools from all over New England and adjacent states. Loomis offers 60 interscholastic varsity, junior varsity and thirds teams along with 26 intramural offerings[8]. The school is a member of the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) and competes in the Class A large school division. Additionally, Loomis is a member of The Founders League which comprises private schools located mainly in Connecticut[9]. In the past four years, Loomis teams have won more than 30 Founders League championships and eight New England or Western New England championships.[10]

The Loomis Chaffee LogEdit

The Loomis Chaffee Log is a student-run, school-sponsored newspaper. Its readership includes students, faculty, parents, and alumni. Established in 1915, the Log is published monthly by a team of student editors. In 2015, the Log editorial staff launched an online edition,, to stay current with growing trends in today's media.[11]


  • Loomis and Kent School have a long-running athletic tradition. On November 11, 1921, the Kent football team played Loomis on the Island and despite a strong showing of the home team, Loomis lost 14 to 7. After the game, as was the custom of the day, the boys from both teams showered and went to the headmaster's home where Mrs. Batchelder served them tea. Once the Kent boys returned home, the Batchelders discovered that a silver teaspoon, one from a wedding set belonging to the Batchelders, was missing. Mr. Batchelder wrote to Father Sill, Kent's founder, about the missing spoon. Heated words were exchanged defending the honesty of the young men at each school until finally, the matter was dropped. In June 1922, the guilty young Kent football player went to Father Sill and confessed. At Father Chalmers thirty-fifth anniversary dinner years later, Kent's new headmaster told the whole story and offered the spoon back to Mr. B. who graciously declined. He insisted that the spoon stay at Kent. Father Chalmers then suggested that a large spoon serve as a permanent football trophy to be held by the victorious school. Kent would secure the spoon "to in someway... return to Loomis for our keeping borrowed property."[12] The two schools take this historic enmity quite seriously, and have annual Kent vs. Loomis days. The two schools competed for the spoon and the bowl until 2013, when, due to new rules in the Erickson Football League, Kent pulled out of the football game, leaving the two schools to compete only for the bowl.

Heads of SchoolEdit

  • (1914-1949):Nathaniel Horton Batchelder[13]
  • (1949-1952):William Speer[14]
  • (1952-1967): Francis Olmsted Grubbs[15]
  • (1967-1976): Frederick G. Torrey[16]
  • (1976-1996): John Ratté[17]
  • (1996-2008): Russell H. Weigel[18]
  • (2008-present): Sheila Culbert

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ "Loomis Chaffee Key Facts". Retrieved July 18, 2019. Text "" ignored (help)
  2. ^ a b "Loomis Chaffee - Key Facts". Loomis Chaffee. July 18, 2019. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
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  4. ^ "History & Origins of Loomis Chaffee". Retrieved February 26, 2011.
  5. ^ "Key Facts 2011–12". Retrieved December 2, 2011.
  6. ^ "Key Facts 2011–12". Retrieved December 2, 2011.
  7. ^ "College Guidance". Retrieved 18 June 2012.
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  11. ^ Loomis Chaffee Log,; accessed June 6th, 2017.
  12. ^ "Loomis Chaffee Website". Retrieved November 8, 2012.
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