Students rallied on the playing fields across campus for a day of friendly competition during Field Day on Friday, June 7. A tradition that dates back to 1953, it’s one of the highlights of the year for Middle and Upper School students.
Students compete in a variety of track and field events like the hurdles, the three-legged race, obstacle courses, the long jump, and the culminating event, Tug of War. Ribbons are awarded to students taking first, second, or third place in their events.
Continuing a long-standing Derby tradition, students are assigned to one of four teams. Boys are either assigned to be a member of the Lights or Darks (after the light and dark shades of blue that are the School colors); and girls are either Derbies or Toppers (Derbies is derived from the School’s name, and Toppers was most likely chosen as a match-up to represent an alternative traditional hat).
Every year, each team elects Grade 8 captains as the Spirit Team leaders. This year, the students elected were:
Derbies – Eliza Farley and Amelia Compson
Toppers – Ariana Anastos and Sophia Hansen
Lights – Ty Cashman and Calder Perry
Darks – Tochi Anuonyemere and Brendan McGovern
It was a day of school spirit, fun under the sun, and in the end the Derbies captured the win for the girls and the Lights reigned supreme for the boys!