Philosophy

The bonds we build in the classroom extend to the athletic fields, the dormitories and across campus. As a Blair teacher, you are basically a 24/7 mentor, and a deep care for others is at the heart of our community.

Paul Clavel ’88, director of athletics


At Blair Academy, athletics are part of the fabric of our community. With 28 varsity and 19 JV and thirds teams and a wide range of recreational activities, our program promotes good health and well-being and cultivates skills that help student-athletes become community-minded leaders who embody integrity, humility, strong work ethic and good sportsmanship.

All Blair students participate in a team sport or activity each afternoon when classes conclude, a routine that underscores the importance of regular exercise and the value of working as a group to achieve individual and shared goals. In competition and practice, Blair athletes learn how to deal with success, handle failure and contribute to a common cause. Because most Blair coaches are also classroom teachers, students and faculty members develop strong relationships across different contexts and settings.

For students who have fulfilled their sports requirement (freshmen, sophomores and juniors must join at least two teams or two theatrical productions), Blair offers a wide range of recreational activities ranging from whitewater kayaking and zumba to playing in the pit orchestra and conducting independent studies in the Park Street maker space.

Many students find the spirit of competition and sportsmanship contagious and join the Blue Crew to cheer on their classmates, especially at Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) and state championship games and matches.

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