Organizations & Clubs
The Blair experience is truly one-of-a-kind. You don’t just become part of a school; you become part of a family. In your dorm, classes and activities, you will always find someone who makes you feel like you are at home. In this way, Blair Academy provides an experience that simply cannot be matched elsewhere.
Kathleen '20, New jersey
There is no shortage of activities in which you can become involved at Blair. With clubs ranging from the academic to the artistic to the avant-garde, our extracurricular offerings give students many opportunities to explore new interests and step outside of their comfort zones.
These activities and clubs are just a selection of those that have been active on campus in recent years—some of which were created by current students who found like-minded classmates and faculty members who shared their interests.
- A Cappella
- Academic Honor Committee
- Advancement Ambassadors
- American Sign Language Club
- Bake a Difference
- Between the Lines
- Blair Academy Dancers (BAD) & Dance Company
- Blair Eats
- Blair International Awareness Club (BIAC)
- Big Brothers & Big Sisters Program
- Blair Girls Who Code
- Blair Oracle
- Blue & White Key Society
- Blue Crew
- Book Club
- Christian Fellowship
- Community Service Club
- Debate Team
- Diplomacy Club
- Dodgeball Club
- Do Stuff Club
- Drone Club
This student-run group performs at many School functions throughout the year, ranging from routine events such as Friday School Meeting to more formal occasions such as Trustee dinners and receptions. The boys and girls sometimes separate into male and female sub-groups called “The Tweeds” and “The Dames.”
Sophomores, juniors and seniors who apply and are accepted for this position serve as the bridge between the School and the greater Blair community. Through their work with the advancement and alumni relations offices, these ambassadors help to build stronger connections with Blair alumni, current students and friends through a variety of outreach activities.
Blair’s Blue & White Key Society pairs all incoming freshmen with a big brother or big sister in the senior class who helps them adjust to life on the hilltop. Big brothers and sisters reach out to their 9th-grader over the summer months before he or she arrives on campus. Once the school year begins, upperclassmen help new students get acquainted with Blair at events such as ice cream socials and boarding-game nights.
This club was started at Blair after a representative from the national organization of the same name visited the Society of Skeptics to talk about how Girls Who Code is inspiring and equipping high school girls to pursue careers in engineering and technology. Members follow along with the national organization’s coursework as they learn different programming languages.
The Blair Oracle is a student-run online publication that features work from members of the community, including news, essays, artwork, fiction and commentary. The Blair Breeze, the School's longstanding student-run, print-based news publication, was incorporated into The Oracle in 2016. For students who want an opportunity to write outside of a formal publication setting, there is also a Writing Club.
Leadership, honor and service are the three core values of this service organization. Members are nominated by their advisors and serve as leaders across campus, including as ambassadors at large campus gatherings such as Parents’ Weekend, Alumni Weekend and graduation. The Society also sponsors the Big Brothers & Big Sisters program and leads the CHAT program.
The "Blue Crew"—Blair's most enthusiastic student supporters, who show their school pride by painting their faces, donning their best "Blair wear" and cheering the School's 26 varsity and 19 JV and thirds teams to victory—is a fixture at Blair athletic contests. Headed by a male and female member of the senior class, the group's energy and passion for Blair athletics is contagious, particularly when the Bucs are playing on Blair's all-weather turf field under the lights.
This club works to develop and facilitate community service activities for Blair and the community beyond. Regular activities include volunteering in the classrooms of a local elementary school, tutoring at a weekly after-school program, making fleece blankets for children in hospitals and gleaning produce from nearby farms for local food pantries.
At first glance, one may not think the fate of 1870s colonial Europe was being decided in the halls of Blair, but for those in the Diplomacy Club, world domination is a common conversation topic. Club members represent various nineteenth-century powers and strategically move armies around global supply centers with the blessing or opposition of their counterparts. Representatives from each country negotiate to ally, battle or remain docile in an attempt to gain the most ground.
Club members learn to fly a drone and operate its camera. For those who don’t have a drone of their own, the club supplies parts and encourages members to build their own devices. Aerial Drone Club footage of campus and community events is often shown at School Meeting and shared in the Blair Oracle.
This longstanding Blair club promotes the understanding of and commitment to global and local environmental causes. Members encourage the Blair community to act as stewards of the environment; educate and raise consciousness about conservation efforts and sustainable living; and craft solutions to ongoing environmental concerns to reduce Blair’s ecological footprint. Among Earthshine’s activities: helping to tend to Blair’s hydroponic garden, which was built in 2015 and which regularly provides produce for dining hall meals and catered campus events, and challenging classmates to reduce paper and plastic waste by trading these products for reusable ones.
- Figure Drawing Club
- Frisbee Club
- Gay-Straight Alliance
- Girl Up Club
- Healthy Relationships Committee
- Investment Club
- Jewish Student Union
- La Conexión
- Library Volunteers
- Math Team
- Model UN
- Park Street Maker Space Activity
- Peer tutors
- Philosophy Club
- Photography Club
- Robotics Team
- Rules & Discipline Committee
- Student government
- Tour guides
- Ukulele Club
- West Indian Dance & Zumba Club
This student-run group offers members a safe space to discuss issues related to gender identity and sexuality, as well as challenges faced by the LGBTQ community. Members promote support, awareness and acceptance across campus and beyond, sponsoring a series of events and gatherings that celebrate diversity, individuality and inclusivity.
This group is a campus chapter of a national organization that focuses on supporting girls who don’t have access to quality education and healthcare, particularly in developing countries. Members host fundraisers to raise money and awareness by sponsoring dress-down days, movie nights and other community events.
Students who sit on the HRC are self-nominated and selected by the student life office to give peers feedback before communication or behavioral issues become disciplinary matters. The HRC also promotes harmony and well-being within the community by sponsoring events throughout the year designed to unify students and faculty.
Students interested in mathematics have numerous opportunities to learn and solve problems outside of the classroom. Blair’s math team annually competes in six MathLeague contests, as well as Princeton University’s PuMac competition and Lehigh University’s High School Math contest. In addition, some students take the American Math Competition and American Invitational Math Exam.
Under the guidance of technology teacher Michael Garrant, student "makers" are fleshing out a wide range of ideas in Blair's maker space, a laboratory/workshop where students are engaged in hands-on, design-and-build work. Freshmen through seniors have undertaken a number of interesting projects, such as creating a domino-stacking robot, 3D-printing and constructing a model of a pagoda, crafting a remote-controlled airplane and building an electric guitar from scratch. As they assess their project needs and challenges, Mr. Gnanadoss assists students in learning design and 3D-printer software, training them on safe usage of power tools and troubleshooting every step of the way.
This club gives students of all skill levels an opportunity to further their interest in photography. Amateur and experienced club members shoot a wide range of Blair athletic events and activities, frequently displaying their work around campus and sharing their favorite images on the club's social media platforms.
The Blair robotics team designs, builds, programs and operates robots to compete in the FIRSTTech Challenge, a head-to-head, alliance-format competition. Each season, the students participating in this after-school activity respond to a problem posed by the FIRSTTech Challenge. Members have wide latitude in creatively developing robotic solutions using off-the-shelf and custom hardware, and the team engages in extensive programming that results in their robots moving autonomously and in response to remote-controls.
Self-nominated students who are selected for this committee convene when a fellow student has broken the rules and is liable for dismissal from Blair--or in instances where the infraction in question is a grey area that would benefit from peer and teacher analysis. Meetings involve a panel of at least four students and four faculty members, who will hear from and question the student under review, offer feedback and recommend a disciplinary course of action to Blair’s Head of School as he makes his final decision.
Led by Blair juniors and seniors who serve as head tour guides, these students come from a variety of backgrounds and interests, but they all love Blair and enjoy sharing their experiences with prospective families. Throughout the year, these student leaders give hundreds of campus tours and work with admission officers to answer families’ questions, both on campus and at admission fairs.