A junior boarding and day school for boys in grades six, seven, eight, and nine
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History of Eaglebrook School

From 1922 to Today

Howard Gibbs, an Amherst graduate and friend of Headmaster Frank Boyden of Deerfield Academy, had a vision for a younger boy's boarding school that combined a healthy outdoor life with education. He wanted boys to develop their innate abilities, discover new interests, and gain confidence. Eaglebrook Lodge, a sanitarium and former hunting camp on 27 wooded acres in the hills of western Massachusetts, seemed the ideal place for his school In 1922 Mr. Gibbs bought the property and transformed it and its outbuildings into Eaglebrook School. He enrolled 15 boys that first year.

After Mr. Gibbs’s unexpected death, Thurston Chase, an Eaglebrook teacher and recent Williams College graduate, took over the school. Under his leadership, student enrollment expanded to 165 students, and the physical plant grew to include a gymnasium, tennis courts, learning center, science building, and four new dormitories.

When Thurston Chase retired, his son Stuart Chase '47, assistant headmaster at New Canaan Country School in Connecticut, became Eaglebrook’s Head of School. Stuart Chase saw the school grow to 175 boarders and 58 day students. While he was Head, the school bought 500 adjacent acres and added new playing fields, a track, a modern ski area with snowmaking and a chairlift, two new dormitories, a swimming pool, and a hockey rink.

Andrew Chase '73, Eaglebrook’s former director of development, son of Stuart and grandson of Thurston, is the current Head of School. He and his wife Rachel Blain have three children: Calla '07, Lucy '10, and Sam '12.

Three generations of Chases have remained true to Mr. Gibbs’s vision for his school, and although the school continues to grow in its range of offerings and facilities, it still nurtures young boys and helps them realize their talents. The woods, fields, and mountain trails of the western Massachusetts campus continue to provide students with the healthful life that Mr. Gibbs considered so valuable.

Eaglebrook operates under the umbrella of the Allen-Chase Foundation, a nonprofit educational organization. The remarkable facilities of the school, endowed chairs for many faculty positions, a fund for professional development, and the school’s impressive scholarship program are the results of gifts to the Allen-Chase Foundation from generous parents, friends, and alumni. Andrew Chase is a descendent of the Allen and Chase families, both leaders in 19th-century American education.

From the Eaglebrook Archives:

Enjoy photo albums covering much of the history of Eaglebrook School, arranged by decades, below. You can also watch former teacher, dorm parent, adviser, and Eaglebrook School Archivist Marshall Coleman give what were his yearly assemblies to the student body. The subject matter may vary, but the purpose is the same: to teach the boys the history of Eaglebrook and how their junior boarding school in western Massachusetts came to be.

Learn more history of Eaglebrook School, starting with the tradition of the Good Fellow.

1920s - 1950s

1960s - 1970s

1980s - 1990s

Archives Assembly 2016

Archives Assembly 2013

Archives Assembly 2010

Archives Assembly 2015

Archives Assembly 2012

Archives Assembly 2014

Archives Assembly 2011