A junior boarding and day school for boys in grades six, seven, eight, and nine

Charley Bowditch '73

It’s been over 40 years since I left Halsted, leaving behind the Weicherts, VanOrders, Ackerleys, and Mr. Hepburn with his dog Penny. At the time, I was elated to be leaving, and I think Penny was ready for me to go, too. Ready to go on to a new school with new challenges. For the next 33 years I had basically fallen off the Eaglebrook radar. Work and family had consumed my being. Then in 2005 my oldest child stated he wanted to go to boarding school. Having been out of the loop for so long, I figured the best place to start was where I had begun: Eaglebrook. After having made the appointment with Admissions, we drove up to Eaglebrook expecting to spend 1.5 hours total including the tour, the interview, a little reminiscing and we would be done. We arrived in the morning and left late in the afternoon. Needless to say, everything went extremely well. I had a fantastic time speaking with Stuart and Andy and a host of other people. I could go on and on about the whole day but what really got to me was how much Eaglebrook had really meant to me. How much the school gave me the tools and opportunities to do things I otherwise would never have been able to do. Eaglebrook had helped prepare me because of its academic, athletic and social environment and the faculty who saw and understood the bigger picture coming down the road. It turned into a major WOW for me, where had I been all those years? I was embarrassed that I had forgotten the place from where I had grown in so many different ways, the school that helped get me to where I am today. My son ended up attending prep school instead of a pre-prep school, but I remain adamant about not forgetting Eaglebrook a second time. I have rekindled old friendships, creating fond new memories and most of all rediscovered a part me that will always be Eaglebrook.