Lower School Athletics
Our youngest students have a chance to participate in many different games and sports, with a focus on instruction and guidance in teamwork, skill-building, and leadership. Intramural teams begin in the fifth grade.
Middle School Athletics
Students may choose to take either a regular physical education class or join a team (everyone plays) in league competition. All practices are held during the school day as part of the regular class schedule.
Upper School Athletics
Upper School students increasingly focus on commitment, individual strengths, and competition that has led several teams to become finalists and league champions.
History of the Griffin
The Griffin was named Buckley’s spirit mascot in the early to mid-1960s by Ted Hartman, the school’s first athletic director, and Isabelle Buckley. Half eagle, half lion, the mythical Griffin spoke to Dr. Buckley’s affinity for the classics and is a symbol of courage and perseverance. Greek mythology—along with the wishes of several Upper School athletes who asked to move beyond intramural competition—also inspired Hartman’s creation of the Delphic athletic league (in which Buckley still competes in today), named for the ancient Greek city of Delphi.