Head of School Day is a winter tradition at Phillips Academy. For the past eighteen years, Head of School Barbara Chase has walked into the dining hall and raised a field hockey stick to surprise students and give them the next day of classes off. Chase is set to retire at the end of the 2012 academic year. So to send her out in style, the Andover team decided to plan an elaborate reveal for her final Head of School Day announcement.
The plan was to sneak Chase in the back door, kill the lights, crank some music and have her raise the hockey stick from an elevated position. To sell the surprise, a mock construction scene was staged and only a select few new about the event. The reveal hinged on precise timing and execution. The students may have suspected something, but they had no idea what was coming.
The announcement was a huge success and a great memory for both Chase and the students. Read more coverage from The Phillipian and watch the action below.