As one of the top independent high schools in New England, we pursue excellence in everything we do. Including athletics. Every afternoon, our students transfer their dedication and determination from the classroom to the court, the field, the rink, the track.
NMH offers one of the broadest prep-school athletics programs in the country, and our College-Model Academic Program (CMAP) gives students the time to participate in sports without sacrificing their studies or pursuing other passions.
Our athletes learn valuable lessons about sportsmanship and leadership that they can apply to other areas of life. Athletics should be about commitment to a team and the search for continual improvement. That’s exactly what it is at NMH.
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NMH Athletics: Cooperative, Yet Competitive
Find Your Niche
Nearly all NMH students participates in athletics, so we’re a sporty school. Most teams offer three levels of competition — varsity, junior varsity, and thirds — to match the skills and interest level of our students.
With 67 teams in 19 interscholastic sports, plus intramural sports, there’s a lot to choose from.
In addition to a roster of traditional sports, at NMH you can play Ultimate Frisbee, row on the nearby Connecticut River, or head downhill on New England’s ski slopes.
Our Outdoor Program offers activities such as mountain biking, rock-climbing, ice skating, paddle boarding, and canoeing. There’s also a physical education program with choices from recreational snowboarding to yoga to fitness training in the gym.
For all the major athletic talent at NMH, we don’t have a lot of big egos. Just some seriously skilled kids who find real joy in taking their ability to the next level.
NMH’s top teams have plenty of achievements to trumpet. For example:
- The boys’ varsity basketball program is known as one of the best in the country, with more athletes going on to Ivy League schools than any other high school.
- In Oct. 2019, the NMH girls’ varsity boat finished second out of 85 teams at the Head of The Charles in the women’s youth fours race, and was the only independent school team in the top tier.
- The wrestling team is the only one in NEPSAC history to win four consecutive New England championships.
- The boys’ cross-country team has won more New England championships than any other school in its conference.
- The girls’ alpine skiing team has won seven consecutive Mount Institute Ski League championships.
Many of our varsity teams play in the top New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) conference.
Expert Coaching and Training
Many coaches also teach at NMH, so they get to know each kid’s skills and goals, as students and as athletes. There is also a dedicated strength and conditioning coach and two certified athletic trainers who support all athletes.
From NMH to College, the Pros, and the Olympics
Our student-athletes are more than just skilled. They also become great leaders in the classroom, the dorm, and beyond.
Our student-athletes often take talents honed at NMH to play for top colleges and universities. Some have gone on to become Olympic gold medalists, national champions, and All Americans. NMH alumni have played professional hockey, baseball, basketball, and football.
- Nine fields (two turf) for lacrosse, baseball, soccer, field hockey, and softball
- Boathouse and docks on the Connecticut River
- Crumpin-Fox Golf Club (home varsity course, ranked one of the top 100 U.S. courses by Golf magazine)
- Twelve tennis courts
- Ice Hockey Rink
- Six-lane indoor pool
- Eight-lane, all-weather track
- Multiple Ultimate Frisbee fields
- Two volleyball courts
- Two full gymnasiums
NMH athletes hold 104 New England team championships.
We have 67 sports teams.
Our boys’ varsity basketball team has been ranked in the top five U.S. schools for the past seven years.
The Bemis-Forslund Pie Race is the longest consecutively run footrace in the United States. The first race was run in 1891.
NMH girls' cross-country holds nine New England championships. The boys’ cross-country team holds 26, more than any other NEPSAC school.