Playing at the Next Level
From the very beginning, participation in athletics has been a vital part of the North Shore experience. Founding Headmaster Perry Dunlap Smith, a former Harvard
University lineman, required all Middle and Upper School students to play a sport. That requirement remains to this day. And while full participation has always been the emphasis, there have always been winning seasons and students who have stood out. Seven members of our recent graduates in the Class of 2018 committed to play sports in college.
One student, Jessica Hourihane ’18, played ice hockey before switching over to field hockey the summer before 6th grade. Because of the School’s policy, she needed to pick a sport, so field hockey it was. Soon, she fell in love with the iceless variation. “After I started playing, it never felt like the next season was mandatory because I was always so excited to start up again,” she said.
Developing character in young people is one of the main reasons the School has remained so committed to maintaining an athletic requirement. Flynn Hersh ’18 transferred to North Shore his junior year and is playing baseball for Knox College. “Without North Shore, I wouldn’t be playing in college,” he said. “I was cut from New Trier’s sophomore team, but that didn’t stop me from chasing my dream of playing college baseball. The mandatory athletics policy also got me to try soccer, which I wouldn’t have tried had I not transferred here. I used to not want to try things I wasn’t already good at, but North Shore changed that. Soccer improved my endurance and footwork, which I was able to carry over to the diamond.”
Members of the Class of 2018 playing college sports
• Braden Adamson-Tate – Denison University, Soccer
• Flynn Hersh – Knox College, Baseball
• Jessica Hourihane – The Ohio State University, Field Hockey
• Jack Mangel – Denison University, Football
• Thomas McDowell – Denison University, Football
• Thandi Steele – Williams College, Track and Field
• Quigg Veach – Denison University, Soccer