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Walker's Athletics Hall of Fame

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Walker's Athletics Hall of Fame

The Ethel Walker School Athletics Hall of Fame recognizes those who, as student-athletes, coaches, teams, or contributors, have played a significant role in the success of the athletics program and, in so doing, have demonstrated a consistent commitment to honoring their sport.

These individuals have represented the high standards and values of the School and brought distinction to Walker’s athletics program.

Walker’s celebrated a Centennial Athletics Hall of Fame during the academic year of 2010-2011 and thereafter, a permanent annual Athletics Hall of Fame was established through a ceremony in 2023. 


Criteria to be Considered

Nominees must: Be out of high school at least 10 years for student-athletes and teams, 5 years for coaches and contributors; have been involved in athletics as an athlete, coach, administrator, and/or contributor; and have made a significant recognizable positive impact in their field and/or level of participation. Nominees are selected based on:

Competitive Success while at Walker’s

Sportsmanship – Character

Leadership – Team, School, Community

Community Service

Collegiate and Post-Collegiate History (i.e., recognitions and awards)

Susan S. Ford '63

Susan S. Ford '63

Susan P. Storer '71

Susan P. Storer '71

Susan P. Storer '71

Meg Filoon '81

Meg Filoon '81

Meg Filoon '81

Jenny Belknap

Jenny Belknap '90

Jenny Belknap '90

Samara Khalique

Samara Khalique Grove '00

Samara Khalique Grove '00

Sydney Satchell '10

Sydney Satchell '10

Sydney Satchell '10

History of Walker's Athletics

The history of athletics at The Ethel Walker School begins with the School’s establishment, in 1911, in Lakewood, New Jersey. Outdoor recreation is mentioned in the earliest recollections of the School and also in early newspaper advertisements for admissions. The Sun Club and the Dial Club were established during the School’s first year, and these spirit clubs performed against each other in athletic and recreational events. Over more than a century, many developments have contributed to the growth of our program, including Title IX in 1972, the inclusion of girls’ schools in NEPSAC (New England Preparatory School Athletic Council), and enhanced facilities. While the competitive spirit of the Suns and Dials has remained strong among both students and alumnae, the School’s athletics program has changed greatly since 1911.

Please enjoy scrolling through a few archival images below.

1942 Varsity Field Hockey

Walker's Athletics Through the Years

1942 Dials
1914 May Day
Ethel Andrews Harlan
1920 circus
EWAC 1921-1922
Nancy Van Voorhees
1930 Pepper Pot Arena
Mallory cup
1942 Uniforms
1958 skiing
1963 IFWFH
Walker's basketball 1970s
1981 Field Hockey
Lacrosse in the 1990s
Crew early 2000s
Soccer 2008
Centennial Center
1912

The Sun Club and the Dial Club (pictured in 1942) were established at Walker's. These spirit clubs performed against each other in gymkhanas, as well as at other athletics and recreational events.

1914

Dancing was a formal part of a Walker's girl's education from the school's earliest days. At Lakewood, students were instructed by Misses Darling and Miner. Miss Darling trained the girls for special dances in connection with our May Day and dramatic performances.

1917

Alumna Ethel Andrews Harlan '15, who had some influence over school athletic uniforms, became the School's first athletic director in 1917. "The first thing on my agenda turned out to be hockey," she said.

1920

In 1920, the Suns and Dials started a new tradition of competing circuses. Within the privacy of their own campus, the students performed acrobatics and simple stunts, much to the amusement of their peers and the members of faculty, staff, and administration.

1921-1922

In 1921, the field hockey team and the track squad were introduced. Other early sports included basketball (pictured), riding, and tennis.

1921-1922

The Ethel Walker School Athletic Council was formed in the first decade of the school (1911-1921) and has had a variety of names including the Athletic Association in the early 1980s. To this day EWAC is still responsible for generating enthusiasm around athletics.

1924

Nancy Van Voorhees ‘24 was a remarkable athlete who, at the age of 15 and while a student at Walker’s, was selected to participate on the first Women’s Olympic Track Team.

1929-1930

In late 1929, the school finished construction on the John Henderson Indoor Riding Ring. John Henderson was a long-time riding instructor at the school. The first indoor horse show (later called the Winter Horse Show) was held in February 1930.

1932

In 1932, the first athletics award, the Margaret Mallory Cup, was announced at that year's commencement exercises to Jean McClelland. The award was created to recognize "the new girl whose spirit in work, conduct, and athletics has been most distinguished."

1942

The Walker's varsity athletic teams received their first formal uniforms in 1942. In the same year, Walker's joined the newly formed New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC).

1958

Walker's first alumna faculty member, Mabel "Mabsie" Walker '30 helped to form a ski club in 1935. Today, Walker’s ski program competes in the Class “B” Western New England Prep School League (NEPSAC) as well as the Brigham Ski League (BSL).

1963

Word of Walker's quality athletic facilities and playing fields led the International Federation of Women’s Field Hockey to petition Walker’s for the use of its fields for the annual IFWFH tournament. As a result, the school gained notoriety for its own hockey program.

1970s

While the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) began in 1942, it wasn’t until the 1970s that girls’ schools were granted membership and girls’ athletics became a regular part of the Council’s annual agendas. Title IX was signed into law in 1972.

1980s

Walker’s was part of the original Founders League membership in 1981, and the league officially began in 1984. Walker’s left the League for a time, along with some of our sister schools, to create more flexibility in opponents and contests across different programs.

1990s

Walker’s found much success in the Girls’ School League, with championships in field hockey, soccer, and lacrosse throughout the 1990s.

Early 2000s

The early 2000s showed a boom of new sports added to the athletic program. Squash and competitive swimming were two recent additions as the popularity of these sports rose in New England.

2008

Walker’s returned to the Founders League in 2008, as the school’s teams became more competitive and more prominent within the interscholastic leagues. Walker’s also found much success as a member of the Connecticut Independent School Athletic Conference (CISAC).

2016

As Walker’s achieved a higher competitive profile, turf fields were added and in a community-wide spirit of pride and purpose, the Centennial Center opened in 2016 to welcome another 100 years of Walker’s athletes.

Centennial Inductees

Ruth Meade black & white

Ruth Cummings Meade '47

Hockey, Basketball, Golf, and Tennis

Ruth Cummings Meade '47

Julie Welles black & white

Julie Welles '06

Equestrian

Julie Welles '06

Sally Goodrich

Sally Goodrich

Coach

Sally Goodrich

Courtney Hornberger

Courtney Hornberger '01

Coach

Courtney Hornberger '01

Darrell Carrington coaching softball in 1989

Darrell Carrington P'02

Coach

Darrell Carrington P'02