Brian Fisher | October 07, 2016
Tabor Academy will become a member of the Independent School League or ISL beginning fall 2017.
As the college conference athletic adage goes, 'it's who you play.'
Tabor is excited to join the ISL for reasons that go beyond sports.
"As we look ahead to Tabor’s future, we see opportunity in being part of this league that has been and will continue to wrestle with important educational forces at work in schools – not just as reflected in athletics, but also at the level of the Heads of School. In terms of the growth and learning of our school itself, it is clear to us that being a member of a league whose leadership is committed to its own learning and to that of its participant schools gives us the best chance to meet our own high-minded and aspirational educational goals," John Quirk, Tabor Head of School explains.
“With peers and rivals who understand that within the realm of competition and teamwork are endless opportunities for the best life-lessons to be manifest. We are eager to have our philosophy honed by the collaborative spirit of others in this league, and to contribute to the broader learning conversation we know ISL schools enjoy,” Quirk added.
Conan Leary, Tabor's athletic director, shared his perspective on the move:
“We believe that doing so [joining the ISL] will create better, more satisfying and more meaningful competitive learning experiences for our student athletes. ISL schools tend to be fierce competitors and there are tremendous and fun rivals in the group. However, it is rare for that competitiveness to over-shadow some essential truths: that it is in the process of competition, not its outcome, that student athletes best grow.”
While Tabor has scheduled most ISL schools in non-league contests over the years, joining the ISL will allow Tabor to compete for ISL league championships and bring Tabor athletes consistency in league scheduling and rivalries.
The Independent School League, began as the Private School League, in 1948. Current ISL members include Belmont Hill, Brooks, BB&N, The Governor’s Academy, Groton, Lawrence, Middlesex, Milton, Nobles, Rivers, Roxbury Latin, St. George’s, St. Mark’s, St. Sebastian’s, Thayer.