Groton School Peabody Press - November 2013
Choatie Coaches Last Football Game

Choatie, aka Jonathan Choate '60, P'85, '88, the longtime Groton math teacher and coach, concluded nearly four decades of coaching Groton football recently at the season's closer against St. Mark's.

He first coached on the Groton gridiron in 1969. When he stepped off the field on November 9, he had coached Groton football for 39 years. Including the games he played while a Groton student, Choatie had attended 42 games against rival St. Mark's. At the end of this year, Choatie plans to take a sabbatical then return to teaching part-time. continued

Groton-St. Mark's Fenway Tickets On Sale

More News from Groton's Website

For this Sculptor,
the Medium Really
Is the Message

Historian Draws Parallels between Colonial America and Arab Spring

Parents Weekend Welcomes Groton Families

Dangers of a
Single Story

Pyne Lecturer December 8

Please join us on Sunday December 8 for a lecture by The Rev. Becca Stevens: "How Do Individuals Change the Balance of Love and Justice in the World?" Stevens is an Episcopal priest at Vanderbilt University and founder of Magdalene, a residential program for women who have survived lives of prostitution, trafficking, addiction, and life on the streets. continued

Athletic Hall of Fame Nominations

Know a formmate or friend who was a standout athlete, either at Groton and/or after Prize Day? Please nominate him or her for Groton's Athletic Hall of Fame.

Email your nomination to Please include the nominee's name, form year, and a brief explanation why this person should be considered for Groton's Athletic Hall of Fame. Thank you!

Parents Weekend Survey

Have you completed your Parents Weekend Survey? If not, you still have time!

Please take the brief survey now.

New York Reception RSVP

Will you be attending the New York Reception on Thursday, November 21, at the Colony Club at 6 pm? If you have not yet let us know, please RSVP today.

Holiday Gifts for Grotonians

Order a photo of the entire Groton community by Friday, November 22, and receive a discount on orders placed online only. For mail orders, please print out the order form and send it to Panfoto at the address provided.

You can find holiday gift ideas for the Grotonian on your shopping list at the online school store. Choose a Groton Christmas ornament, a zebra tie, a sturdy school armchair, or one of several other Groton mementos.

Read Zebra Tales, Groton's Student Blog

Your Circle Trivia

Congratulations to A. E. Keir Nash '54 for winning last month's trivia question! We had several entries but Mr. Nash not only answered first but was the closest, by far, with the answer of 20%.
Question: In 1946, what percentage of Groton students received some kind of scholarship?

Answer: In 1946, 23% of Groton student received some kind of scholarship aid.

This Month's Question
When Hundred House first opened in 1891, what was it called?

The winner, chosen at random from correct entries, will receive a Groton T-shirt. Submit your answer here.

Humans of Groton: Q&A with Charlotte Mellgard '15

Charlotte Mellgard '15 started Humans of Groton through a Faculty-Sponsored Activity; she was inspired by Brandon Stanton's Humans of New York, which explores New York City through photos of people.

How did you learn photography?
When I was 12 years old my mother gave me her 35mm film camera from the 80s. I remember the excitement of figuring out how to use the camera and then taking photographs. I felt like I was exploring the world through a new lens. Most of the photos came out horribly given my inexperience with 35mm cameras, but I was thrilled with the few that came out somewhat well. I knew that this way of exploring my world was something I was truly interested in. continued

Alumni Stories for the Headmaster

Thanks to those who already sent their stories to Headmaster Temba Maqubela. It's not too late to send an email to Feel free to reflect upon how the School influenced you, and to share information about your family, career, pastimes—anything that is important to you.


During 18 years teaching at Groton, Bob Gula became known for the General Knowledge Tests that he created and proctored each spring. Test your knowledge with questions from 1982:

1. Jackie Robinson was the first African American to break into major league baseball. In 1947, he began playing for ? (name the team)

2. In February, 1945, the "big three" met for a conference at Yalta. Who were the big three?

3. In electricity, what do the abbreviations of AC and DC stand for?

4. What are the three basic types of clouds?

5. What is the difference between manslaughter and murder?

View Correct Answers


November 21, 2013
New York Reception

November 21, 2013
Exams Begin

December 8, 2013
Pyne Speaker:
Rev. Becca Stevens

December 8, 2013
Marcus Hummon Concert

December 13, 2013
Lessons & Carols
Open to the Public

December 15, 2013
Lessons & Carols for Alumni and Parents

December 19, 2013
Christmas Vacation Begins

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