Athletic Legacy

We bleed maroon and gold.

Athletic traditions go deep at Thornton Academy. The first sports teams competed in the 1890s and have continued to grow since then. Our athletes look to the players that came before for inspiration, and then forge ahead to score more goals, break records, and win championships. Games between alumni and current players encourage intergenerational relationships that inspire future successes. 

Our top-notch and expansive athletic facilities are the envy of other teams. At Thornton Academy, we view athletics as a way to learn life lessons, more fully interact with our school community, get fit, and have fun! 

Athletic Facilities

Some of Thornton’s greatest performers and most memorable moments are linked with Dr. Paul S. Hill, Jr. Stadium, the school’s main outdoor competition venue. In operation since 1980, Hill Stadium has been home to the school’s football, soccer, field hockey, cross country, outdoor track and field, and lacrosse teams and is generally regarded as one of the top high school playing venues in southern Maine. Learn more about Hill Stadium

The major indoor athletic and convocation center at Thornton Academy, William Shepherd Linnell Gymnasium, has served the school’s students and the greater community since its opening in 1963. In addition to acting as a practice and competition venue for TA basketball teams for over fifty years, Linnell Gym is also utilized for school assemblies, spring commencement exercises, and wellness classes. The gym also plays a major role in the life of the greater Saco community and has hosted a variety of community and social events such as the Kerryman Pub Road Race/Mary’s Walk, the Children’s Winter Carnival, and the annual college fair. Learn more about Linnell Gymnasium

In addition to these facilities, Thornton Academy has extensive practice and competition athletic fields on our large 80 acre campus. Our facilities include 4 tennis courts, 3 baseball diamonds, 3 softball diamonds, and 5 practice fields. Additionally, the Eastern Trail adjoins campus and provides opportunities for walking, running, and bike riding. Learn more about the Eastern Trail


Athletics at TA

two players chase the ball in a field hockey game
posed photo of the 1891 tennis team
football team at sunset on hill stadium
Girls in formation stretch their arms
three players raise the gold ball after winning the state championship boys basketball 2008
Girls basketball players pose with a ball
a thornton academy runner leads in a sprint race
five basketball players under the hoop from the 1950s

Wilson Agreste Trophy

Beginning in the 2009-10 school year, Thornton Academy and Biddeford’s varsity teams have competed for the Wilson-Agreste Trophy. It is named for Mr. Donald Wilson and Mr. Richard Agreste, retired athletic administrators at Biddeford High School and Thornton Academy, respectively.

The Wilson-Agreste Trophy is awarded annually to the school whose varsity athletic teams perform best in head-to-head competition that year. Each Golden Trojan and Tiger varsity team has the opportunity to earn a point in the competition based upon performance in the regular season series. In the event of a tie (for a single meeting) or a split of games (for multiple regular season meetings), each school earns ½ point. Thornton Academy has won every Wilson-Agreste Trophy thus far (a total of 5 seasons).

Athletic Championships