Thornton Academy boasts a long and storied athletic history that dates back to the 1890s when the first interscholastic sports teams began competing with other area schools. TA is home to baseball and softball diamonds, tennis courts, a Jr. Trojans athletic facility, and the Eastern Trail, which winds around the athletic complex, providing a scenic running path for cross-country and biking events.
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 here.
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 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’s Pub Road Race/Mary’s Walk, the Children’s Winter Carnival, and the annual college fair. Learn more about Linnell Gym here.
Interested in reserving an athletic facility? Contact TA's Director of Athletics Gary Stevens at 207-602-4406 or by e-mail.