Tradition & School Spirit

At Thornton Academy, school spirit is a way of life. From the rumbling of the bleachers at pep rallies, to the sound of the band playing our alma mater at football games, to ringing the victory bell with your teammates after a big win—our Trojan traditions forge bonds that last a lifetime.

In the 200+ years since our founding, many traditions have evolved that bring our students, faculty, families, and friends together to celebrate our shared and individual victories, and create unforgettable memories. Our alumni often line the sidelines of Hill Stadium, proving that you’re never too old for the maroon and gold.

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a student literally jumps for joy

Winter Carnival is held in March each year. This week includes spirit days to dress up in wacky outfits to show your school spirit and is capped off with a pep rally and school dance.

group of students celebrating a big victory

After winning one of Thornton Academy's numerous championships, team members are invited to ring the victory bell, signaling to the entire community that the Trojans have prevailed yet again! 

a student speaks during a pillar assembly

Monthly Pillar Assemblies celebrate the achievements of our students in and out of the classroom. We also recognize our pillar of the month: respect, responsibility, compassion, or investment.

homecoming king and queen

Homecoming is the largest annual event on campus. The week is filled with spirit days, athletic games, an unforgettable pep rally, the homecoming football game, and homecoming dance. 

a graduate and a teacher in regalia

The culmination of four years of hard work, graduation celebrates the achievements of all of our graduates. Walking across the stage at Hill Stadium to receive your diploma is a moment that will never be forgotten.

two boys serving themselves burgers

Each year, we welcome our incoming grade 9 students with a Freshman Orientation Day. Students get to know their classmates and teachers while learning about school policies and finding their classrooms. 

girls point at the camera

The fan section at Thornton Academy is famous for bringing the spirit and energy to games for all of our sports. Led by senior captains, it's an organized group to cheer on our athletes and inspire greatness!

doing tug of war at the dorm olympics

The dorm olympics are held near the end of each school year. Students are placed on a team with a dorm family and compete in fun events. Will your team be victorious?!

a man raises his hand at a football game

Even after you graduate, you never leave the Thornton Academy family. The Athletic Hall of Fame ceremony is held at Homecoming each year and recognizes the athletic accomplishments of our alumni. 

students cheer at a pep rally