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Welcome to Warrior Nation!

Exercise and activity are essential parts of Sanford’s well-rounded, liberal arts experience, as they have been since our founding. A strong athletic program involving all students enhances the quality of the education we provide and instills skills and abilities that can last a lifetime.

Interscholastic athletics for everyone (grades 7–12)

The Middle and Upper School Athletics programs ensure that all students in grades 7–12 participate in interscholastic, competitive athletics throughout the school year. Athletics thus take the place of physical education classes enjoyed up through sixth grade. Varied athletic opportunities emphasize participation, challenge and motivate students to do their best, and possibly further their interests in college.

Our Program

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  • College-prep for the serious athlete

    Sanford is proud to field consistently strong teams in a variety of sports. At the varsity level, winning takes on a greater focus, and not everyone plays in every game. No matter what, the ethos of teamwork, integrity, and support is Sanford Strong.
    Every year, a number of Sanford students commit to play the sports they love in college. We are proud to provide the preparative training and success they need to take that next step.
  • A Sport and a Team for Everyone

    In middle school through junior varsity, there are no cuts, and everyone plays at a level that their ability permits. At these levels, all eligible players should play in each game. We are proud of all our Warrior athletes for stretching themselves to the best of their abilities.

Athletics News

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  • Sanford senior Jack Valentine will pursue his passions as a student-athlete at McDaniel College. Photo courtesy of Ted Rosenthal/Izmaddy Studios.

    Jack Valentine Taking His Talent to McDaniel

    Jack Valentine '20 has no memory of life without the sport of baseball. He recalls being three years old and having catches with his dad in their back yard, transitioning to the local recreational league as soon as he was old enough to enroll. As an elementary student in the Washington, D.C. area, Valentine was a member of a local travel baseball team. When his family relocated to Hockessin, Delaware, he shared his talents with his Sanford and local Babe Ruth teams, in addition to playing for his D.C. travel team in the summers. Valentine has proudly been a contributing member of Sanford’s varsity team, primarily as a pitcher and a catcher, for the past four years.
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  • Zöe Collins '20 (second from left), surrounded by her family, signs her National Letter of Intent to participate in Baylor University's Acro and Tumbling program. Photo courtesy of Kevin McDermott.

    Collins Commits to Baylor's NCAA Division I Program

    The sport of Acro & Tumbling (A&T) is relatively new, especially at the collegiate level, but once Zöe Collins '20 discovered it, she knew it was just what she had been searching for. As a gymnast since the age of three, Zöe grew up loving the sport. However, a couple of years ago, she began to feel that she had given gymnastics all she had to offer. After being injured and away for the sport for a while, she came back to compete one last year as an artistic gymnast and finished up her gymnastics career at Regionals as a Level 8. A new twist on the sport presented itself at just the right time for Zöe, who had long been associated with First State Gymnastics.
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  • Eph Humphreys addresses guests at the dedication ceremony. Photo courtesy of Ted Rosenthal/Izmaddy Studios.

    Humphreys Field Dedicated

    Sanford’s annual Homecoming is always an action-packed, fun-filled weekend with a variety of activities organized to ensure that alums who return to campus are welcomed and have numerous opportunities to see students, faculty, and the campus in action. This year’s events included the dedication of a new Bermuda grass field, which was officially named the Eph Humphreys Field in honor of Sanford’s longtime educator, administrator, and coach.
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Our Philosophy

Our coaching philosophy stresses
  • Fundamentals, tactics, and strategies of the game.
  • Sportsmanship, teamwork, and cooperation.
  • Learning how to win and lose graciously.


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  • Sanford School Sportsmanship, Ethics, and Integrity Policy

    Approved by the Sanford School Board of Trustees

    The Sanford School Board of Trustees recognizes the value of extracurricular activities in the education process. Sanford is committed to providing an environment for all extracurricular activities in which our students are involved that promotes the ideals of sportsmanship, integrity, ethical conduct, and fair play. Sanford encourages the development and promotion of these ideals in all members of the school community, including student participants, coaches, administrators, and spectators.

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