Answering the Call: Choate, Rosemary Hall, and The Great War

This year, with Deerfield Day falling just one day shy of the 100th Anniversary of the end of WWI, history teacher Jonas Akins prepared a special presentation for students, alumni and families about the impact of World War I on The Choate School and Rosemary Hall.

Akins, who is a former Naval Air Intelligence Officer, discussed the fifteen Choate alumni who lost their lives to the War.

He also spoke about the impact the War had on both campuses. The Choate School raised funds for an Choate ambulance in France, students age 15 and older drilled daily in six squads, 90 students volunteered to work on the School farm in summer, and 11 of the School's 25 masters left their classrooms to serve. Rosemarians formed the Rosemary Woodcraft Potato Club with each girl tending to 25 hills of potatoes to raise crops and profits for the war effort, expanded their fire brigade and added a drill team. Headmistress Caroline Ruutz-Rees took a leave of absence to chair the Women's Council of National Defense of Connecticut.

Following the presentation, participants walked to Memorial House to see the plaque listing the names of The Choate School alumni who died in the War. Memorial House was built in their honor in 1921.