Tabor and the ISL

Tabor in the ISL

The Independent School League’s (ISL) beginnings can be traced to 1948, when Tabor Academy, with Coach Jim Gowing among the organizers, banded together with eight other private high schools to form the Gummere League, the region’s first private high school soccer league. The original schools included: Belmont Hill, Brooks, Browne & Nichols, Governor Dummer, Milton, Nobles, St. Mark’s, and Tabor.

The League’s championship cup was named in honor of Richard Gummere, a long-time teacher and coach at both Browne & Nichols and Haverford College; the Gummere Cup is undoubtedly one of the oldest secondary school soccer trophies in the country. Over time, the original Gummere League and other private school leagues joined together forming the sixteen school Independent School League, or ISL. Tabor, having left the League in 1972, is honored to rejoin this premier prep school athletic association.

The ISL is an athletic association with the mission of integrity, sportsmanship and leadership. Member schools are committed to strong developmental and competitive sub-varsity and varsity experiences grounded in the teacher/coach model of instruction. Please visit the ISL website for more information and news.

Head of School John Quirk describes the opportunity, “with peers and rivals who understand that within the realm of competition and teamwork are endless opportunities for the best life-lessons to be manifest.” Quirk continued, “We are eager to have our philosophy honed by the collaborative spirit of others in this league, and to contribute to the broader learning conversation we know ISL schools enjoy.”

ISL Motto

Striving together through athletic competition to achieve the highest degree of integrity, sportsmanship, fair play and mutual respect in preparation for good citizenship and leadership in society. 

ISL Members

Belmont Hill School
Brooks School
Buckingham Browne & Nichols School
The Governor's Academy
Groton School
Lawrence Academy
Middlesex School
Milton Academy
Noble and Greenough School
The Rivers School
The Roxbury Latin School
St. George's School
St. Mark's School
St. Sebastian's School
Tabor Academy
Thayer Academy

Tabor's Success in the ISL

2017-2018 School Year League Awards include:

ISL Team Champions:
Girls Basketball
Girls Hockey

ISL Team Sportsmanship Awards: 
Boys Hockey
Boys Tennis
Wrestling (co-ed)


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