Sports Teams at Groton School, c. 1894-6

I came across these on eBay a couple of years ago, and snapped them up for literally a few dollars. I bought them because they show my great-grandfather, James Lawrence (1878-1969) and his friends and classmates at Groton, as they appeared in their youth.

Looking at them, I can’t help but be reminded of the wonderful scene in Dead Poets Society in which the main character, John Keating, played by Robin Williams, offers to his students the following timeless advice:

They’re not that different from you, are they? Same haircuts. Full of hormones, just like you. Invincible, just like you feel. The world is their oyster. They believe they’re destined for great things, just like many of you. Their eyes are full of hope, just like you. Did they wait until it was too late to make from their lives even one iota of what they were capable? Because you see, gentlemen, these boys are now fertilizing daffodils. But if you listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you. Go on, lean in. Listen. You hear it?… Carpe… Hear it?… Carpe. Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.


Groton School yearbook photos 1894-1896 00004

Groton School football team, 1894

Thomson, Lawrence, Hare, Craighead, Higginson, Cutting, Haughton, Sargent, Hooker, Diblee, Burden, Griswold

Groton School yearbook photos 1894-1896 00005

Groton School baseball team, 1895

Lawrence, Haughton, Curtis, Hare, Cutting, Clark, Davis, Ayrault, Dibblee, Farrington, Sturgis, Cutting, Cochrane

Groton School yearbook photos 1894-1896 00001

Groton School football team, 1895

Craighead, Lawrence, Burden, Sargent, Griswold, Hoppin, Hawkins, Brinley, Higginson, Auchincloss, Davis

Groton School yearbook photos 1894-1896 00002

Groton School baseball team, 1896

Curtis, Auchincloss, Sturgis, Postlethwaite, Brinely, Ayrault, Swan, Lawrence, Hawkins, Farrington, Lawrence, Patterson, Birckhead, Devens

Groton School yearbook photos 1894-1896 00003

Groton School graduates, Class of 1896

Patterson, Higginson, Hooker, Brinley, Gray, Saltonstall, Craighead, Cochrane, Lawrence, Carpenter, Sargent, Farrington, Preston



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