MacLane Poetry Recitation

On April 26, 1957, David T. MacLane, The Country School's first Headmaster, established what would become the school's longest-standing tradition. On that day, he held the inaugural Lois MacLane Poetry Recitation, an event he created in honor of his sister.

For the recitation, all students in the school were asked to select and recite a poem. For older students, then — as now — the recitation took the form of a competition, with a panel of judges selecting a winner from among the reciters.

We don't have a record of what the atmosphere was like in 1957, but these days the finals are almost as exciting as a state championship sports contest. Below are some videos of the MacLane Recitation, which has been held each year since that first MacLane Recitation six decades ago.

From the New London Day

Ben I. recites America by Richard Blanco.

The MacLane Recitation - The Trailer, by Chris Salafia, Country School parent.