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.
Articles about the MacLane Recitation
Both Poetry and Praise for TCS, The Source
Madison students bring out poet within in school tradition, New Haven Register