Foundations for Griffin Athletics
At The Cambridge School we are committed to a Biblical Anthropology that understands as human beings we bear God’s image. We are composite beings—unions of soul and body. As such, we believe that the training our physical body is an essential component to a holistic approach to human development. In the Classical Tradition this commitment to Physical education and development was called “gymnastic.”
So, our athletic program begins long before our students ever step into the arena of athletic competition through one of our school-sponsored sport teams. Our athletic program begins in kindergarten with an integrated Physical Education program. Our Physical Education program focuses on overall physical fitness through developing gross motor skills such as balance, coordination, speed, agility, flexibility, strength, power, quickness, and overall endurance. The Cambridge School partners with specialists in the field of Physical Education that employ time-tested strategies and cutting edge research to maximize athletic development. This program is designed with age appropriate goals and is delivered by instructors who understand that all children do not possess uniform athletic potential. Therefore, the program, while rigorous and challenging, includes fun games and competitions in an atmosphere of loving support for each child. As children progress through our Grammar School towards Logic School (Middle School) we scaffold our Physical Education program to further develop the athletic potential in each student.
“Gymnastic…should begin in the early years; the training in it should be careful and should continue through life.” Plato, Republic III
Logic School (Middle School) Athletics
Athletics serve as a forum for the test and exercise of virtue in the world. As an intense competition limited in duration, an athletic contest serves as a test of character, mind and body, exposing both weaknesses and strengths. Participation in athletics produces a host of benefits, including physical fitness, emotional health, mental stamina, growth in leadership and teamwork, and improvements in strength and endurance. (A Place for Sparta in Athens: A Philosophy of Athletics in Classical Education)
Griffin Athletic Teams compete in the Independent Middle School League (IMSL).
Girl’s Cross Country (JV and Varsity)
Boy’s Cross Country (JV and Varsity)
Over the past few years we have been very competitive in IMSL competition securing the league championship through a handful of our athletic teams. And, while we celebrate the success that we have enjoyed in our fledgling athletic program we continue to champion our program’s stated values of: success and excellence. We define “success” as maximizing the potential of each of our athletes and teams that enter into inter-scholastic competition. So, success may translate as a loss or a victory. However, if in fact it was our best effort we will celebrate the outcome with Griffin pride. We define “excellence” by well-managed teams and by coaches who are spiritually and emotionally investing in the lives of our athletes. We view Griffin Athletics as an opportunity for Christian discipleship and equipping our athletes to live out their faith in the midst of competition. We believe athletics provides a unique opportunity for spiritual growth.
Future of Griffin Athletics
We are strategically building towards a bright future for Griffin Athletics. Our goal is to eventually become members and compete under the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) umbrella. The application and approval process is underway and we are hopeful that as The Cambridge School continues to build out our high school (Rhetoric School) with our first graduating class in the spring of 2018 we will enter into CIF competition. In the meantime, our commitment to the development of Griffin Athletics remains steadfast as we have made the following progress over the last year.
• Hired a Full-time Athletic Director to develop Griffin Athletics consistent with our Classical Christian approach toward education and to focus on logistical details towards the strategic development of Griffin Athletics
• Invested over $100,000 in facility upgrades to transform our existing Great Hall into a gymnasium for basketball, volleyball, and Physical Education
• Creating a strategic plan to develop a “farm-system” approach for high school athletics through early development in pre-middle and middle school athletics
• Our Board of Trustees and school administrative leadership are philosophically committed to “success” and “excellence” in high school athletics at The Cambridge School and allocate significant resources to program development