Purpose: The Groton School Athletic Hall of Fame honors past student athletes, faculty, staff, and friends who have brought distinction through athletics to Groton School and themselves. Consideration will also be given to athletes who display a lasting commitment to the mission of Groton School.

Nominations: The committee welcomes nominations from the greater Groton School community. If you know a formmate or friend who was a standout athlete, either at Groton and/or after Prize Day, please email your nomination to amacbride@hualuozhiduoshao.com. Include the nominee's name, form year, and a brief explanation why the person should be considered for Groton's Athletic Hall of Fame. 

Inducted 2022

List of 10 items.

  • John Higginson ’56

    Arriving at Groton in 1950, John Higginson ’56 found a home at the boathouse, starting out as a coxswain and then, as his height increased, switching to rowing his Fifth Form year. He first stroked the B boat then advanced to stroke A boat his Sixth Form spring. Both crews were fast and undefeated, thanks to their teamwork and John’s expertise at setting a blistering cadence.

    After Groton, John rowed for the heavyweights at Harvard and was elected captain for the 1962 season. Rowing led John back to Harvard in the 1970s to coach the men’s lightweights for six years. He and his crews had such success that more than forty of his rowers bought Harvard a new shell and dedicated it to John, acknowledging his leadership, coaching expertise, and belief that individuals, working together as a crew, can make boats fly.  

    Among other professional pursuits, John started a boat-building business, painstakingly making shells and sculls. He never strayed far from the water, and he continued to row, stroking the Compote Rowing Association’s crew for twenty-five years. Races would take this crew—which included formmate Emory Clark sitting in the three-seat behind John once again—around the world, competing in approximately sixty races with only eight losses. 
  • Gussie Johns Bannard P’01, ’03

    Gussie Johns Bannard, coach from 1977 to 1989, was regarded as a mentor to many newly arrived girls. On the lacrosse field, she taught her players leadership, teamwork, and the importance of preparation—lessons that her student-athletes carried both on the field and long after Prize Day.

    As a new Groton coach to a fledgling program, she led her 1978 team to a 12–0 record; the team scored 109 goals and allowed only fifteen. 
    Gussie's superlative coaching resulted in numerous winning seasons and league recognition for many individual players. With her competitive spirit, unshakable faith that hard work pays off, and commitment to her players, both collectively and individually, Gussie made her mark on Groton athletics. 
  • Joan Ogilvy Holden

    Joan Ogilvy Holden arrived on the Circle in fall 1974, part of the inaugural team of women hired to move the school from all boys to coeducation. Girls arrived a year later, and Joan expertly and enthusiastically began coaching the girls varsity field hockey team. Over ten years at Groton, Joan's demanding and caring coaching style helped Groton’s field hockey program establish prominence in the Independent School League. In 1980, the team finished with an 8–2–2 season and secured the league championship. By the time she said goodbye to Groton in 1984, the varsity field hockey team had earned three league championships, and multiple players had made All-League. 
     
    Joan's coached her players into cohesive teams that were strong on both offense and defense. She demanded teamwork, reinforced the importance of skills and conditioning, and instilled a commitment to excellence on and off the field. 
  • 1969 Football Team

    The 1969 Football Team was one of the finest the school has ever produced. The team won all seven games and accumulated a remarkable set of statistics, all school records at the time: 247 points scored; 1,700 yards rushed; 1,310 yards passed; scores fifteen times on passes. The first-string defense allowed only two touchdowns against league opponents and held them to an average of fewer than 100 yards per game.

    The 1969 football team’s success was a genuine team effort, from the supportive coaching staff and fine management to the excellent team photographer. “They made every sacrifice necessary, gave true commitment, and most important of all worked both with their coaches and their teammates,” said Coach Congleton. “I have never seen such a divergent group of individualists who could play so well together.”
  • Bunny Forbes Hickey ’82

    Bunny Forbes Hickey was a tri-sport athlete at Groton in field hockey, ice hockey, and lacrosse, captaining all three sports in Sixth Form. Individually, Bunny was a force, but she also brought out the best in her teammates.

    The 1981 varsity field hockey team ended the season at 9–1–3 and won the league championship for the second year in a row. Bunny led the team in goals, scoring ten of the team’s twenty-three—including a dramatic tie-breaker with only three minutes. Groton was awarded a penalty stroke, and Bunny made the winning goal against Lawrence Academy! 

    In ice hockey, the 1982 varsity girls team stood out with a 13–1 record. At the time, the team was considered the best in the school’s history. And the girls 1982 lacrosse team achieved an 11–1–0 season. 

    While at UMass Amherst, Bunny was a star lacrosse player who, between 1983 and 1986, participated in two final-four NCAA Championships and was an All-Time Letterwinner with a career record of sixty-two goals, forty-one saves/assists, and 103 points. 
  • Michael Oh ’92

    Michael Oh was a top, two-sport racquet athlete at Groton, excelling in both squash and tennis. As a Third Former, he moved from JV to varsity to become #5 on the ladder, moving up to #1 as a Fifth Former and ultimately being elected captain for his Sixth Form year. In 1992, the boys squash team won the Jackson and Belmont Hill tournaments and defeated the JV squads of Harvard and Dartmouth. In regular season play, the team was undefeated, with a 13–0 record, while Michael held his #1 position with an 11–2 individual record. 
     
    Michael also played varsity tennis team all four years at Groton and was All-League for three; he was considered the best player in the league as a Fifth Former and received the Boston Globe All-Interscholastic Award. 
     
    The 1992 boys tennis team proved its success with a 14–1 season, led by Michael as co-captain. After Groton, Michael started on the Harvard squash team and played all four years. In his junior year, Michael earned the distinction of All-American.
  • 1994 Girls Crew, First and Second Boats

    The 1994 girls crew was the best since 1980, the first to win at Quinsigamond since 1984, and the first Groton girls to row (and win!) at the Henley Regatta. 

    The crew’s first race, against St. Mark’s, was a win for the first and second boats. The following weekend, the third and fourth boats also beat St. Mark’s, and the first boat won at the Founder’s Cup on Lake Waramaug. For the second year in a row, the four boats swept against Middlesex, adding Brooks to the wins.

    The year’s first boat rowed an undefeated regular season, and with the two boats seeded first, the team went to Quinsigamond, where the second boat had a .9-second victory over Nobles, winning the Robert C. Parker Trophy. 
     
    Because of the crews’ successful season, both boats went to the Henley Regatta in England, where the two boats combined into an eight and the first boat also rowed as a coxed four. This was the first time Groton girls had competed at Henley, and they won the Henley Women’s Regatta in both the 8 and 4, beating Bryanston School in the finals of the 4 and Haberdasher’s Monmouth School in the 8. 

    First Boat: Nancy Pile ’95, Jen Stager ’96, Abigail Cromwell ’95, Isabel Linse ’95, and Sahngmie Lah Graven ’94 (cox)
     
    Second Boat: Michelle Jewett ’95, Sarah Stillman Fitzgerald ’95, Bridget Sinnott Sharpe ’97, Liane Malcos Keister ’96, and Samantha Goldstein ’96 (cox)
  • Jane Bradley Allison ’02

    Jane Bradley Allison earned eleven varsity letters during her five years at Groton, playing soccer, lacrosse, and hockey. She took to the ice for the varsity team as a Second Former, and throughout her hockey career, was an aggressive forward and top scorer. For the 2002 season, Jane was co-captain, led the team in scoring with twenty-four goals, and was named an ISL All-League. In lacrosse, she was co-captain in 2002 and received an ISL Honorable Mention. She went on to receive the Charles S. Potter Award, given to a Sixth Former who, through her athletic endeavors, has modeled sportsmanship and leadership.

    After Groton, Jane continued on the ice at Hamilton College, scoring thirty goals, with thirty assists, in her 96-game career—including five game-winning goals. She captained Hamilton’s team in 2005–06 and was awarded the Michael S. White award for leadership and integrity. 
  • 2002 Girls Varsity Tennis

    With all six singles players returning, the 2002 girls varsity tennis team was positioned for success with talent, extensive experience, and ambition. The players practiced with joy and intensity and, in a year of exceptional strength and parity in the league, ran off eleven straight wins after a close, early loss to Thayer. Groton’s 12–1 record included victories over perennial powerhouses Milton and Nobles and led to the ISL Championship. 

    Caroline Connor was a focused and consistently effective competitor in both singles and doubles. Earning All-League were Caroline Bierbaum, who never lost a singles match in four years; Liz Campbell, a two-year co-captain; and Sara-Camp Arnold, another two-year co-captain, who finished her final season at the top of the ladder; and key contributor Caroline Hamilton ’03. Also essential to the team’s success were Alessandra Henderson ‘03 and Jessica Huang ‘06.
  • Michael J. Doherty ’12

    An elite two-sport athlete at Groton, Michael Doherty excelled in both hockey and lacrosse and went on to play professional hockey.

    At Groton, Mike played five seasons of hockey and four seasons of lacrosse. In hockey, he scored eighty-one goals and set what then was a school record of 161 points. He was a three-time All-Independent School League, ISL MVP during Fifth Form year, two-time team MVP, New England leader in points per game as a Fifth Former, 2010–11 Boston Globe All-Scholastic, and a leader behind the team’s two ISL Eberhart Championships.

    In lacrosse, Mike was the team MVP and All-ISL pick in Sixth Form. He was awarded the Reginald Finke Jr. Medal for his perseverance, courage, and unselfish sportsmanship. 

    After a year of junior hockey in the Eastern Junior Hockey League and four years at Yale, Mike signed with the Providence Bruins and subsequently played three seasons of professional hockey as a forward. His career included 159 games in the East Coast Hockey League, playing for the Manchester Monarchs and the Indy Fuel.