Athletics at PDS
PDS is strongly committed to the development of our athletes and the excellence of our teams.
With 25 sports encompassing 70 varsity, junior varsity, and Middle School teams for boys and girls, the athletics program at Princeton Day School is broad enough to prepare gifted athletes to compete at the college level while, at the same time, ensuring that all students are exposed to the lifelong benefits of athletic participation and physical fitness. We have approximately 90% of our 6th-8th grade Middle Schoolers and 60% of our Upper School students playing at least one sport during the school year, and on average, 15% of our graduating student body will play a college sport.
PDS is an independent member of New Jersey Independent Schools Athletic Association, which competes statewide and against regional rivals. We perennially compete for NJISAA State Championships as well as the Mercer County Tournament Association titles. In addition, we compete in the Women’s Interscholastic Hockey League of the Mid-Atlantic and the Mid-Atlantic Hockey League (Boys).
Our accomplished coaching staff includes PDS alumni and teachers and includes men and women with years—and, in some cases, decades—of coaching experience. These coaches are assisted by two Certified Athletic Trainers and a full-scale Athletic Training Room to provide our athletes with the best support possible.
The school’s 106-acre campus features outstanding athletics facilities. Our extensive playing fields include two turf fields, eight tennis courts, four grass soccer/lacrosse fields, two baseball fields, and two softball fields, along with a cross country path. Our indoor facilities include the Lisa McGraw '44 Skating Rink, two full-sized basketball courts, a fencing room, and our Patrick Kerney '94 Fitness Center, which is staffed year-round by a dedicated performance coach who focuses on strength and conditioning with athletes in all sports.