The Haverford School hosts several signature athletics events annually, including the Don McBride Classic (basketball), Buckley Duals (wrestling), and Checking for Cancer (lacrosse). Learn more about the traditions of these events.
The Don McBride Classic Basketball Tournament, established in 2008, is named in honor of Donald J. McBride, who served The Haverford School for 25 years. He is a 1959 graduate of St. Joseph’s College and came to Haverford in 1964 as an English teacher. He became head basketball coach in 1966, Dean of Students in 1973, and Head of the Upper School in 1987.
Affectionately known as the “Silver Fox,” Don McBride loved his work teaching, coaching, and “in helping the School work.” Over the course of his career, his genuine interest in all with whom he associated, the efficient, firm and fair direction he provided team, class and Upper School, won the respect and enduring loyalty of students and colleagues alike. Every year we pay tribute to Coach McBride by playing this tournament in his honor.
The Buckley Duals was inaugurated in 1996 to honor the rich wrestling tradition of The Haverford School, as well as the legacy of famed wrestling coach Neil Buckley. Coach Buckley was a beloved teacher, coach, mentor, and friend throughout his 47 years of service. His wrestling teams recorded more wins than any other high school coach, and he was approaching 700 wins before his passing in 1994.
Teams come by invitation and wrestle head-to-head dual matches. This event receives tremendous support from the community. All money that is raised is donated to the Jordan Baumeister Scholarship Foundation, established in memory of one of the wrestling program's all-time leading point-scorers, Jordan Baumeister, Class of 2005. The Foundation provides grants in support of student-athletes and the wrestling program at The Haverford School. In April 2016, the Foundation endowed The Jordan T. Baumeister '05 Endowed Scholarship Fund at The Haverford School. Read more about The Haverford School's endowed funds >
Checking for Cancer is an elite lacrosse invitational that supports the awareness and prevention of Colorectal, Prostate and Testicular cancers. John Nostrant, Athletic Director and varsity lacrosse coach at The Haverford School, was diagnosed with prostate cancer 10 years ago, and Georgetown Prep coach, Kevin Giblin, is now in remission from colon cancer. Nostrant and Giblin were roommates in college and line-mates on the lacrosse field as players. They remain the best of friends. Both highly acclaimed coaches helped coach the United States U-19 Men’s Team to the International World Federation Championship in British Columbia in 2008.
The event has raised more than $400,000 since its inception.
Learn more on the Checking for Cancer website >
We are fortunate to have signature athletic events that bring together our community, from alums to students to athletes and their families. The Buckley Duals and McBride Classic are named for two Haverford legends who impacted so many young men and families not only at Haverford but everywhere. Checking for Cancer has been instrumental in raising awareness about testicular, prostate, and colorectal cancers. In nine years we have donated more than $400,000 to families in need and whenever possible that goes to members of our community. John Nostrant, Athletic Director