From the Peddie Chronicle Fall/Winter 2018 issue
The oldest prep school rivalry in New Jersey began in 1903 when Peddie School and Blair Academy first faced off on the gridiron. Except for 1944, when a polio outbreak at Peddie canceled the game, the Peddie Falcons and the Blair Buccaneers have competed in football every year.
The rivalry has expanded to include all athletic competitions and culminates in the much-anticipated Peddie-Blair Day, the annual fall face-off in which the Falcons and the Bucs vie for the coveted Kelley Potter Cup.
The rivalry between Peddie and Blair is intense. Yet the spirit of competition is steeped in respect and sportsmanship. In this culture, rivals become friends, new opponents remain friends and, for some, a rival school becomes a new home.
As the following stories prove, through it all one constant remains: Once a Falcon, always a Falcon.
Amidst 115 years of thrilling wins, heartbreaking losses and fiery debates, generations of Falcons and Buccaneers acknowledge deep respect for the Peddie-Blair rivalry and the special relationship between our schools.
So exceptional is this that the editors of the Peddie Chronicle and Blair Bulletin came together to co create content for this feature. The stories you see here will also appear, repackaged, in an upcoming issue of Blair’s alumni magazine.
It all began with Class Notes. Earlier this year Clarence Kugler ’63 gave us an update about his 14 year friendship with Don Mattucci, Blair Academy Class of ’45. Their friendship inspired us. Certainly, there were other stories of Peddie-Blair relationships out there!
We reached out to Blair Academy to see if they would be interested in collaborating on a feature … and faster than you could say “Kelley-Potter Cup,” they were all in. Together, we did research, conducted interviews and even organized a joint photo shoot with our respective school mascots.
We’re not aware of other independent school rivals who have allied on this scale before. It feels pretty momentous.