Layne Crouthers ’20 Makes a Splash in Polk Pond

One of the long-held traditions at MICDS is to throw the first senior accepted into college into Polk Pond. This year’s lucky admit was Layne Crouthers ’20 who was accepted into Ole Miss. As tradition goes, Layne was tossed into the pond by classmates while the entirety of the Upper School, friends and family looked on.

The pond toss began as a tradition at Country Day School in the sixties, though it wasn’t always tied to college admissions. While instances of students falling or being thrown into the pond were occasionally noted in the Country Day News in the 1950s and early 1960s, it was not until the spring of 1964 that the first tradition of immersion was established.