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Mission & Philosophy

Dwight School’s Athletic Department believes that sports and fitness can be important elements of a student’s spark of genius, and stresses the importance of goal-setting, improvement, and the development of character. Ultimately, we believe that building character is the essence of the educational experience. Through sacrifice and effort, our student-athletes struggle, fail, succeed, and try again -- always having fun in a nurturing but competitive environment designed to produce young people of great character. The pursuit of team and individual excellence plays a major role in the development of our student-athletes. Our outstanding coaches work to improve individual and team performance; and to promote teamwork, leadership, and sportsmanship. At Dwight, we have a long tradition of excellence and success in athletics, which continues today.

While winning championships produces a wonderful thrill and a well-deserved sense of pride, they are not ultimately how we measure success. In fact, we believe that success is the journey and the pursuit to give one’s best; this, along with the relationships formed within our diverse community, will have the strongest impact on our students. The value of discipline and perseverance, the importance of winning and losing with grace and humility, and the power of teamwork are just some of the life lessons learned from the Dwight athletic experience.

Participation in interscholastic athletics at Dwight School promotes the development of physical, mental, and social skills; a positive self-image; an understanding of teamwork and cooperation; and the sharing of personal experiences. Each person involved in the Dwight School Athletic Program -- coaches, athletes, and supporters -- has a unique opportunity to teach other participants positive life skills and values.


Director of Athletics

Michael Horvath
Director of Athletics
(212) 724-6360 Ext 360

Associate Director of Athletics

Denis Michalak
Associate Director of Athletics
(212) 724-6360 Ext 330

Recent Lion Highlights




  • In 2015, our Varsity Boys Tennis team captured its fourth straight regular season championship and tournament trophy
  • In 2015, our Varsity Baseball team were the ACIS B Division regular season champions
  • In 2014 & 15, our Varsity Boys Basketball team won “Back to Back” NYSAIS Division B State Championships
  • In 2014, our Varsity Girls Basketball team were ACIS Tournament Finalists
  • In 2013, our Varsity Boys Soccer team won their conference championship
  • In 2012, our Varsity Girls Volleyball team won the regular season league and tournament title
  • In 2012, a Dwight fencer was named to the 2012 Olympic Team and competed in the London Games
  • In 2011, Dwight won the first PSAA cross country championship in the history of the School and placed seventh in the state
  • In 2011 our Grades 7/8 Boys Soccer Team had an undefeated season, winning their conference title
  • In 2010, two Dwight fencers represented the United States at the World Championships in Azerbaijan; one of those fencers took the bronze medal in men’s foil
  • In 2017, Dwight's Girls Varsity Soccer team won the ISAL Playoff Championship game after finishing second in the regular season; the team made their first appearance in the NYSAIS State Tournament
  • In 2017, Dwight's Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball team won the ISAL Playoff Championship game after finishing fourth in the regular season. 
  • In 2017, Dwight's Girls Varsity Volleyball team appeared in the ISAL Playoff Championship game after finishing fourth in the regular season.