From Friday afternoon gummy worms to walking through the Bondurant Gate at Commencement, longstanding and deeply-rooted traditions keep the Bond of Brotherhood strong and connected among Academy boys of all ages.
Our customs foster school pride and excitement, teamwork, boys of strong character, and a strong competitive spirit.
Established in 1886, The Academy embraces a rich tradition of over 130 years of school history. Our traditions have been a part of the school's fabric since its beginning, making this school unique to San Antonio and to Texas. Each generation has added a bit of flavor to an event or custom to make it a little different and relevant for the current school environment, yet upholding the customs and courtesies that keep it strong and continue to nurture boys of strong character.
A Sample of Traditions We Celebrate at SAA
- Buddy Mentorship
- Family-Style Lunch
- The Joining Oath
- Royal Kiss
- Alamo Honor Guard
- Fall Fair
- 1st Grade Tour de L’Academy Bike Race
- Alumni and 8th Grade Basketball Game
- Cowboy Breakfast
- Oratorical Contest
- Field Day
- White Belt Ceremony
- Gather Under the Oak Tree
The Joining Oath
Alamo Honor Guard
1st Grade Tour de L’Academy Bike Race
Alumni and 8th Grade Basketball Game
White Belt Ceremony
Gather Under the Oak Tree
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Bond of Brothers
The “Bond of Brothers” is built and reinforced by creating opportunities for older boys to mentor our younger students, building an esprit de corps that permeates our community and lives beyond our walls in and amongst our alumni.