Archmere Honors Longtime Faculty and Coach, Marcy Aitken
Marcella (Marcy) M. Aitken arrived at Archmere in 1975 with the start of co-education and helped to guide the school through the transition. When the all-male Catholic preparatory school first opened its doors to female students, fifty young women and Marcy Aitken entered St. Norbert Hall and took their place in Archmere history. Marcy, then a young mother with eight children, was tasked with starting a girls’ sports program and a physical education curriculum for both boys and girls.
Marcy taught physical education and ran the girls’ athletic programs for six years before expanding Archmere’s health curriculum and introducing a drug and alcohol-counseling program in 1981. She spearheaded the Archmere health program that today utilizes the school’s guidance counselors, athletic trainers, and school nurse. After 37 years, Marcy Aitken retired from Archmere Academy in 2012. The mother and grandmother of many alumni and students, Marcy’s love of the school and her Archmere spirit is truly inspiring and memorable - as is her enthusiastic motto, “Make it a Great Day!”
On April 7, 2016, Archmere held a celebration for the past 40 years of coeducation at the Academy. At this event, Marcy Aitken was honored for all of her years of dedicated service to the school and the students that she inspired. In her honor, the small gym located in the Moglia Field House was appropriately renamed "The Marcy Aitken Gymnasium".