1960: SPA Claims Football Championship
St. Paul Academy wins its third Minnesota Independent School League football title in four years, defeating Blake 12-0.
1961: SPA Wins Hockey Title
St. Paul Academy wins its first Minnesota Independent School League (MISL) hockey title under coach Frederick "Rick" Driscoll, '54. Rick Driscoll suddenly became coach mid-season following the resignation of Reg Hudson. The team would go on to win its second straight MISL hockey title in a row in 1962.
1963: SPA Takes Home Football Title
In the final game of the season, St. Paul Academy shuts out Blake 7-0 and takes home a share of the Minnesota Independent School League football title with Blake; each end the season with 4-1 records.
1966: Drake Arena Groundbreaking
Seeded by a generous gift from the estate of Dr. Carl Drake and further funded by lead donations from the Board, St. Paul Academy opened a new chapter in hockey with the dedication of the Drake Arena in 1967. By 1969, the arena was equipped with artificial ice and open seven days a week.
1966: 24-hour Marathon Basketball
A spring weekend with little to do sparked a 24-hour marathon basketball game in Briggs Gymnasium. One team captained by J.Thomas "Tom" Marver '66 scored 1248 points to defeat the other captained by his brother, William "Bill" Marver '67. Christopher "Chris" Downey '70 showed considerable media skills and convinced two radio stations and at least one television station to feature the event while it was in progress. Faculty members served as volunteer chaperones and referees the entire time.
1967: Drake Family Opens Drake Arena
In 1967, Carl Drake, Jr. '37, a hockey star at SPA and at Yale, presided over the dedication of Drake Arena with other family members.
1967: Summit School Cheerleading
Summit School students form a cheerleading squad to cheer at St. Paul Academy football games, a first for both schools.
1967: Thomas Read Hired as Headmaster
In 1967, Thomas Read was hired as Headmaster of St. Paul Academy. Read brought with him the New England tradition of fall soccer. Intramural at first, it met two afternoons a week. Soccer later became a varsity sport, competing with football for the attention of St. Paul Academy athletes.
1967: Joe Schwab Award Established
Joe Schwab '33 graduated as a three sport athlete with what his contemporaries recall as an outstanding record of sportsmanship and athletic ability in football, hockey and baseball. His hockey career continued at the University of Minnesota. After his untimely death, Don McNeely '33 spearheaded the creation in 1965 of an award named in honor of Schwab to recognize SPA students for their character and athletic achievements. The Joe Schwab Award was first awarded in 1967.
1960s - Summit School Field Hockey
Field hockey continued its popularity into the 1960s at Summit School. In addition to the yearly intramural tournament, a Gold Team versus Purple Team varsity game would be held to conclude the season. In 1963, the Gold Team won the championship title, defeating the Purple Team 1-0.
1969: SPA and Summit School Merge
St. Paul Academy and Summit School merged in 1969 with the Class of 1970 being the first merged class to graduate.