And the celebrity prep school grad of the week is…

…Seth MacFarlane of the Kent School!

MacFarlane graduated from The Kent School in CT, and later went on to create a little-known television cartoon series known as “Family Guy.” For those of you unfamiliar, here’s a clip.

Legendary prep school football coach and mentor passes away

Coach Norm Walker


Norman Walker passed away last week. Walker coached at Wayland, Newton North and Holderness from 1966-2004. His 273 wins ranks fifth on the all-time state list behind Armond Colombo,  Bill Broderick, Vito Capizzo and Ken LaChappelle.

Walker won a Class D title at Wayland and led Newton North to a pair of Super Bowl appearances. He was named Massachusetts Coach of the Year for football as well as for wrestling.

In 1984, he accepted an offer to teach at the Holderness School in Plymouth, NH. Over the course of 23 years, he coached the Holderness football team to an 83-1 record which included eight New England championships.

Holderness School created the Norman M. Walker Scholarship Fund to provide financial assistance to promising students, and in the fall of 2010 dedicated the football field, co-naming it the Walker-Hinman Field.

In lieu of flowers, donations to support the Norm Walker Scholarship Fund would be greatly appreciated. Donations should be sent to: Holderness School P.O., Box 1879, Plymouth, NH 03264.

Coach Walker was also 1959 graduate of Williams College, an English teacher and football coach, and father of eight children.

One of the NEPSAC football bowl games is named for Norm Walker, and last year The Rivers School faced off vs. Pingree, as both teams put their undefeated 8-0 records on the line.

The New Guy

Yeah that’s me. NantucketRedMan. The new writer for Twines and I’m a good friend of the boss and a huge fan of the site. I look forward to writing some exciting stuff about the prep world. I’ll be writing on everything from sports, school, swag, chill people, music, you know what I mean, the prep-school lifestyle.

Vines’ catching fire,


Introducing our newest lifestyle editor: nantucketredman

Twines & Vines is proud to announce that nantucketredman is our newest site contributor. He will be adding on to my lifestyle humor with wit and wisdom. A fisher of the ack sound and lore of the beach, nantucketredman is a outdoorsman who loves to kick it with his bros on the weekend. However, on the weekdays nantucketredman scores 1940s on his SAT earning his way into the top 5% in the nation’s ranks. nantucketredman aspires to become one of the nation’s top sports medicine surgeons, but for now, he’s sharing his knowledge with all of ya’ll lifestyle readers! 

Yours in Vines.

This is The Boss – Because it’s all about the prep

Send us your Hurricane Irene pics

Terrible damage from our last hurricane

Colleges have already started, but most boarding schools and prep schools are still on vacation. Are you at school already? Having a hurricane party? Send us the pictures of the damage wrought by Hurricane Irene.

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PA school almost gets it right

It’s from “Superbad,” so you know that there’s some profanity

CATASAUQUA, Pa. (AP) – Students in a Pennsylvania school district have gotten approval to remain fashion forward.

The Morning Call of Allentown reports that Catasauqua (cat-uh-SOCK’-wuh) Area School District approved a revised dress code this week. It allows students to wear so-called skinny jeans.

The tight-fitting jeans had been banned under an earlier dress code. But parents complained they were having a hard time finding jeans that wouldn’t be banned under the district’s definition.

The board also gave in to requests to back off a ban on hooded sweat shirts. Low-cut tops, leggings and ripped pants are still barred.

None of us will be safe until the skinny jeans trend is stopped.