Opening day in September 1917, had marked the beginning of the 52nd year for Noble and Greenough School. As the November 1917 issue of the Nobleman noted: “This year marks a new year for Noble’s, as Volkmann boys, who have always been our greatest and most honored rivals have now joined with us to establish Noble’s still more firmly as the leading school of Boston.”
When the new year arrived, the Nobleman issue of January 1918, had an article titled, “Our School Insignia” that outlined how to show proudly which sports or activities old and new students practiced. They could resort to either a letter (“N”) on their sweaters or hatbands on the “boaters,” a popular accessory for a fashionable young man of the times which they could purchase just a few blocks from the school.
Few of the hatbands still remain and can be seen in the Archives Office. More hatbands must have been added at a later time since two of the designs that have survived do not appear on the image published by the Nobleman. Maybe one belongs to hockey?