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JFK poses with members of the “Muckers Club” at Choate, c. 1934

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museumca. 1934

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Boston, United States

Jack attended Choate, a boarding school in Connecticut, from 1931 to 1935. His academic performance was uneven, as he applied himself only to the subjects he enjoyed. He was a disorganized student, a mischievous prankster, and was often in trouble with his teachers, parents, and school headmaster. Yet he distinguished himself with his keen intellect and winning personality.

There are several references in a scrapbook he compiled to the “Muckers,” a secret club that Jack organized with a small group of his most mischievous classmates. The headmaster’s term for troublemakers was “muckers,” which the group adopted and wore as a badge of honor.

One of the Muckers’schemes, thwarted by the school headmaster before it could be executed, was a plan to move a pile of horse manure into the school gym; the idea nearly got the group expelled.

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  • Title: JFK poses with members of the “Muckers Club” at Choate, c. 1934
  • Creator: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
  • Date Created: ca. 1934

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