Earl Wilkins

Earl Wilkins '26 was a multi-talented athlete; his exploits on the football field were legendary during his student days from 1921 through 1926. Handmade posters would be posted on local fences and trees announcing a football game between Church Farm and another school. At the bottom of the poster would be a simple phrase: "Wilkins Will Be Playing." In 1931, Mr. Wilkins returned as a teacher. Over the next 39 years, he taught all science courses for grades seven through twelve; coached football, basketball, cross country, and track & field; and became Director of Athletics, instilling in his students a will to excel, despite the difficult odds often faced when competing against much larger schools. His 49-year connection with Church Farm included appointment as the school's first principal in 1960, and a new science building named in his honor. Following his untimely death in 1970, the Alumni Society established the Earl B. Wilkins Alumni Scholarship, to be awarded to a graduating senior each year, in tribute to this legendary figure in the life of the school.
The Church Farm School is an independent boarding and day school for boys in grades 9-12 located in Exton, PA. Founded in 1918 to provide an excellent education to young men from limited means, Church Farm School now serves boys from a range of socio-economic circumstances who are seeking an extraordinary educational opportunity. The school offers a challenging college preparatory curriculum and an exceptional level of personal attention, with class sizes averaging between just 7 and 12 students.