Monkeyville: The McTernan Store

Monkeyville was established in early 1945 by six adventurous McTernan boys. Eager to find a place to play out of the sight of the faculty, the boys located what has been described as a “snarl of undergrowth down by the southwest corner of campus.” Envisioning their own little city, the group brought in gardening tools to clear the scrub and create narrow trails amidst the underbrush. Comparing the spot’s dense thicket to the jungle-like environments that jungles inhabit, the boys named it “Monkeyville,” a tradition that would continue at McTernan for nearly three decades.

McTernan Anniversary Hat
 McTernan Anniversary Hat, Chase Collegiate School

McTernan Anniversary Hat


These high quality, richly embroidered hats commemorate the McTernan centennial. They sport the McTernan crest and the years “1912” and “2012” on the front, and read “Chase Collegiate School” across the back. Cotton with nylon lining and leather strap. Manufactured by Adams Headwear.


McTernan School: 100 Years of Excellence book

McTernan School: 100 Years of Excellence


Own a copy of the book that chronicles the history of McTernan School from its founding in 1912 through today.

McTernan Mug

McTernan Mug


Think about playing topsies, farsies and nearsies every time you sip your morning coffee from this beautiful mug. The front is adorned with the McTernan crest and motto, while the back reads “McTernan School Established 1912 St. Margaret’s-McTernan Established 1972 Waterbury, CT.”

“McTernan School” by Rett Sturman ’61 Poster
“McTernan School” by Rett Sturman ’61 Poster


In 2010, alumnus Rett Sturman ’61 produced a stunning painting of McTernan School, which is now on permanent display in Chase’s McTernan Centennial Library. Today, you can own a beautiful reproduction of Mr. Sturman’s work. Poster measures 24” x 15”.



To purchase an item from Monkeyville please contact the Alumni and Development Office at 203-236-9550 or

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