We are poets and scholars, thinkers and doers, aspiring athletes and stage performers. The thread that binds the patchwork of The Haverford School is our commitment to each other, our School, and our communities.
In Faces of Haverford, a sliver of our students, parents, and faculty answer questions about what makes their Haverford School experience truly transformational.
What does Colby consider the best thing about being a Ford? His "brothers."
"I have two sisters and I've always wanted a brother. At Haverford, I feel like I have so many brothers and different groups of friends."Meet Colby, Middle School >
M.A. and BME, Westminster Choir College
"As a practicing musician, I was recently invited to sing in China with the Princeton Singers, a professional chamber choir. I work with the St. Clemens Episcopal Church as one of their full-time singers. I like to play in several bands, including Haverford's own faculty band, the Haligoluks. I tell students about my life as a musician and how through music, I've met interesting people, traveled the world, and had incredible experiences - all because I stuck with something I loved."Meet Mr. Hightower, Upper School music >
M.A., Harvard University; B.A., Drexel University
"I like the freedom we have to teach in the way we think is best suited for students. Students learn better in hands-on situations and not from lecture-based learning; the parents, students, and administration embrace that philosophy. Every project in my class harnesses boys' natural drive to compete and they do better in class as a result."
London, whose mom teaches history at Haverford, can remember many lessons he's learned in school.
"In science, we learned that you're supposed to save water and not waste it, so I told my parents that we need to turn off the water in our house when it's not being used. In history, we learned about American symbols like the Statue of Liberty and the Liberty Bell. In art, we made a picture of the whole world!"
"The teaching of character and core virtues is an integral part of the school. It teaches the boys, from Lower School onward, that character is who you are, not your reputation. This school lets my sons be who they are, and pushes them in the direction of their dreams."Meet Melissa, a Haverford School parent >
M.Ed. and B.S., West Chester University
"What inspires me the most is that each day I get a chance to affect real change in the boys. I strive to build a connection with each and every boy: it could be about something that is happening to them in school and how they could have handled it better, it could be something that is going on at home that I can help them with. In general, it is helping them figure out a solution to whatever problems they are having that are keeping them from attaining what they are truly capable of."
This school has taught me perspective. There are so many ways of approaching an event or a piece of literature or different types of history, and the more perspective you have, the better."
"I'll most remember Mr. Palmer, my Lower School science teacher. Every day his class was so different, and his entire classroom - with the planetarium, and all the gadgets, and other things I'd never even heard of - was so interesting. I also appreciated the way he taught us. Most teachers teach you how to do something before you do it. Mr. Palmer would have us do something first, then tell us what we'd just discovered."Meet Sam, Upper School >