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The Haverford School names Mark Fifer as Head of Upper School

The Haverford School has named Mark Fifer as Head of Upper School. Fifer served as the interim Head of Upper School from July to November 2020, with his tenure as Head of Upper School in effect from December 2020. In this role, Fifer oversees the operations of the Upper School division, which includes oversight of the academic program, leading Upper School faculty and staff, and serving as a liaison to other divisions and departments within the School.

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Brendon Jobs presents “How to Be An Upstander: A Workshop for Helping Kids Speak Up When It Counts” for Best for Boys Speaker Series

On Dec. 7, Brendon Jobs, the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at The Haverford School, led a discussion about how to model and support boys’ development as upstanders in their communities as part of Haverford’s Best for Boys Speaker Series. 

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Two Middle School students place in Global Oneness Project photography contest

Eighth grade students Ian Rosenzweig and Connor Simpkins were named a winner and a finalist, respectively, in the Global Oneness Project’s 2020 student photography contest. The theme of the contest was “The Artifacts in Our Lives: Document Your Place on the Planet,” and participants submitted a photograph and a 600-word essay of an artifact. 

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Diversity Alliance organizes student-centered dialogues and discussions

The Haverford School’s Diversity Alliance has organized a number of virtual student-centered dialogues and discussions this fall. As the School shifted extracurricular activities to the virtual world for safety reasons during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Diversity Alliance has worked to ensure students have spaces to discuss and debate issues and concerns. 

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Mengistu Koilor '99: Regional Craft Breweries are Making Diversity A Priority

Two Black-owned breweries, Harris Family Brewery in Harrisburg and Two Locals in Philly, are in the works in Pennsylvania. (A third, Mack Brewing Co., is also percolating in West Philly.) As they raise funds and make plans, both outfits have been making collaboration beers with other local breweries. Read the full story in The Philadelphia Inquirer

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Haverford III Former Shines in Worldwide Piano Master Class

James Gates, a III Former pianist, recently performed in The Philadelphia International Music Festival’s new PIMFOnline.org Master Class. Playing Chopin’s “Waltz Op 34 No 1 in A flat major Vivace,” James, who auditioned against students from around the world for this opportunity, brilliantly dazzled a global audience with his talents and spirit. 

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Neetish Sharma '19 and Nick Chimicles '19 help Raju Foundation donate 100,000 face masks

The Pamela and Ajay Raju Foundation is working to distribute 100,000 face masks to a variety of super disseminators and community organizations in Philadelphia. Neetish Sharma '19 attained the masks for distribution through a Stanford contact. Sharma drove to New York City with Nick Chimicles '19 to pick up the masks and bring them back to Philly. 

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Haverford School community surpasses Character at Our Core campaign goal

The Haverford School has closed Character at Our Core, a comprehensive fundraising campaign designed to build upon the School’s expertise in the art and science of educating boys, complete a new Middle School building that supports 21st century pedagogy, and continue to build a diverse and inclusive community that is prepared to contribute to life beyond the School.

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Twenty two students inducted into Cum Laude Society

The Haverford School inducted 22 students into the Cum Laude Society in a virtual ceremony on May 27, 2020. This was the School’s 90th induction ceremony, and celebrates the School’s first and founding purpose: to educate young men in accordance with high standards of scholarship that will imbue them with an aspiration for and appreciation of intellectual excellence throughout their lives.

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More than two dozen Haverford School students will continue their athletic careers at their respective colleges and universities. Director of Athletics Michael Murphy hosted a virtual celebration to honor the boys’ commitment to their athletic careers and wish them well as they transition to their respective colleges and universities this fall.

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Sixth grader uses passion for art and animals to make a difference

Sixth grader Sam has put his creative skills to work to support the Providence Animal Center in Media, Pa. Sam is helping to raise money by drawing a picture of an owner’s dog when they make a donation to the organization. Sam asks for a small donation to the Providence Animal Shelter in exchange for a one-of-a-kind drawing of their dog. 

 

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Upper School students place in Lower Merion Conservancy’s Nature Photo Contest

Two IV Formers in Kristin Brown’s photography class took part in the Lower Merion Conservancy Nature Photo Contest on Instagram. Joshua Ricefield received first place, while classmate Daniel Hou’s “spring” (pictured) earned third place in the contest. Both boys will receive a garden starter of plants native to Pennsylvania.

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Form II student gives the gift of music in time of crisis

Pianist James Gates said practice doesn't only bring perfection. It can also bring permanence to music. "By practicing, I'm learning notes and chords, but I'm also following proper technique and understanding what the composers were experiencing when they were composing a piece," the Moville, Iowa, native explained. Read the story in the Sioux City Journal >
 

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Third graders virtually meet with Penn Museum archeologist as part of Egypt unit

Boys in Mrs. Thorburn and Mrs. Heavey’s third grade classes virtually met Dr. Steve Phillips, an archeologist with vast experience working on sites in Egypt. Dr. Phillips, who serves as the Curatorial Research Coordinator for the Egypt Section at the Penn Museum, shared historical facts about ancient Egypt and described his many archeological digs in Egypt. 

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