The Haverford School has launched the public phase of Character at Our Core, a comprehensive fundraising campaign that will build upon the School’s expertise in the art and science of educating boys, complete a master plan in support of 21st century pedagogy, and continue to build a diverse and inclusive community that is prepared to contribute to life beyond the School. The Board of Trustees set a fundraising goal of $50 million, with more than $39 million in total commitments so far.
Middle School students took part in the annual Minimester in late March. The four-day workshop, in lieu of the typical class schedule, explored themes that help each student grow as an individual both at Haverford and in their own communities.
Third-graders took an innovative twist on the study of ancient times in this year’s Ancient Egypt Museum. The event incorporated design thinking and coding, including a virtual version of the on-site museum that was visited by other Lower School students and parents. Third-graders also completed skits on mummification, pyramid building, and daily Egyptian life.
Morgan Properties, one of the nation’s largest and fastest growing multifamily investors, announced it officially ranks as Pennsylvania’s largest multifamily owner and operator following its historic portfolio acquisition of 10 apartment communities with 4,130 apartments spanning Philadelphia and Northern Virginia. Read the story about Jonathan Morgan '03 >
Save the date for the 29th annual Davis R. Parker Memorial History Lecture in Centennial Hall, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. Dr. Dunbar will present "Running from the Washingtons: Ona Judge and the Founding of a Nation."
Middle school students from 28 schools attended The Haverford School’s 11th annual Middle School Diversity Conference on March 14. The conference’s theme was “Kinship and Friendship: Making Connections Across Lines of Difference.”
Haverford School students competed in the Montgomery County Association of Teachers of Foreign Language Oral Proficiency Contest, with two young men earning medals. The competition is open to students throughout Montgomery County and consists of several rounds of interviews in the languages of Spanish, French, Japanese, German, and French.
Two students are National Medalists, after a judging event in New York City on March 13. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards previously recognized 18 Haverford School students for outstanding creative work. Yan Graf, Form V, nabbed a national Gold Key for “European Migration: The View from North Africa." Toby Ma, Form V, earned a national Silver Key for his painting "At the Ruins."
Behind eight medalists, Campbell held off Appalachian State to claim its second Southern Conference Championship in three years Sunday at the Holmes Convocation Center. Chris Kober '17 won an individual championship. Read the story >
A junior, Toby Ma recently was honored by the Scholastic Art Awards with three Gold Keys for his paintings titled “At the Ruins,” “Escape to Reality” and “Nighttime at the Circus.” He is a member of the soft robotics club, Model UN, the speech and debate team, the Pan-Asian Alliance, the math club and the poetry club. He also serves as the managing editor of The Index, Haverford’s student newspaper, and editor for Pegasus, the school’s literary magazine. He has been part of the VEX Robotics teams that have competed at the state level throughout his years at Haverford. Read the story >
Daiyaan Hawkins, a junior, has clocked 6.45 in the 55-meter dash (ranks first in Pennsylvania) and his times of 6.92 in the 60-meter dash and 21.84 in the 200-meter run both rank second in Pennsylvania. He also was part of the Fords 4×200 meter relay that finished fourth at the Millrose Games in February. A fine all-around athlete, he was a second team All-Inter-Ac cornerback for the Fords’ football team last fall. Hawkins also is a member of Haverford’s Black Student Union. Read the story >
In its continued commitment to high school sports, ESPN will now be the home of the GEICO High School Lacrosse Showcase. This inaugural event will allow six of the nation’s top high school lacrosse teams to bring their talents to a national stage, with all games available across ESPNU and ESPN3. Read more about The Haverford School's game on April 27 at 10 a.m. >
Natalie Bridgeman Fields, the founder and executive director of Accountability Counsel, presented on her life’s work of giving a voice to marginalized communities around the world at the annual Joseph T. Cox Servant Leadership Symposium on Feb. 22.
Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Monday that he is running for president. Read the NBC News story about this 1970 alumnus of The Haverford School >
Two musicians from City Love joined our Lower School today to celebrate our collective similarities and differences. Students stepped to the microphone to talk about their family make-ups, the countries and cities their families come from - including Columbia and Iran, and the languages they speak in their households.
Upper School students participated in the third annual Intellectual Curiosity Day (IC Day) on Feb. 27. Students attended experiential learning activities that ranged from critiquing various forms of video to seeking new cultural perspectives in Philadelphia.
David Kim, Concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra and famed violinist, will perform at The Haverford School’s inaugural Michael Stairs Memorial Concert. The concert will be held in Centennial Hall on Wednesday, March 13 at 7 p.m.
As part of their study of African American people and culture, fifth-graders explore and research people who made their mark as part of the civil rights movement, in the military, as artists, athletes, authors, musicians, and scientists, and as Philadelphians.
Photo credit: Lou Rabito, Philly.com
The Haverford School's varsity basketball team capped a historic undefeated season with a PAISAA Championship on Feb. 23. The Fords toppled Westtown 67-62 in overtime at Jefferson University.
For the inaugural session of Foreign Policy Research Institute's new Main Line Briefings, hosted and cosponsored by The Haverford School, Headmaster John Nagl will present "From Counterterrorism to Conventional Threats: The Future of War" with Marisa Porges, Head of The Baldwin School.
Spragg, a senior, founded the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter at Haverford. He is one of 10 members at The Haverford School elected to the Signet Society. Read the story >
Junior midfielder Tommy McNamara is from Villanova, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the Haverford School where he was the captain of the basketball and lacrosse teams, and where he earned 10 varsity letters. After missing his freshman season with the Fighting Irish due to injury, he tallied three goals in eight games last year, including his first for the Irish against Marquette. Read the 18 Stripes article >
Several Upper School students participated in the Philadelphia Classical Society’s traditional artistry competition, submitting entries in the drawing, models, and 3D printed models categories.
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards recognized 18 Haverford School students for outstanding creative work.
By Brendon Jobs, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, for the Inquirer
Growing up, I remember how disconnected home and school seemed to be when it came to discussions about race. My parents, both Trinidadian immigrants, often talked about race to help me and my siblings understand what school rarely acknowledged in the 1990s and early 2000s: that racially stressful moments occurred frequently, and had significant impact. But we often didn’t feel comfortable bringing up these issues at school, where our concerns were often met with silence, denial, or even in some cases discipline. Read the Opinion piece >
Joe Cilio, the co-founder of The Forever Dog Podcast Network, discusses the big business of podcasts with Bloomberg's Romaine Bostick, Lisa Abramowicz and Joe Weisenthal on "Bloomberg Markets: What'd You Miss?" (Source: Bloomberg)
Christian Ray paused for a moment before identifying the play that made him believe.
Down nine points with a chance to go down 11, Ray’s Haverford School senior classmate Jameer Nelson Jr. stood his ground on the edge of the lane while Malvern Prep’s Rahdir Hicks jumped up and through him for an offensive foul. Read the story >
By Max Bennett, Patch.com
Nearly 300 teams from more than 240 Pennsylvania high schools will compete in district and regional levels of the Statewide Mock Trial Competition sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. And the Haverford School is among those sending teams. Read the story >
By Max Brill, University of Michigan
Brandon Shima's time at the University of Michigan has been a story of adjustment and readjustment both on the lacrosse field and in the classroom. Read the story about Brandon Shima '15 >
Haverford’s Middle School squash A team clinched a national title at the U.S. Middle School Team Squash Championships on Jan. 27 by edging out Bronxville 5-0.
Author Lynda Harrison Hatcher hosted a special presentation at The Haverford School on Jan. 23, discussing her memoir Mothering Addiction and sharing lessons about parenting. She also spoke to Upper School students the following day in assembly.
By Kate Remington, WSHU Public Radio
The Music and Gaming Festival, or MAGFest, is a four-day explosion of video game music! There are panels with composers and musicians, and LOTS of music making. I caught up with composer Wilbert Roget II to chat about the music he contributed to Destiny 2 Forsaken, and what makes MAGFest such a fun and meaningful experience. Read the story >
By Godwin Kelly, The Daytona Beach News-Journal
ORMOND BEACH — A quick glance of the Rolex 24 At Daytona and BMW Endurance Challenge grids shows only one local entry in this weekend’s IMSA races at Daytona International Speedway. Read the story >
By Navin Zachariah, Onward State
Last season didn’t quite go to plan for Penn State men’s lacrosse.
A season-ending foot injury to star attacker Grant Ament before the regular season even started set the tone for a disappointing year for the Nittany Lions. The team finished with an 8-6 record and a 2-3 mark in Big Ten play before watching the NCAA tournament from home. Read the Onward State story about Grant Ament '15 >
Haverford School students and families dedicated service activities to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Sunday, Jan. 20 and Monday, Jan. 21. Boys of all ages participated in events designed to support organizations in and around the greater Philadelphia area.
DUBLIN, IRELAND – Ireland Lacrosse has announced a 23-player roster for the Men’s Indoor National team, which is set to compete in the FIL 2019 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship (Langley Events Centre, from 19-28 September 2019) in Langley, British Columbia, Canada. Currently ranked 6th in the World, the Irish indoor national team will be looking to improve their ranking coming off of a promising showing at the 2017 European Box Lacrosse Championship in Turku, Finland. The team returns 17 veteran players (with 347 caps amongst them), and welcomes 6 newcomers. Read the Ireland Lacrosse story >
Kim Jones, author and parent of a sixth-grader and I Former, visited The Haverford School’s sixth grade for a reading and discussion of her book, The Girl from Vietnam.
Seven seniors at The Haverford School presented science research projects at the 11th annual Research Symposium. The students, who are part of the Advanced Research Laboratory Cooperative elective at Haverford, completed their research at the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and other laboratories over the course of six-to-eight weeks in the summer of 2018. The topics of their college-level research included analyzing gene expression data, the possibility of conditioning the brain against severe injuries, the efficacy of a gene therapy used to treat Familial Hypercholesterolemia, and more.
Footlighters Theater presents “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” starring Middle School theater teacher Jennifer Hallman. The show runs Jan. 18-Feb. 9.
During Xcursion Days in Middle School, students and faculty team up to explore a range of topics, skills, and interests both on-campus and off. Xcursion Days were held in December and offered 17 different courses
Cheryl Joloza’s fifth-grade science class is entering the National Geographic 2018-19 GeoChallenge. This year’s theme is “Tackling Plastic!.” Teams of students are creating maps, developing models, and producing videos as part of their investigation into the issue of plastic in our world’s waterways. The students will submit their ideas to National Geographic by Jan. 15; the organization will then invite select teams to participate in a regional competition on March 29.
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The Oakland Raiders have hired NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock as their general manager, the team announced Monday. Read the ESPN.com story about Mike Mayock '76 >
Boys at The Haverford School performed a variety of service projects throughout the month of December. The service projects support many area organizations, including local military members serving overseas, Life Centers of Delaware County, Project HOME, Toys for Tots, the Palm Senior Center, and Eldernet. The winter service projects are part of Haverford’s Service Learning Program, and led by students of all ages.
By Amy Joyce, The Washington Post
Photo credit: Calla Kessler
"Boys have been raised in a culture that puts them into a very distinct box, based on stereotypes that have persisted for hundreds of years, says Michael Reichert, a psychologist at the all-boys Haverford School in Philadelphia. “The boys are not the problem,” he says. “It’s the model.” Read the Washington Post story >
Dr. Reichert is Haverford's spring 2019 Best for Boys Speaker Series presenter. Learn more >
The Haverford School hosted its second annual poetry slam, sponsored by the Black Student Union, on Thursday, Dec. 6 in Ball Auditorium.
In Mothering Addiction, Hatcher tells a heart-wrenching story of her turbulent journey as the mother of a child who desperately struggled with a heroin addiction. She reveals cracks in her marriage, effects on a silently suffering sibling, and challenges with her own mental health, exposing the hidden costs of family trauma. Through a discussion of her son's self-destruction and her quest to find her own truth, Hatcher will tackle important questions for parents.
By Bruce Adams, PAPrepLive.com
The junior finished fourth at the PAISAA State Wrestling Tournament last winter, qualifying for Nationals, and is off to a 4-1 start this season, including a second-place finish at 285 pounds at the Pope John Paul Invitational and a hard-earned victory against Glen Mills in the Fords’ home opener. A three-sport athlete (football, wrestling, track), Adubofour is co-president of the school’s Black Student Union and co-president of Haverford School’s Service Board; played Kiil in Enemy of the People in the school’s fall play; sings tenor/baritone in the Glee Club; and is a member of the student diversity leadership team. He would like to become a neurosurgeon. Read the story >
Form I Spanish students made their own piñatas out of balloons, strips of newspaper, and glue. Boys learned about the history, importance, and use of piñatas.
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