James, a rising Third Former, returned to his hometown of Moville, Iowa during the recent COVID-19 outbreak. In an interview with KCAU 9 News, James explains how he has been using his incredible musical talents to uplift his community and "bring everyone together" during the pandemic.
Damien Blair is one of the area’s top college basketball coaches. He's been at the helm of the program at Division II West Chester University, his alma mater, for the last 12 seasons. Listen to the full interview on KYW Newsradio's 1-on-1 with Matt Leon >
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.
Chris Sims was All-Delco in track and field as a sophomore in 2019.
"When coronavirus hit, it felt wrong not having track season in the spring," said Sims, a rising senior at The Haverford School. "But in some ways, it was a blessing in disguise."
The Haverford School conducted its 136th Commencement exercises with a virtual celebration on June 5. The celebration honored the School’s 113 graduates, who marked the occasion with their families away from campus.
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.
Upper School science teacher Will Leech shared various science experiments that can be done at home with products you may have on hand. Remember to use safety precautions where necessary, such as using googles and having an adult present.
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.
The Haverford School has launched virtual Conservatory lessons in an effort to keep music an integral part of students' lives through the summer months. Lessons are offered in piano, violin and viola, cello, guitar, woodwind, brass, percussion and drums, voice, and trumpet.
In light of current government regulations, Study Skills+ will be held virtually. Study Skills+ is a summer session that is open to rising ninth grade boys and girls, and is designed to provide organizational and time management practices that will help ensure a smooth transition into high school.
Two dozen Middle School students received honors for their performance on the National Latin Exam. One Form II boy earned a perfect score, a rare feat for the exam, while two other students - one in Form I and one in Form II - earned a 39/40 on the exam.
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.
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.
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 >
On May 8, The Haverford School celebrated the important connection between our boys and their grandparents and special friends.
WRT Design, the architectural firm selected for the forthcoming Middle School, has launched a virtual tour of the Commons, Makerspace, Learning Commons, classrooms, science labs, locker pods, and the green roof.
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.
Woodworking teachers Greg Ressler, Jill Sides, and Mark Thorburn have a unique opportunity in adapting their classes to Virtual Haverford. Their distance learning curriculum focuses on a key component of woodworking: design.
Mike Toomey, The Haverford School’s incoming Director of Enrollment and Financial Aid, will assume leadership of the cross-country program effective July 1, 2020. Toomey will succeed Tim Lengel ’07, who will continue as assistant coach and focus additional time on his teaching and advising duties in the Upper School.
Join Dr. Pam Greenblatt, Head of Lower School at The Haverford School, to gain practical tips on how to support young readers. This is part of the Best for Boys Speaker Series, which highlights topics and practices that help foster the social, emotional, and academic growth of young boys. The May 6 event will be presented at 7:30 p.m. in a virtual format, in partnership with Tredyffrin Public Library.
The Haverford School strives to develop men of character. Throughout an uncertain spring, our community – from students and teachers to parents and alumni – has shown a tremendous amount of generosity, teamwork, and character.
On April 15, members of the Haverford School community gathered virtually for the annual Scholarship Luncheon. This event celebrates the connection between named scholarship recipients -- of which there were 72 this year -- and donors. While donors were unable to meet and converse with their scholars in person, they had the opportunity to hear from Keyveat Postell '16, a soon-to-be graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and incoming analyst for Goldman Sachs, and VI Former Ben Hokenson.
In mid-March, Cole Berman ’14 started Fuel the Fight, a campaign to support local restaurants and health workers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Fuel the Fight purchases meals from local Philadelphia restaurants and safely delivers them to health care workers at hospitals throughout the greater Philadelphia area.
By Bruce Adams, PAPrepLive
A senior, Sunny Yu was slated to play No. 1 singles for Haverford this spring. He played No. 2 singles as a junior, posted a 9-4 record, and won a deciding three set match at EA to keep Haverford’s streak of 10 consecutive Inter-Ac titles alive. Yu was undefeated in doubles play as a sophomore and freshman at Haverford. Ford head coach Antonio Fink said, “Sunny is a great competitor, and a great leader.” Read the story >
A junior, Baoer Li recently created International Student Alliance, an affinity group for international students at The Haverford School. Li is also part of the Pan-Asian Alliance club on campus. Academically, he received the British Biology Olympiad Silver Award in 10th grade, and was declared the winner of the Delaware Valley Science Fair for his project titled “Software Developers’ Response to the Unethical coding Task Request” last year. Read the story >
Forty-one Upper School students at The Haverford School have received regional honors from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Five of those students went on to receive national recognition for their work.
Middle and Upper School students from more than 35 local schools attended The Haverford School’s 12th annual Middle School Diversity Conference on March 4. The conference’s theme was “The Power of Sharing Our Stories.” Internationally-recognized poet, novelist, and professor Dr. Javier Àvila was the keynote speaker at the event.
Lifelong Learning & Leading, our new strategic plan, reaffirms The Haverford School’s commitment to educating boys as they develop and grow into their best selves.
Six seniors at The Haverford School – Daniel Chow, William Curran, Andrew Feng, Alexander Greer, Toby Ma, and Aditya Sardesai – were named finalists for the
National Merit Scholar competition.
In the fall, The Haverford School unveiled an enhanced Strength & Conditioning Center, dubbed “the work room” by Strength & Conditioning program director Matt Rosko.
Led by senior captain Alec Stern, Haverford’s golf team raised $2,300 for Shriners Hospital for Children - Philadelphia through their “Bucks for Birdies” campaign.
By Bruce Adams, PAPrepLive.com
he sophomore finished first in the 60 meter hurdles at the Pennsylvania Track & Field Coaches Association State Championships at Penn State University, defeating a field of juniors and seniors. Thomas became the first indoor track state title winner in Haverford School history. He currently ranks No. 1 in Pennsylvania and No. 4 in the United States in the 60-meter hurdles. In the spring, he runs track for Haverford School, and in the fall he plays football for the Fords. Read the story >
Students at The Haverford School recently connected with people from around the world – all without leaving campus.
The Haverford School honored eight former athletes, one coach, and two teams during the 15th Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 29. Hall of Fame Co-chairmen Henry M. Stringer ’66 and Gerhard T. van Arkel ’79 led the induction ceremony, which was held in the School’s Field House.
Twenty Lower School students from The Haverford School were recognized for their writing as part of the Gladwyne Library League’s 47th annual Junior Author Contest. Each student submitted original writing in either fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. Read the story >
The Haverford School’s Robotics program, known as The Calvary, had seven teams competing at the Eastern Pennsylvania State Competition. Team 169Z took home the state championship title, securing The Calvary’s tenth consecutive state championship.
Sports Academy at The Haverford School is a summer program designed to provide boys with an opportunity to learn technical skills and gain personal growth through athletic instruction. The one-week sessions in football, lacrosse, and basketball are open to boys in kindergarten through eighth grade, depending on the sport.
Seven Haverford School students earned awards at the eighth annual Oral Proficiency Expo, held on Saturday, Feb. 22 by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) – Greater Philadelphia Chapter.
The Haverford School has been educates its parent and faculty/staff communities about the power of diversity through SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity). On Feb. 10, the parent and faculty/staff SEED groups, which run separately but cover similar topics, came together to hear from Temple University professor, author, and ethnic and cultural diversity expert Lori Tharps.
This year, four students studying computer science at Tufts University were nominated for the Computing Research Association's (CRA) Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Awards, and all four were ultimately recognized by the CRA. Samuel Shaw '16 was named a finalist. Read the full story on tufts.edu >
Dr. Javier Ávila, a noted poet, author, and professor, will serve as the keynote speaker at The Haverford School’s 12th annual Middle School Diversity Conference on Wednesday, March 4. Dr. Ávila’s will share his perspectives and expertise in the areas of diversity, equity, and social justice during his presentation titled The Trouble with My Name.
Tom Farrell, CEO and Executive Producer of The Workshop content studios, presented at the annual Joseph T. Cox Servant Leadership Symposium on Monday, Feb. 10. He spoke about his career in television production, and how media content can serve others by bringing their stories to life.
Renowned historian, author, and Harvard University professor Dr. Maya Jasanoff will present “Ancestors: Where do we come from and why do we care?” at The Haverford School on Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Centennial Hall. Her presentation is free and open to the public and will include a book signing of The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World and Liberty’s Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World.
By Nelson Rice, US Lacrosse Magazine
VILLANOVA, Pa. — While often a study in motion, Grant Ament stood perfectly still. Read the story about Grant Ament '15 >
By Kennedy Rose, Philadelphia Business Journal
The Pennsylvania schools sending the most students were primarily located in Philadelphia’s suburbs, and they were mostly private or charter schools. Read the story >
By Max Bennett, Patch.com
This year's case is a civil trial to determine whether the defendant is liable for failing to address cyberbullying at a private school. Read the story >
Eighth grade students are completing paintings that represent their family history and ancestry. The boys were tasked with creating a narrative painting about their family experience after studying artist Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series paintings.
By Lawrence Ingrassia, The New York Times
At 6:15 in the morning on March 6, 2012, Michael Dubin woke up and checked his computer. He was puzzled by what he saw — actually, by what he didn’t see. Before going to bed, he had posted a video about his start-up, a company that virtually no one had ever heard of. Read the story >
By Joseph N. DiStefano, The Inquirer
Fiduciary Trust Co., a New York-based company that invests $29 billion for rich people and institutions, has agreed to buy $4 billion-asset Pennsylvania Trust Co. of Radnor, as it seeks more clients among rich baby boomers and their heirs. Read the story, "Pennsylvania Trust Co. sold as firms seek baby-boomer wealth" > The Penn Trust board includes three Haverford School alumni and two past parents.
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