A senior, Sebastian Bilash is a World Science Scholar, one of only 45 scholars selected from a worldwide applicant pool. As a member, he participates in lectures and sessions (hosted online) by leading scientists and mathematicians, and is doing his own self-study project. At The Haverford School, Bilash is part of the cross-country and track teams. He’s also a founding member of the Thorns and Noble Book Club, which provided students to discuss high-level books with teachers during a lunch period. Read the interview >
Eleven seniors at The Haverford School have been recognized by the National Merit® Scholarship Program. They are among about 50,000 of 1.6 million entrants, representing some of the highest PSAT/NMSQT® Selection Index scores.
We’re one week into the school year and our boys are already hard at work. Here are some classroom highlights.
In the history classes I teach, I begin with a digital dialogue called “What Gives Us Pause.” Before we begin formal instruction, I invite students to share with each other the social and political currents that worry them most, or make them most hopeful for the future. This dialogue unleashes a flood of student voices. Read the opinion piece in the Inquirer >
The Haverford School kicked off the 2019-20 school year with time-honored traditions on Sept. 4. Opening Day activities included the annual Walk of Virtues and the announcement of the Virtue of the Year, which is compassion.
By Michael Bradley, Main Line Today
From upgrading equipment to changing practice routines, here's how several teams are reacting. Read the story, featuring Director of Athletics Michael Murphy and Assistant Director of Athletics and Athletic Trainer Bill Wardle >
Lieutenant Commander Stuart Ambrose '96 wrote an article called "Guard the African Coast" for the U.S. Naval Institute's 2019 Coast Guard Essay Contest, which was chosen as the 2019 3rd place winner.
By Bruce Adams, Main Line Times
Haverford School grad Tyler Burt, a rising sophomore at Colby College, suffered a stroke prior to birth that has affected his dexterity and feeling on his right side his entire life. That disability did not extinguish a dream Burt has held since childhood – a goal of becoming a Division I athlete. Read the story about Tyler Burt '18 >
By Linda Stein, Main Line Media News
Shane Fordham got the idea of making a documentary film about his grandfather, Carroll W. Braxton, for an art class assignment because he grew up hearing stories about his days in the Marine Corps, where Braxton was one of the first African Americans to desegregate that branch of the armed forces. Read the story >
This week, we present our inaugural edition of Jews of Philly Fashion, introducing you to the Chosen few who dress our city. They might mix wool and linen, but they’ve got some hard opinions on mixing stripes with florals. In this space, we’ll talk to designers, sellers, buyers, influencers, models and more. For our first week, we talked to Alex Gushner, the fourth-generation men’s buyer at Boyds. Read the Jewish Exponent story about Alexander B. Gushner '08 >
By Athlon Sports
There are those who believe the Oakland Raiders took a colossal jump into the abyss by hiring a TV guy to be their general manager, and they could be correct. When Jon Gruden announced that Mike Mayock would be taking the Silver and Black's front office reins, he wasn't exactly following the traditional playbook. For a guy so beholden to offensive staples like his beloved Spider 2 Y Banana, Gruden looked like someone committed to a wild, new frontier that was completely incongruent in the copycat NFL. Read the story about Mike Mayock '76 >
Several rising seniors are conducting college-level research in science labs as part of the Advanced Research Laboratory Cooperative elective at Haverford. The students gain real-world experience in a professional laboratory while working closely with lab directors to complete the research for individual projects selected by the students.
The Haverford School began construction on a new Middle School in July. Members of the Board of Trustees, Middle School students, and School leadership performed a ceremonial groundbreaking to mark the occasion and bid farewell to Crosman Hall, which has served the School for more than six decades.
The Haverford School hosts a Bridge Program annually for ninth grade students who are new to Haverford and one of its sister schools, The Agnes Irwin School. Students have a chance to get to know each other, to experience the community, and to engage in meaningful activities with faculty.
Director of Diversity and Inclusion Brendon Jobs was recently interviewed on GTown Radio and Third Space. Currently, he is preparing for the Reimagining Education: Teaching and Learning in Racially Diverse Schools Conference at Teachers College, Columbia University.
By Donald Hunt, The Philadelphia Tribune
This is a big summer for some of the best Philadelphia area high school basketball players. Roman Catholic High teammates Jalen Duren and Justice Williams and Haverford School standout Jameel Brown are expected to participate in the 2019 USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Minicamp, which will take place July 24-28 at the United States Olympic & Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Read the story >
Middle School history teachers Kori Brown and Emily Lesko, along with Middle School science teacher Mario Masso, presented “Fords Focus Days: Teaching Character Development Through Nontraditional Methods” to more than 70 educators around the world at the 2019 International Boys’ Schools Coalition Conference (IBSC) in Montreal, Quebec, in June.
By Matthew DeGeorge, Delco Times
Peter Garno was one of those kids. One of those in the lower and middle schools at Haverford School, behind the netting at Sabol Field during lacrosse games, watching and learning … and yeah, playing around a little. Read the story >
Ben Gerber ’19, who served as quarterback and a team captain for Haverford’s football team, was honored by the National Football Foundation and named to their ingural 2019 Team of Distinction, which honors 82 high school football players around the United States.
By Alan Bastable, Golf.com
John Sawin, the 34-year-old director of golf at Pebble Beach, got the call at about 8 p.m. Friday: There was an odd number of players who made the cut in the 119th U.S. Open — would Sawin be willing to fill-in as a third-round marker, joining South African pro Justin Walters? Read the story >
By Joe Perez, Sports Business Daily
New Balance Global Dir of Consumer Marketing Patrick Cassidy (@NewBalance) describes the brand’s foray into the basketball shoe space with Raptors F Kawhi Leonard leading the charge much like someone who won the lottery. Cassidy said, “This success, this momentum has come pretty fast. Our launch strategy was a long-term one, and the success we’re experiencing with Kawhi -- it’s here and not down the road. First and foremost, we are making sure he has the right product to excel on the court. We were looking for an elite athlete who would help us build the New Balance basketball brand globally, someone who is going to get in there with us and have ideas and be engaged. He has.” Read the story >
By Michael Bradley, Main Line Today
More than a century after his grandfather immigrated to America from Hungary, Firstrust Bank’s chairman and CEO Richard Green is working hard to preserve the family’s legacy and values. Read the story >
Each year the School grants five awards, including the Alumni Association Key Man Award, to members of the graduating class. Here are the 2019 recipients, as presented by Headmaster John Nagl.
Several Upper School students were recognized during the annual Honors Day, presided over by Patrick Andrén, Head of Upper School, and Dr. Nagl. Upper School department heads presented awards to deserving students during the closing ceremony.
The Haverford School celebrated its 135th Commencement ceremony on June 7 in the School’s Field House. The School graduated 102 students before a crowd of family, friends, and alumni. Twenty-five percent of the graduating class has attended Haverford since pre-kindergarten or kindergarten. Read the story >
The Haverford School hosted its Middle School closing ceremony on June 4. Students, families, and friends heard a performance by the Middle School vocal ensemble The Celebrantes, as well as remarks by Middle School president Colin Harkins.
The Haverford School hosted its Lower School closing ceremony on June 3. The Lower School’s closing ceremony featured remarks by Headmaster John Nagl and Head of Lower School Pam Greenblatt. Fifth grade students received certificates of Lower School completion and were honored as they transition to the Middle School next fall.
By Josh Naso, Sixers Wire
As the Philadelphia 76ers continue preparations for the June 20 NBA Draft, there will be a familiar face in the building for Thursday’s pre-draft workout as Temple’s Shizz Alston Jr. will join the group working out for the team. Read the story about the 2015 Haverford School grad >
Haverford senior Shane Fordham’s grandfather, Carroll W. Braxton, was one of the first African Americans to enlist in the Marines Corps after the branch desegregated their ranks in the 1940s. Shane created a documentary to honor his grandfather; it has been selected to become a permanent fixture at the National Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, Va.
During their final unit of Kori Brown’s World Cultures course, Form II students created books, available for purchase on Amazon.com, that attempt to highlight the diversity of the Middle East.
The Class of 2023 completed one of Haverford’s signature programs, the Rite of Passage, on Thursday, May 30 and Friday, May 31.
The Haverford School crew team christened a new rowing shell to honor retiring Upper School English and history teacher W.D. Ehrhart on June 2, 2019 at the Conshohocken Rowing Center.
By Bruce Adams, Main Line Times
The senior outfielder, a first team All-Inter-Ac selection, was batting .457 (as of May 24) with 32 hits, 22 runs scored and only five strikeouts in 70 at bats. A fine defensive defense outfielder, Kania has played a key role this spring for the Fords (20-10), who advanced to the PAISAA tourney semifinals and defeated Malvern Prep twice during the regular season. "He's a tone-setter for the team with his attitude, hustle and love for the game and his teammates," said Haverford School baseball head coach Bob Castell. Kania, whose cousins James and Michael played golf for Villanova University, will be attending Villanova as well this fall. Read the story >
By Edwin Malet, County Lines Magazine
Independent school students score awards at national and regional contests. Read the story on our student-artists and robotics competitors >
From startup founders and nonprofit directors to creatives and fashion designers, these wunderkinds are making waves in Philadelphia’s western suburbs. Read the Main Line Today story, featuring Garrett Snider '14 and VI Former Nik Chakraborty.
Read the Philly.com articles: NCAA lacrosse Final Four: A decade’s worth of progress has led Penn State to the top, with a title in sight and NCAA lacrosse Final Four: Virginia’s Dox Aitken, from Haverford School, gets another shot at Duke in Saturday’s semifinal.
As part of the individualized college counseling process, V Form students participated in workshops and mock interviews with college admissions officers.
HAVERFORD TWP., Pa. (WPVI) -- Students at two local schools shared a special day together after spending the year corresponding as pen pals. The students first met face to face in the fall and then wrote each other letters over the course of the year. This was their second in-person visit. They have found they have a lot in common, like Haverford School's Chase and Timothy School's Zenia, who both love music. See the clip >
More than two dozen Haverford students will continue their athletic careers at their respective colleges and universities in 11 different sports. Go Fords!
Bentley Homes‘ trajectory somewhat resembles that of the Baby Boom generation its founder Tom Bentley belongs to: He started out building townhouses on the Main Line right around the time his fellow Boomers were abandoning the places where they lived while in college for more comfortable digs in the ‘burbs. Then, as they grew older and more affluent, he started building bigger single-family residences there and in Chester County. Read the full profile of Tom Bentley '70 in Philadelphia Magazine >
By Tom Utescher, Chestnut Hill Local
Track teams from this side of the Schuylkill River claimed the 2017 and 2018 Inter-League titles, but in the 2019 championships at Episcopal Academy, past winners Penn Charter and Germantown Academy could not match the output of runners from Haverford School. Read the story >
By Matthew DeGeorge, Delco Daily Times
The Haverford School lacrosse team packed into a classroom so tightly Thursday afternoon that assistant coaches were relegated to the hallway. But when head coach John Nostrant walked in, you could hear a pin drop. Read the story >
IV Former Christopher Moller is currently showing seven of his oil paintings at the Historic Yellow Springs (HYS) 46th Annual Art Show and Sale in Chester Springs, Pa. At 16 years old, Moller is the youngest showing artist in HYS history.
At the Best for Boys Speaker Series lecture in Ball Auditorium on May 8, 2019, Dr. Michael Reichert spoke about “Boyhood in the 21st Century.” Dr. Reichert is a consulting psychologist at The Haverford School, where in 1989 he started a peer counseling program designed to support boys’ emotional health.
Students participated in a morning of service and an afternoon of field games as part of Middle School Philip Bishop Day. Sixth graders worked on seeding, planting, and clean-up at Haverford's gardens and at the nearby Project HOME, Sharpe Park, and Gompers School. Form I students weeded and cleaned garden beds at Skunk Hollow Community Gardens, while Form II students went to Haverford Reserve for trail clean-up and tree planting.
In his final year as an Upper School English and history teacher, W.D. Ehrhart served as the 21st annual Edward R. Hallowell Literary Lecture speaker. Ehrhart recited several of his poems, and shared the stories that inspired his writing, to a standing-room only audience on April 23.
By Michael Reichert, consulting school psychologist
When boys shut down and push everyone away, parents often become confused or upset. This can cause parents to pepper their son with questions, making it seem to the boy that their “need to know” is the real issue. Read the story, and register for Dr. Reichert's Best for Boys talk on May 8 >
By Ty Xanders, Inside Lacrosse
John Nostrant, who has led Haverford (Pa.) for the past 28 years, will be announced as the next Gilman (Md.) head coach this week, multiple sources have told Inside Lacrosse. Nostrant notified his team Wednesday morning and will finish up the season with the Fords, currently ranked No. 11 nationally. Read the Inside Lacrosse story, and Gilman's announcement >
The Haverford School robotics team placed third in the VEX Robotics World Championships held in Louisville, Ky. The showing is the best overall finish the team has ever had at Worlds. More than 20,000 teams from around the world began the season, with 1,600 teams qualifying for the World Championships
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