Preparing Boys for Life.

The Haverford School announces Character at Our Core, a $50 million comprehensive campaign

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.

“The Haverford School is at a pivotal point in history, and the world needs men of character now more than ever. Today, all of us have the opportunity to help forge future leaders and role models – young men who possess the intellectual, emotional, moral, and civic capacity and discernment to nurture and guide others,” said Kelly and Bill Yoh ’89, Board of Trustees Chairman. “Given our family’s many connections to Haverford, we are proud to support the Character at Our Core campaign, developing the very men that our region, our nation, and our world so desperately need.”  

The campaign’s four priorities include:

  • Investing in extraordinary educators for our boys, honoring and supporting them with competitive salaries and professional development opportunities.
  • Realizing inspiring spaces for every boy, with completion of the final piece of our campus master plan: a new Middle School intentionally designed to facilitate boys’ learning and growth.
  • Opening doors for remarkable boys, enabling students from varying backgrounds and financial circumstances to access a Haverford education while enriching our community.
  • Forging a community of difference-makers who have character at the core of their being.

The Character at Our Core campaign ensures the School’s future remains secure as it continues its important mission of preparing boys for life. We want to ensure that every boy who graduates from Haverford is committed to a life of purpose and meaning, and is inspired to lead change in his community. This campaign will allow us to develop those boys into the men who will change America and the world. Headmaster John Nagl

“The Character at Our Core campaign ensures the School’s future remains secure as it continues its important mission of preparing boys for life,” said Dr. John Nagl, ninth Headmaster at The Haverford School. “We want to ensure that every boy who graduates from Haverford is committed to a life of purpose and meaning, and is inspired to lead change in his community. This campaign will allow us to develop those boys into the men who will change America and the world.”

Haverford’s new $18 million Middle School will provide a 35 percent increase in square footage, and will include 16 advanced classrooms centered around collaboration and communication, a Learning Commons, dynamic maker spaces, purpose-built robotics and STEM spaces, communal gathering places, and designated floors for each grade level. Each student will receive a custom designed storage system for their belongings.

“The adolescent brain goes through the second largest physiological change in human development from age 11 to 14,” said Jay Greytok ’83, Head of Middle School. “Our learning will be designed with this in mind, providing a facility that supports Haverford’s best-for-boys pedagogy and enables our teachers to do the type of interactive, intellectually stimulating work for which Haverford is known. The Middle School is the keystone of our campus master plan, and will help us fully realize the School’s mission of preparing boys for life.”

The project will begin in June, and will replace the current Middle School, Crosman Hall.

To learn more about the Character at Our Core campaign, and to donate, visit haverford.org/characteratourcore.