Preparing Boys for Life

Haverford School rowing shell christened in honor of retiring teacher W.D. Ehrhart

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.

The new W.D. Ehrhart shell is a 2019 Empacher Quad from Germany, and the boat will be raced by the varsity teams. Ehrhart has taught at Haverford for 18 years, and has also coached track.

During the christening ceremony, head crew coach Jonathan Stephanik highlighted Ehrhart’s commitment to the School and to the hundreds of students he has taught during his almost two decades of service.

He dedicated almost 20 years to mentoring, educating, and leading the boys on the path to being better young men. He was 100% invested in The Haverford School, and the crew program is thrilled to have a boat named after him to continue his presence at Haverford for years to come. Coach Stephanik

“It was a pleasure and great surprise that the graduating student-athletes wanted to honor Dr. Ehrhart by naming the new shell after him,” said Stephanik. “He dedicated almost 20 years to mentoring, educating, and leading the boys on the path to being better young men. He was 100% invested in The Haverford School, and the crew program is thrilled to have a boat named after him to continue his presence at Haverford for years to come.”

Ehrhart, a Vietnam veteran and nationally-recognized poet, will retire at the end of the 2019 school year. He spoke about the honor of having a shell named after him.

“These last few weeks at Haverford have been filled with wonderful experiences,” said Ehrhart. “However, never in my wildest dreams did it ever occur to me that I’d have a boat named after me at Haverford. I’m thankful to the crew program and Coach Stephanik for this tremendous honor.”

The crew team finished the spring season with 12 medals at the championship regattas. The program competed at the Philadelphia City Championships (two golds, two silvers, and three bronze prizes), the Stotesbury Cup Regatta (two silvers, one bronze), and SRAA National Championships (two silvers).