Learning to cherish our lives: A reflection of the fire

Before this week, Los Angeles felt incredibly distant from the outside world, impenetrable and shielded from any real devastation. Waking to the sound of sirens before sunrise to discover that another uncontained wildfire had engulfed houses just minutes away was utterly surreal. Many of my friends left their homes early this morning with the few […]

Entertainment speakers advise video artists

Screenwriter, director and actor John Gatins, most notable for his screenplay “Flight,” spoke to Video Art II and III students Nov. 9 about his introduction to Hollywood and the evolution of his career as a director and actor. Video Art I, II and III students also listened to Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis, most notable […]

Like a Good Neighbor: Neighbors discuss previous expansion concerns

Like a Good Neighbor: Neighbors discuss previous expansion concerns

Bruce Killlingsworth never thought he would be placing signs protesting Harvard-Westlake on his lawn. As a child, he would routinely walk the two minutes up to Harvard School for Boys for a game of baseball with his neighbors. Now living in the same home on Alcove Avenue more than 50 years later, Killingsworth said he […]

School hosts Across Colors Diversity Conference

School hosts Across Colors Diversity Conference

Students, parents and faculty from Los Angeles independent schools participated in workshops and discussions as a part of the biennial Across Colors Diversity Conference in the effort to become more active participants in their communities at the Upper School on Nov. 18. Hosted by the Independent School Alliance of Minority Affairs, the event followed the […]

HuffPost CEO speaks to students in classes

HuffPost CEO speaks to students in classes

  HuffPost Chief Executive Officer and Global Head of News and Information Jared Grusd ’93 spoke to students in Advanced Newspaper Journalism and Business of Life classes Oct. 3 about changes in digital news media and his previous entrepreneurship experiences. Prior to his position at HuffPost, Grusd was the General Counsel and Global Head of […]

Get out! Cinema Sunday begins

Get out! Cinema Sunday begins

“Get Out” Executive Producer Couper Samuelson held a discussion with students during the second installment of Cinema Sundays this year following a screening in Ahmanson Lecture Hall on Sunday. The horror film follows an interracial couple, as Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) meets his white girlfriend’s family and discovers their secrets. The film was unique in that […]

Frosty relationships on Coldwater Canyon

Frosty relationships on Coldwater Canyon

I honestly don’t remember a time when I haven’t seen the white signs decorating the houses outside our upper school, slamming our prospective parking structure in the capitalized, red font to “Save Coldwater Canyon!” and “Say No! To Harvard-Westlake’s Private Bridge.” The signs are an everyday, ubiquitous sighting; I don’t even register the concept of […]

Marisol Ordonez: Director of HR

Marisol Ordonez will return as Director of Human Resources after serving as the maternity leave replacement last February. As the Director of Human Resources, Ordonez said that she hopes to expand and bring human resources to the forefront of the school and to increase the quality of employee life. “I hope to partner with the […]