Why does Harvard-Westlake hate humanities?

The imbalance between the varied list of math and science classes and meager amount of English or language courses is disappointing, to say the least. As I thumb through my curriculum guide, STEM courses take up a staggering 21 pages. And while there are many humanities courses offered as electives, the core English curriculum list […]

In which direction should Harvard-Westlake go?

The constant pursuit of excellence and the successful placement of our graduates at some of the most competitive colleges in the nation has long been the essence of Harvard-Westlake’s identity. The majority of our students and parents choose our school because of its quality college preparatory programs and extracurricular activities. However, with a new president, […]

Top Honors

Valedictorian–Zoe Bohn ’14 Salutatorian–Joey Lieberman ’14 Lester Medvene Award–Adam Yaron ’16 Awarded to a sophomore who contributes to the life of the school and embodies Lester Medvene’s “curiosity of mind and dedication of spirit.” Rensselaer Award–Jamie Skaggs ’15 Given to a junior who has distinguished himself or herself in the study of math and science […]

2014 Senior Columns

Click on the bolded headline to read each person’s senior column. Jack Goldfisher “Life is Goodo” Noa Yadidi “I’ll miss my family in Weiler Hall” Claire Goldsmith “Words I never thought I’d say” Sarah Novicoff “What should I write my column about?” Jensen Pak “Learn from your experiences” Patrick Ryan “Risk it for the biscuit” […]

Alum Shirley Temple dies at 85

Child star turned diplomat Shirley Temple Black ’45 died of natural causes Feb.10 at her Woodside home in northern California. She was 85. Black appeared in almost four dozen films during the Great Depression and, from 1935 to 1939, she was photographed more often than then-President Franklin D. Roosevelt, according to the New York Times. […]

Save the written word in this new digital age

One question I often get these days with regard to books is, “Isn’t it all online?” I’ll usually respond with, “Well, we’re not quite at that stage yet.” When someone asks “Isn’t everything online?”, “everything” includes:  1. The newest copyright protected titles to older public domain titles and everything in between. 2. Popular titles and […]

Remove yourself from the ever-present competition

The first graded essay that I ever handed in at Harvard-Westlake got a B-. My short, awkward seventh-grade self quietly stared at what I thought was a definite sign of my failure as I began to lose any shred of hope that I had for surviving at a school with a larger than life reputation. […]

Field hockey defeats Marina HS in season opener

After defeating Edison HS 2-0 in a scrimmage this past Tuesday, the field hockey team came out strong in their season opener Friday afternoon, defeating Marina HS 6-1. Senior Lucy Putnam ’14 lead the offensive charge scoring three goals. Emma Wasserman ’16 scored two goals and Alessandra Marenzi ’14 added another. The Wolverines will be […]

‘From caring comes courage’

It has been our practice for the past several years to introduce a character education theme or motto at the beginning of each school year.  The mottos are intended to be aspirational, to give all of us—students, teachers and coaches on both HW campuses—common language, a common experience, and a point of departure for conversations […]