New in the classroom: Middle School faculty and staff

Lauren Nichols ’03 returned to her alma mater and joined the Middle School History Department this fall as an eighth and ninth grade history teacher. Nichols majored in history at Duke University, and then studied law at New York University and began her professional career working as a corporate lawyer. “I’m looking forward to getting […]

Walch endowed chair acquires another $50,000

The Ted Walch Endowed Chair for Performing Arts and Cinema Studies has accumulated more than $50,000 in donations since the initial $1.5 million was announced at a June 2 show where performing arts and cinema studies teacher Ted Walch was surprised by alumni who sang and danced for him. Walch arrived at school that evening […]

Donors, alumni, celebrities surprise Walch with endowed chair

Close to 100 alumni surprised performing arts and cinema studies teacher Ted Walch Monday night by singing and dancing for him at the announcement of the establishment of a Ted Walch Endowed Chair for Performing Arts and Cinema Studies. The $1.5 million endowment, President Rick Commons said, will help the school bring and keep “the […]

Obama, Time Magazine recognize Collins’s ’97 influence, achievements

Jason Collins ’97, the first active athlete in a major American sport to come out as gay, was recognized by Time Magazine 2014 list of “100 Most Influential People in the World” and by President Barack Obama last week. Collins was named by Obama to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. “It’s a […]

English teacher voices character in alum's game

English teacher Adam Howard ’93 is voice acting for his old student, Sam Farmer ’08, on Farmer’s video game, Last Life. Farmer put the game on Kickstarter April 9 to raise funds to finish development. “It’s a bit of a different style from most games,” Farmer said. Farmer plans to make at least two other episodes […]

Trustee, alumnus dies while bodysurfing on vacation

Trustee Norman Sprague ’65 died March 14 while bodysurfing in Costa Rica. Sprague began working as a trustee at Harvard School in 1981 and helped during the merger between Harvard and Westlake School for Girls. “It was a contentious time for both schools, and Dr. Sprague’s steady hand on the tiller made a big difference […]

Disney appoints alumnus president

ABC News President Ben Sherwood ’81 will be the next president of Disney/ABC Television Group and co-chairman of Disney Media Networks, the company announced last month. Sherwood will replace Ann Sweeney, whose decision to step down effective next January was met with widespread surprise when reported last month. Sweeney had picked Sherwood for the ABC […]

Obama, Time Magazine recognize Collins’s ’97 influence, achievements

Jason Collins ’97, the first active athlete in a major American sport to come out as gay, was recognized by Time Magazine 2014 list of “100 Most Influential People in the World” and by President Barack Obama last week. Collins was named by Obama to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. “It’s a […]

Alumna joins cast of DWTS

Former teen sitcom star and author of a series of New York Times bestselling math books Danica McKellar ’93 is competing against opponents that include two gold medal Olympians, one Real Housewife and Drew Carey on “Dancing with the Stars.” As a cast member, McKellar joins the likes of, among others, freshly minted Sochi gold […]

‘Undercover Boss’ features alumnus

Jeff Platt ’02, C.E.O. of Skyzone, starred in the season finale of “Undercover Boss” on March 14.  Skyzone is a trampoline park featuring basketball hoops and dodge ball that is geared towards getting kids to exercise and have fun. Platt’s father, Rick Platt, founded Skyzone in 2004, but after his wife was diagnosed with ovarian […]