June grad helps father teach improv course

This article was written by a student in the Harvard-Westlake Summer Program for Journalism.  By Katie Plotkin ’17 After graduating from high school in June, Hank Doughan ‘12 helped teach a class at the Harvard-Westlake Performing Arts Conservatory with his father, acting teacher Jim Doughan. He took drama during his high school career and participated in school […]

English class should foster love of literature

By Julia Aizuss Last week I walked out of another argumentative English class, still pondering the themes of forgiveness, moral ideals and honesty that I had debated with other students in our overly air-conditioned classroom. The novel we were reading, Tobias Wolff’s “Old School,” the story of a boarding school student who aspires to be […]

Candidate Statement: Sam Lyons

1. For what position are you running? I am running for Harvard-Westlake Senior Prefect for the year 2012-2013. 2. What makes you feel that you are qualified for the position? Please describe any leadership experiences you’ve had, if applicable. Our school is very special in that there is such a variety of people within a […]

Why isn't African history taught in history class?

By Alex McNab If black people are African-Americans, why does black history start when we were stolen from Africa? I began asking myself this question last December when I first picked up a copy of “Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience.” This book, edited by Harvard University professors Kwame Anthony Appiah […]

Encourage semester classes

By Eli Haims We are presented with unique opportunities at Harvard-Westlake to take any number of semester-long classes ranging in topics from electronics to psychology to Contemporary American history. However, it seems that these opportunities are not being taken advantage of to the extent that they should be. One of the benefits of these classes […]

Students find time in busy schedules to read

By Claire Hong  ”Did she get hit by the car yet?” Melissa Flores ’12 asked as she walked into class. Her first period English class had just started reading “The Great Gatsby,” but as usual, Flores was already ahead of the reading assignment. “My whole class turned and was like ‘What? Who got hit by […]

Seniors, use your free time

At this time of year, we, the members of the senior class, get bored. Our APs have ended, our schedules are empty and our brains go to mush. We come to school when we feel like it and have nothing to do but sit in the quad. So that’s exactly what we do. We sit […]


By Emily Khaykin Exhausted from a day at school, Lili Nanus ’11 arrived home and decided to lie down to take a nap before starting her homework. She fell asleep at 4 p.m., and didn’t wake up until 17 hours later. “The scary part was that even after I woke up, I was ready to […]

On the record, forever

We live in an age where the walls of privacy are quickly crumbling. Today, everything we say or do is up for grabs. A racy comment made in English class often becomes the subject of a tweet by end of the day. Once isolated incidents, embarrassing moments are now crystallized in the form of a […]

Only seven out of eight

By Vivien Mao When it comes to freedom in choosing a curriculum, Harvard-Westlake, compared to other secondary schools, is pretty lenient. But there are still many major flaws and frustrations I find when I try to plan my next year’s classes. There are eight periods in one day, each one 45 minutes long. Yet with […]

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