Peter Sheehy joins History Department

Peter Sheehy (Will ’22, Tate ’24) joined the history department this year to teach Advanced Placement United States History and Advanced Placement Government. Sheehy holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Columbia University and a doctorate in United States history from the University of Virginia. He previously taught social studies at Horace Mann School and […]

Mapping Representation

Mapping Representation

Last year, Mimi Offor ’21 read hundreds of textbook pages, spent hours upon hours studying for exams and burned through more than a few packs of pencils during her history course, The World and Europe II. When she left her class for summer break in June, Offor had spent approximately 135 days supposedly learning about […]

Alex Daum ’20 studies Jewish community in Spain

Latin American and Iberian Studies Fellowship recipient Alex Daum ’20 researched the history and present-day societal status of the Jewish community in Spain by traveling to six different cities: Madrid, Toledo, Granada, Córdoba, Girona and Barcelona. Daum said he initially contacted those in the Spanish-Jewish community with connections to his Synagogue in Los Angeles. He […]

Two new teachers join school for second semester

Conrad Cuda and Jackson Kroopf ’06 joined the Upper School History and Art Departments, respectively, mid-year. Cuda, an upper school football coach, previously taught at John Adams Middle School and Santa Monica High School for 15 years. Cuda said that he appreciates the intimate relationships between the students and teachers, especially in comparison to his […]

Attitude of Gratitude

Attitude of Gratitude

Less than a month ago, history teacher Eric Zwemer passed away after nearly three decades of teaching. His death caused immense grief and pain in our community and was followed by a period of deep reflection. His students thought about their last interactions with him. His colleagues remembered their last conversations. Those who didn’t know […]

Commemorating Zwemer: Hearts are filled with cherished memories of history teacher

Commemorating Zwemer: Hearts are filled with cherished memories of history teacher

Brilliant, passionate, talented and witty. During his 29 years of teaching at Harvard-Westlake, Eric Zwemer impacted the lives of students and teachers alike. From his engaging lectures to his legendary sense of humor, he stood out in the community as a man who had earned respect and admiration from everyone who knew him. Zwemer died […]

Senior wins two silvers in History Olympiad

After preparing for the tournament and traveling to Berlin, Emmanuel Zilber ’19 won two silver medals in the Varsity division of the 2018 International History Olympiad. Zilber competed in Recent, Ancient, Pop Music, German Military and International Bee History categories in the Quiz Bowl event July 14-22. He also participated in the Potsdam Simulation, Berlin […]

Halkett departs from ‘friendly and caring’ community

Upper school history teacher Nini Halkett will be leaving the department after 30 years at the school. She plans to travel to the places she has taught about in AP Human Geography and International Relations, spend time with family and volunteer. “For the most part, [I am retiring] because there are other things that I […]

Neisser to retire, travel the world in his free time

History teacher Ken Neisser will retire after 10 years of teaching at the school in order to relax, spend more time traveling with his wife and pursue interests he did not have time to focus on while teaching. “I want to rejoice in things that I will have time to do,” Neisser said. “I would […]

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