Making history: Teachers analyze Civil War documents

Middle and upper school history teachers participated in Professional Development Day April 9 at the Huntington Library in San Marino to improve their teaching skills as a department and examine historical documents from the Civil War. The Huntington Library contains 15,922 Civil War telegrams between Abraham Lincoln, his Cabinet and officers of the Union Army. […]

Patrick McCullough: History

Patrick McCullough said he is looking forward to discussing contemporary issues with his students as a new member of the History Department. McCullough will teach United States History. “I am excited to participate in a community that is devoted to learning and where teachers and students care about learning,” McCullough said. McCullough graduated from Messiah […]

The West is History: Is the History Curriculum Eurocentric?

The West is History: Is the History Curriculum Eurocentric?

As Upper School History Department Head Greg Gonzalez and history teacher Francine Werner discuss the age-old debate in the history community about teaching a Eurocentric world history, other teachers in the history office can’t help but chime in. “Is this the ‘all-west versus the rest’ discussion?” asks one teacher passing by. As the topic of […]

Teachers work on two campuses

History teachers Celia Goedde and Lilas Lane will commute between the upper and middle school campuses to teach this year. The two history departments hope to use the program to better integrate the World and Europe classes, since the course is split between ninth and tenth grade, Goedde said. “We always want to make the […]

Jennifer Regas Tiari: History

Jennifer Regas Tiari: History

Jennifer Regas Tiari has joined the upper school history department at the start of the year, teaching The World and Europe II and United States History. Tiari worked at University of California, Los Angeles as a teaching assistant and guest lecturer since 2011. “I’m really excited to get this opportunity to interact with students for […]

New To Voting

New To Voting

As the California primary election draws near, many seniors at Harvard-Westlake say they feel prepared to vote knowledgeably for a presidential candidate, but some juniors who will turn 18 before the June or November elections say they wish the school integrated politics more regularly into the curriculum. This fall, Marisa Hattler ’16, along with many […]

Grass replaces trailers, history offices renovated

Two trailers outside Rugby Hall were removed during the summer because of “a desire to return green space to the general community,” Vice President John Amato said. Teachers and students used the trailers as classrooms during the library renovations four years ago, and they remained in place after the construction was completed in 2012. The […]

Supplementary classes prepare students for AP

Sophomores are attending a series of 10 supplemental history classes that will cover both additional content and test-taking skills that the World and Europe II course does not teach, to prepare the students for the upcoming AP European History exam. This is the first year that the history department has offered these after-school workshops to […]

Justin Yoo ’15 makes épée history

Fencer Justin Yoo ’15 became the first American fencer in history to place in the top three at both the Junior and Cadet World Championships in the same year this month. He travelled to Plovdiv, Bulgaria in the beginning of April to compete in the U17 Cadet World Championships and the U19 Junior World Championships, […]

History journal publishes student’s term paper

A history paper written by Sarah Novicoff ’14 has been published in the Concord Review, a history journal that publishes strictly high school papers four times a year. Her paper, titled “Isolationism to Internationalism: The Foreign Policy of Theodore Roosevelt” was featured in the spring edition of this year’s journal. “It’s basically about the way […]