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Breaking the Silence

MeJo Liao, Assistant Features Editor February 1, 2024

When she had found out her Honors English III: Imagining America class would be reading "Beloved" by Toni Morrison, Black Leadership, Awareness and Culture Club (BLACC) leader Tiffany Armour ’25 was...

Six representatives from the school stand together at the annual SDLC conference, which was held in St. Louis from Nov. 29 to Dec. 2.

Six selected representatives attend annual diversity conference for leadership

Jayan Kandavel, Assistant News Editor December 13, 2023

The school selected six applicants to attend the Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) in St. Louis, Missouri from Nov. 29 to Dec. 2. The conference aims to help people of color in independent...

Illustration by Sabrina Simek

Reclaiming Narratives

Zoe Goor and MeJo Liao November 15, 2023

I’ll say, say, say, I’ll say, say, say, What is the United States if not a clot of clouds? If not spilled milk? Or blood? If not the place we once were in the millions? America is Maps— Maps...

Printed with permission of Janine Jones

School hosts annual Pollyanna conference

Hannah Shahidi and Nathan Wang October 26, 2023

The school hosted 30 different middle and high schools from around the Greater Los Angeles (LA) area for the seventh annual Pollyanna Conference on Oct. 21. The school brought in Reverend Natosha Reid...

Illustration by Eva Park

Stitching Identities

MeJo Liao, Assistant Features Editor September 21, 2023

As Loklin Gertschen-Klaseus '25 relaxed under the anesthesia, he turned to inspect the IV line in his right arm and gazed at the lights flickering above him, his heart fluttering with anticipation and...

Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and Associate Director of Admission Janine Jones poses for her yearbook portrait during the 2022-2023 school year.

Jones to become Assistant Head of School for Community and Belonging

Davis Marks June 2, 2023

Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and Associate Director of Admission Janine Jones will become the Assistant Head of School for Community and Belonging beginning in the 2023-2024 school year,...

In response to the multiple antisemitic vandalism incidents this year, members of the Jewish Club posted signs around campus meant to spread awareness about antisemitism.

School searches for suspects after fifth antisemitic vandalism incident

Davis Marks and Natalie Cosgrove February 8, 2023

The school administration filed a police report and has increased surveillance on campus after a Nazi symbol was found poked into a bulletin in the student lounge on Jan. 23, the fifth in a series of antisemitic...

President Rick Commons sent a school-wide email Tuesday detailing the most recent incident of antisemitic vandalism.

Commons reports fourth incident of antisemitic vandalism

Davis Marks January 24, 2023

A Nazi symbol was found on campus Monday, the fourth incident involving antisemitic vandalism in five months, according to a school-wide email from President Rick Commons. The swastika was poked into a...

President Rick Commons speaks to juniors about the fourth antisemitic vandalism incident during a Junior Class Meeting assembly on Monday.

School reports third antisemitic vandalism incident of the year

Davis Marks January 8, 2023

President Rick Commons reported the third on-campus antisemitic vandalism incident this year during a Senior Class Meeting assembly Friday. He said a swastika was found carved into a desk.  In his...

Vikrant Bakaya ’26, Ella Jacobs ’24, Isiuwa Odiase ’24, Maddie Baffo ’24, Assistant Features Editor Dylan Graff ’24 and Jessica Thompson ’23 pose for a photo as they travel to the Student Diversity and Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

Students and faculty attend PoCC and SDLC DEI conferences in San Antonio

Alexander Dinh December 14, 2022

Six students from the school attended the Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) in San Antonio, Texas from Nov. 30 to Dec. 3. On the same trip, 35 faculty members attended the People of Color...

Jewish activist Ben Freeman speaks to the upper school community in Taper Gym.

Jewish activist Ben Freeman speaks on antisemitism

Alexander Dinh and Samuel Glassman November 22, 2022

Jewish author, educator and DEI specialist Ben Freeman spoke to the Upper School on Oct. 25 following recent incidents of antisemitism. Freeman was brought in to speak soon after several Nazi swastikas...

Asian Students in Action (ASiA) members hand attendees cultural foods and baked goods.

SLIDE organizes Multicultural Fair

Davis Marks May 10, 2022

Members of Student Leaders for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (SLIDE) hosted Multicultural Fair on the Quad during Community Flex Time on Thursday. Students had the opportunity to learn, try food and...

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