Upper School

Welcome to The Hun School of Princeton Upper School.  Whether you are a current student, a prospective family, an alumnus, or even a visitor, we hope what you will find here is a reflection of the dynamic and supportive community that inspires scholarship and student involvement on so many levels.

For almost 100 years, we have embraced the mission of John Gale Hun by focusing the maximum attention to a student’s individual needs.  As we move in to our next century, we carry forth this tradition of excellence with a new focus on preparing Hun School graduates for a world of constant change. 

Traditional courses might take place around a Harkness table or among a sea of iPads. Or, a student can produce his own episode of CSI in collaboration with his media arts, theatre, and forensic science teachers.  Lessons are dynamic, innovative, personal, and un-prescribed.

At Hun, it’s not only the adults who teach, even though we have great teachers. Our students are frequently inspired by one another. Peer groups are powerful influences. Therefore we often facilitate learning among students, and guide them to their own understanding.

Ryan Hews Upper School Head


  • Jessica Sacco '15 Receives Judge's Award at Pingry Student Photography Exhibition

    Posted March 23, 2015

    Hun School senior Jessica Sacco ’15 submitted an original photograph, “Waterfall,” to the 2015 Pingry Student Photography Exhibition. Over 200 photographs were submitted for exhibition, representing the best work of student art, from fourteen private and public high schools in the region. Jessica’s photograph was recognized and selected by professional photographer and exhibition judge, Laos Fois, as a Judge’s Award recipient.

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  • The NBA’s Eric Hutcherson Introduces Hun Students to ‘Brand You’

    Eric Hutcherson, senior vice president of human resources for the National Basketball Association introduced students at The Hun School of Princeton to ‘Brand You’ during his presentation, Say Yes to Success. The appearance was part of the School’s Centen
    Posted March 4, 2015

    Eric Hutcherson, senior vice president of human resources for the National Basketball Association, spoke at The Hun School of Princeton on Tuesday, March 3rd. During Mr. Hutcherson’s presentation, Say Yes to Success, he identified five strategies for personal success in college admissions, job interviews, and life. His lively presentation utilized audience participation, humor, and vast personal expertise to engage students in a discussion about personal branding. His appearance was part of The Hun School’s Centennial Speaker Series: A Global Perspective.

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  • Ted Shaffner Models Adaptability to Meet Students’ Individual Needs

    Hun School faculty member Ted Shaffner models adaptability to meet students’ individual needs.
    Posted February 27, 2015

    Prior to becoming an English teacher, Ted Shaffner enjoyed a decade-long career in professional and educational theatre. Both as a director and actor, Mr. Shaffner employed lessons of improvisation and adaptability to infuse energy into scenes and to move the creative process forward. Following successful engagements at the Lincoln Center in New York City, Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C., and Playmaker’s Repertory Company in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Mr. Shaffner embraced his growing passion for teaching and was lured from the stage to the classroom. Over the past eleven years, he has drawn from his experiences in theatre to craft English curriculum that supports adaptability and risk taking in order that students stretch themselves to become better writers, more engaged listeners, and active participants of discovery. At The Hun School of Princeton, Mr. Shaffner has established a reputation for his enthusiasm for English, but also more broadly for education.

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  • English 10 Students Delve Deeper with “20 Percent Time”

    Posted February 17, 2015

    Sophomores in Alex Lipoff’s English literature class presented TEDx-style talks recently, after researching a topic of personal interest throughout the semester. Modeling a strategy popular with innovative tech companies, Mr. Lipoff set aside one day each class cycle for students to work independently on topics of their own choosing. The technique, referred to at Google as “20 Percent Time,” is meant to foster creativity, innovation, and enthusiasm.

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  • Animation Students Enjoy Special Screening of Oscar Nominated Short Film

    Posted February 17, 2015

    Hun School students in Marty Hoban’s animation class received special permission from the production company Tonko House to screen Academy Award nominated animated short film “The Dam Keeper,” on Friday, February 13th. The film was written and directed by former Pixar art directors Robert Kondo and Daisuke Tsutsumi. Both Mr. Kondo and Mr. Tsutsumi are accomplished easel painters, and the painterly style of “The Dam Keeper” leverages computer graphic imagery with brush-stroke effects.

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Contact Us

  • Ryan Hews

    Head of Upper School
    Bowdoin College, B.A.
    College of William & Mary, M.Ed.
    School Extension x. 2255
  • Alison Chmielewski

    Administrative Assistant to the Upper School Head
    School Extension 2272
  • Stephen Fabian

    Grade Level Dean
    Colgate University, B.A.
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, PhD
    School Extension 2261
  • Kate Gillin

    Assistant Head of Upper School
    Middlebury College, B.A.
    William & Mary , M.A.
    William & Mary, PhD
    School Extension 2251
  • Bethany Loffredo

    Grade Level Dean
    Fairfield University, B.A.
    Fairfield University, M.Ed.
  • Vivian Piel

    Grade Level Dean
    The College of New Jersey, B.S.N.
    Nova Southeastern University, M.A.
    School Extension x. 2278
  • Rebecca Robinson

    Administrative Assistant for Upper School
    Ohio University, B.F.A.
    School Extension 2271
  • Michele Schenk

    Administrative Assistant to Assistant Upper School Head
    School Extension x. 2232
  • Bruce Hayden

    Registrar and Standardized Test Coordinator
    Sinclair Community College, A.A.
    Eastern Kentucky University, B.A.
    Columbia University, M.A.
    School Extension x. 2291
  • Jonathan Stone

    Grade Level Dean
    Colgate University, B.A.
    University of Rochester, M.S.
    School Extension 3383