When your school’s campus is located in one of the most impactful towns in New Jersey, historical lessons and landmarks abound.
The NextTerm course “Making Princeton” has been using the greater Princeton community as their classroom, working to uncover the hidden stories of the historical town. So far, students have deciphered the meanings behind famous streets, kayaked down the Delaware and Raritan canal, and recreated some of Princeton’s most famous architecture with legos.
And while students have been going back in time to learn about Princeton’s beginnings, they are also discovering the history that exists right here on Hun’s campus. In a recent assignment, students were assigned a handful of streets between The Hun School and Nassau Street to research, specifically looking for who or what the street name was named after and why.
For example, did you know that our very own Edgerstoune Road earned its name because it was the nickname for a family vacation home? That’s right. Before the School’s founder, John Gale Hun, acquired Russell Hall, it belonged to the Russell family, who when they weren’t living in New York City, vacationed in Princeton. They named their vacation home Edgerstoune to commemorate their family’s estate in Scotland, named Edgerston. When The Hun School was established, the name stuck. Similarly, Russell Road is named after that same family.
Not only are students enjoying the excursions around town, they are learning to understand and appreciate the complex history that makes up Princeton, New Jersey.
Making Princeton is associated with NextTerm, a three-week experiential mini-semester that Hun students in grades 9 - 11 participate in each spring. NextTerm courses are project based, credit courses, that fall outside the constraints of typical disciplines and classrooms. Through NextTerm, Hun students examine some of the more pressing issues and ideas of our time, with the flexibility and resources to explore. NextTerm 9, the freshman experience, focuses on Climate Change, whereas NextTerm courses for 10th and 11th graders explore a variety of real-world topics from “The New Normal,” the economic and societal impacts of a pandemic, to “Good Trouble,” which explores the fundamentals of activism.