When Hun School of Princeton senior Ellie Briggs was in seventh grade, she took her first trip to a surgical center run by Operation Smile in Bogota, Colombia, where individuals in need can receive free cleft palate and cleft lip operations. Upon arrival, she was hooked.
Paul Terence Beach H’14, who served The Hun School of Princeton for forty-two years, passed away on November 23rd in Pennington, New Jersey. Mr. Beach was a prominent leader in the School’s history who touched the lives of thousands in his role as dean of admissions. He was seventy-four years old.
As part of the Hun School’s emphasis on experiential education, Hun students recently visited a company that develops the technology of OLEDs, which lights computer screens, TVs, and smartphones all around us.
The Hun School’s martial arts program has provided an exercise option for the last decade for students who don’t play team sports. Recently, the program conferred its first black belt, rewarding a student’s four-year-long journey in mixed martial arts.
The Hun School community honored veterans at an all-school assembly on Tuesday. Brigadier General Michael L. Cunniff, father of Lauren Cunniff ’18 and among those honored, spoke to students about his service and current position as commander of the New Jersey Army and Air Force National Guard.
Attorney Seth Shelden of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) told Hun students recently about the group’s success in passing a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. The treaty, signed by 121 nations, bans the testing, use, and stockpiling of nuclear weapons. ICAN will receive the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts in December.
Hun School students travelled to Arizona to study the thorny issue of immigration recently. The Global Immersion Experience took seven students to Nogales, a Mexican-U.S. border town to explore the many sides of the hot-button topic.
New York Times columnist Frank Bruni, author of Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania, told Hun students on October 24 that paths to success can spring from many colleges, not only the most exclusive ones.
The Hun School of Princeton Janus Players will present the classic Agatha Christie murder mystery And Then There Were None in John Andrew Saks ’31 Auditorium on November 3rd at 7:00 p.m. and on November 4th at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Admission is free.
Bai Brands founder Ben Weiss recently visited students of The Hun School’s entrepreneurship classes to tell them how he took his drinks from his basement to a nationally known brand, attracting fans such as Zac Brown and Justin Timberlake along the way.
The Hun School of Princeton welcomed four new members to its Board of Trustees at its quarterly meeting on October 16th. They are Andrew Monfried ’87, John T.Y. Fung ’77, Hun alumni parent Marianne Deane P’07, P’09, and Parents’ Association Chair Regina Massad P’18 P’19.
Hun Middle School sixth graders combined learning and fun recently when they visited Princeton’s Terhune Orchards. Lessons learned included: how tree varieties are bred through grafting; how compost happens when waste is eaten by bugs, birds, and microbes; and how corn is pollinated when bees land on their silk, a strand of which is connected to each kernel. Add in apple picking, pumpkin choosing, and cider donuts, and you have a fun fall learning experience.
The Hun School of Princeton community raised more than $4,000 for the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund and other charities aiding victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Jose, as well as the recent Mexican earthquake. The money was collected in a three-stage fundraiser that included a barbecue, a bake sale, and a Homecoming t-shirt sale.
Hun senior Rebecca Holloway ’18, pursued her passion for science last summer by doing a seven-week internship at Brown University’s molecular biology lab.
Rebecca, who plans to major in biology in college and pursue a career in research, has spent two summers studying neutrophils, white blood cells that rush to the body’s defense when it experiences injury or illness.
The Hun School celebrated the grand opening of its newly renovated Middle School on Friday, September 22nd, with an all-school ribbon cutting ceremony. Eighth grader Isabella Gomez ’22 cut the ribbon as her fellow students cheered.
The Hun School of Princeton hosted its annual Red and Black Reception on Saturday, Sept. 23, in the newly redesigned Hun Middle School. Faculty, staff, members of the School’s Board of Trustees, and the School’s leadership donors enjoyed tours and entertainment as the sun set through the expansive windows of the Alexander K. Buck ’49 Building’s colorful new classrooms. The Hun Jazz Band played as drinks and light fare were served and the crowd explored the building’s twelve spacious new classrooms, robotics construction zone, STEM labs, and a large dance and multi-purpose room.
For new Hun School Dean of Faculty Dan Walker, skills-based learning, academic risk-taking, and experiential education were all part of his philosophy before he arrived in Princeton. That philosophy has made him right at home at Hun, where those qualities are at the heart of learning.
Tell us about The Hun School’s history and current campus location.
The Hun School was founded by Princeton University math professor John Gale Hun as a tutoring school over a century ago. Dr. Hun was renowned for his ability to inspire a passion for learning in each individual student, and that philosophy remains at the core of our mission today. We are the only boarding school located in downtown Princeton, New Jersey. Our campus sits on 45 idyllic acres overlooking Stony Brook. It is easily accessible from New York and Philadelphia as well as several major airports and train stations. Being The Hun School of Princeton is more than just a name to us. We aspire to be and to inspire our students to be responsible leaders and members of the Princeton community.
The Hun School of Princeton’s new teachers are on campus this week, preparing for the opening of school, with Convocation on September 7th, and the first full day of classes on September 8th. Please join us in extending a warm Hun School welcome to our new faculty and staff.
Squash player Brynn Bank, who just graduated from the Hun School of Princeton and will attend Dartmouth University in the fall, grew up in Princeton in a mixed family; her father, Scott, is Jewish, and her mother, Kathy, is Christian. For Bank, playing in Israel pushed her to think more deeply about her Jewishness. As a Maccabiah player, she said, “I felt a much deeper connection with my Jewish faith. Just the fact that everyone was there for the same reason — they were all Jewish, all athletes, and all young. It was cool for me to see all these people I had so much in common with.
As a teacher of math and music at The Hun School, Ryan Brown described every day as “a beautiful mix of left brain and right brain. The music makes my math teaching more creative, and the math makes my music classes more structured, logical, organized.”
For people with disabilities, accessible and fashionable clothing options are often limited. To simplify shopping for people with disabilities, Alexandra Connell created PATTI + RICKY, an online store that offers fashionable and functional products.
Recent Hun graduate Grant Versfeld ’17 is heading off to college to study computer science and information systems this fall. But teachers and students here will think of him whenever they use a new app called Hun Print, that makes it easier to print from an iPads or smartphones.
School’s out, but summer programs are in at The Hun School of Princeton. July is a busy month on campus, as credit and enrichment Hun Summer School courses, an English language institute, and Hun Sports Camp, Day Camp, and ID Tech have kept the campus humming.
In the latest event in a growing friendship between the Hun School and Johnson Park Elementary School, Hun recently hosted Johnson Park students for an afternoon of science activities and a picnic lunch.
Mr. Leopoldo Lopez ’63, the father of Leopoldo Lopez ‘89, came to The Hun School recently to ask the community to keep in mind the turmoil in his native Venezuela and his son, who has languished as a political prisoner there since 2014. He was the keynote speaker at the Ours to change Benefit Dinner on May 17th, an annual student-led fundraiser to support education in Venezuela. He also spoke to a student assembly and in history classes, where global engagement is frequently part of the curriculum.
When Hun graduating senior Caroline Cardinale went to the international FIRST Robotics Championship in 2015, she and her team finished second-to-last among the more than 100 competitors. What a difference two years makes. This spring, when she and her all-girl W.A.G.S. Robotics team competed at the world competition in St. Louis, Missouri, they took ninth place out of 128 teams from around the globe.
On Wednesday, May 24th, The Hun School of Princeton celebrated the successes of the spring sports season which included the MAPL and Prep "A" Championships, won by the Varsity Softball team, and the Prep "A" Championship, won by the Varsity Baseball team. Among those honored were Julia Revock '18 and Brett Renna '18, who were respectively named the Kathryn M. Quirk Scholar Athlete and the William McQuade Scholar Athlete. Julie Fassl '17 and Blake Brown '17 received the BoBo Holmes Award for durability and fortitude throughout their athletic careers.
Katharin L. Kiefer is a brilliant academic whose intellectual curiosity is matched only by delight in the success of her students and colleagues. Since 1980, she’s been a science teacher, department chair, dean of academic affairs, and now, dean of faculty at The Hun School. This spring, after forty-one years in education, she will retire.
The difference in The Hun School baseball team from the two times it played the Lawrenceville School in a three-week span from March to April and the two-day span in which the teams met this weekend in the NJISAA Prep A Tournament was mind-boggling to some. The Raiders went from scoring two runs in two one-run losses versus the Big Red early in the season to scoring 26 runs in their two state tournament meetings. The end result was a 15-3 victory over L’ville in the Prep A final Sunday as Hun successfully defended its state title.
College athletes should be paid for playing. Vaccines should be mandated for children in the United States. Animal testing should be outlawed. Controversial topics? Yes, but Hun students in teacher Alex Soudah’s ninth grade World Studies and tenth grade U.S. History classes are not afraid to grapple with them. And they do so in the tradition of the Abraham Lincoln-Steven Douglas senatorial debates.
Hun School of Princeton chemistry teacher Emilie Gingras has won the 2017 Outstanding High School Chemistry Teacher Award from the Princeton and Trenton Sections of the American Chemical Society (ACS).
The Hun School of Princeton crew program received a tremendous gift over Alumni Weekend 2017—a brand new, state-of-the-art shell, christened the Dr. Paul R. Chesebro, and a high-tech system that will allow Hun crews to assess their performance as they row.
Three accomplished graduates of The Hun School of Princeton were honored with the prestigious Distinguished Alumnus Award at a ceremony on April 28th. Part of Alumni Weekend 2017, the Alumni Recognition Ceremony also honored three new inductees to the School’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
“My favorite thing about what I do is building a community where we get to interact with our fans,” said Colin Rosenblum '07. “We put out a video and immediately receive feedback from our audience in the form of comments. From there we can take their advice and try and improve our content the following week.”
Award-winning photojournalist and filmmaker Kate Brooks spoke to Hun School of Princeton students on April 18th about her new documentary, The Last Animals, an exploration of the poaching and illegal world trade of elephant tusks and rhinoceros horns. The film premiered on Earth Day, April 22nd, at the Tribeca Film Festival in Manhattan, one of the industry’s most esteemed venues.
On Wednesday, April 5th, fifteen female students from The Hun School, traveled to New York City to participate in the Women in the World Summit. The girls, participating in the Bonacci Girls’ Leadership Program at The Hun School, began their adventure with an intimate dinner and discussion with a select group of Hun School alumnae.
On Tuesday, April 4th, YouTube sensation Casey Neistat spoke to a capacity-crowd of students, faculty, and guests at The Hun School as part of the School’s Centennial Speaker Series. He took the stage to a roaring crowd and delivered a personal message of persistence and agility.
Hun School of Princeton debater Suchritha Patlolla ’19 took first place in her division and will be one of just five students who will represent New Jersey in congressional debate in the 2017 National Speech and Debate Association’s (NSDA) National Tournament in Birmingham, Alabama, in June.
The Hun School of Princeton on Wednesday honored its winter athletes with a sports banquet. Sixteen students in seven sports were given awards for their resilience, teamwork, and individual achievements.
Befitting Oscars weekend, The Hun School of Princeton’s Community Service Club put on a Hollywood-themed “senior prom” on Friday, February 24th. Hun students pulled out all of the stops to treat their guests, residents of Brandywine Senior Living of Princeton, to a lavish affair.
A soaring skylight, bright blue walls, plentiful windows, and a wide-open, communal space greeted Hun Middle students on Wednesday morning as they went to school for the first time in the newly renovated upper floor of the Alexander K. Buck ’49 Building. The Facilities Department and the Middle School faculty spent Monday and Tuesday moving into the nine new classrooms. “We love it!” said students Renee Nearing ’21 and Bailey Kolaras ’21, almost in unison, as they walked through the new hallways.
The Hun School of Princeton’s Janus Players proudly present the musical Legally Blonde on Friday, February 17th at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, February 18th, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the John Andrew Saks ’31 Auditorium on campus. Admission is free.
Dr. David Gallo, one of the country’s most accomplished ocean explorers, told students at The Hun School of Princeton Tuesday that viewers will one day be able to virtually explore from their own screens the entire wreck of the Titanic, a scene that he first saw from a submarine in 1986.
On Tuesday, January 31st, The Hun School Orchestra and Jazz Combo traveled to Newtown Friends School, a pre-k through 8th-grade school, to perform an interactive program of classical, pop, and jazz music. Hun School students also spent time with students in kindergarten and first-grade, sharing their instruments and sharing their instruments and love of music.
“It’s a long, long journey eight years in the making,” said Nick Williams '09. “But it’s pretty cool to reach the pinnacle of professional sports. People might have thought I was a little crazy (for thinking I could do this), but actually, Hun was a super supportive school. At a very young age, I always had a vision for myself and worked towards it and made my decisions in order with one day trying to become an NFL player.”
The Hun School of Princeton celebrated three student-athletes signing National Letters of Intent and five student-athletes signing letters of commitment to play collegiate athletics on Wednesday, February 1st.
Last weekend (January 21-22) was a homework holiday for The Hun School of Princeton. Under the policy, which is new this year, teachers in both Upper School and Middle School cannot make any large assignments or projects due until the Wednesday following the homework break.
Hun School alumnus and Columbia University junior Darnel Theagene '14 was on a team of student researchers from Columbia Engineering that earned a silver award at BIOMOD 2016, a biomolecular design competition for undergraduates sponsored by Harvard’s Wyss Institute.
On January 20th, The Hun Middle School took part in Ex-Day, an annual event in which students and teachers step away from their everyday curriculum and explore new areas of interest. Hun Middle School faculty and staff created and taught twenty-four mini-classes, based on their interests. Each was designed to allow the students to explore new areas of learning, and have fun while doing it. Middle School students attended four sessions of their choosing.
Sean Wilentz, one of the country’s most renowned historians and the George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History at Princeton University and Jeffrey Rosen, National Constitution Center CEO and Constitutional Law professor at George Washington University, discussed the history of the presidency and where presidential authority intersects with the constitution at The Hun School of Princeton on January 13th. All Upper School students and faculty attended the talk, which was the inaugural event of the John Gale Hun Program for Civics Education.
The Hun School of Princeton inducted 28 students into the John Gale Hun chapter of the National Honor Society on Sunday, January 9th. Dr. Donna Huryn, an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania and a research professor at the University of Pittsburg, gave the keynote address. Members are selected through an application process that emphasizes the National Honor Society's four pillars of scholarship, service, character, and leadership.
Like many boarding students who come from abroad to The Hun School of Princeton, Anna Maguire ’17 came here to immerse herself in American culture. However, Anna’s primary goal was a bit more specific.
Phase II of the Buck Building renovation will be complete at the end of January, a milestone that will open a large portion of the upper floor to Middle School students and faculty. Work on the $5.5 million renovation began just eight months ago with the demolition of the upper floor. Since then, the balcony has been enclosed; an elevator shaft, new staircase, all new windows, and HVAC have been installed; and nine new classrooms constructed.
The Hun School of Princeton is an independent, coeducational, private day and boarding college preparatory school. Student-centered, hands-on learning prepares students for the global community in which they will live and work.