On October 3rd, the New York City-based Shakespeare Forum brought its production of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter to The Hun School. The tale of the shamed protagonist Hester Prynne takes place in Puritanical 17th-century Boston. The American fiction classic provides a window into colonial American social mores. Hun School sophomores and juniors attended the production. The sophomores will study American colonialism in U.S. History later this year. After the performance, the group hosted an acting workshop for thirty Hun students.
Congratulations to this year’s class of elected senators in the Upper School. The following students will represent their classes in The Hun School Student Government for the 2018 – 2018 academic year. They will be led by Student Government President Blaney Soper ’19 and Vice President Myles Bostic ’19.
Exhibit Open now through November in the Wilf Family Global Commons
Photojournalist Alison Wright spoke at The Hun School on September 26th about her career documenting indigenous people around the world and the sometimes life-threatening adventures that accompany her work.
Hun School senior Nathan Yu has been named a semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship competition, along with six of his classmates - Laura Kim, Vignesh Maddi, Blane Soper, Emily Ward, Joseph Willenbucher, and Shubha Vasisht - who were named as commended scholars.
Dianne Somers, International Student Program director and a forty-year veteran of the Hun School, has been awarded the Distinguished Endowed Faculty Chair. This award is The Hun School’s most prestigious faculty honor, given biennially to a teacher who exemplifies the highest standards of Hun instruction.
The Hun School of Princeton’s faculty, staff, and 651 students convened behind Russell Hall on September 5th to open the School’s 105th academic year. To begin, Andre Balian ’19 performed a beautiful rendition of Prelude in C Sharp Minor, by Rachmaninoff. Following which, school leadership greeted those gathered with words of inspiration.
Thanks to a generous gift from Karen and Allan Levine P’16, Russell Hall Lobby underwent a complete interior design renovation this summer. The primary goal of the project was to brighten the area and update the furnishings, while remaining true to the historic architecture of the iconic space.
Sixty-three new boarding students arrived on September 3rd from across the country and around the globe. Along with returning residential students they will comprise 160 boarders from twenty-six countries and sixteen states.
We bid a warm welcome to the following new members of our faculty and staff.
Olivia Albanese ’13 – Ms. Albanese will teach biology and the health and wellness component of Seminar 9. She will also coach field hockey and girls lacrosse. Ms. Albanese has a B.S. in public health, with a minor in medical humanities from the University of South Carolina, and an M.A. in health studies from the University of Alabama. Last year, the alumna returned to campus as a teaching fellow and dorm parent. We are very pleased to announce that following her internship with us, Ms. Albanese has chosen to pursue a career within The Hun School community.
When Lance Goulbourne and Doug Davis, Hun School Class of 2008, walked into the Grant Shipley'42 Pavilion gymnasium to coach basketball camp in early August, Mr. Goulbourne admits that his eyes went up toward the ceiling. There hangs a state championship banner that he and Mr. Davis helped Hun’s basketball team earn in 2007.
Recent Hun graduate Adam Wijaya ’18 watched a documentary in his Literature and Social Change class last fall about the white nationalists’ protests that occurred just about one year ago in Charlottesville, Virginia. He was so affected that he decided to travel to Charlottesville himself to interview residents about the events that unfolded.
The Hun School of Princeton mourns the passing of John Ford Jr., a beloved member of the facilities staff. Mr. Ford died on July 13th after a year-long battle with cancer. He was fifty-seven years old.
John Ford, USMC, Retired, served The Hun School community for seventeen years, recently earning the distinction of master electrician. His specialty was electrical work, but he was always eager to help out and lend a hand in a myriad of other ways, from audio visual support to pond and fish care. Occasionally, he even appointed himself DJ and made playlists for major school events.
The Hun School of Princeton’s Summer Session is in full swing, giving students the opportunity to advance in their studies, hone new academic skills, or just learn about something new. And more students than ever are taking advantage of that opportunity.
After two straight finals losses to Lawrenceville, Hun finally got the better of the Big Red this season, copping the Prep A state title with a 9-6 victory over the defending champs. It was an unusual season for the Raiders, as they fielded a starting lineup with only three seniors, played only 12 games and started the year with a 2-2 record.
Last week seniors at The Hun School of Princeton returned to campus after two weeks of exploration and scholarship during which they did self-directed projects on topics of their choice. On May 31st and June 1st, they made presentations to students and faculty summarizing their work with ten slides and an oral presentations done in 2.5 minutes.
Looking for a book recommendation that can compete with Fortnite?
With summer vacation approaching, we asked Hun Middle School teachers for book recommendations for middle school-aged kids. (You know, something that proves reading can be fun!) Some are the perfect middle school beach reads, while others explore heavier topics that just may make their way to your dinner table.
UPDATE: Yale beat Duke on Monday, May 28th to clinch its first-ever NCAA men's lacrosse championship. It is the first Ivy League school to win since Princeton in 2001. Hun alumni Brendan Rooney '15 and Chris Fake '17 both play for the Bulldogs.
Hun alumnus Chris Fake ’17, a key defensive player for Yale men’s lacrosse, has been named Ivy League Rookie of the Year. On May 26th, he’ll compete with Yale in the NCAA lacrosse semi-finals. It will be the Bulldogs’ first lacrosse Final Four since 1990.
MANHATTAN, New York City (WABC) -- Alexandra Connell turned her painful and personal experience with disabilities into a new career. The Columbia University graduate is the founder of "Patti and Ricky," an online store specializing in fashion accessories for unique medical needs. Most of the designers themselves are disabled in some way, too.
Hun School junior Leah Sutphen ’19 brought home her second consecutive NJISAA Prep A State Championship in girls’ javelin on May 7th and followed that up with her first MAPL javelin championship on May 12th.
International Week, which took place from April 21 – 27th, is a community wide celebration of culture, featuring activities, presentations, and of course, food. International Week gave Hun students, faculty, and parents from all over the world an opportunity to share their cultural traditions with one another. International Week is organized and sponsored by the Cultural Competency Committee.
Hun School fans celebrated the grand opening and dedication of a new grandstand on April 212018, during Alumni Weekend. The grandstand features brilliant red bleachers with backrests, providing comfortable seating for more than 400 spectators. The area also now includes a new paver patio with table seating, space for social gatherings, a new public address system, and concessions.
More than seventy-five Hun students, parents, and teachers slept out at The Hun School on April 28th to raise funds and awareness for young adults who are homeless. The Sleep Out was organized by Myles Hutcherson ’18 and sponsored by the Cultural Competency Committee and the Community Service Club.
The Hun School of Princeton honored distinguished alumni on April 20th with a dinner and awards ceremony. Peter E. Black ’78 is the 2018 Alumnus of the Year, and the 2018 Hun Athletic Hall of Fame inductees are Scott Anderson ’66, Greg Rafalski ’73, Johnny Rooney ’93, and Erica Rosenthal Sparkler ’98. The ceremony, held under a white tent and strung lights on Russell Lawn, kicked off the School’s 2018 Alumni Weekend, during which the campus reverberated with the sounds of affectionate greetings and fond remembrance.
Study Strategies teacher Dayna Gash joined a panel of experts on April 19th, who spoke at a screening of the documentary Angst at the Princeton Garden Theater, a movie exploring anxiety in children. The film features students who share their experience and symptoms, ranging from stomach aches to panic attacks, as well as clinicians who explore the difference between normal worry and a more significant anxiety disorder.
Ten Hun School students recently travelled to Nicaragua to experience first-hand the stark contrast between the country’s natural beauty and the political instability that makes it one of the poorest countries in the western hemisphere.
Classical violist Brett Deubner entertained Hun School freshmen during Community Life period this week. Deubner, who has performed with more than 50 orchestras on four continents, introduced students to a wide selection of classical pieces.
The transition from elementary to middle school can be a challenging one. With that in mind, the Hun Middle School provides its newest students with a specially designed class to develop executive function skills that will help them succeed in Middle School and beyond.
Due to inclement weather, The Hun School has canceled all after-school activities for Friday, March 2, 2018 including:
Middle School trip to Urban Air Trampoline Park – postponed until April 6th
Athletic practices – canceled
Corner House All-Star Winter Classic at PDS – canceled
The Kristey King ’09 Student Production – postponed until March 6th at 4:30 p.m.
*The Student Production scheduled for Saturday night is expected to go on as planned. Please check back for further updates.
In addition, please be aware that there are a number of road closures in the Princeton area, including Quaker Road, Cherry Valley Road, Rosedale Road, Winant Road, and Prospect Avenue. Check your local listings for confirmation and additional details.
As a nation unwinds, Hun School Alumnus Leopoldo López ’89, the opposition’s most prominent leader, sits under house arrest and contemplates what might still be possible.
UPDATE: Since the publication of this article, armed guards from the Venezuelan intelligence service have raided and occupied the residence of Leopoldo López. Members of the Venezuelan National Assembly gathered in front of the house, along with local media and citizens, to protest the invasion and threats by the Venezuelan government that López will be returned to military prison.
Headmaster Jonathan Brougham, together with fellow MAPL school leaders, as well as a growing list of New York and New Jersey independent schools, have signed respective letters to our Nation's leaders on gun violence.
Like so many following the events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the heads of the six schools comprising the Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) and Six Mid-Atlantic Boarding Schools (SMABS) believe we must do more as a country to protect students from gun violence. Those of us who work and live at schools feel the weight of this latest tragedy and cannot, and will not, be silent.
Four Hun students were recognized Feb. 27th with the first-ever Kiefer Community Awards. The awards, to be given each semester, are named after longtime Hun Dean of Faculty Kay Kiefer, who retired last spring.
Headmaster Jonathan Brougham has joined a growing list of New York and New Jersey independent schools who have signed respective letters to our Nation's leaders on gun violence.
NJAIS Heads of School Speak Out for School Safety: An Open Letter to State and Federal Elected Officials
As Heads of NJAIS schools throughout New Jersey, responsible for the education and physical safety of thousands of students, we support the Parkland, Florida survivors and their efforts to effect change.
Dr. AnnMarie Thomas was never a straight-A student, but her ability to see the creative and playful side of engineering earned her degrees from MIT and CalTech and a job as an associate professor at the University of St. Thomas.
Jamie Greubel Poser, Hun Class of 2002, will represent the USA in the Winter Olympic Games, in PyeongChang, South Korea, this month. Ms. Greubel Poser, a driver for Team USA Bobsled, will compete alongside brakeman Aja Evans in the two-women bobsled.
Migrations is a three-month, Princeton community-wide series of events exploring the movement of people, animals, and ideas around the globe. The Hun School is a proud sponsor and participant, offering three on-campus events now through April 2018.
The Hun School’s Janus Players will get mysterious and spooky when they present the musical The Addams Family on Feb. 9th at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 10th at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in John A. Saks ’31 Auditorium.
The Hun School hockey players will not soon forget their experience on January 3rd, skating on NHL ice at Mets’ Citi Field in Flushing, New York. The Raiders took on the No. 1 ranked Don Bosco Prep team with the support of more than 500 of their classmates, teachers, and families.
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.