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"Crown Heights," co-produced by Matthew Thurm '06, is one of this season's "must sees." Audience Award winner at the 2017 Sundance film festival "Crown Heights" was released in special screenings at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Lincoln Center's International Film Center (IFC) the week of August 14, 2017 and nationally on August 25, 2017 to rave reviews. The film tells the true story of Colin Warner, a teen wrongly convicted of a murder that took place in 1980, and of Carl King, his friend who worked tirelessly for over 20 years to overturn the conviction and obtain Warner's release. To read more, click the title link.
September and the start of a new school year is, for most, the end of summer's idylls—baseball included. But, to those engaged in the sport September is when the season gets started—as teams strive for a playoff spot. As Hall of Famer Willie Stargell once said "I love September, especially when we're in it." This year, Horace Mann School is "in it"—the run-up to the playoff season, that is—with a first ever: two HM alumni in the Major Leagues. This past weekend Pedro Alvarez '05 and Harrison Bader '12 were "called up" – Alvarez to the Baltimore Orioles, and Bader to the St. Louis Cardinals. To read more, click the title link.
Horace Mann School began the 2017-2018 school year by welcoming 1,608 students to its Lower through Upper Divisions on September 5, 2017. Another 182 in the School's Nursery and Kindergarten classes will begin school on September 6, 2017. Horace Mann Head of School Dr. Tom Kelly was on hand early on this bright, sunny morning to greet students as they entered the Middle and Upper Division campus, and to high-five Lower Division students as they settled into their classrooms. "It's going to be a wonderful year," he assured the students. To read more and see photos, click the title link.
It was the bottom of the ninth. The score was tied 2-2, St. Louis Cardinals vs the Colorado Rockies. Horace Mann School alumnus Harrison Bader '12 stepped to the plate as the inning's lead-off batter, and smashed a double into the left-field corner. Advancing to third on a sacrifice bunt by Greg Garcia, Bader scored the winning run on Jedd Gyorko's short sac fly—short enough for the 41,514 fans at Busch Stadium to see Bader race down the third-base line and slide home for the winning run. To read more, click the title link.
Horace Mann School alumna Val Bodurtha '14 is a rising senior at the University of Chicago, but this undergrad is already a published author. Perhaps more astounding is the fact that her young adult novel The History Makers, published in July 2017, grew out of an assignment she had as a 12th grader at Horace Mann School. To read more, click the title link.
Over 10,000 athletes from 80 countries gathered in Israel at the beginning of July 2017 for the 20th Maccabiah Games, an international Olympic-style competition that runs through July 17, 2017. Among these athletes are six members of the Horace Mann School community. HM students Aidan Aisiks '20, Betsey Bennett '19, Charles (Charlie) Wallach '18 and Robert (Robbie) Werdiger '20 are among the 1,126 members of Maccabi Team USA. HM parent Rebecca Stein is competing in Masters Tennis. Roy Salomon '55 was invited by the World Maccabiah Union to be a banner carrier at the opening ceremonies in Jerusalem's Teddy Stadium on July 6, 2017. To read more and see photos, click the title link.
Horace Mann School alumnus and acclaimed author and historian Robert Caro '53 and his wife, writer Ina Caro, arrived on campus on June 15, 2017 to a warm welcome from HM Head of School Dr. Tom Kelly, Upper Division history teacher Barry Bienstock, and other HM teachers. They had gathered for a recent HM tradition—the awarding of the Robert Caro '53 Prize for Literary Excellence in the Writing of History. The award, established in 2011 by Horace Mann School in Caro's honor, is presented annually at a luncheon at the Head of School's home. The Caros regularly stop off before the luncheon at Bienstock's Tillinghast Hall classroom to meet with the teacher. Encountering others from the HM community, along with members of a film crew, was a bit unusual. But a bigger surprise came when the couple neared the classroom door. To learn more, click the title link.
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