News and Sports Information
Posted 06/14/2014 01:02PM
The run-up to graduation for high school seniors across the country is typically marked by a whirlwind of activities, from honor and award ceremonies, to special assemblies, picnics, parties, and, of course, the senior prom. Members of Horace Mann School's Class of 2014 enjoyed a similar season of celebrations that began with the school's annual Cum Laude Society induction ceremony in April, and continued throughout May with a Senior Sports Banquet, a "Letting Go" evening for graduates and their parents, Senior Independent Project presentations and performances, a final Student Body Presidents' assembly, yearbook distribution, Class Day, prom and a senior class weekend at HM's John Dorr Nature Laboratory. The excitement culminated with commencement on June 11, 2014. But this year's senior class enjoyed one additional event during this busy season. It was one that connected the still-then students with the Horace Mann School alumni community they would enter upon graduation. On May 27, 2014 about 125 members of the HM senior class, along with about 80 HM teachers and staff members, joined about 280 HM alumni from across the generations and their guests at the New York Mets' Citi Field stadium to enjoy watching a baseball game together on a beautiful spring night. The occasion gave these most recent graduates of Horace Mann School a preview of the alumni body they would join, and the kinds of connections and lifelong friendships established during their HM days they could imagine maintaining.
Posted 02/28/2014 09:40AM
On Friday, February 21st, both Horace Mann School Varsity Basketball teams won the Buzzell games against the Riverdale Falcons, bringing home both trophies for the first time since 2004. The Varsity Girls played at 6:00 p.m., beating the Falcons 39-29. The Boys' game started at 7:45 p.m., and the boys won 54-44. Senior Thomas Schnepp scored his 1,000th point during the game, adding another memorable moment to a very memorable evening.
Posted 01/10/2014 12:33PM
The HM Lions Report will broadcast live today, January 10, 2014, for the Horace Mann vs. Hackley varsity basketball games. The Varsity Girls Basketball Team plays at 4:30, and the Varsity Boys play at 6:30. Both games will take place in Prettyman Gymnasium.
Posted 11/08/2013 03:01PM
Sports fans around the country may have football, basketball and hockey to focus on this time of the year, but for many in Horace Mann School's "Hot Stove League" community—where talk of baseball lingers long after the World Series—HM alumnus and Major League Baseball player Pedro Alvarez '05 remains the athlete to watch. Alvarez captured sports headlines on November 6, 2013 when he was named a 2013 Silver Slugger. It was the first Silver Slugger title for Alvarez, who also made MLB history during baseball's postseason. As he and his Pittsburgh Pirates battled the St. Louis Cardinals for MLB's National League title, Alvarez became the first player in Major League history to drive in a run in each of his first six playoff games.
Posted 11/01/2013 08:55AM
The brisk and bright autumn day of October 26, 2013 saw almost every corner of Horace Mann School filled with HM students, from the youngest grades through the school's seniors, along with parents, teachers, administrators and alumni who came to campus for a range of activities—making it clear that many a "Saturday" at Horace Mann have become community days for the school.
From the learning that takes place at HM's Saturday Tutoring and Summer on the Hill programs, to the over 1,000 Middle and Upper Division students from 46 schools from throughout New York City and the tri-state area who participated in Horace Mann's Model UN, to the families and guests at the Office of Diversity's annual Fall Family Gathering, the day was a stimulating, fun and fulfilling one.
Posted 10/17/2013 09:47AM
Wade Davis walked onto the stage in Horace Mann School's Gross Theatre filled with the Upper Division Students he was about to address at their Tuesday morning assembly. The assembly began as it usually does, with a poem recited by Upper Division Head Dr. David Schiller, and with "sixty seconds of peace" during which students and teachers alike have a chance to gather their thoughts, and prepare themselves for the learning about to take place. For Davis, the featured speaker, those sixty seconds were anything but peaceful, he told his audience. "They just gave me more time to get nervous. I've spoken to all kinds of audiences. I've spoken before the President. But, when I speak to high-school students, that's the hardest, because you are the ones it's most important for me to speak to, and I'm also here to learn from you." The subject Davis would speak about, at this assembly and at meetings with students and teachers throughout the day, was his journey through life as a professional athlete, and a gay man.
Posted 10/02/2013 10:53AM
Homecoming, according to one dictionary definition is: "an annual celebration for people who attended a high school, college or university." Horace Mann School Homecoming 2013 was a picture-perfect version of that definition, bringing over 3,000 HM alumni, current students and their families, faculty members, and HM Lions fans to an array of activities and athletic competitions that took place on the school's Middle and Upper Division campus under the bright sunshine and cloudless sky of Saturday, September 28, 2013. Another 400-plus alumni enjoyed reunion dinners and cocktail parties that night in downtown Manhattan, where they reconnected with one another, exchanged memories and caught up on the years since graduation.
Posted 07/12/2013 12:04PM
Back in the spring of 2005, when Horace Mann School alumnus Pedro Alvarez '05 was about to graduate from high school, he'd earned just about every honor that a high school baseball player could. A 2005 Louisville Slugger All-American, he was also the Gatorade and Louisville Slugger New York High School Player of the Year and one of Baseball America's top 100 high school players in the country. A final award came from Horace Mann, when the HM Athletics Department named Pedro Alvarez male Athlete of the Year. Alvarez' coach, Matt Russo, presented the award at a Lions Varsity Baseball team dinner, saying, "It's not every day you get the chance to coach someone this special." Describing the moment, the HM Record wrote: "As Russo handed the plaque to his captain, Pedro Alvarez, the restaurant exploded with applause and cheers for the kid who just might be the next big thing in Major League Baseball."
"Just might" turned to "just is" for Pedro Alvarez, who is now a center of focus in Major League Baseball, named this week to play in the MLB All-Star Game, and as one of the sluggers in the Home Run Derby.
Posted 06/01/2013 03:55PM
Horace Mann School's Upper Division students, along with their teachers, administrators, parents and family members came together at the end of May as the final trimester came to a close to celebrate a year of engagement with academics, athletics, the arts, and with the community both within and outside of their school. At HM's annual concluding Student Body President's (SBP) assembly, and at its traditional Class Day for graduating seniors, on May 28 and May 29, 2013, Horace Mann School recognized members of the Class of 2013 for their achievements at and contributions to the school, and acknowledged many of the Upper Division students who will replace this year's graduates in leadership positions on student publications, co-curricular activities, arts and service organizations.
Posted 04/17/2013 01:25PM
"A life is not important except in the impact it has on others," the legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson once said. As the first African American in Major League Baseball, Robinson led a life of impact not only on the sport he played with stellar skill, but on history itself, as his decade in the game also ushered in some of the most significant strides in this country's struggle toward Civil Rights. But, how the impact he made on others impacted Robinson's own life was another part of his story. That story is the subject of "42" a newly-released film on Jackie Robinson's first steps into baseball that brings to cinematic life the fortitude and courage it took for him to make his transformative impact on the society of his day, and that continues to inspire today.
On Sunday, April 14, 2013, 225 members of the Horace Mann School community shared the experience of learning about Jackie Robinson's life, struggles and triumphs when they gathered at the Magic Johnson Theater in Harlem to watch the film together. The event was organized by HM parents Domingo Neris and Sharon Joseph of The Black Parent's Union at Horace Mann, which the group co-sponsored with the HM Office of Diversity. HM families, students, faculty members, and administrators were invited to the theater for an afternoon screening of the film, followed by a conversation with a former Negro League ballplayer and a League historian, Gilbert Hernandez Black.
Posted 03/19/2013 11:06PM
A job doing something you love, that includes the chance to make great new friends, travel to new countries, learn a lot, and do some good while you're at it: It doesn't get much better than that. Call it the "Luck of the Irish" – with a lot of hard work. Together, they've landed Horace Mann School alumnus Brendan Barile '06 in a dream job this year—coaching and playing basketball in Ireland. And, while being far from home may add the drawback of missing family, Brendan is five for five this St. Patrick's Day week: His mother and siblings are in Ireland to visit, and to add some American accents to his cheering section for a few games, of course. Not to worry. Brendan's dad, veteran Horace Mann School coach Ray Barile, made it to Ireland for a short visit late last fall, between HM's fall and winter sports seasons.
Posted 03/19/2013 11:03AM
Back when he was a student at Horace Mann School Dr. Glenn Fleisig '80 had three passions: sports, science, and math. An avid Little Leaguer growing up, he hoped to make HM's varsity baseball team, but the Lions failed to call him up. That left science and math. Fleisig excelled in these subjects, earning him acceptance to MIT. A mechanical engineering major there, he discovered he could pursue his love of sports from an academic standpoint, studying the mechanics of motion in athletes. The HM alumnus shared some of the insights he has gained through his research over the years, while teaching the physics involved, in a lively, humorous and informative lecture at Horace Mann on Thursday, March 7, 2013. About 200 HM physics, Advanced Placement physics, AP biology students, and other interested students, along with their teachers and several administrators, including HM Head of School Dr. Tom Kelly, attended his presentation.
Posted 02/22/2013 09:52AM
Six overtimes. A dramatic steal with four seconds left to go in the game. The player takes the ball down court and lobs a three-point prayer toward the basket. It lands, just as the buzzer sounds, and the Horace Mann School Lions take the tournament 54-51 over the Riverdale Country Day School Indians.
Posted 01/18/2013 06:50PM
Victoria Arlen has a motto: "Rock Your Disability." That's why the gold and silver medalist at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London uses a wheel chair with gold spokes and a silver "blinged-out" seat cover. That motto is also why she loves sharing her story with audiences young and old, as she did at Horace Mann School's first-ever Paralympic School Day. Held on January 10, 2013, the special program presented to HM's sixth graders, was also one of the first Paralympic School Days held in the United States.
Posted 11/29/2012 06:26PM
Even after winning its first-ever New York State Association of Independent Schools Athletic Association (NYSAISAA) championship title Horace Mann School's girls soccer team continues to make news.