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Ivan Arroyo is a member of the Army Reserve National Guard who was deployed to Kandhar, Afghanistan from August 2012 to July 2013. A Yonkers, N.Y. resident for 41 years, he and his wife Caroline have lived in public housing since the 1980s, raising their four children there, while ever dreaming of having a home of their own. That dream is now a reality, thanks, in large part, to Horace Mann School's work with Habitat for Humanity to both sponsor and build that home. For a group of HMers, who gathered with the Arroyo family, Habitat for Humanity of Westchester leaders and volunteers, and other U.S. Armed Forces veterans outside 54 Purser Place in Yonkers on November 11, 2015, this day – Veterans Day – provided the perfect opportunity to participate in this national observance, and also celebrate the completion of the house at that address. Click title link for more details.
The Horace Mann School Lions Varsity Football team captured its third-in-a-row Hudson Valley Football League (HVFL) championship in a game at Newark Academy on November 7, 2015. The 34-24 win brought the Lions' season record to 6-2. To read more, and see photos from the game, click the title link.
A record crowd is expected to participate in Horace Mann School's Homecoming and Reunion events, on Saturday, October 10, 2015. A full roster of activities is planned for Horace Mann School alumni and current HM students and families, from Lions varsity team sports competitions, to a family fun fair, to a sumptuous barbecue, to a "Life of the Mind" discussion on environmental issues. To see a schedule of events and read more, click the title link.
Horace Mann School's Boys and Girls Varsity Volleyball team members were recognized by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) for the outstanding academic records they collectively accumulated, while also playing varsity-level volleyball during the 2014-2015 school year. Academic awards to a record-breaking 752 college and high school volleyball teams across the United States were announced at the end of July by the Lexington, Ky.-based AVCA. The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams with members displaying excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale.
Horace Mann School alumnus Harrison Bader '12 is moving swiftly up baseball's Minor League ladder after being drafted into Major League Baseball in June 2015. Bader was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the third round of the MLB Draft and began his MLB career on June 30, 2015 as an outfielder with the New York-Penn League State College Spikes, in State College, PA. Racking up stellar stats, by the end of his first week Bader was advanced to the Chiefs, the Cardinals' affiliate in Peoria, Ill.
"Put me in, Coach," was the constant call Horace Mann School Coach Neil Berniker heard from HM alumnus Harrison Bader '12 during the slugger's days with the HM Lions Varsity Baseball team. Bader is in now – the major leagues, that is – fulfilling a dream he's had for as long as anyone can remember, Berniker said on Tuesday June 9, 2015, minutes after learning that the alum was picked to play for the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2015 Major League Baseball draft. Bader, an outfielder for the University of Florida Gators, was picked number 100 in the third round of the draft.
Horace Mann School's 2015 All-School Service-Learning Day on Saturday, April 11, 2015 drew over 800 volunteers and participants to the HM campus, and to service partner venues in the neighboring Bronx and in New York City, breaking the record for participation in the event that is now in its eighth year. Launched in 2007 by HM's Center for Community Values and Action (CCVA) the day engages HM students, family members, faculty, administrators, staff and alumni in a variety of activities that incorporated the learning aspect of community service. "Each year, we try to keep some aspects of Service-Learning Day the same as in previous years, but each year we also try to do some things differently," said Jeremy Leeds, Director of the CCVA. "We always try to preserve a sense of collaboration, common purpose, and enjoyment. This year, we added many new activities and brought our community partners to HM. The work of the Service-Learning Team has allowed us to expand and deepen relationships in ways that just were not possible before this year."
Harrison Bader '12 was named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week on February 16 after hitting .583 to begin the 2015 season. He was also chosen as one of Louisville Slugger's National Players of the Week by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. The Florida Gators are currently ranked #5 in the country.
Horace Mann School's Girls and Boys Lions Varsity Basketball teams will meet the Riverdale Falcon Boys and Girls Teams in the annual Buzzell games on Friday, February 20, 2015 at Manhattan College. The girls' game begins at 6 p.m. and the boys' will tip off at 8 p.m. This year marks the 54th year of the Buzzell Tournament. The game was initiated in 1951 in memory of Robert Buzzell, a member of the HM Class of 1951, who was fatally stricken with polio in October 1950. Not long after his tragic death, Robert's classmates decided that an athletic contest would be a fitting tribute to this student, who was a dedicated HM Lions team members and fan. The game has been played ever since, in all but one of the succeeding years, through today. The Buzzell Games have also served as a fundraising event, with funds originally dedicated exclusively to the March of Dimes and its efforts to defeat polio. To read more, click the title link above.
Booming over the powerful sound system at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Saturday night, November 22, 2014 the announcer called on fans in the arena to direct their attention to mid-court where the American Cancer Society was about to make a presentation to Horace Mann School, Dr. Thomas Kelly, Head of School, and Ray Barile, Associate Director of Athletics and founder of the Coaches vs. Cancer High School Basketball Classic. Dr. Kelly and Coach Barile were called to center court in front of over 10,000 fans in attendance be honored for the school's efforts to further the fight against cancer.
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