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Posted 09/26/2018 04:40PM
Horace Mann School alum Harrison Bader '12, now completing his second season in Major League Baseball as a centerfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals, is also making his mark on the team. Bader was recently highlighted by New York Times baseball writer Tyler Kenner in his "Extra Innings" column (September 21, 2018) on stand-out players from the MLB's 2018 season. In his column – with the segment about Bader below – Kenner quotes former Gold Glove winner Jim Edmonds, now a Cardinals broadcaster, who praised the HM alum for his hard work, and calling him "awesome to watch."
Posted 09/26/2018 04:28PM
As the sun that beamed so brightly throughout Horace Mann School's Homecoming Day of Saturday, September 15, 2018 moved toward evening HM's Varsity and JV Football teammates ran across the School's Alumni Field to ring the bell outside historic Prettyman Gymnasium—a Lions Football team tradition for celebrating a win. The 36-9 victory over Fieldston was a perfect way to end a picture-perfect Homecoming 2018 that saw a record 5,000-plus members of the HM community flock to campus for athletic games, fun-filled family activities, a barbecue lunch featuring tail-gate favorites, and more. The HM community was also introduced to the School's new athletic and aquatic facilities made possible by the ongoing HM in Motion initiative. Later that Saturday night another 550 HM alumni from the classes of 1953 through 2013 commemorated five-year reunions at dinners and cocktail parties in Manhattan. Alumni came to New York for their reunions from as far away as California, Oregon and Tokyo, Japan. Click to read more and see more photos.
Posted 08/31/2018 09:00AM
As Horace Mann School looks with excitement to September 4th and 5th, 2018 when the School welcomes it 1,785 students, Nursery through Grade 12, the HM community also reflects on the fulfilling summer that just passed. The season saw hundreds of HM students and students from other schools on campus for summer school and a variety of innovative programs, including HM's first-ever Summer Film Institute, and its first summer Service-Learning experience.
Posted 07/12/2018 01:54PM
Summer is in full swing, but there's still time to add some events and experiences to the season's calendar. From films, to books, to innovative experiences, entertainment, and opportunities to serve, the creativity of Horace Mann School alumni offer ways to enrich the coming weeks. Click the title link to read more.
Posted 06/18/2018 05:43PM
On June 13, 2018 the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) named Dr. Shana Caro '07 winner of its prestigious Thomas Henry Huxley Award and Marsh Prize for 2018. The award honors a postgraduate research biologist attending university in the UK for original work submitted as a doctoral thesis. Presented to a postgraduate research biologist attending university in the UK for original work submitted as a doctoral thesis, the award is among the most prestigious for scientists internationally. Each university in the UK submits one doctoral thesis for consideration for the award that recognizes a postgraduate research student whose thesis has made a significant contribution to a particular scientific field. Dr. Caro was honored for her thesis "Social and Environmental Factors in the Evolution of Signaling" which the ZSL described as "a demanding and significant piece of scholarship which she approached with intellectual vigor and a positive attitude, and the reward is an extraordinary body of work." To read more, click the title link.
Posted 06/16/2018 11:14AM
Superlatives are often synchronous with graduation ceremonies. Nevertheless, none of the speakers who addressed the Horace Mann School Class of 2018 felt compelled to spare their praise for its 179 members at their commencement, on June 13, 2018. "Exceptional" was among the words used to describe this class' accomplishments in science, art, robotics and computer engineering, service learning, athletics, music and more. But, of greater significant to the Horace Mann School teachers, administrators and staff who had gotten to know the Class of 2018 was the communal bond its members had developed with one another, the sense of joy they brought to the School, and their mutual support, in times both bright and sad. As Horace Mann Head of School Dr. Tom Kelly told the graduates, "You've made your mark—on this School and in our hearts—and you've left this School better than you found it." Click the title link to read more.
Posted 06/01/2018 12:26PM
Horace Mann School athletes recruited to pursue their respective sports in college marked this transitional step in a commemorative moment that symbolized the HM Athletics Department ethos: The athletes all signed ceremonial "commitment" letters together, in team-like spirit. HM athletes compete on the School's 14 Boys, 14 Girls and five mixed Varsity teams wearing Horace Mann School's maroon and white colors, with numbers but no names, on their uniforms. It was thus appropriate for HM to celebrate these students' athletic and academic achievements as one "team." Each of these members of HM's Class of 2018 had already been accepted to their respective colleges and had committed to playing their sport, but HM's first-ever "Recruited Athletes Signing Ceremony" on May 29, 2018 gave the community a chance to recognize these students for their contributions to their School. Click the title link to read more.
Posted 05/29/2018 06:13PM
The cloudless spring afternoon of May 23, 2018 saw Horace Mann School students, faculty members, parents, administrators, staff and alumni gathered outside a tent in the center of the School's Alumni Field. They had all come together with one purpose: to raise funds for cancer research, and finances that would provide resources and care for people with cancer at HM's third annual "Relay for Life." As the day's clear blue sky turned to twilight, those gathered learned that the results of their shared effort: Horace Mann School had raised a hefty $95,500 on behalf of American Cancer Society activities – or 95.5 percent of their $100,000 goal. "What these students did is amazing," said Lizzette Dorado, Director, Community Development, for the American Cancer Society, Northeast Region. "They raised that amount in only a few weeks. Most communities I work with begin their fundraising about a year in advance of their Relay for Life event, and some don't come that close to their goal." To read more, click the title link.
Posted 04/17/2018 04:03PM
The week beginning April 16th is 'Shake It Up! Week' across all Divisions of Horace Mann School, Nursery Through Twelfth Grade. With the help and guidance of our partners at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare is alive and well in the classrooms, hallways, cafeterias and screens at the Nursery, Lower, Middle and Upper Divisions. A twelfth grade English class visited Second Grade on Monday to perform a scene from Macbeth. Imagine their surprise and delight when their performance concluded and the second graders turned around and did their own version of Macbeth right back! To read more, click the title link.
Posted 03/26/2018 04:48PM
Horace Mann School alumnus Alex Bell '05 is always focused on finding answers. A serial innovator, Bell is also a serious bicyclist. Add "New York City" to that descriptor and it's not hard to discern what answer Bell is currently seeking: a solution to the city's congested bike lane problem. Along this route Bell is addressing the hot button issue of NYC traffic and public transportation problems, as well. Click the title link to read more.
Posted 03/16/2018 11:18AM
We are excited to share information about an upcoming event to support Summer on the Hill. HarMonia Ensemble, a newly formed musical enterprise comprised of HM students, is hosting a free concert on April 6th. Please click the title link to learn more about this wonderful event and student-led initiative.
Posted 03/14/2018 05:52PM
Horace Mann School senior Jahmire Cassanova '18 was one of 10 students graduating high school in 2018 from throughout New York City selected to receive a prestigious New York Times College Scholarship. The NY Times College Scholarship is a program that recognizes students who have excelled in the face of adversity. The program provides tuition money, mentorship and a summer job at The Times, among other benefits. To read more, click the title link.
Posted 03/04/2018 01:07PM
Audiences worldwide are flocking to theaters in record numbers to see the film "Black Panther." On Sunday, February 25, 2018, some 300 members of the Horace Mann School community gathered to see the film at a screening organized by HM's Black Parents Union (BPU) and its Office for Identity, Culture and Institutional Equity (ICIE), breaking a record for attendance at this annual event. Click the title link to read more.
Posted 03/04/2018 01:02PM
Horace Mann School alum Desiree Akhavan '03 was awarded the U.S. Grand Jury Prize for her film "The Miseducation of Cameron Post" at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival in a ceremony in Park City, Utah on January 27, 2018. Horace Mann School alum Richard Factor '63, and creative partner Tony Agnello, were named winners of the 2018 Technical Grammy Award, in recognition of their influence on the recording industry, through Eventide, the company they co-founded nearly 50 years ago. The two join a distinguished list of previous Technical Grammy Award winners, including Thomas Alva Edison, to whom the award was presented posthumously in 2010. To read more about both, click the title link.
Posted 12/22/2017 04:56PM
It's not often that an orchestra's conductor hears hearty cheers before a performance, but that's what happened when Ken Yanagisawa '11 raised his baton to lead Horace Mann School's Upper Division Orchestra at its annual holiday concert on December 19, 2017. The warm welcome Yanigasawa received was also a "welcome back," for the conductor had performed on this same stage as a Horace Mann School student, only six years before. Yanagisawa was invited to return to HM as a guest conductor by the School's Middle and Upper Division Music Department Chair and Glee Club Director Timothy Ho, when a health issue prevented Orchestra Director and MD and UD Upper Division music teacher Nathan Hetherington, from conducting. To read more, click the title link.
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