- Posted 03/13/2019 03:27PM
A month of exciting musical performances at Horace Mann School culminated on the morning of March 12, 2019 with an assembly that brought all of the School's Upper Division students' voices together—both those of the choir members on stage, and of students in the audience. The assembly also highlighted how arts and academics enhance one another at HM, and how the arts are a uniting force within the School. The flurry of musical activity began a month earlier with the launch of HM's annual Music Week on February 11-15, 2019.
- Posted 02/23/2019 12:01AM
Horace Mann School alum William Barr '67 was sworn in to the office of U.S. Attorney General on Thursday, February 14, 2019, following his confirmation to the position by the U.S. Senate by a vote of 54-45. Barr is the country's 85th Attorney General, succeeding former A.G. Jeff Sessions. Honored with the Horace Mann Alumni Association's Award for Distinguished Achievement in 2011 Barr returns to this position after serving as the country's 77th Attorney General under President George H.W. Bush from 1991 to 1993. Click to read more.
- Posted 02/14/2019 05:47PM
For two weekends in a row Horace Mann School's Upper Division science and athletics facilities became regional centers for STEM education as HM hosted robotics competitions for hundreds of high school and middle school students from New York and New Jersey. On Sunday, January 27, 2019 students from 29 high schools gathered at HM from early morning into the evening to participate in a FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC) qualifier competition.
- Posted 02/14/2019 05:27PM
Horace Mann School launched its Black History Month observances on Friday evening, February 1, 2019, with a celebration of Black culture that was both exciting and illuminating. Completely student organized the event represented the collaborative efforts of HM's Union, and the Hilltop Diversity Coalition (HDC), which brings HM students together with students from the nearby Fieldston Ethical Culture, and Riverdale Country School. The event drew some 350 students, faculty members, and families from all three schools to a screening of the 2015 documentary "Fresh Dressed" followed by a panel discussion of issues raised by the film. Directed by Sacha Jenkins "Fresh Dressed" chronicles the history of hip-hop's urban fashion from its beginnings to high fashion.
- Posted 02/07/2019 04:47PM
Model United Nations, a part of Horace Mann School student life for 52 years, has grown over the last decade-plus to include Middle Division students in the international organization's conferences and related competitions. On February 2, 2019, for the sixth year in a row, Horace Mann School's Middle Division Model UN club sponsored HoMMUNC Jr., a middle school only Model United Nations Conference. This year, 120 students from HM and eight other middle schools came together to debate issues critical to current international relations.
- Posted 02/07/2019 04:37PM
Horace Mann School's Girls and Boys Lions Varsity Basketball teams will meet the Riverdale Falcon Girls and Boys teams in the 68th installment of the Buzzell Tournament on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at Manhattan College. The girls' game begins at 2 p.m. with the boys scheduled to tip off at 4 p.m. This year's Buzzell Tournament promises to be an exciting one. It's been that for generations, as recalled here by HM alum Roy Salomon '55, a former Lions team captain. This year, the HM side brings to Manhattan College's Draddy Gymnasium a Girls Varsity Lions team that's rocking a record of 17 wins and one loss since their season began in late November 2018. On February 6, 2019, the New York State Sportswriters Association (NYSSWA) ranked HM number one in the State's Class B division.
- Posted 02/03/2019 07:37PM
Ever since its earliest days Horace Mann School has been inspiring students to study and pursue the visual arts, with graduates (including the painters and illustrators James Montgomery Flagg, 1893, Rockwell Kent, 1900, and Mary Petty, 1918) whose work has made an indelible impact on U.S. and world culture. In more recent generations HM visual arts students and alumni have also ventured into studying and producing digital art, film, and animation. A recent exhibit in Horace Mann School's Fisher Hall Art Gallery showcased a range of work by HM alumni currently engaged in visual art. Titled "Sixty-five Years of HM Alumni Art" the exhibit was organized by the HM Visual Arts Department, chaired by Upper Division Art History teacher Dr. Anna Hetherington. Running from January 14, 2019 through January 30, 2019, the exhibit featured a celebratory reception on January 24th that drew several of the artists whose work appears in the show.
- Posted 01/31/2019 07:00PM
New Yorkers may be shivering under the icy temperatures of January 2019, but for one group of city residents, "ice" is a word that warms their hearts. These New Yorkers are the members of Figure Skating in Harlem, a program that "provides girls ages 6-18 with vital educational and skating opportunities that promote confidence, leadership, physical well-being and academic excellence." Their story has also warmed the hearts of others recently – ever since freelance photographer and Horace Mann School alum Florence (Flo) Ngala '13 showcased Figure Skating in Harlem in a vivid piece that ran on a full print page of The New York Times on January 6, 2019, and longer online. Ngala's beautiful and inspiring photographs drew widespread attention – including from NBC's "Today Show" journalist and meteorologist Al Roker.
- Posted 12/22/2018 09:00AM
You're 14 years old and you've already helped discover a planet. What can you possibly do for an encore? For Horace Mann School junior Brian Wu '20 the answer is simple: Keep on exploring, and pursuing your dreams. Wu, now 17, has many dreams. One is to discover potentially habitable Earth-sized planets "within a close enough distance ... we may travel to" one day. The HMer sees this as imperative for nothing less than the survival of humanity, in light of his belief that the Earth's environment is steadily worsening to a point where it will become uninhabitable.
- Posted 12/11/2018 11:54AM
On Sunday, December 9th, Horace Mann School's First Tech Challenge (FTC) Teams -- Teams 4326 (the Basement Lions), 7890 (the Space Lions) and 9681 (the Parallel Lions) -- competed with 25 teams in the FTC "Rover Ruckus" Qualifier at John Dewey High School. Team 4326 came in first place after the qualifying matches, and then paired with team 9681 to win the entire qualifier. Team 9681 won the Inspire Award and Team 7890 won the Think Award and will also be advancing to the next levels of competition. Click to read more.
- Posted 12/07/2018 12:16PM
Horace Mann School alumni Dr. Renee Richards '52, a former tennis star and distinguished eye surgeon, and groundbreaking Broadway producer Jordan Roth '93, were named to Out magazine's list of 100 most influential people in the LGBTQ+ community for 2018. The Out100 list, a 24-year long tradition of this country's premier LGBTQ+ publication, was founded "to celebrate and honor some of the brightest voices and most influential LGBTQ+ figures." Click to read more.
- Posted 12/01/2018 11:00AM
Celebrating stellar accomplishments and contributions to society by Horace Mann School alumni is a longtime tradition, enshrined in the presentation of the HM Alumni Association Award for Distinguished Achievement. In 2018, the Alumni Association honored filmmaker Lynn Novick '79 with this award, recognizing how her compelling work in documentary film has illuminated our understanding of significant aspects of U.S. history and culture. Click to read more.
- Posted 11/09/2018 01:04PM
Horace Mann School alum Marsha Hunt '34 was honored by the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) with its prestigious Founders Award in a ceremony in Los Angeles, on October 20, 2018. Three days before the fabled actor celebrated her 101st birthday. Click to read more.
- Posted 10/23/2018 11:45AM
Horace Mann School's FTC Team 4326 took first place in the "Cliffside Cliffhanger" robotics weekend meet, held at Cliffside High School, N.J., on Sunday, October 21, 2018. HM was undefeated after five rounds of competition among 12 other high school teams. FTC stands for FIRST® Tech Challenge, an international robotics competition for students in grades nine through 12. Teams of up to 15 students are responsible for designing, building and programming their robots to compete as alliances against other teams. Programming their robots in JAVA, teams are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles. Click to read more.
- 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."