Haverford School

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Haverford School
Haverford, PA
Coordinates 40°00′52″N 75°18′19″W / 40.01444°N 75.30528°W / 40.01444; -75.30528 (The Haverford School)
Type Private, all-boys
Religious affiliation(s) Non-sectarian
Established 1884
Headmaster John A. Nagl
Enrollment 1,013 total
436 Upper School
225 Middle School
352 Junior Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and Lower School
Average class size 16 students (Upper School)
17 Students (Lower and Middle School)
Student to teacher ratio 8:1
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Maroon and Gold           
Average SAT scores (2009-13) 640 Math
630 Critical Reading
630 Writing

The Haverford School is a selective private, non-sectarian, all-boys college preparatory day school, junior kindergarten through grade twelve. Founded in 1884 as The Haverford College Grammar School, it is located in Haverford, Pennsylvania, nine miles northwest of Philadelphia, on Philadelphia's historic Main Line.


The school was founded in 1884 at the request of Alexander and Lois Cassatt as The Haverford College Grammar School. In 1903, the school became independent, changed its name, and moved to its current location across Railroad Avenue from the college.[1]


Haverford is distinguished for its writing-intensive curriculum, emphasis on the arts, decision education program, character mentor program, advanced laboratory science initiative with the University of Pennsylvania, and its senior independent project. Haverford has achieved notable distinction in VEX robotics, the DECA competition for emerging leaders and entrepreneurs, and the National Merit Scholarship program. Our academic program is complemented by student leadership opportunities, clubs and activities.


The Haverford School provides a broad-based arts program that encourages boys to explore their creative personas, through visual art, theater, instrumental or choral music, and helps promote a lifelong appreciation for the arts. Our visual arts program includes 10 dedicated art studio spaces and several gallery spaces; our acclaimed drama program stages several productions each year; and our choral ensembles have sung at The White House, Carnegie Hall, the Academy of Music, Lincoln Center, and on tour in Italy, Switzerland, Sweden, France, and Bermuda and earned honors as members of the regional and national honor boy choirs, children’s choirs, and men’s choirs of the American Choral Directors’ Association. The School integrates music and art into the curriculum beginning in Junior Kindergarten, including a full-fledged voice and instrumental conservatory.


The Haverford School is a member of the Inter Academic Athletic Association, the country's oldest inter-scholastic academic conference. Haverford fields 16 interscholastic sports. In the past decade, Haverford has won championships in water polo, cross-country, soccer, football, squash, ice hockey, lacrosse, baseball, tennis, crew, wrestling, and golf. In 2011, Haverford's varsity lacrosse team achieved a perfect 27–0 season, and were ranked No. 1 in the nation. The varsity tennis team achieved perfect seasons in 2012 and 2013, amassing a 48-0 record, and earned the Inter-Ac League title for the fourth consecutive year. The Fords have won the Heyward Cup (awarded each year to the Inter-Ac league school with the best overall record) 14 times, more than any other Inter-Ac school, including 1975–78, 1980, 1989, 1994, 2000, 2005, 2006, and for four out of five years in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013.

Character Education[edit]

The Haverford School aims to graduate young men of strong character who possess a passion for learning and the necessary problem-solving skills to make a difference in the world. From the Decision Education curriculum and Character Mentorship Program to Parent Leadership Labs and the Walk of Virtues, Character Education is a cornerstone of the Haverford School experience.


The Haverford School is located 10 miles from Center City Philadelphia and is situated on 30 acres in the heart of the historic Main Line. It is walking distance from bus and rail stops. The school occupies 10 buildings, including a LEED Gold-certified Upper School building constructed in 2008 and an alumni gathering space unveiled as Nostrant Pavilion in 2012. Other facilities include:

  • 80 classrooms
  • 2 libraries with more than 40,000 combined volumes
  • 11 science labs
  • 5 computer labs
  • 2 auditoriums
  • 2 theaters
  • 10 art studios
  • 9 music studios
  • 3 gymnasiums
  • 4 athletic fields (three field turf, one grass)
  • 4 tennis courts
  • 25-meter pool
  • 4 international-size squash courts
  • 1 full quarter-mile outdoor rubberized athletic track
  • Full fitness and weight training center
  • Wrestling pavilion
  • Crew boathouse (Conshohocken)

Notable faculty[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]


  • Charles Sumner Crosman, 1884–1912
  • Edwin Mood Wilson, 1912–1937
  • Cornelius B. Boocock, 1937–1942
  • Leslie R. Severinghaus, 1942–1965
  • Kenneth Kingham, 1965-1966
  • Davis R. Parker, 1966–1987
  • William Boulton Dixon, 1987–1992
  • Joseph P. Healey, 1992–1998
  • Joseph T. Cox, 1998–2013
  • John A. Nagl, 2013[5]


  1. ^ The Handbook of Private Schools (93rd ed.). Porter Sargent Handbooks. 2012. p. 528. 
  2. ^ "Professor Jennifer Finney Boylan (Maine) (May 2011 – Present)". GLAAD. Retrieved 2014-11-24. 
  3. ^ Frusciano, Thomas J. (University Archivist). Rutgers Leaders, Rutgers History: Robert C. Clothier - Rutgers President, 1932 to 1951, originally published in "Leadership on the Banks: Rutgers' Presidents, 1766–2004", Journal of the Rutgers University Libraries. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
  4. ^ Staff. "Dr. R. C. Clothier, Ex-Rutgers Head; University President from 1932-51, Dies at 85" in The New York Times (20 March 1970).
  5. ^ "Decorated Army vet named new headmaster at Haverford School - Philly.com". Articles.philly.com. 2012-09-03. Retrieved 2013-09-02. 

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