Haverford School

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Haverford School
Haverford, PA, USA
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 640 Math
630 Critical Reading
630 Writing (2009-13)

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 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 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.

Notable faculty[edit]

  • Donald Grey Brownlow – An army intelligence major in WWII, Brownlow received a purple heart and Bronze Star, as well as the French Croix de Guerre. He fought at Utah Beach, the Battle of the Bulge and Ardennes. Brownlow taught history at Haverford for 55 years, and was the author of 10 books on Military history. He died January 11, 2006, after spending his final day teaching students.[1]
  • W. D. Ehrhart - American poet, writer, scholar and Vietnam veteran. Ehrhart has been called "the dean of Vietnam war poetry." Donald Anderson, editor of War, Literature & the Arts, said Ehrhart’s Vietnam-Perkasie: A Combat Marine Memoir, is “the best single, unadorned, gut-felt telling of one American’s route into and out of America’s longest war.” Ehrhart has been an active member of Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW). He was a 1993 Pew Fellowships in the Arts.

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[4]


  1. ^ Michael Robert Patterson. "Donald G. Brownlow, Major, United States Army". Arlingtoncemetery.net. Retrieved 2013-09-02. 
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ Staff. "Dr. R. C. Clothier, Ex-Rutgers Head; University President from 1932-51, Dies at 85" in The New York Times (20 March 1970).
  4. ^ "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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