Haverford School

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The Haverford School
United States
Coordinates40°00′52″N 75°18′19″W / 40.01444°N 75.30528°W / 40.01444; -75.30528Coordinates: 40°00′52″N 75°18′19″W / 40.01444°N 75.30528°W / 40.01444; -75.30528
TypePrivate, all-boys
HeadmasterJohn A. Nagl
Enrollment1,013 total
436 Upper School
225 Middle School
352 Junior Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and Lower School
Average class size16 students (Upper School)
17 Students (Lower and Middle School)
Student to teacher ratio8:1
Color(s)Maroon and Gold

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 the Main Line.


The school was founded in 1884 at the request of Alexander and Lois Cassatt as The Haverford College Grammar School. Originally affiliated with neighboring Haverford College, in 1903 the school became independent, changed its name to The Haverford School, and moved to its current location across Railroad Avenue from the college. The school was Quaker during its affiliation with the college, but is now nonsectarian.[1]


Football on EA Day

The Haverford School is a member of the Inter Academic Athletic Association, the country's oldest inter-scholastic academic conference[citation needed]. Haverford fields sixteen interscholastic sports. These include: crew, cross-country, football, golf, soccer, and water polo in the Fall; basketball, ice hockey, squash, swimming and diving, winter track, and wrestling in the Winter; and baseball, crew, lacrosse, tennis, and track and field in the Spring.[2]


Haverford is known for its long running rivalry with fellow Inter-Academic League member Episcopal Academy. The two schools have competed annually since 1889 in Haverford-EA Day, a day of competition occurring each November.[3] The winner is determined by who wins more of the day's five events: cross-country, water polo, soccer, golf and football. In the event of a tie, victory goes to the incumbent champion. Each year's winner is allowed to keep "the sweater", which is a hybrid garment split between each school's colors onto which years indicating victory are embroidered.[4]

Campus and facilities[edit]

The Haverford School is located ten miles from Center City Philadelphia. The school has ten buildings, including an Upper School building constructed in 2008 and an alumni gathering space unveiled as Nostrant Pavilion in 2012. Academic facilities include eighty classrooms, two libraries with a combined 40,000 volumes, eleven science and five computer labs, two auditoriums, two theaters, and ten art and nine music studios. The school has three gymnasiums, three turf and one grass athletic fields, four tennis courts, a twenty-five meter pool, four squash courts, a rubberized outside track, a fitness center, and an off-campus crew boathouse in Conshohocken. Before the construction of the Conshohocken boathouse, the school's crew team was associated with Undine Barge Club in Boathouse Row.[5]

Transportation access[edit]

Haverford School is easily accessed by SEPTA bus routes 105 and 106. These routes connect with several other routes in the area such as 44, 65, 103 among others. The Paoli-Thorndale Regional Rail line can be accessed at Haverford Station. The Norristown High Speed Line's Haverford Station is a 0.5 mile walk away.

Many students who live out of the immediate area get to school by one of these bus routes from Philadelphia. For those students who live in Philadelphia, SEPTA provides them with free weekly bus transpasses.

Coordination with Baldwin School and Agnes Irwin School[edit]

Haverford's sister schools are the Baldwin School in nearby Bryn Mawr and the Agnes Irwin School. The three schools hold several academic and community service events together across the Philadelphia region. The duo's rivals are sibling schools Chestnut Hill and the Episcopal Academy.[6]

In athletics, Haverford and Agnes Irwin celebrate EA Day, in which both school's athletic teams compete with those of the coeducational Episcopal Academy.[7]

Unlike the Episcopal Academy and Chestnut Hill, Baldwin and Haverford do not have a unified upper school, and classes in grades 9-12 remain single sex.

Notable alumni[edit]

The Haverford School has notable alumni in the arts, sciences, government, and business, including Maxfield Parrish, Ronald Perelman, John Hickenlooper, Smedley Butler, Steve Sabol, Jennifer Finney Boylan, and John S. Middleton.[8]


  • 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[9]


  1. ^ The Handbook of Private Schools (93rd ed.). Porter Sargent Handbooks. 2012. p. 528. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  2. ^ "Team Pages". Archived from the original on November 4, 2015. Retrieved November 9, 2015.
  3. ^ "Long-time Haverford School-EA Day rivalry to heat up Saturday; Episcopal-Agnes Irwin to compete for the 'banner'". Main Line Media News. Retrieved May 24, 2015.
  4. ^ Levin, Eddie (November 16, 2011). "Haverford retains 'Split Sweater' on festive day at EA". Main Line Times. Retrieved May 24, 2015.
  5. ^ "The James J. Barker Sculling Center". Retrieved November 9, 2015.
  6. ^ https://www.baldwinschool.org/page.cfm?p=526
  7. ^ https://www.haverford.org/athletics/ea-day-history
  8. ^ "Area cigar firm fetches $2.9 billion Middleton has been puffin' since 1856". philly-archives. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
  9. ^ "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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