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. 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]


The Haverford School is a member of the Inter Academic Athletic Association, the country's oldest inter-scholastic academic conference. Haverford fields sixteen interscholastic sports.[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: a cross-country match, a water polo game, a soccer match, a golf match, and a football game. In the event of a tie, victory goes to the most recent winner. Each year's winner is allowed to keep "the sweater", which is 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 occupies ten buildings, including a LEED Gold-certified 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]

Notable alumni[edit]

Haverford School has notable alumni in the arts, sciences, government, and business, including Maxfield Parrish, Ronald Perelman, Steve Sabol, and John S. Middleton.[6]


  • 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[7]


  1. ^ The Handbook of Private Schools (93rd ed.). Porter Sargent Handbooks. 2012. p. 528. 
  2. ^ "Team Pages". 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. ^ "Area cigar firm fetches $2.9 billion Middleton has been puffin' since 1856". philly-archives. Retrieved June 30, 2015. 
  7. ^ "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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