Holderness Celebrates Successful Year for Holderness Fund
A month ago the Holderness Fund completed another successful year of fundraising. It is with gratitude and humility that we thank all those who donated both financial resources and time to Holderness School.
As we look forward to another school year, we want to take a moment to thank the community for its continued support of Holderness. For only the second time, the Holderness Fund raised more than $1.5 million, which allowed the school to reinvigorate Mountain Day, see our girls’ varsity basketball team defend their NEPSAC Championship Class C title, and prepare our students for lives of service in the spirit of Pro Deo et Genere Humano. Our donors added to more than 40 endowed scholarships and also allowed us to complete our very ambitious Elevating Academics Campaign. In total, we raised over $12.8 million.
We are happy to report that construction has now begun on our new academic facility. The building site has been cleared of trees, a new entrance and ring road has been constructed, and a steel retaining wall on the western-facing slope of the job site is almost complete. Construction on the actual building will begin in September.
Holderness School continues its commitment to fiscal responsibility through the thoughtful stewardship of donor gifts. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to continue our work in a financially secure environment. It makes all the difference in our ability to prepare our students for the future and make an impact in positive and meaningful ways.
Albert Bierstadt, the German-American painter renowned for his landscapes of the American West, came to the White Mountains to capture its simple yet overwhelming beauty. What came to life through nearly a decade’s worth of work was The Emerald Pool, a massive oil-on-canvas monument to the natural majesty of a hidden swimming hole along the Peabody River in the Pinkham Notch. Recounting The Emerald Pool, Bierstadt said, “I never had so difficult a picture to paint, as this White Mountain subject the Emerald Pool; my artist friends think it my best picture and so do I.”
At Holderness we deliberately build community through the people we bring in and programs we support. Today I want to share one story about people who showed us what it means to be a mission-centered community and talk about one unique program that is hitting a milestone.
Kicking off its 141st year, Holderness School welcomed new students to campus on September 5th. Under blue skies and surrounded by the cheers of joyful Senior Leaders, 114 new students eagerly joined the Holderness School community. The day was filled with smiles as new students and families unpacked their cars and turned dorm rooms into a home away from home.