The current Head of School, Phil Peck, came to Holderness in 1984, from the Olympic skiing circuit where he was the assistant coach of the US Nordic Ski Team.
The current Head of School, Phil Peck, came to Holderness in 1984, from the Olympic skiing circuit where he was the assistant coach of the US Nordic Ski Team. First hired to teach history, Peck also coached cross–country running, Nordic skiing, and cycling. He served as dean of faculty before being named to the head of school position in 2001. During his time as headmaster thus far, Phil Peck has led the school through four strategic planning processes, implemented a professional development program for the faculty, increased the financial aid given out to students, and has overseen a remarkable increase in endowment. Building a trusting, caring, and balanced community that prepares students to lead as responsible global citizens is a core component of his vision for Holderness.
He holds a B.A. and an M.A. from Dartmouth College, a M.Ed from Columbia University and is ABD in the Columbia University Ed.D. program. Mr. Peck was a Van Lunen Fellow in 2007–08 in the Columbia University Summer Klingenstein Institute and has also served on the teaching faculty at the Institute. He and his wife Robin have two daughters, Meredith and Johanna, and reside in Head’s House.
Elections are kind of a big deal in New Hampshire. The Granite State treasures its first-in-the-nation primary status just as much as it loves its pristine lakes and mountains. It’s a privilege to catalyze any presidential race, and New Hampshire goes all out. Our roadsides are littered with campaign signs, our televisions are clogged with advertisements. Stand outside long enough, and you’re bound to be greeted by an overzealous canvasser or candidate doing their best to convince you to mark their name on your ballot.
Slalom gates, halfpipes, and terrain parks are where Holderness School athletes have traditionally excelled. But for an increasing number of Holderness athletes, the school’s new Big Mountain program is the future of competitive skiing and snowboarding.
Changing the status quo can be an uncomfortable task – especially if you benefit from it. That was the message to students from the Rev. Peter Jarrett-Schell, the school’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day speaker and the white author of Seeing My Skin, a personal examination of the role of whiteness in his own life.