School History

Donald C. Hagerman (1951-1977)

Full of energy and spirit, Donald Hagerman’s tenure at Holderness saw significant growth in the size of the school.
Full of energy and spirit, Donald Hagerman’s tenure at Holderness saw significant growth in the size of the school. When he first came to Holderness, 72 students were enrolled. Four years later, this number had jumped to 107, and rose to 226 by the time Rev. Hagerman left Holderness. Many new buildings had to be constructed to accommodate this growth, including Weld Hall, an addition to Schoolhouse, multiple dormitories, and Bartsch Athletic Center.

Rev. Hagerman also introduced programs that would later become Senior Thesis and Out Back, as well as began the programs that would develop into Holderness’s outstanding ski programs. Academics, sports, and extracurricular activities flourished under Rev. Hagerman, and by the end of his term in 1977, Holderness was beginning to consider going coeducational.

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    Andrew Herring
    With this summer’s completion of the Davis Center, Holderness School’s new 35,000 square foot math and science building, renovations have begun on Hagerman Center, home to the school’s auditorium as well as several classrooms and science labs.
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  • Edwards Art Gallery hosts Samuel Bak's WITNESS

    Joseph Sywenkyj
    The Edwards Art Gallery is honored to host Samuel Bak's WITNESS. A childhood destroyed by Nazi occupation, Bak's work is suffused with symbols and metaphors based on real life experiences of unimaginable sorrow, pain and loss as Bak addresses the Holocaust, faith, Jewish culture, and justice. In addition to viewing WITNESS throughout the fall, students will have the opportunity to meet with Samuel Bak and discuss the depth and resonance of his work.
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  • Mountains and Rivers Without End: Another Epic Mountain Day

    Greg Kwasnik
    How much does Holderness School love the outdoors? Enough for students and faculty to spend an entire day each fall – Mountain Day – climbing mountains, paddling rivers, and scaling rock faces throughout New Hampshire’s rugged White Mountains.
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