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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
    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. 
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    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.
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  • Courageous Conversations: Author, Priest leads Anti-Racism Chapel for MLK Observance.

    Greg Kwasnik
    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.
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Holderness School
33 Chapel Lane, Holderness, NH 03245
mail P.O Box 1879 Plymouth, NH 03264-1879
phone (603) 536-1257