Rev. Weld arrived in the fall of 1931, and after only a month at Holderness, was faced with crisis.
Rev. Weld arrived in the fall of 1931, and after only a month at Holderness, was faced with crisis. One of the oldest buildings on campus and the sole residential hall, Knowlton Hall, had burned to the ground. After only a week however, with considerable help from the board of trustees and the residents of the town of Plymouth, Holderness was re–opened.
After this fire, Rev. Weld saw an opportunity to rebuild. The new campus would be able to accommodate 100 students, and every student would be required to help out around campus. Thus, the Job Program was born. Clubs and student organizations flourished under Rev Weld, as did a student government that placed the leadership of the school largely in the hands of the students. Over the course of a twenty–year tenure, Rev. Weld inspired faith, perseverance, and generosity in countless students, and a large part of what Holderness is today is attributed to him.
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.
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.
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.
Is Holderness right for you? The best way to find the right boarding school is to reach out. Check us out in person in New Hampshire or virtually. See why Holderness is more than a school, it's an elevated experience.