Under the Rev. Coolbaugh’s supervision, sports such as polo, tennis, football, and baseball were introduced to the school.
Under the Rev. Coolbaugh’s supervision, sports such as polo, tennis, football, and baseball were introduced to the school. Under Rev. Coolbaugh’s eye, Holderness also began a program to prepare selected students for the military academies through drilling and exercises. Three literary publications also sprung up during Coolbaugh’s tenure as did many extra–curricular activities and clubs. Enrollment rose, as well, and the school had almost outgrown the living space in Knowlton Hall by his retirement in 1892.
Celebrating its 141st Commencement, Holderness School honored the great Class of 2020. While we could not gather on Livermore Common, we celebrated these seniors in a touching -- and our first-ever -- virtual Commencement ceremony. Although far apart, the strong bonds of the Holderness School family were palpable today as we welcomed these amazing seniors as our newest alumni!
Holderness School celebrated this year’s Prize Day in unique fashion. While the school could not gather on Livermore Common to honor the academic successes and intellectual grit shown by our students, the community found creative ways to celebrate the achievements of our scholars. Throughout the week, academic departments shared short, meaningful videos that recognized the work, growth, and accomplishments of our artists, historians, scientists, theologians, mathematicians, and linguists. And, today, Holderness School came together virtually to honor several students who have made extraordinary contributions to the community.
At Holderness School, Senior Thesis is the culminating academic experience that affords every student the opportunity to practice research and presentation skills with guidance from a class advisor and mentoring from adults with expertise within the student’s field of interest. The Senior Thesis program is a bridge for seniors to move smoothly towards the college-level. The project begins by asking a question that is of interest to the student. Here are our 2020 seniors essential questions: