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New Students Join the Holderness School Community
Andrew Herring

Holderness School welcomed 105 new students to campus on Thursday, September 1. Greeted by the celebratory cheers and wide smiles of senior leaders, new students met teachers and coaches, moved into dorm rooms, and began making lifelong friendships. 

“Holderness continues to be a highly sought-after school,” says Director of Admission David Flynn ’96.  “We had record-breaking applications and our lowest acceptance rate in school history. Students joining us this fall are not only motivated learners, but they are also leaders, artists, and athletes who are excited to engage in all facets of the Holderness experience.  It’s going to be a great year.” 

This year’s class of new students joining the Holderness community come from 18 states – like Arizona, Texas, and North Carolina – as well as 10 countries, including Nigeria, Australia, Korea, Germany, and Japan. 

“We are thrilled to welcome the newest members of our Holderness community,” says Head of School John McVeigh.  “These new Holderness Bulls come from every corner of the globe and they are sure to contribute mightily to all aspects of school life. We'll live and learn together, and we will be a better school because they are here.”

In true Holderness tradition, once students settled into their dorm rooms and said their goodbyes to families, they gathered in small groups, prepared their packs, and headed out into New Hampshire’s White Mountains for Orientation Hike – three days of campfires, laughter, and setting the foundation for the Holderness experience. 

Once new students get back from Orientation Hike they’ll begin an on-campus orientation as they prepare for the start of classes.  Returning students will move in on Sunday, September 4.  Classes and athletic practices will begin on Monday, September 5. 

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