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Alumni News Archive


  • November

    Travis Knaggs ’24, Asher Beck ’24, Brendan DiStefano ’22, and Eve Spencer ’22

    Hackley Cross Country Runners Compete in the NY Federation Championships

    On Saturday, November 20, four Hackley cross country runners attended the NY Federation Championships at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls!
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  • In the news: Christopher Pierce '61

    Artist Christopher Pierce '61 was recently featured in 518 Profiles magazine in an article titled "The Artist in the Hamlet.”  Click here to read the piece. 
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  • Girls' Cross Country

    Athletics Highlights

    This week's highlights feature IVY League and NYSAIS playoff updates. Click READ MORE for details. 
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  • Girls’ Varsity Tennis

    Athletics Championship Week!

    First and foremost, I would like to congratulate our Girls’ Tennis Team and our Field Hockey Team for going undefeated in the Ivy League and winning League Titles. NYSAIS Championships start Monday, November 1 and I am excited to announce that Girls’ Tennis, Girls’ Soccer, and Boys’ Soccer all received bids.
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  • Walter C. Johnson Health and Wellness Center

    Walter C. Johnson Health and Wellness Center earns National Award!

    The design of our Walter C. Johnson Health and Wellness Center was recently honored with a national award! 
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  • October

    3H at the chestnut oak on the Quad.

    Annual Founder’s Day Excursion

    During 3H's annual Founder’s Day excursion, Mrs. Harmon and Mrs. Koo took the students to visit the chestnut oak, then to the Lindsay Room to see the portrait of Mrs. Hackley.
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  • Demetra Yancopoulos ’18 with IRP Students in the Science Courtyard.

    Demetra Yancopoulos ’18 visits IRP Students

    The Independent Science Research Program had the pleasure of hosting Demetra Yancopoulos ’18 as a guest speaker. Demetra, who is a senior at Princeton University majoring in Civil and Environmental Engineering, spoke to our students about one of the research projects she worked on to help scientists understand climate change.
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  • Vinay Bijoor ’18 with a class of IRP students in the Courtyard.

    Vinay Bijoor ’18 visits IRP Students

    The Independent Research Program kicked off our 2021-2022 guest lecture series with Vinay Bijoor ’18. This was a very special visit since Vinay was also the very first IRP graduate!
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  • Avon, Mont.

    In the news: Holy Lynton '90

    Photographer Holy Lynton was commissioned by The New York Times to create a photo essay along with nine other photographers for the September 10, 2021 Style section article "Parsing American Style" ("In Search of American Style"). Click here to view the article.
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  • Jason Edwards, Director of Athletics

    New on Hackley Perspectives: Bonds that Last a Lifetime

    In this month's Hackley Perspectives, Jason Edwards, Director of Athletics, explores the profound impact of Hackley’s faculty-coach model, and the deep connections formed on the fields and courts. Read more.
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  • In the news: Tanya Nicholson Miller '90

    Tanya, BAC Chair and HAA Director, was recently quoted in an article in the Montclarion titled Vice President Kamala Harris Visits Montclair State to Discuss Childcare Expansion." Tanya Miller is the Assistant Director of the Early Intervention program and acting Associate Director of Ben Samuels Children’s Center.

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  • Hiding the Vegetables: Roleplaying, Games, and Simulations

    Michael Canterino '03
    Originally featured In the 2019-20 winter issue of  Hackley Review 

    While this academic school year offers Hackley’s first course explicitly designed around roleplay gaming as the central mechanism for understanding, analyzing, and creating content, games, and simulations have been a tradition in Hackley classrooms for years.
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  • Artist Emily Teall '12's latest creation

    Emily Teall '12' is a Resident Artist at the new Norwalk Art Space, which opened in June 2020. Her amazing steel sculpture Tulip Bulb is featured in the Sculpture Garden. Click read more to learn more about Emily’s sculpture.
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  • In the news: Andrew Jarecki '81

    The Washington Post featured Andrew Jarecki '81 in an article titled "How HBO’s ‘The Jinx’ helped lead to millionaire Robert Durst’s murder conviction" which discusses the role he played in bringing Robert Durst to justice. Read the article HERE.
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  • In the news: Dara Khosrowshahi '87

    In July, The New York Times featured Dara Khosrowshahi '87 in an article titled "Dara Khosrowshahi, Dad of Silicon Valley." Check it out HERE.
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  • Allison and Marya during their Hackley days.

    Friends Beyond the Hilltop

    By Marya Myers '03 and Allison Pataki '03 

    Nelly Takes New York and Poppy Takes Paris have been a wonderful adventure for us! It has been a joy for us as long-time friends to be able to fuse our career paths and collaborate on this creative endeavor together.
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  • In the news: Will Guidara '97

    Will Guidara '97 discusses his latest venture with Eater New York in an article titled "Will Guidara Eyes Upstate NY Castle in First Big Project After Leaving Eleven Madison Park." According to the article, he plans to transform an upstate New York castle into a luxury development that includes a hotel, two restaurants, and private residences. Click here to read the article.
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  • James Pratt '97 and Carlo Esannason '97's passion project

    Fly Honey Farms, a small-scale sustainable apiary, was established by Class of 1997 classmates James Pratt and Carlo Esannason in 2017. This dynamic duo was instrumental in helping Hackley bring an apiary to the Hilltop. Click here to watch a video.
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  • September

    Bill Akin '63's new book

    Bill Akin '63 joins the ranks of our distinguished alumni authors. His new book, The Golden Age of Montauk Sportfishing, is an interesting oral history of the Montauk fishing industry told by the salty sailors who lived it. For more information, visit
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  • Raleigh in his print shop holding his subway map submission.

    Raleigh D’Adamo ’49 - A facinating man

    (Class Notes Summer 2015) In addition to being a Hackley alum and Hackley parent, Raleigh D’Adamo ’49 is one of the hilltop’s more fascinating and noteworthy figures. From his knowledge of Swahili to his lasting imprint on the New York City Subway system to his printing press class at Yale University, and the frequent Hackley at Yale dinners he hosts, Raleigh is truly one of a kind.
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  • July

    Enter here to be and find a friend.

    Hackley Introduces the Lower School Mural

    This spring, Lower School students embarked on a school-wide art project creating an outdoor 50ft-wide mural.
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  • Hackley's newest gargoyles!

    Meet our newest gargoyles, Phil Variano and Doug Clark!
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  • June

    Faculty updates

    Faculty updates from the Hackley Review Summer 2021.
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  • Clark Oval was once home to Hackley’s ice skating rink during the 20s, 30s, and early 40s, and the hockey  team would hold their practices there.

    Did You Know?

    By Margie McNaughton Ford '85

    The Hackley archives is a treasure trove of interesting and fun facts about Hackley’s rich history. The archives is housed in the Hackley Alumni Association Room in Goodhue Memorial Hall and holds photographs, film, recordings, publications, yearbooks, trophies, documents, and memorabilia from 1899 - 2021.
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  • 1985 graduating class vs graduates from 2017. The  girls seem right at home on the Hilltop

    50 Years of Co-education on the Hilltop

    By Katy Ritz

    Looking around the Hilltop, it is hard to believe that Hackley started as an all-boys seven-day boarding school. Today, Varsity Girls Softball is playing on the Field next to the Varsity Boys Baseball team; the Upper School Spring musical, Into the Woods, has both male and female leads; and lunch on Akin Common includes male and female students playing frisbee together. The classrooms consist of an equal number of boys and girls participating in science, math, english, debate, visual arts, drama, athletics, and so much more. Hackley has seen many changes over the 122-year history of the School, and co-educational is one of its most transformative. This year marks the 50-year anniversary of co-educational on the Hilltop, and Hackley girls past and present have certainly carved out a space for themselves as they continue to pave a path for future Hackley girls.
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  • May

    Peter’s Hackley  yearbook senior portrait.

    From Hackley to Hollywood to Horticulture: Peter Strauss ’65 Reflects on His Life and Legacy

    By Alexi Sandhu '18
    Written by Alexi Sandhu '18 

    In a career that’s spanned more than half a century of work in television, film, and theater, including an Emmy and 5 Golden Globe nominations, Peter Strauss ’65 has literally done it all and then some. During a series of in depth Zoom conversations, Alexi Sandhu ’18 spoke with Peter about his time on the Hilltop, what he’s done since graduating, and the ways in which he continues to reinvent himself and pursue his personal passions. Peter is living proof that you’re never too old to become who you might have been.
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  • Oren Tirschwell ’20

    An Unexpected Gap Year

    By Oren Tirschwell ’20, from Hackley Class Notes 2021

    I never wanted to take a gap year.
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  • Marc Rod, class of ’16, visited the Dial class via Zoom on Friday, May 7.

    Capitol Hill Journalist Marc Rod ’16 visits Hackley Dial students

    (By Dial Editor Kami Lim '22) -- Marc Rod, class of ’16, visited the Dial class via Zoom on Friday, May 7 to speak to students about his experiences as a current journalist and former co-editor in chief of the Dial. His talk was part of a celebration to honor the outgoing senior class (class of ’21) and to thank them for their work on the publication.
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  • Doug Clark in 2020.

    Doug Clark Tribute

    Doug Clark has been a part of Hackley for just over four decades. He met his wife Carrie when she joined the faculty as a new French teacher. They were married in King Chapel, and they lived on campus for four years in Doug’s apartment that is now part of Girls’ Boarding. Doug and Carrie raised two sons: Josh, class of ’15, and Jack, class of ’17. Hackley has been part of Doug’s life just as he has been a part of Hackley.
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  • Phil Variano’s 2020 yearbook photo.

    Phil Variano Tribute


    A truly fitting tribute to Phil Variano would be titled “balance” — and not just because of his surprising physical flexibility (he’ll happily oblige impromptu requests to assume the crow yoga pose). His students, players, and colleagues extol his ability to blend humor and heart. “He made it fun but also pushed you to compete,” recalls one of his squash players. “More than just funny, though,” explains one of his peers, “I think about his fundamental decency, his resolve, and his humanity.”
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  • April

    Screen Capture of the Zoom call with Mr. Loehr '85

    Hackley Alumnus Peter Loehr ’85 Visits the Virtual Hilltop

    (By Lily Napach ’21) -- On Thursday, April 8th, the Hackley Chinese language community welcomed Hackley alumnus, Mr. Peter Loehr ’85, to speak about his experience in China’s film industry.
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  • Andrew Carnabucci '02 Publishes Two Books

    Andrew Carnabuci ’02, an associate attorney at Rose Kallor LLP in Hartford, CT, has published two books: Beowulf: A Verse Translation from the Anglo-Saxon and The Sole Palladium: An Apologia for Free Speech in the United States.  He donated copies to the Hackley Collection (books written by alumni) in the school’s Sternberg Library.
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  • February

     Screen shots from Zach’s Zoom presentation.

    Alumni Zach Walsh ’14 visits IRP students

    On February 17, 2021, Zach Walsh ’14 returned to the Hilltop virtually to speak to the Independent Research students about his research experiences in immunotherapy for pediatric leukemia, where scientists have altered the body’s own immune system to fight the blood cancer.  
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  • The Hackley Hornets Capital Investment Club

    Hornets Capital Investment Club Make the Finals

    Congratulations are in order for the Hornets Capital Investment Club.
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