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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
BY ZAN VARIANO ’09, CHARLOTTE VARIANO ’11, AND MEL VARIANO ’14
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.”
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.
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.