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  • John C. Bogle ’47 in the Headlines

    Posted March 20, 2017

    Chairman Emeritus of the Blair Board of Trustees John C. Bogle ’47 garnered two high honors, as well as national and international media recognition over the past several months, thanks to his lifetime of work in the financial industry. Mr. Bogle founded The Vanguard Group, Inc., in 1974, a company noted as having “transformed investing forever with the index fund,” in a February 2017 Business Insider article. Today, Vanguard is the world’s largest mutual fund organization, surpassing $4 trillion in assets under management globally as of January 31, 2017.

  • Blair Academy Partners with Foodshed Alliance

    Posted March 15, 2017

    Blair Academy’s partnership with the Blairstown-based Foodshed Alliance has grown over the past several years, and both the School and the local-food-focused nonprofit have benefited from the association.

  • Construction Continues on Blair’s CIC

    Posted March 9, 2017

    Visitors to Blair’s campus will notice the new Center for Innovation and Collaboration (CIC) taking shape as they drive up the front hill. Though the exterior walls are quickly being raised, passersby can see that the interior framework is in place, most notably the rounded second-story floor overlooking the collaboration forum.

  • James Moore Examines the Life & Times of Caravaggio at Skeptics

    Posted March 8, 2017

    Art history will be the focus of the Society of Skeptics when attorney and art critic James Moore joins the Blair community on March 28. In a presentation titled “Great Art: Cardsharps, Saints, Beheadings and Murder,” Mr. Moore will present an introduction to the life and times of Caravaggio, the Italian painter (1571-1610) who produced many now-famous biblical masterpieces while leading a tumultuous life punctuated by murder and brawls.

  • Congratulations to Blair’s Winter Athletic Awardees!

    Posted March 6, 2017

    Players, coaches, athletic department staff and members of the administration gathered to honor Blair’s winter athletes at the Varsity Athletic Banquet on March 1. During the event, Athletic Director Paul Clavel '88 and head coaches praised the student-athletes for their commitment, hard work, sportsmanship and passion throughout the winter months.

  • Cultural Exploration & Athletic Training Highlight Spring Break Trips

    Posted March 3, 2017
    Language teacher Joyce Lang toured Cuba in summer 2016 with the World Leadership School.

    Blair’s spring break begins on March 9, and students and faculty will travel near and far during the much-anticipated hiatus from classes. Many will return home to enjoy time with their families; spring athletes and coaches will spend part of the break training in warm-weather destinations; and Blair groups will embark on unique excursions to Cuba and Kenya. Read on for a preview of travel plans.

  • New Faculty Groups Seek to Strengthen School Community

    Posted March 2, 2017

    The forging of meaningful relationships among faculty and students is a time-honored hallmark of the Blair experience. This year, faculty members are working to further enrich relationship-based learning at the School through the efforts of two groups, which were formed to explore the makeup of life at Blair and determine ways in which faculty and students can gain deeper understanding of one another.

  • Highlights of Headmasters’ Societies Games

    By Chloe Kim ’17
    Posted February 28, 2017

    Last week was, indeed, a busy week. The much-anticipated Headmasters’ Societies Games took place throughout the week, and students were eager to cut through the February cold to compete against their friends and faculty. Starting on February 20, Blair students donned their team colors—red, blue, green and purple—when Head of School Chris Fortunato announced the start of the games at Monday School Meeting.

  • Blair Wrestling Wins 37th National Prep Championship

    Posted February 27, 2017

    Blair wrestling earned its 37th national prep team championship at the 2017 national prep tournament held February 24 and 25 at Lehigh University’s Stabler Arena. The Bucs’ final team score of 306 was 30 points higher than second-place finisher Wyoming Seminary and nearly 80 points higher than third-place finisher Malvern Preparatory School, and Blair won all 12 of its medal matches.

  • Blair Girls’ Basketball Wins 7th-Consecutive MAPL & State Titles

    Posted February 24, 2017

    The girls’ varsity basketball team capped off another successful season in February, winning its seventh-straight Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) and prep “A” state championship titles.

  • Retired Army Officer Examines Trump Foreign Policy at Skeptics

    Posted February 23, 2017
    Photo by Lydia Richardson '20

    On February 28, the Society of Skeptics welcomed retired Army Maj. Jason C. Howk for his second presentation of the 2016-2017 academic year: “The Trump Doctrine: Foreign Policy Under the New Administration.”

  • Blair Junior Organizes On-Campus Blood Drive

    Posted February 22, 2017

    Caroline Haywood ’18 grew up surrounded by the world of medicine: Her mother is a nurse at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; her father works as an engineer in the medical field; and her uncle is a cardiologist.

  • Senior Reflects on ‘Learning to Speak Your Own Language’ at Chapel

    Posted February 22, 2017

    Language and linguistics are topics that speak to four-year Blair senior Charlotte Buck ’17. At Chapel on February 16, she described how, at different times in her life, she has been an extrovert and an introvert and how her own use of language has often been based on the people around her. Last year, she spent her junior year in Spain, and she found the experience of speaking and, eventually, thinking, in a language other than English pivotal in helping her find her own true voice.

  • Computer Science Electives: 'Really Cool' Coding & Computational Thinking

    Posted February 21, 2017

    More than 20 students are exploring the art and science of computer programming in “Introduction to Programming” and “Software Design,” two electives launched at Blair this year. Led by computer science teacher Michael Garrant, an electrical and software engineer with nearly 30 years’ experience in business and industry, both courses familiarize students with coding concepts and give them experience solving problems through “computational thinking,” a skill Mr. Garrant sees as essential in the modern workplace.

  • Headmasters' Societies Games Are a Highlight of the Year!

    By Caroline Devlin ’17
    Posted February 20, 2017

    As the winter athletic season comes to a close, the Headmaster's Societies Games are an enjoyable way for students to celebrate Blair Academy’s history and get excited for spring activities by trying something new.

  • Watch Boys' & Girls' Basketball State Finals Live

    Posted February 17, 2017

    Watch the boys' and girls' basketball teams compete in the championship round of the New Jersey prep “A” state tournament on Saturday, February 18.

  • Analytical Chemistry: Complex Science with Practical Applications

    Posted February 16, 2017

    How much calcium is actually present in a calcium supplement? What kind of food coloring is in powdered drink mix? What pigments make spinach green and how much is contained in a single leaf? These are some of the questions 15 juniors and seniors have addressed in analytical chemistry, a new yearlong science elective developed and taught by science teacher Aly Dowey.

  • Blair to Livestream State Semi-Finals for Boys' & Girls' Basketball

    Posted February 16, 2017

    Watch the boys' and girls' basketball teams compete in the semi-final round of the New Jersey prep “A” state tournament on Thursday, February 16.

  • Debate Team Achieves Success at Harvard National Forensics Tournament

    Posted February 14, 2017

    Six Blair debate team members competed in the 43rd annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament in Cambridge, Massachusetts, one of the nation’s largest and most prestigious high school debate tournaments. From February 17 to 20, Blair’s speakers and debaters tested their oratory skills in a variety of categories against students from all over the country, and it was an opportunity that debate team coach, English and theatre teacher Micki Kaplan McMillan, was thrilled for the team to experience.

  • Girls’ Basketball Team Wins MAPL Title

    Posted February 13, 2017

    Blair’s girls' varsity basketball team won its seventh-straight Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) championship, beating The Hill School, 72-25, on February 12.

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