• Blair Musicians to Share ‘Gifts & Passions’ at Spring Concert

    Posted April 24, 2017

    Members of Blair’s Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Singers, Chamber Choir, Men’s Choir and Women’s Ensemble will showcase how much they have learned this academic year at April 27’s Spring Concert, a two-hour show that will feature an eclectic repertoire and combined performances that will no doubt leave the student and faculty audience impressed and eager to hear more.

  • Department of Justice Attorney to Focus on U.S. Immigration System at Society of Skeptics

    Posted April 20, 2017

    At the final Society of Skeptics lecture of the year, United States Department of Justice (DOJ) attorney John Inkeles ’93 will discuss the complexity and scope of the U.S. immigration system.

  • Blair Holds 11th Annual Spring College Fair

    Posted April 14, 2017

    Representatives from more than 80 colleges and universities are expected at Blair’s 11th annual Spring College Fair, to be held on Wednesday and Thursday, April 19 and 20, in Hardwick Hall’s field house.

  • Novelist Robert Neff ’49 Details Experience of First-Time Authorhood at Skeptics

    Posted April 13, 2017

    Robert Neff ’49 returned to Blair on April 18 to address the Society of Skeptics about novel writing, a pastime he embarked upon after completing a career in international business. Just last year, the first-time author published Uber Alles, a book that explores love, loyalty and political intrigue during World War II.

  • Blair Shark Tank: Learning from Real-Life Angel Investors

    Posted April 6, 2017

    On April 11, three Blair parents and the CEO of a fast-growing sports fundraising platform called PledgeIt hosted a Society of Skeptics presentation that lightly mimicked the reality show Shark Tank, in which start-up companies pitch their businesses to investors.

  • A ‘Remarkable Moment:’ Blair’s Spring Break Trip to Cuba

    Posted March 31, 2017

    For history teacher Joanne Brandwood, Blair Academy’s first-ever trip to Cuba represented a “remarkable moment” for the School, 16 student travelers and four faculty chaperones. “It’s always worthwhile to travel internationally and meet people from other cultures, but this place was different,” she said. “Our students appreciated the historic nature of our visit to Cuba, knowing that as recently as two years ago, we couldn’t have gone. Both in the positive interactions we experienced in Cuba and the ideas and impressions we brought home, the trip demonstrated to all of us the importance of contact with other countries.”

  • Blair Welcomes Accepted Students & Families on Revisit Days

    Posted March 30, 2017

    The School community enjoyed welcoming newly accepted students and their families for Revisit Days on Friday, March 31, and Monday, April 3. Each Revisit Day was designed to give students and parents a closer look at all Blair has to offer.

  • New York Times Reporter Gives Skeptics Talk about Sports in Society

    Posted March 30, 2017

    Longtime New York Times reporter Joe Drape came to campus to address the Society of Skeptics on April 4, during which he shared with students and faculty his personal connection to Blair’s campus and community: Since 2004, he has twice reported on the School in his role as a journalist who focuses on the “intersection of sports, culture and money.”

  • 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 was 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 presented 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Blair Academy Players Present ‘In the Heights’

    Posted February 10, 2017

    New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood was the backdrop for the Blair Academy Players’ production of the Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights. The show centered around the hopes, dreams, traditions and music of the neighborhood’s close-knit residents and tells the universal story of a vibrant American community facing challenges and changes.

  • Civil War Authority Glenn LeBoeuf Presents at Skeptics

    Posted February 9, 2017

    The Society of Skeptics welcomed author and speaker Glenn LeBoeuf on February 14 for a pre-President’s Day discussion of “The Making of an Abolitionist: Abraham Lincoln's Evolving Views on Slavery.” A passionate student of history and former social studies teacher in New Providence, New Jersey, Mr. LeBoeuf shared insights on Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States and issuer of the Emancipation Proclamation.

  • Trio of Trips Took Place over Winter Long Weekend

    Posted January 30, 2017

    Blair’s annual winter long weekend gave students and faculty a much-appreciated break from the busy academic-year schedule.

  • “Girls Who Code:” Cybersecurity Specialist Speaks at Skeptics

    Posted January 26, 2017

    Girls Who Code is a national nonprofit dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology-related careers. On January 31, the organization’s director of education, Emily Reid, visited the Society of Skeptics to talk about how Girls Who Code is inspiring and equipping high school girls to pursue careers in engineering and technology.

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