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Professor Dehlia Umunna on Making Your Life Count for Good

Each year, Roxbury Latin begins the last school day before the Thanksgiving break with a tradition that is distinctly RL. Thanksgiving Exercises are an opportunity to, as Headmaster Brennan says, “turn our heads and hearts to the proposition of gratitude—for the country in which we live, for the freedoms and opportunities that are guaranteed by […]

Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, the Year’s Senior Play, Premieres Virtually

In planning for the school year, Director of Dramatics Derek Nelson knew that he would have to be creative in order to stage a drama production during a pandemic. His solution elegantly responded to two realities of 2020: The isolation and social distancing forced by COVID-19, and the uprising against racial injustice that marked the […]

Chamber Trio Earns First Place in International Competition

The chamber trio of Daniel Berk (I), Heshie Liebowitz (II), and Alex Yin (II) entered this year’s international Great Composers Competition having never played together as a trio before. Yet this summer—looking for opportunities to make music with others, safely—the three boys wanted to fill the musical gap they were feeling on the heels of […]

Swami Tyagananda on Light—Both External, and Internal

“On Saturday, members of the Hindu faith—including many in our own Roxbury Latin community—began the celebration of Diwali, one of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, which symbolizes the spiritual victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance—virtues to which we can all aspire,” began Headmaster Brennan in virtual Hall on […]

Hari Narayanan ’20 Wins First Place in Poetry Contest

This fall, newly-minted RL alumnus Hari Narayanan received a message from the West Roxbury branch of the Boston Public Library. The library staff was reaching out to inform him that he had won first place in the library’s annual poetry contest, in the high school submissions category. This year was the 31st of the Intergenerational […]

U.S. Marine Veteran Mansoor Shams Inspires Unity and Compassion

On November 10, Roxbury Latin celebrated its annual Veterans Day Commemoration Hall—this year via Zoom, allowing alumni veterans from across the country to tune in. Headmaster Brennan welcomed students, faculty, staff, and guests as we, together, honored, “those veterans who are with us, and also all those others who have served our country in peacetime […]

RL Launches ART@RL, an Online Gallery

While the pandemic prevents guests from coming to campus this year, it also prevents the student artwork that reliably lines the halls from benefitting a broader audience. Arts Department Chair Brian Buckley and Headmaster Kerry Brennan were intent that the school still share students’ impressive work, despite the logistical constraints. With the helpful cooperation of […]

A Virtual Founder’s Day, Focused on a Historic Election

On October 29, students and faculty gathered not in Rousmaniere Hall, but over Zoom, tuning in from home for an unusual—but edifying—Founder’s Day celebration. In this historic year, with a consequential presidential election forthcoming, the day’s programming focused on various elements related to the election process in the United States—both in this year, and in […]

Ambassador Harriet Elam-Thomas is RL’s 17th Jarvis International Lecturer

Since 2004, we have welcomed sixteen distinguished public servants and thinkers on foreign affairs to campus as part of the F. Washington Jarvis International Fund Lecture. Past speakers for this Lecture, named for the man who for thirty years led Roxbury Latin as its tenth Headmaster, have included economist Paul Volcker; former Secretary of Defense […]

Debate Success for RL Boys This Season

This fall season has proved an excellent showing for the Roxbury Latin Debate Team. Early in September, David Sullivan (II) competed in the World Individual Debate and Public Speaking Championships. His After-Dinner speech—a hilarious depiction of a time traveler from the future speaking to a group of tech executives in the present—propelled him to the […]

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