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Pianist Andrew Gu (V) Selected for From the Top

Andrew Gu of Class V was recently selected and recorded for NPR’s nationally-renowned From The Top program—a premier music radio show, which celebrates the stories and talents of classically-trained young musicians. The episode featuring Andrew’s performance—Show 393, with host Peter Dugan—aired nationally during the week of December 14. Andrew performed Beethoven’s Sonata No. 7 in […]

Fernando Rodriguez-Villa ’06 Speaks at RL’s Inaugural Innovation Exchange

On December 3, Roxbury Latin hosted its Inaugural Innovation Exchange with keynote speaker Fernando Rodriguez-Villa ’06. Fernando spoke with students and faculty over Zoom, sharing his journey from RL student to co-founder of AdeptID. Students were able to engage with AdeptID’s technology during a group project, followed by a question and answer session. “One of […]

Rob “ProBlak” Gibbs On the Process and Mission of Art, and On Being a Good Person

On December 3, students and faculty were joined in virtual Hall by Rob “ProBlak” Gibbs, a celebrated visual artist who has transformed the cultural landscape of Boston through graffiti art since 1991. Growing up in Roxbury during hip-hop’s Golden Age, Mr. Gibbs saw the power of graffiti as a form of self expression. The medium […]

Photographer Chris Payne ’86 Documents Martin Guitar-Making for The New York Times

Alumnus and renowned architectural photographer Chris Payne’s subjects have range. Chris has chronicled—in large format documentation—some of America’s most venerated industrial heritage, from New York City substations to Steinway pianos, from pencil-manufacturing in New Jersey to abandoned mental hospitals across the country. On November 28, Chris’s work was featured in The New York Times Magazine […]

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 […]