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Celebrating Frederick Law Olmsted’s Bicentennial

Frederick Law Olmsted, born in 1822, was a preeminent landscape architect, journalist, and social critic. Considered to be the father of landscape architecture, he was also the father of Roxbury Latin alumnus Frederick Law Olmsted Jr., Class of 1890. Olmsted Sr. is famous for co-designing many well-known urban parks throughout the United States and Canada, […]

Mahsa Khanbabai on Immigration, Past and Present

“Every day, all around the world, people are moving,” began Mahsa Khanbabai in Hall on October 4. “They’re making the most difficult decisions of their lives: to leave behind their families, their friends, everything they’ve known, for a better life, or a safer life. Each of them do it for different reasons—maybe for a student […]

Dr. Peniel Joseph on the Power and Importance of History

On September 30, Dr. Peniel Joseph delivered a memorable Hall, discussing his lifelong work as a historian, author, and activist, focused on race and democracy, justice and equity. “The stories we tell ourselves are important,” Dr. Joseph began, “because they become the way in which we understand ourselves and others, and that becomes the way […]

How to Raise—And Become—an Adult: Three Sessions With Julie Lythcott-Haims

“A parent’s job is to put oneself out of a job,” exhorted Julie Lythcott-Haims, who visited Roxbury Latin on August 31. Presenting three sessions over the course of the day—in a workshop with faculty and staff, in Hall with students, and in an evening session with parents in the Smith Theater—Ms. Lythcott-Haims had a consistent […]

Opening of Roxbury Latin’s 378th Year

“Teachers and scholars of the oldest school in continuous existence in North America, good morning and welcome back,” said Headmaster Kerry Brennan from the Rousmaniere Hall stage on Monday, August 29. That morning, the traditional Opening of Fall Term Hall began The Roxbury Latin School’s 378th academic year, as Mr. Brennan welcomed the 310 students, […]

One Love Helps RL Students Explore Healthy Relationships

On April 28, Roxbury Latin welcomed Claire Giampetroni, local representative of the national One Love organization, focused on educating young people about healthy and unhealthy relationships, empowering them to identify and avoid abuse and learn how to love better. The organization was founded in honor and in memory of Yeardley Love who—three weeks shy of […]

Honoring the Life of the Mind: Twelve Seniors Inducted Into Cum Laude Society

On April 21, Roxbury Latin celebrated in Hall the 12 members of Class I whose efforts and accomplishments have earned them membership in the Cum Laude Society. Each spring, the all-school Cum Laude ceremony honors the life of the mind—affirming that at the heart of a good school is scholarly engagement. “This special event is […]

Dr. Winifred Frick Helps Separate Bat Facts From Fiction

Bats often get a bad rap. They’re construed as the spooky creatures that haunt us on Halloween, accompanying vampires and the like. They’re falsely assumed to always carry rabies and drink blood. When in fact, bats—the world’s smallest mammal, and the only one that can fly—of which there are more than 1,400 species, make up […]

Dr. Andrés Wilson Shares His Experience of Judaism and Passover

Throughout the year, members of the RL community take the stage in Rousmaniere Hall to share their experiences of faith, from a range of religious traditions—especially around the time of annual celebrations. The experience and exploration of spiritual life, in its rich variety of forms, has long been an important part of a Roxbury Latin […]

Committed Change-Maker John Gabrieli ’12 Delivers Wyner Lecture

On April 11, Roxbury Latin welcomed alumnus John Gabrieli, Class of 2012, as the year’s Wyner Lecturer—a series featuring individuals committed to solving big problems for social good. Until recently, John served as co-chair of the Every Voice Coalition—a grassroots movement to combat sexual violence on college campuses and support survivors—which he founded and which […]