News & Events

Dr. Brian Purnell Is This Year’s Smith Visiting Scholar

On January 20, Dr. Brian Purnell delivered one of two Halls that he will give this year, as Roxbury Latin’s 2021-2022 Smith Visiting Scholar. “Most of you will remember Dr. Purnell from his riveting and impassioned Zoom-Hall last February titled ‘The Fierce Urgency of Now’ which explored his personal journey with Civil Rights Movement history,” […]

Remembering Steve Ward, Beloved Teacher, Coach, and Friend

On the morning of January 19, legendary and long-time faculty member Steve Ward died—peacefully, and at home—after a long illness. Beginning when he was hired in 1976, Steve had a significant impact on the lives of countless Roxbury Latin boys. When Steve retired in 2014, he was appropriately celebrated for his distinctive and effective style […]

Winter Art Exhibit Featuring the Work of Brian Buckley

On the evening of January 13, more than 200 members of the Roxbury Latin community—students, alumni, faculty, parents, and friends—helped to celebrate the opening of this year’s winter art exhibit, featuring the work of veteran faculty member and long-time Arts Department Chair Brian Buckley. Having served for 36 years on the Roxbury Latin faculty, Mr. […]

Danny Morris ’86 of I Have a Dream Foundation Helps Honor MLK Jr.

On January 13, Roxbury Latin welcomed back Danny Morris, Class of 1986, who delivered a rousing, personal, and powerful address at the school’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Hall. Danny serves as Director of National Programs for the I Have a Dream Foundation, an organization based in New York City and working to ensure […]

Headmaster Brennan On Imposter Syndrome, And Knowing You Belong

On January 6—after surging COVID cases required a remote start to the winter term—Headmaster Kerry Brennan welcomed students and faculty back from winter break in person, ushering in the new year and the hope that it may represent. At the heart of Mr. Brennan’s remarks was the question Who am I?, and what that question […]

Holiday Concerts, to Begin the Winter Break

In Roxbury Latin tradition, on the day following mid-year exams—and just before the students and faculty leave campus for a well-deserved winter break—a full third of the student body assembles to deliver a festive and joyful holiday concert, honoring the celebrations and spirit of the season. This tradition—like many—was interrupted in December 2020, and we […]

Jim Ryan, On Joy and the Christmas Season

“It seems fitting in this season of Christmas to share some joy with you all—or at least some insights into the meaning of joy and how you can find it and spread it.” So began long-time faculty member Jim Ryan in Hall on December 6, reflecting on the Christmas holiday and what it means to […]

Julian Patterson ’06 and Kaleb Rollins ’06 Discuss Music and Media, Podcast-Style

On November 30, in the Smith Theater, students and faculty were joined in Hall by two alumni from the Class of 2006—Julian Patterson and Kaleb Rollins—who work today at the intersections of music and culture, sports and fashion, hip hop and media. “Popular culture—as many of us in this room can attest—evolves over time, and […]

It’s Alive! Roxbury Latin Presents Frankenstein

On November 19 and 20, Roxbury Latin celebrates the full return to live theater as the fall’s Senior Play production of Frankenstein fills the Smith Theater stage. Based on the 1818 novel by Mary Shelley, and adapted for the stage by Nick Dear in 2011, the production tells the story of Victor Frankenstein and his […]

Alumnus and Trustee Jim Hamilton ’91 On Gratitude

For nearly 20 years, Roxbury Latin has launched the school’s Thanksgiving break with the annual Thanksgiving Exercises Hall—an opportunity to reflect on our many gifts, as individuals and as a community. “As you will hear from others today, in readings and song,” Headmaster Brennan began, “each of us has a bundle of blessings for which […]

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