Hawken History On Display for Community

Hawken is proud to announce a series of Decade Displays that celebrate the School's rich history through items chosen from 100 years of archived materials.

Unveiling in succession, the Decade Displays are being carefully crafted in collaboration with alumna Ann Conkle ’78, Executive Vice President of Communication Exhibits, Inc. in Canal Fulton. Each display contains memorabilia, photographs, and other historical treasures from one of Hawken's decades. Included is an ipad that digitally displays photos, videos, yearbooks and other historical artifacts. This digital content can also be viewed online at the tabs above.

The display cases will first be on view at the Lyndhurst campus in the following locations:
  • 1915-1919 - Bolton Hall
  • 1920s - Musical Arts Center
  • 1930s - Hurwitz Hall
  • 1940s - Lincoln Lobby
  • 1950s - Lincoln Lobby
  • 1960s - The Nido
The displays will move to Gates Mills for viewing at the Alumni Winter Luncheon on December 20, and the entire collection will be presented at the Party of the Century at the Cleveland Convention Center on May 16, 2015. Ultimately, the 11 displays will become part of Hawken’s permanent archive collection on the Gates Mills campus.

In addition to providing teachers and students opportunities for discussion and curricular integration, the decade displays offer this takeaway: Hawken is no ordinary school. The School's founders were pioneers, innovators, and visionaries, and its generous benefactors and leaders through the years have sustained an unwavering and passionate commitment to the original guiding principles. Those principles, combined with the School’s willingness to take the lead carefully and deliberately and to experiment and innovate thoughtfully and intentionally, have been described as “the lifeblood of the institution.” 

As Head of School Scott Looney explained after his arrival at Hawken in 2006, “Very few schools were founded to be this type of school. Hawken School was.” It’s that essential difference that brought the families of those original 19 boys to Hawken’s doors in 1915, and it’s that essential difference that continues to draw generations of families and students to Hawken’s doors today.
In 1915, a small group of parents recruited a progressive educator to tutor their children in a converted house at 1572 Ansel Road in Cleveland. Word about James A. Hawken and his innovative faculty quickly spread and Hawken soon found himself at the helm of a growing school for boys, kindergarten through grades nine.
Through the generosity of Chester and Frances Bolton, Hawken School moved to 5000 Clubside Road in Lyndhurst (the current location of the Lower and Middle Schools) in 1922 to better meet the needs of a burgeoning student body.
In 1961, Hawken School extended its curriculum to include grades ten through twelve and added a 325-acre campus in Gates Mills (the former White Family estate) to house the New Upper School.
In 1973, Hawken School took another major step when it instituted coeducation and opened its doors to girls.
Further enhancing Hawken’s ability to nurture young minds, the school initiated a preschool for 3 and 4 year olds in the fall of 1993. A state-of-the-art, inspirational Early Childhood Center opened in 2012.

In 2010, Hawken opened an urban extension center at University Circle that connects students with some of the greatest cultural arts organizations, medical research centers, and hospitals in the world, providing meaningful service and hands-on learning experiences.
Throughout its evolution, the school has always remained dedicated to James A. Hawken’s belief in the importance of “fair play,” and to his original goal, “That the better self shall prevail and each generation introduce its successor to a higher plane of life.” These concepts remain the cornerstones of a Hawken education and instill in students the virtues of honesty, kindness, self-respect, tolerance, and the fundamental skills of working together as a community.
Today, Hawken prides itself on a diverse student body of 1,010 girls and boys. The curriculum is designed to develop the talent, drive, and ability in students who come from a wide variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds. In addition, the school urges all students to remain engaged in the educational process and to continue learning and contributing to the community throughout their lives.

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