“Clearly, history will record the 90s as the Richard F. Barter Era, as well it should. Under Dr. Barter’s leadership the past seven years, the school has made a number of substantive changes that have altered the educational landscape in some very positive ways. Yet, my current observations of the Hawken that I so admire recall the French expression, “Plus la change, plus la rest le meme,” and in the very best sense, I feel that in addition to the noteworthy changes, that adage describes much of what I see at Hawken in the 90s.”

Alan MacCracken, Jr. ’54, former Upper School Foreign Language teacher (1998)

U.S. History: 1920s

Popular People
  • Bill Gates
  • Martha Stewart
  • Michael Jordan
  • Tiger Woods
  • Oprah Winfrey
Popular Artists
  • Janet Jackson
  • Garth Brooks
  • Celine Dion
  • Madonna
  • The Spice Girls
  • Beanie Babies
  • Fury
  • Roller blades
  • Tattoos
  • Body piercing
  • Feng Shui
  • Green design products
Popular Pastimes
  • Mega-bookstores (Barnes and Noble, Borders)
  • Audio books
  • Theme Restaurants
  • Casinos
TV Shows in the 1990s
  • Friends
  • Seinfeld
  • Beavis and Butthead
  • South Park
  • Survivor
  • Family Guy
Average in 1990
  • New House:      $123,000
  • Income:            $28,970
  • New Car:          $16,000
Average in 1999  
  • New House:      $131,700
  • Income:            $40,810
  • New Car:          $21,100

Hawken History: 1990s

The year 1990 marked Hawken School’s 75th anniversary, a year-long celebration built around the theme “Celebrating Teachers and Teaching” and culminated into the event of the year: a sit-down dinner celebration attended by over 400 people during Alumni Weekend. The Hawken Book, written by William Donohue Ellis and Nancy A. Schneider, was also published in 1990 to commemorate the school’s anniversary.

The 1990’s began with Doug Stenberg, the second longest tenured head in the history of the school, announcing that he would be leaving Hawken in June of 1991. The search committee, chaired by Charles P. Bolton, chose Richard Barter from Collegiate School in New York City as Hawken’s next headmaster. Barter was given the following charge: to unify the two campuses; regain control of a faculty-led Upper School; slow faculty turnover; and infuse in the community a more palpable sense of spirit and purpose. Barter rose to the challenge by working not only with faculty members, but with three new committees: Parents and Partners, the Time Committee, and the Curriculum Committee to ensure changes were made. Through the Hawken community working together, the end of the school year in 1997 created successful results in strong endowment, strong enrollment, and the committees continued working to better the school.

However, in September of 1997, Barter announced his resignation, effective June of 1998, stating that he had accomplished what he had set out to do by improving the school’s finances, creating a stronger community, and expanding the facilities. Such facilities at Lyndhurst included new science labs, Ingalls Gym, two computer classrooms, large classrooms in the Middle School for activity-based instruction and class meetings, the expansion and renovation of Hochstetler Dining Room, more preschool classrooms, new music facilities, and the addition of a child study center. Developments at the Gates Mills campus included a new science wing, tech center, private faculty offices, and the Arts and Communications Lobby. As Hawken looked toward the 21st century, the School was well-positioned to remain on the cutting edge of the technological boom with its new website—the first one launched among CCIS schools.

Jim Berkman began his tenure as Hawken’s ninth head of school in July of 1998. The “real work,” according to Berkman, would be accomplished during the 1999-2000 school year, as the School was ushering in a new millennium.

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