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Students line up to get cookies outside of Manzanita Hall on Tuesday. In celebration of former Harker president Howard Nichols birthday, students and faculty enjoyed chocolate chip cookies, one of Nichols favorite desserts.

Upper school honors Howard Nichols’ birthday through chocolate chip cookie tradition

by Vivian Chen and Anika Maji October 15, 2023

The upper school celebrated former Harker president Howard Nichols’ birthday through the annual tradition of serving chocolate chip cookies to students and faculty during lunch on Tuesday. In a Schoology...

Phoebe Castle (11) takes in a work from the Color Trip: Yoshida Hodaka’s Modern Prints exhibit at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco during a field trip on Mar. 27. I was immediately drawn to the different themes of color in each one of the [prints], she said.

AP Art History students tour San Francisco Asian Art Museum

by Felix Chen and Katerina Matta April 3, 2023

Advanced Placement (AP) Art History students visited the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco during a field trip on Mar. 27.   After attending their fifth period classes, students left school from the...

Women’s History Month serves as one way students and faculty can celebrate women’s many contributions to modern society and recognize their erasure throughout history. “It’s a chance to pause and reflect on the fact we need a separate category of history for half the population of the world,” FEM Club Advisor Donna Gilbert said.

“We can still do better:” honor her-story

by Arjun Barrett, Managing Editor March 16, 2023

Amongst the many boards along the colorful walls of Main Hall, one in particular stands out. Adorned with flowers, a purple and green board shows the faces of various influential figures from our past....

An illustration depicting some of the new courses for the 2023-24 school year. Next year, the upper school will offer new courses in a variety of topics, including: Corporate Finance, Venture Capital, Latin American History, Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies and several course evolutions including new vocal classes Rhapsody and Dolce Voce; and changements to both French electives: Honors French Prose, and Honors French Literature & Film.

Additions and advancements: New courses announced for 2023-24 school year

by Claire Bauschlicher, Reporter February 2, 2023

In the 2023-2024 school year, the upper school will offer new courses in a variety of topics, including: Corporate Finance, Venture Capital, Latin American History, Introduction to Women’s and Gender...

The upper school celebrates its 25th anniversary this year after its founding in 1998. It began with 90 students who comprised the first graduating class of 2002 and a small-sized faculty of 12 to 15 members.

Happy birthday, Eagles: Commemorating 25 years of upper school history

by Ananya Sriram, Co-Features Editor October 30, 2022

Baggy sweatshirts and pants with large pockets. Frosh playing at a pool table. A volleyball team posing with cones of ice cream. A class of 90 students posing for a photo with bright smiles on their faces....

Three students and two teachers discuss their thoughts on the mask mandate lift at the upper school. The lift began on Monday, and students and faculty are no longer required to wear masks indoors.

Talk around campus: Mask mandate lift

by Selina Xu and Sally Zhu April 25, 2022

Additional reporting by Edward Huang. With the upper school's mask mandate lifting last Monday, April 18, students and faculty are no longer required to wear masks indoors, a decision following Gov....

Anwen Hao (9) poses in a dance routine to Albrecht’s Variation from “Giselle at this years Hoscars. The show, themed Oscars this year, took place on March 30 in the Rothschild Performing Arts Center and featured acts in singing, dancing, instrumental and more,

Back with a blast: the Hoscars return triumphantly to center stage

by Emma Gao, Co-Copy Editor April 17, 2022

“Before we start, let me assure you there will be no slaps and no punches thrown today. So sit back, relax and enjoy the show. Let the Hoscars begin!”  Associated Student Body (ASB) treasurer Aaditya...

Harvard graduate students Amulya Mandava (06), Lilia Kilburn and Margaret Czerwienski filed a lawsuit against Harvard University for its handing of sexual assault allegations against anthropology professor John Comaroff. The graduate college community began pressing charges against Dr. Comaroff for sexual misconduct starting in 2012 when he worked at the University of Chicago as a professor.

Pulse of the People: Speaking out in the silence

by Sarah Mohammed, Sally Zhu, Michelle Liu, and Sabrina Zhu April 11, 2022

The foundations of institutions, the bricks on which they stand, feel strong. Supportive. Easy to rest upon. A bulwark of protection. But what happens when they totter or tilt? When parts of the building...

John Near scholar Saloni Shah (12) shares her research on the Nuclear Freeze Movement in the 20th century during her scholar salon on March 10. “The Near Mitra Chen Lin program is really impactful because it gives you the harmony between being a scholar and a student,” Saloni said in an interview before her salon.

Near Mitra Chen Lin scholars present results in inaugural virtual salons

by Isha Moorjani, Assistant News Editor April 7, 2021

Attendees’ faces glow with anticipation as Donna Gilbert and Lauri Vaughan, co-directors of the Near Mitra Chen Lin research program, introduce Sophia Gottfried (12), a Mitra scholar. Sophia begins to...

Harker lower school students, supervised by the Bucknall/Blackford Enrichment and Supervision Team (BEST) staff, run around on campus in early October. The upper school campus plans to stay in remote learning mode for the foreseeable future, with certain after school offerings being made available to students after Oct. 19.

Shifting schedules: Bay Area schools begin reopening process

by Sarah Mohammed and Arely Sun October 27, 2020

Santa Clara County allowed schools to resume in-person classes on Sept. 23 as the county remained in Tier 2 for over 14 days. As Harker plans to continue remote learning while offering opportunities for...

Following the first referendum on June 23, 2016, Brexit has undergone three failed votes, and continues to be held in contention by the British Parliament. Prime Minister Theresa May continues to push for Brexit, and it is scheduled for a fourth, and most likely, final, vote on June 3.

Everything you need to know about Brexit

by Sara Yen, Assistant Features Editor May 16, 2019

With new updates left and right, the current Brexit situation can be a bit confusing to understand. Is Brexit actually happening? By the end of this article, I hope to have answered all of your questions...

Art teacher Jaap Bongers speaks about the genocides in Namibia. This Shah Salon was about topics related to apartheid.

Teachers host second Shah Salons of the year

by Arushi Saxena, Global Editor January 30, 2019

The second Shah Salon took place on Jan. 23 from 3:15-4:30, with five sessions held by various history and art teachers. Students were invited to attend all of the sessions whic covered different topics:...

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