The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

Meet your teacher: Spreading smiles through song

Meet your teacher: Spreading smiles through song

by Charlize Wang, Aquila Co-Managing Editor May 9, 2024

Music holds meaning. For some, it’s a source of energy. For others, it’s an escape from the raucous rhythm of reality. And for history teacher Dr. Witschorik, it’s a beacon of positivity where...

Studies conducted by white scientists on unknowning minority communities imprinted long-lasting distrust
for medical instituions. Such studies include those conducted on the Havasupai Indians and Black men in the Tuskegee experiment.

Culture of negligence: Flaws in minorities’ healthcare persist

by Hima Thota, Co-Features Editor February 29, 2024

Medicine in the United States stands as an exemplar for medical breakthroughs throughout the global medical community. But underneath the history of the United States’ success in medicine lies the systematic...

How much do you really know about San Francisco and one of its famed neighborhoods?

San Fun-cisco trivia: Test your knowledge with 15 questions

by Jessica Wang and Claire Zhao April 22, 2023

SAN FRANCISCO — We’ve all heard of San Francisco and the Tenderloin. Perhaps you’ve talked about it amongst your peers, been there or even stayed there. But how much do you really know about the...

Students and advisors find seats at the NHSJC Opening Ceremony on Thursday night. The ceremony featured San Francisco Chronicle critic Peter Hartlaub, who spoke about uncovering truths and breaking stereotypes as journalists.

History of high school journalism’s most historical convention

by Jonathan Xue and Grant Yang April 22, 2023

SAN FRANCISCO — Students and staff clad in bright orange lanyards fill the San Francisco Union Square Hilton, attending a culmination of the year’s achievements in high school journalism. Hailing from...

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....

An illustration of history textbooks. When we deliberate contrasting viewpoints as well as the hard facts of the situation, we develop better understandings of each other and a more complete view of the world.

Forbidden history impacts our lives. We should talk about it.

by Isabella Lo, Reporter October 16, 2022

Trigger warning: This article includes discussion about human deaths, racial injustice, the Tuskegee syphilis experiment and the Tulsa race massacre. We advise readers who may be sensitive about these...

California history’s deep roots in Hispanic and Latinx culture

June 2, 2022

To celebrate the culture and contributions of the Hispanic population, then-president Ronald Reagan established National Hispanic Heritage Month on August 17, 1988. The month-long celebration commenced...


Talk Around Campus: Reflecting on Holocaust Remembrance Day

by Sarah Mohammed and Sydney Ling April 28, 2022

Holocaust Remembrance Day, called Yom Hashoah in Hebrew, took place this year on April 28, according to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The day commemorates the survivors of the Holocaust,...

Gloria Zhu (12) observes Collected Letters by Chinese artist Liu Jianhua. The piece is made of over 1,600 porcelain letters and fragments of Chinese characters.

AP Art History classes visit Asian Art Museum in San Francisco

by Michelle Liu, Winged Post Co-Editor-in-Chief April 11, 2022

More than 30 upper school students from the Advanced Placement (AP) Art History class took a field trip to San Francisco to explore the vast collection of the Asian Art Museum on March 21. Located in...

Upper school Latin and world history teacher Clifford Hull examines excavated fossils that he has collected and stores in his room, Main 1. Hull is passionate about archaeology, collecting and the past, as evinced by objects atop his cabinet such as the bust of Caesar pencil holder and the American flag he was given when he first came to the country.

Meet your teacher: Excavating upper school history teacher’s world

by Sarah Mohammed and Tiffany Chang December 10, 2021

Bright green, pink and yellow orange squeezers; teapots from Finland from the 50s and 60s and mid 19th century Victorian Age relics of urinals are a combination of objects you’ll most likely never find...

Dragons symbolize wisdom, power and wealth and are believed to bring good luck to people. Dragon dancing is an ancient traditional dance that is said to scare away evil spirits.

Lanterns and rats, noodles and dragons: Lunar New Year’s history and traditions

by Lauren Liu and Sally Zhu March 9, 2020

Rats, oxen, tigers, rabbits, dragons, snakes, horses, goats, monkeys, roosters, dogs and pigs. What do these animals have in common? They’re all Chinese zodiac signs, dedicated to mark the beginning...

An astronomical clock sits on the right windowsill the house’s living room. It has the ability to tell the time and date and show the location of the planets in the solar system. Because photos were not permitted in the Sir John Soanes Museum, students were invited to sketch the various features of the house.

Step into history: Sir John Soane’s Museum lends insight into life in the early 19th century

by Arely Sun, Co-Lifestyle Editor June 18, 2019

As our group of journalism students approached the faded brick townhouse, a middle-aged man with graying hair and a warm, smiling eyes greeted us. We were given plastic bags for our smaller belongings...

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