In 2019, Greenhill’s annual theme of Discovery proved to be an inspired choice. In the fall, our students were making discoveries about themselves and the world around them in the classroom, in the arts, and in athletics. Our faculty were discovering ways to challenge our students to reach new goals and achievements. Institutionally, we were making discoveries about the School’s future as we launched our strategic planning process.
Then, in the spring, when we had to swiftly transition to remote learning as a result of COVID-19, we discovered – or perhaps rediscovered – the resilience and strength of our community. Every member of the Greenhill faculty and staff shifted to accommodate learning from home. Students adjusted to seeing their teachers on screens, and our parents and community members offered steadfast support during a challenging and uncertain time.
When reflecting on the year as a whole, we achieved some tremendous successes in spite of the significant challenges we faced. Greenhill Fund raised more than $1.8 million, the largest amount raised in the school’s history. On campus, we opened the new William A. Shirley Track and new entrance monuments, which welcome families and visitors to campus. And we held a memorable and meaningful graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020 on Brinkmann Field.
We also concluded the initial phase of our strategic planning process. Bolstered by community-wide feedback and the hard work of many volunteers, we have created an exciting vision for Greenhill’s future. I look forward to sharing more about that plan with you in the months ahead. I’d also like to extend my deepest thanks to the Strategic Planning Committee (led by Chair Albertina Cisneros), our task forces and working groups, and to each of you for your contributions and commitment to Greenhill.
I would also like to thank our Board of Trustees and Board Chair Holland P. Gary '93 for their leadership and dedication to Greenhill during a challenging school year. Their wisdom and guidance have helped our school thrive despite the obstacles we faced.
In closing, I would like to extend my gratitude to every member of our community. Thanks to all of you, we were able to fulfill our mission in one of the most challenging years in the school’s history. Thank you for your commitment, for your generous financial support, and for the many hours you dedicated to the school. We are grateful for all of you.
Lee J. Hark
Head of School