Catching Up with
Johnaé Strong ’08

This Chicago teacher believes that, "education is political, any human connection is political."

Person of Interest

Trust, empathy, and a little street Arabic: Robert Grenier ’72 talks about what it takes to be a CIA agent.

And the Winner Is…

Ann Dowd ’74 fell in love with theater at Williston. She won an Emmy for her role in "The Handmaid's Tale."

Helping Save the Cranes

The DMZ is home to rare, endangered birds that Hall Healy '60 works to conserve.

The Art and Alchemy
of Neil Grayson ’85

Exploring light in the darkness, Neil Grayson creates mesmerizing works that change before your eyes.

The Changing Campus

Williston Northampton's campus continues to dramatically evolve as part of the school's strategic plan. Click below to read stories about our new Residential Quad, Center for Academic Success, turf fields, and much more.

Alumni News

Oliver Hild Modern Man

In Chicago, street art aficionado and gallery owner Oliver Hild ’88 expands into new creative territory Photographer, art dealer, entrepreneur, Oliver Hild ’88 makes a habit of defying expectations. Before underground artists like Shepard Fairey and the British provocateur Banksy became household names, Hild opened Maxwell Colette gallery in Chicago to showcase street artists and...

The Story Of Our Old Elm Tree

Thirty five years ago you members of the class of 1959 gave me as president a drawing to take custody of.  The occasion was our 25th reunion.  Now we all approach our 60th reunion this spring.  Let me tell you what being caretaker of this drawing has meant to me over these many years in...

Dancing Dad

With one simple act of kindness, Marc Daniels ’96 gets our vote for dad of year   It’s likely you’re one of the millions who saw Marc Daniels ’96 in a video that went viral last summer. If you haven’t: the clip opens with a row of tiny ballerinas happily dancing in unison, except for...

mason-balch-lacrosse Alum of the Month: Mason Balch ’18

Recent graduate Mason Balch ’18 just wrapped up a solid year on the lacrosse field in his first year of college competition. Mason, 19, is currently playing D-1 lacrosse for the Bryant Bulldogs. Mason started this fall at Bryant University, just outside of Providence, after two years at Williston. From Westfield, Mass., Mason transferred into...

ann-dowd-commencement-speaker Emmy-Award-Winning Actress to Speak at Commencement

We are very excited to welcome Ann Dowd ’74 as our 178th Commencement speaker on May 25, 2019, under a tent on the main quad. Dowd won a Best Supporting Actress Emmy in 2017 for her role as the ruthless Aunt Lydia in Hulu’s dystopian drama, “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Dowd, a native of Holyoke, Massachusetts,...

joey-ford-lacrosse-boys Joey Ford’s Lacrosse Tenacity and “Puppy Dog Enthusiasm”

Joey Ford is a standout on the lacrosse field and someone to keep an eye on this spring. The senior has been at Williston for four years, starting on the boys varsity lacrosse team every year. He is one of few college commits on this year’s team, and arguably the best offensive player on the...

Williston Announces Major Gift From Cain Family

Today, April 22nd, Head of School Robert W. Hill III announced a significant new gift to the Williston Northampton school that he says will “add even more momentum to our school’s trajectory of success.” The gift, which comes from the Cain family, led by James E. Cain ’68 and the family of his late brother...

JT-cage-athletics-equipment-heart The Controlled Chaos—and Huge Heart—of The Cage

Lining the dark gray cinder block walls of the Cage are hundreds of pieces of memorabilia. Family holiday cards, old, motivational posters, even completed puzzles glued together. On a piece of paper on the right side of the wall, is the definition to a very appropriate term. “Controlled chaos is a phrase often used casually...

jersey-strum-softball-williston Jersey Strum Carries on Her Sister’s Softball Legacy

Former softball star Jordan Strum ’18 passed the varsity team down to her sister Jersey, and the younger Strum is excited to keep the flame sparked by her sister alive. Jordan and Jersey served as a pitching force on the softball field before Jordan graduated last year and left the team in the hands of...

jake-ross-springfield-college-williston-basketball 3 Wildcat Alums Named All-Americans

It’s been a big week in college athletics for recent-grad Wildcats! We saw three alumni named All-Americans: Springfield College’s Jake Ross ’16, Ryan Richmond ’15, and David Fitch ’17. “For any school to have one of its graduates go on to be an All American on the NCAA level is exceptional,” said Mark Conroy, director...

Founders Day Founders Day: We’re All in this Together

It comes but once a year: Founders Day, the Williston Northampton School’s annual day of giving honoring its four founders, Sam and Emily Williston, Sarah Whittaker, and Dorothy Bement. This year, our fourth Founders Day, we’re asking alumni and parents to help us reach our goal of 1,178 gifts (for our 178th year!), and unlock $75,000 for the Williston...

winter athletic signing Williston Celebrates 14 College-Bound Student Athletes at Signing Ceremony

The “incredible amount of hard work and support” it took to get the 13 college-bound student athletes to the Williston Athletic Center lobby on Monday, Feb. 4, was clearly visible: the standing-room-only crowd included teammates, coaches, and proudly-beaming parents. After introductory remarks by Athletic Director Mark Conroy, the athletes were given center stage, and a...

Committed College Athletes Prepare for Next Level

College is coming quickly, and some Williston Wildcats are planning on keeping their athletic careers going at the next level. Ryan Fitzpatrick ’19 is committed to play Division I lacrosse at the University of Massachusetts and is very pumped to put on for his home state. Ryan’s already had a good mind set going into...

13 Alumni Share College Reflections with Students

Thirteen young alumni returned to the Williston Northampton School campus this week to talk with juniors and seniors about the upcoming transition to college. They explained how they made crucial decisions, such as how many schools to visit, and which ones to apply to, as well as how to prepare for the all-important interview and compose...

Cum Laude Society Welcomes 10

The Cum Laude honor society welcomed 10 new Williston student members during a ceremony in the Phillips Stevens Chapel on January 4. The society, modeled after Phi Beta Kappa, recognizes academic achievement by students in secondary schools for the purpose of promoting excellence (Areté), justice (Diké), and honor (Timé). The inductees, top performers in the senior...

From the Archives

Imagine our delight when a thickly padded package, postmarked Kenosha, Wisconsin, recently arrived at the Homestead. Among the gems contained within: a 1951 edition of the Northampton School for Girls’ yearbook; a pair of neatly-filled-out dance cards; a senior prom photo; and a class ring inscribed on the inner band to E.A.K. ’51. The initials...

Five Questions for Diane Spence ’68

Maddy Scott ’16 and former trustee Diane Yelle Spence ’68 may have graduated a half century apart, but when they met at Reunion last spring, they quickly discovered much in common—from a passion for their schools to similar career choices. Spence, a Smith College graduate, worked as fundraiser for educational institutions, including several independent schools....

Best Friends Forever

On paper, Shaun Chapman ’98 and Michael George ’98 seem like polar opposites. Shaun is a gregarious showman who can own a room. Michael is reserved, content to run the show from behind the scenes. Yet the two friends share a thoughtful, curious way of approaching the world that unites them. And there’s one other...

A Record-Breaking Reunion

How Planning and persistence—and the work of a phantom—helped the class of ’68 set a new bar for Reunion success   Ask Reunion Committee Chair Chip Keeney to explain why a record 44 percent of his class attended their 50th Reunion, and he notes that the class of 1968 is extremely tight-knit. “It wasn’t hard...

Building the Future

A revealing look at Williston’s state-of-the-art new dormitory, John Hazen White House, the centerpiece of our evolving Residential Quad   It’s a crisp October afternoon and the energy outside Williston’s newest dorm is starting to build. A buzzing throng of students and faculty gather on the lawn of the new Residential Quad as Head of...