The Hill School was founded in 1851 by the Rev. Matthew Meigs as the Family Boarding School for Boys and Young Men. It was the first such school in the nation -- that is, a secondary school where faculty members lived with their students. Read more about the earlier history of The Hill School.
The Hill School continues to be The Family Boarding School, a purposefully small and close learning community — a place where our academic excellence is based upon a challenging liberal arts curriculum; innovative teaching; a faculty of highly qualified, dedicated teachers; a noteworthy breadth of advanced and honors course offerings; and a structured atmosphere that blends high expectations with meaningful support.
In July 2012, Zachary G. Lehman became the School’s 11th Headmaster. The framework for achieving Mr. Lehman's goals for maintaining Hill's traditions while also exploring additional innovation, was established in the fall of 2012 with adoption of the 2012-2017 Strategic Plan. Within the core mission of preparing Hill students for college, careers, and life as citizens of the world, the plan will focus on six priorities addressing our students, educational program, faculty, campus, town, and, ultimately, Hill’s future.
A Few Highlights of Recent Enhancements:
On June 30, 2013, The Hill School completed a successful $5.7 million capital campaign for the East Campus Faculty Village, expanding Hill’s campus to the east. In June 2014, three additional homes were dedicated in addition to the eight original houses, thanks to the generosity of the Class of 1964. The School also finalized a successful $5.52 million campaign for four new athletics facilities: the Briggs S. Cunningham ’26,’50 Field and Harry S. Price Field (artificial turf fields for field hockey, soccer, and lacrosse); the William West Hauser ’81 Track; and a new soccer pitch. These state-of-the-art facilities were completed in the early fall of 2013.
The School has benefited from significant enhancements to Hill’s academic and residential programs including technology updates to campus wireless network infrastructure; a “1+1 Program” (iPad + Mac/PC) during the 2013-14 academic year; and classroom installation of AppleTVs and wireless projectors. Also, in 2013 the School began a thorough review of The Hill’s educational program, led by Academic Dean John Dollhopf, to create a curriculum that uses the best practices of 21st century pedagogy. New learning spaces were renovated or added, such as a Mac computer lab in the School’s John P. Ryan Library, the Jon Silverstein ’09 Electronic Media Studio
, and the Levis ’45 * Alexandre ’75 Center for Humanities
Mr. Lehman firmly supports revitalization efforts in Pottstown and has worked to actively strengthen the School’s relationship with our hometown. Pottstown CARES and Hobart's Run
are two key elements of Hill's engagement with Pottstown.
In January 2014, the Board approved a new Campus Master Plan with four main objectives:
- Preserve the essential character and quality of the core campus as defined by the main academic quadrangle (the Chapel, Academic Center, Upper School, and Library) by renovating them and other buildings on campus - such as the Widener Science Building, Sweeney Gymnasium, and Wendell Dormitory.
- Unify the quadrangle with the other parts of campus, including the Center For The Arts, the athletics complex, the Far Fields, the soccer pitch in front of Rolfe and Foster Dormitories, and the west campus by renovating campus buildings and open space to create a unified experience.
- Enhance the character and quality of the campus by building new facilities (STEM center or the Quadrivium Center, visual arts center, humanities center), and creating new, beautiful open spaces and landscaped, pedestrian pathways that enhance the campus experience.
- Steward our invaluable campus resources by developing a campus sustainability plan that makes Hill more carbon-neutral as well as implementing design guidelines that provide clear direction for the renovation of existing facilities and the design of all future facilities and open spaces.
To fulfill the goals set forth in the Strategic Plan and Campus Master Plan, the Advancement Office and Headmaster Lehman launched a comprehensive fundraising campaign, The Strength of All
, in July 2014.