From the Head of School
Greetings and welcome to the 2021-22 school year!
One of the best parts of my job as Head of School is to stand at the front door each morning and greet our students as they begin their day. Town School for Boys is anchored in more than 80 years of educational excellence, and our daily morning greetings are a longstanding and beloved tradition. Grounding our days from a place of connection enables faculty and students alike to bring our best selves each day. People, not buildings, make a school—and our classrooms and hallways are alive with our school values of respect, curiosity, belonging, integrity and joy.
At Town, learning is prized, love of school is essential and boyhood is celebrated. Our outstanding teachers design curricular experiences that promote critical thinking, creativity and collaboration. We are intentional about providing opportunities for boys to explore their own identities, build self-awareness, develop empathy, moral courage and care for others—and in the process, they co-create new definitions of boyhood. Town is a place where every boy can flourish and share a strong sense of belonging, and we seek to graduate boys whose personal ambitions are equaled by care and respect for others and the community.
As a boys’ school, Town is uniquely positioned to direct its excellent academics and focus on developing emotional intelligence to each stage of development in K-8 boys, to help students understand themselves and to recognize perspectives and experiences that may be beyond their own. At Town, we believe that boys become the best versions of themselves when they can connect across difference, cultivate humility, and engage fully within their communities. Through academics, service learning, outdoor education, arts programming, and athletics, Town boys develop these crucial skills. Our strong emphasis on relationships extends to a close-knit faculty and highly dedicated parent community. We are a school that puts people at its center, is committed to the work of building an inclusive community, and appreciates the powerful learning and fun we can have together in the process.
I have had the pleasure of working with the Board of Trustees, parents, faculty, administration and alumni to develop Town's Strategic Plan 2020-25, currently in its second full school year of implementation. I am proud that the planning process mirrored the inclusive and collaborative spirit that make this community so extraordinary, with the majority of parents and faculty contributing through surveys, focus groups and community brainstorming. Our strategic plan centers around five key pillars, which you can read much more about across our website: Designing Learning Experiences for Tomorrow, Raising Boys of Character and Impact, Cementing a Community of Belonging, Investing in our Faculty and Staff, and Bringing our Best in Athletics and Wellness. We also established a values-oriented Portrait of a Graduate to illustrate how our graduates might embody our values as they depart Town for high school and beyond. As we move into tomorrow with bold aspirations, our founding objective endures: to celebrate boyhood and instill boys with a lifelong love of learning.
It is a pleasure to lead Town School and to spend time daily with students, parents and faculty in a community that is alive with our school values. Through the pages on this website, I invite you to explore Town’s educational philosophies, programs and curricula. If you are considering Town School for your son, I encourage you to take our virtual tour and reach out to our Admissions team to learn more about what makes Town special, and I hope to have the opportunity to meet you soon.
Lorri Hamilton Durbin
Head of School