Lorri Hamilton Durbin is the new Head of Town School for Boys, effective July 1, 2017.
Lorri most recently served as Middle School Director at The Dalton School in New York City, where she oversaw curriculum and program for 500 students in grades 4 through 8. She has worked in academic schools with distinct missions, where the emphasis has been on teams working together to create an outstanding educational program for the growth of every student. With her varied leadership experience, she has strengthened the traditional elements of successful schools by furthering curricular innovation, fostering student and faculty leadership, extending best practices and cultivating inclusive communities.
In her letter of intent to the Search Committee at the start of the search process for Town's new Head of School, Lorri said, “I love the sweetness and silliness of the youngest boys, and I now have the pleasure of seeing these qualities in my own son. I’m also drawn to the emotional complexity and sometimes angst of boys as they wrestle with understanding manhood. I believe our young men need not only strong role models, but also carefully crafted opportunities and time for reflection in order to develop to their fullest potential.”
Lorri has served as the Associate Director at The Klingenstein Center for Independent School Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. She was Head of the Middle School at The Nueva School in Hillsborough, California, where she was responsible for grades 5 through 8, coached soccer, and led curricular trips to Japan, Washington D.C., and the Ashland Shakespeare Festival. While she was the Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at San Francisco University High School, the school made great strides in increasing the total number of applications as well as applications from diverse students. At UHS Lorri served as Senior Class Dean, math teacher, soccer coach, and founder of the girls’ lacrosse program. She has also worked at her alma mater, Midland School, in Los Olivos, California, as an Alumni Coordinator, Admissions Counselor and teacher. Lorri has served twice as a member of the Board of Directors of the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) Board.
Along with her distinguished career in education, Lorri has worked in the business world, including time at Cambridge Associates, L.L.C. and Goldman, Sachs & Co. She has a BA in Government from Pomona College, where she was the Varsity soccer captain and member of the All-League Teams, and played women’s lacrosse. Lorri holds a Master’s in Educational Administration from Stanford University and a Master’s of Business Administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. She currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors of Midland School.
Lorri and her husband, Ted, who is in financial services, have an exuberant eight year-old son, Mason. We welcome them to Town School community.
Lorri writes, “During my visits to Town, I experienced the strong sense of community and the warm, innovative culture. I loved the seriousness of purpose in the kindergarten boys’ questions, the spirited play at rooftop recess, the dedication and commitment of parents and faculty alike, the evidence of creative classroom work, and the friendly arms around each other as boys transitioned with positive energy from one class to the next. There is a palpable sense of appreciation for what every boy brings to Town. It is an honor to carry forward Brewster Ely’s leadership legacy and to join a joyous learning community true to its mission, rich with continuous improvement and centered on excellence for its students and faculty.”