Articles written by: The Hallmanac


With ribbon-cutting, Dana Hall celebrates new building

Monday, March 4, marked the grand opening of the newly renovated and rebuilt Upper School Classroom Building. Students and faculty have been using temporary spaces since fall 2022, but now the building is ready to host classes and offices for the Dana community.  The morning started off with a Step-Sing […]


New Upper School Classroom Building is complete

On March 4, 2024, students and faculty will be moving into the new building for their classes. Journalism students were allowed early access to take pictures of some of the new facilities and classroom spaces. Image Source: The Hallmanac


Opening retreats emphasize class bonding

The Dana Hall class retreats, held this year on Sept. 9, are an annual occurrence to bring together each class during opening days. According to Ms. Kaitlin Brandt, Upper School English teacher and 9th-grade Class Dean, “Retreats are meant to be a bonding experience … to face some challenges together […]


Dana Hall equestrian team earns champion

The Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA), one of the Dana Hall equestrian teams, traveled to a competition in Wachusett, Massachusetts, on September 10. Twenty students participated, and through their combined efforts the team came home champion. In IEA, there are 14 levels riders can compete in, ranging from beginner to varsity […]


Author Kendra James discusses racial issues in boarding schools

Kendra James, author of the memoir Admissions, spoke at Dana Hall on Sunday, September 11, about her time attending a prestigious boarding school as one of the only Black Americans within the student body. Dana Hall’s boarding students, faculty, and a few day students attended the event.  Published in January […]


Day of Community Learning leads to new awareness and conversations

Dana Hall’s annual Day of Community Learning was held on Friday, December 13, 2019. Instead of following the normal Friday class schedule, Dana Hall students attended a variety of workshops on the theme “Building Bridges and Sharing Spaces.” All sorts of workshops took place throughout the day, and while each […]

Arts / Community

Oscars Poll: Results Are In!

The Oscars brought out the movie-lover in us!  Here are the results of the Hallmanac’s Oscar Poll.   Spring Break starts today, a perfect time to go see those movies.  Get your popcorn!

Community / Letters to the Editor

Repaying sleep debt: Improving a community one night at a time

Abigail (Abby) Bertelson ’13 is a first-year student at Stanford University and writes to The Hallmanac to share what she has learned in her “Sleep and Dreams” course — information important for Dana Hall students facing sleep debt. Walking into school in the morning is often accompanied by overheard groans […]

Community / Letters to the Editor / Opinion

Administrators reply: “We must be more culturally aware, culturally sensitive and culturally competent”

We are writing in response to two recent student editorials, written by Gloria Revanche and Jackie Hayre-Pérez. In addition to validating the concerns raised in these editorials, we want to explain the steps we have taken, and will continue to take, to promote inclusive dialogue with all students in our […]

Letters to the Editor / Opinion

The conversation continues: The need to talk about race at Dana Hall

Jacqueline Hayre-Pérez ’17 continues the conversation about discussions of race at Dana Hall. To the editors of The Hallmanac: Recently, I read Gloria Revanche’s “Editorial on Freddie Gray and How Dana Has Handled It.” As a student of color myself, I find myself surrounded by peers and teachers who come from […]