Dana Hall speaks: Does the gender of the new head of school matter?

Is it important for our next head of school to be a woman? Ms. Erisman will be leaving next year, and many of us are wondering who the next head of school will be. A search committee composed of teachers, administrators, and trustees will begin their search this year. While […]


Changes on the horizon as Ms. Erisman resigns

Caroline Erisman, Head of School, announced on April 16 that she will leave Dana Hall at the end of the 2015-16 academic year. She describes her seven years spent at Dana as “rewarding, challenging and memorable,” and it is “with a heavy heart and mixed emotions” that she has to […]

Academics / Community

Young dragons to fly in Fall 2016: Dana Hall adds 5th grade

The 2016-2017 school year will face many changes with not only a new Head of School, but also a 5th-grade class added to the Dana Hall Middle School. Dana Hall has recently announced the plans to become a 5-12 secondary school. The 5th-grade class will consist of only one section, […]

Community / Opinion

An Editorial on Freddie Gray and How Dana Has Handled It

As many of you know, Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old Baltimore black man, recently died from spinal injuries while in police custody. Peaceful protests have ensued against police brutality, but major news outlets and social media have chosen to focus on the property damage and looting that unfortunately accompanied the mostly […]


Furious, but also glorious

When you look up the movie Furious Seven on Google, one of the most searched phases is “Did the ending make you cry?” I will confess: yes, it did. Distributed by Universal Pictures, The Fast and the Furious is a series of action movies that centers on street racing. With […]

Letters to the Editor / Opinion

Administrators reply: Why study hall is back in Waldo

Dear Hallmanac Editors, We are writing in response to Meghan Kelley’s Opinion article that appeared in the Hallmanac on March 26, 2015. The article, entitled “Move Study Hall Back to the Library,” argued that required study halls for ninth and tenth graders should be relocated back to the Library, out […]


Amid the noise and dust, progress continues on the Student Center

The construction on Dana’s new Student Center is well on its way. Changes began during March vacation and will continue through this summer. The end result is scheduled to be finished before students return to campus for the 2015-2016 school year in September. The green fences around the dining center officially […]

Letters to the Editor / Opinion

Dana Hall helped make me an activist

May Dong ’14, former Co-Head of the Green Team, is now a first-year student at Swarthmore College, currently involved in environmental activism on campus. I’m writing this from a mattress in the middle of a hallway. The hallway is dim and strewn with pillows, backpacks, and a few sleeping bodies. It’s […]


Picture this: Dana Hall members say, “I am …”

“Shy but strong.” “Smooth like a jar of skippy peanut butter.” “Enough.” These are a few of the words written by the Dana Hall community in commemoration of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2015. Before leaving for Spring Break, the GirlUp Club organized the making of “I am” cards […]


A.P. U.S. History curriculum under attack

Advanced Placement United States History (APUSH) is a class that challenges students to read, memorize, and think critically at a fast pace. However, is the course also teaching students to be unpatriotic? The College Board implemented a new framework this fall for APUSH classes across the country. The new curriculum […]