The year began with 100 new Trailblazers, and next week we will welcome the 101st, Japanese exchange student Koki Hirano. Koki will be at University for the full year and is the 79th member of the freshman class — the Class of 2021.

The first week of school included discussions of our summer reading, The Shepherd’s Life by James Rebanks. We used this book — about Rebanks story from shepherding on the fells of England to Oxford University and back again — as a backdrop for conversations about success and passion. One of the key ideas discussed with students was finding your own definition of a meaningful and joyful life.

The Class of 2021 has already proven to be a diverse group committed to making their own meaning in the University High School community. From the two-day Freshman Retreat at Jameson Camp, to the election of their four representatives to our Stewardship Council, University’s student government, freshmen are not waiting in line to be heard or to “take their turn.” They are already integral members of the student community!

In athletics, freshmen are contributing greatly to all of the fall sports. On the girls soccer team, Sydney Williams is stepping up for the varsity squad; she scored the winning goal against ISI on Wednesday. Charlotte Kumler has been the top runner on the girls cross country team in each race she’s run; coaches expect she could break the school record yet this season. Keegan Priest and Beau Reveal are important additions to the boys cross country team, which won a three-team meet at home on Tuesday. On the girls golf team, Molly Bickle has been the top scorer. She shot a 48 on Tuesday — her career best on nine holes.

Freshmen are also already active in clubs and activities, from Black Affinity and GSA to Games Club, Robotics and Science Club.  A record number of freshmen even auditioned for the fall play, Red Herring by John Vreeke.

And of course, the Class of 2021 is ready to host you for your shadow visit — and I am excited for you to meet them!

Our admission office has been busy all summer — and now we are hearing from 8th grade families who are scheduling shadow visits, signing up for our autumn prospective parent breakfast and prospective family dinner, and marking their calendars for our first Open House of the school year on Sunday, October 1. Taylor Newell and I are looking forward to welcoming all of you for an event this fall, scheduling your shadow visit, and reading your application. Please call or email me to arrange your shadow visit so that you can spend a day with our faculty and our school community! I am excited to have you learn about University High School, but I am even more excited to learn about you.

Nancy Webster
Director of Admission
317-733-4475, ext. 102