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Hawken School is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school in Northeast Ohio.

Hawken School
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Hawken School is located in Ohio
Hawken School
Hawken School
12465 County Line Road


United States
Coordinates41°31′38″N 81°23′11″W / 41.52722°N 81.38639°W / 41.52722; -81.38639Coordinates: 41°31′38″N 81°23′11″W / 41.52722°N 81.38639°W / 41.52722; -81.38639
TypeSecular, Coeducational Private school
MottoThat the better self shall prevail, and each generation introduce its successor to a higher plane of life.
CEEB code361-262
Head of schoolD. Scott Looney [1]
Enrollment984 (2013-2014)
Student to teacher ratio9:1
Color(s)Red and Gray[2]         
Athletics conferenceChagrin Valley Conference[2]
NicknameHawks [2]
RivalUniversity School
AccreditationNorth Central Association of Colleges and Schools[3]
NewspaperThe Affirmative No
YearbookThe Onyx

Hawken currently has two main campuses, the Lower and Middle Schools in Lyndhurst and the Upper School in Chester Township, plus a third, an urban campus in University Circle, The Sally & Bob Gries Center for Experiential and Service Learning, which is utilized by all grade levels. Hawken's motto is quoted from John Lancaster Spalding's Education and the Higher Life: "That the better self shall prevail, and each generation introduce its successor to a higher plane of life"; although a sign with the secondary motto, "Fair Play," hangs in every classroom on either campus. A new middle school complex at the Lyndhurst campus was built for the 2006–07 school year. Construction on the Gates Mills campus finished in 2016, marking the opening of Stirn Hall. D. Scott Looney is the current Head of School, having assumed the position on July 1, 2006.[1]



The school's founder and namesake, James A. Hawken, opened his school for boys in Cleveland's Hough neighborhood in 1915.[4] First housed at 1572 Ansel Road, the school later moved to 1588 Ansel Road, shortly before relocating to its current Lyndhurst campus in 1922. Because James Hawken believed in one-on-one education for the boys at his school, the original building on the Lyndhurst campus, now containing part of the middle school, has many rooms designed to seat between eight and ten boys.[5] Later, in 1961, the school added a 325-acre high school campus in Chester Township, housing formerly grades 10 through 12, and now also grade 9. The school became coed in 1975.[4] In the fall of 2006, Lincoln Hall was added on to the Middle School, adding much-needed classroom space. In the fall of 2009, Hawken commenced a tablet computer program for grade 6 which later spread throughout the middle and high schools. The Sally & Bob Gries Center for Experiential and Service Learning (also called The Gries Center), located in University Circle, opened on August 29, 2010. In the summer of 2011, the preschool underwent a renovation. Additionally, due to increased enrollment, the school has renovated the lower school building, adding 5,540 square feet of space into the 2nd and 3rd grade area, as well renovating 8,125 square feet of space. Changes included the addition of a new classroom to the Kindergarten and 1st grades; renovations to the performing arts classrooms as well as the addition of a fourth classroom; relocation and remodeling of a science classroom; restoration of the main lobby and exterior remodeling. The new Hurwitz Hall's construction finished in August 2013.[6] In late 2013, Hawken announced plans for a $24.5m renovation of the Gates Mills campus, Stirn Hall. Designed by architectural firm Westlake, Reed, Leskosky, the project would bring the academic complex to 106,000 square feet. This project finished in the fall of 2016, with the grand opening on August 20–21.

Hawken has long-standing rivalries with the three other founding members of the Cleveland Council of Independent Schools: Laurel School, Hathaway Brown School, and University School.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ a b Hawken School. "Meet the Head of School." Hawken School. Accessed January 20, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association member directory". Archived from the original on 2010-11-03. Retrieved 2010-02-17.
  3. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on 2010-06-20. Retrieved 2010-02-17.
  4. ^ a b Hawken School. "History." Hawken School. Accessed November 25, 2012.
  5. ^ "Chapel Grappel." Chapel Grapple. Hawken School, Cleveland. 2011. Speech.
  6. ^ Hawken School. "Announcing Hurwitz Hall." Hawken School. Accessed May 10, 2013.
  • Ellis, William Donohue; Nancy A. Schneider (1990). The Hawken Book (1st ed.). Cleveland: Cobham & Hatherton. ISBN 0-944125-13-1.

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