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John Palfrey



Head of School at Phillips Academy



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Commencement Address, Phillips Academy 2016jgpalfrey

Tue, 07 Jun 2016 14:45:50 +0000

Commencement Address Phillips Academy, Andover June 5, 2016 John Palfrey Welcome, everyone – trustees, faculty, and staff; faculty Emeriti; alumni, families, friends, and – most of all – our beloved students.  Thank you for your presence with us today. I … Continue reading (image)


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Search for a President of the Boston Public Libraryjgpalfrey

Thu, 19 May 2016 18:52:02 +0000

Since September of 2015, we’ve been in the midst of a search to find a new President of the Boston Public Library.  The BPL is an amazing institution on many levels.  Part of the greatness of the BPL derives from … Continue reading (image)


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All School Meeting Address, May 4, 2016, Phillips Academyjgpalfrey

Wed, 04 May 2016 18:25:10 +0000

All School Meeting Address (Excerpt) May 4, 2016 John Palfrey, Phillips Academy […] I was in North Carolina recently, at Duke, and I talked with a recent graduate from the class of 2014. He just loved Andover and told me … Continue reading (image)


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Head of School Bookshelf, Spring, 2016 Editionjgpalfrey

Mon, 04 Apr 2016 15:30:13 +0000

This Spring term, I’m putting out on the bookshelf outside the Head of School’s office copies of the following books for the Andover faculty.  The idea is that the books can go and stay home, come back to the bookshelf, … Continue reading (image)


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Head of School Bookshelf, Winter, 2016 Editionjgpalfrey

Sun, 07 Feb 2016 17:49:56 +0000

For the cozy Sundays in New England, with snow lying all around (as it is this morning in Andover, MA), here’s the line-up of books I have put out on the Head of School bookshelf for faculty at Phillips Academy: … Continue reading (image)


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Introduction of George H.W. Bush at All School Meeting, Phillips Academyjgpalfrey

Wed, 30 Sep 2015 18:21:33 +0000

This morning, President George H.W. Bush and Mrs. Barbara Bush surprised our student body by joining us for All School Meeting in Cochran Chapel at Phillips Academy.  The All School Meeting featured Mary Kate Cary and the film she produced, … Continue reading (image)


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Head of School Bookshelf, Fiction Edition, Fall, 2015jgpalfrey

Wed, 23 Sep 2015 17:42:13 +0000

A few times a year, I share a booklist with the Phillips Academy faculty and offer up copies of the selections on a bookshelf outside my office.  I’m going with an all-fiction Head of School bookshelf for Fall, 2015. Last … Continue reading (image)


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All School Meeting Address: Sexuality and Healthy Relationshipsjgpalfrey

Tue, 22 Sep 2015 17:51:32 +0000

The text below is of an All School Meeting address of September 22, 2015.  Warning: I use graphic language below. Good morning, Andover. Yes, you did hear right: this morning, we are going to talk about sex in this chapel. I realize … Continue reading (image)


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Reflectionjgpalfrey

Thu, 25 Jun 2015 19:02:01 +0000

Originally posted on American Civil Rights Movement Immersion Program:
On reflection, the American Civil Rights Immersion Program maintained a three-pronged mission. To walk in the footsteps of the heroes of the historical Civil Rights Movement, to relate historical events to…(image)


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An unfortunate incident, a teachable momentjgpalfrey

Fri, 12 Jun 2015 15:39:45 +0000

Below is a letter I sent to students and parents of Phillips Academy in response to an unfortunate incident involving a group of our recent graduates. On Sunday, we celebrated Commencement in our 237th year under blue skies. We graduated … Continue reading (image)


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