From the Head of Schools

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Taylor Stockdale
Head of Schools

Webb’s mission as a boarding school has remained unchanged for nearly a century: to graduate honorable leaders who build lives dedicated to service and distinction. Webb graduates students advanced in the arts and humanities, math and sciences, and the social sciences. Our college placement into the Ivy League, into the best women’s colleges and small national liberal arts colleges, and, in fact, into the top ten percent of all colleges and universities nationwide, remains remarkable.

But I believe the proof of our promise as a school is found in our alumni. We count among our ranks some 4,000 alumni that cross the country and span the globe. Webb alumni are a tight-knit community of successful professionals—doctors and lawyers, scholars and teachers, politicians and entrepreneurs, servant-leaders of every type.

It is fair to say that Webb is the only school of its kind in the American West—a global village that enjoys the unequalled resources of Southern California, as well as the adjacent, world-renown Claremont Colleges. Fortuitously sited on the edge of the Pacific Rim, Webb is rightly situated to participate in the successes to come in this new century. And finally, Webb remains the only school in the world with an AAM-accredited museum on its campus—the Raymond Alf Museum of Paleontology, in which students participate in every aspect of its scientific program. Discover learning like no other!

Beyond all this is the unique way in which Webb honors the formative differences between boys and girls. The Webb Schools, as you may know already, is comprised of the Vivian Webb School (VWS) for girls and the Webb School of California (WSC) for boys. Each school has its own traditions and student-governing bodies that provide double the leadership opportunities for girls and boys. Ninth and tenth grade classes are largely single-sex, with a transition to co-educational classes in the junior year. Our school structure is one-of-a-kind.

Integrity. Moral Courage. Unbounded Thinking. Empathy. Our founder Thompson Webb believed these values would inspire good people to do great things. He understood these values would breed enterprise, leadership, and uncommon achievement. And he was right. We are as fully committed to these ideals today as Thompson Webb was in 1922.

After reading this, I hope you will take a few minutes to get to know Webb, either once again, or for the first time. We have a lot to share with you here on our new website –news of notable alumni, new campus facilities and future campus plans, and good stories about our great people and programs. We are proud of what we’ve inherited and evermore excited about the road ahead.

Taylor Stockdale
Head of Schools