Life

Dorm Living

Independence. Responsibility. Community. Fun. Living in a dorm with your friends nearby has a lot of upsides. Excited to plan a club event? Your co-president is three doors down. Want to play a game of pick-up basketball or scrabble? There’s always someone around to go one-on-one.  Confused about a math problem? Check in with your math teacher who is on duty tonight. Guided by Webb faculty, students in the residential program discover their full capabilities, as they learn to manage their academics, care for themselves and have a lot of fun in the process.

24/7 Support

Residential Living Program

Webb’s residential program provides layers of supports for the 250 students who reside in our 10 dormitories. The program is led by our two Heads of Dormitories, who coordinate with dorm heads assigned to each dorm. Dorm heads live in or next to the dormitories they supervise. In addition, Webb staff and faculty members help to monitor dorms each night, and each school has a BIPOC residential advisor.

Within the dorms, prefects provide supervision of their younger classmates and serve as guides and mentors as they learn about the Webb community.

Dorm Leadership

Will Allan

WSC Head of Dormitories Will Allan ’94 knows Webb’s dorms intimately, having lived in them during his own four years as a high school student. In addition to his role as head of dorms for WSC, Allan teaches Webb’s freshman history course and humanities electives. He helps to coach Webb’s football team and to advise the investment club. He also serves as dorm head for the McLeod and Reynolds dorms.

He strives to have students feel comfortable, accepted and safe while living in the dorms. He likes to think that living in the dorms is more than just a place to sleep and study; it’s a place where students learn to be independent and where life-long bonds are formed.

VWS Head of Dormitories Michael Szanyi teaches a freshman course in composition as well as humanities electives and serves as Webb’s dean of faculty. He leads Webb’s dance program. Szanyi also serves as dorm head for Appleby Dormitory. He views the boarding school community as a place to explore independence and teach life skills. By maintaining a positive, inclusive and safe environment in the dorms, he hopes to help build strong interpersonal relationships between students, prefects and faculty. The dorms are also a place to just let loose and have a lot of fun!

 

Dr. Ardina Greco holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in interdisciplinary art from the San Francisco Art Institute and an Ed.D. from Teachers College at Columbia University. She also has served as head of Jones Dormitory since 2015 and is currently co-head of Jones.

Malick Mbengue holds a Bachelor of Arts in modern languages from the University of Dakar in Senegal and a Master of Arts in French from the University of Louisville in Kentucky. Mbengue is active across campus, including his work as a soccer coach and support for the Empowering Student Voices Initiative and Black Student Union. Mbengue also serves as dorm head for Holt and Kirkhill dormitories.

Student Life on Campus

Dorm Life Weekend Activities Drive In Movie
Campus Aerial of Dorms and Residential
Dorm Life Hammock and Parents
Dorm Life Student Activities Webb Days
Dorm Life Student Activities Webb Days
Student Activities Webb Idol
Community Dinner Dorm Life Student Activities

Daily Schedule

Early morning work, exercise and breakfast check-in in the the Dining Hall.

7 – 8:30 a.m. — Breakfast

8:30 – 9:50 a.m. — First Academic Block

10:00 – 10:20 a.m. — Chapel/Class Meetings/Assembly

10:30 – 11:50 a.m. — Second Academic Block

11:50 – 12: 30 p.m. — Lunch

12:40 – 2 p.m. — Third Academic Block

2:30 – 5 p.m. — Athletics or Afternoon Activities

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. — Dinner

7:30 – 8:45 p.m. — Evening Study/Academic Labs

9:00 – 11 p.m. — Dorm Check-in Quiet Study Hours

Webb’s Dormitories

The Alamo

The Alamo

Built: 1936 (west wing), 1955 (east wing)
Updated: 1985, 2008, 2015
Square feet: 6,100
Rooms: 28
Serves: WSC
Dorm Head: Nika Haleftiras
2022-23 Prefects: Aidan Helgeson, Sid Sinha and Pierre Sun

Alamo dorm, a concrete and adobe structure, is one of the oldest buildings on the Webb campus. The dorm is the largest in use by Webb School of California. A popular feature is the sprawling lawn which is the focal point of the dorm. Residents enjoy the California sun on the lawn, and it serves as the location of the WSC graduation ceremony in the spring. The dorm currently houses students in grades 10, 11 and 12.

Alamo was named for its distinctive mission-style bell tower. It is the first dorm you see as you begin the walk up Gym Hill at the Webb’s center campus crossroads.

The Alamo

Built: 1936 (west wing), 1955 (east wing)
Updated: 1985, 2008, 2015
Square feet: 6,100
Rooms: 28
Serves: WSC
Dorm Head: Nika Haleftiras

Alamo dorm, a concrete and adobe structure, was built in two sections, starting with the west wing. It was named for its distinctive mission-style bell tower. it is the first dorm you see as you begin the walk up Gym Hill at the crossroads.

Appleby Dormitory

Built: 1980
Updated: 2007, 2021
Square feet: 11,200
Rooms: 34 singles
Serves: VWS
Dorm Head: Michael Szanyi
2022-23 Prefects: Wendy Chang, Maria Duan, Jamie Zeng, Joy Li

Jerene Appleby – later Jerene Appleby Harnish – was publisher of the Ontario Daily Report (now the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin). She gave the building to Webb in gratitude for Thompson Webb’s enrolling her sons on trust when she was unable to advance the tuition. Her son, Carlton Appleby ’41, helped finance the gift. Originally built as 34 singles, the dormitory was converted to 17 double rooms. In 2021, it was remodeled again, restoring the original single-room plan.

Many of the changes were  driven by student suggestions, including installation of a new HVAC system, access to an outdoor community area and a porch with a view of the expansive Claremont hills.

The project was made possible through the generosity of Andrea and Blake Brown ’68, a Webb trustee.

Holt Hall

Built: 1965
Updated: 2001, 2011
Square feet: 6,222
Rooms: 20
Serves: WSC
Dorm Head: Malick Mbengue
2022-23 Prefects: Jordan Sun and Ken Lin

The dormitory is named for Mrs. Herbert B. Holt, mother of Martin B. Holt ’39, grandmother of Herbert B. Holt ’67 and aunt of Donald Bekins ’49. Mrs. Holt also helped finance the Alf Museum and the Health Center.

Mary N. Hutchison Center and Dormitory

Built: 1987
Updated: 2011, 2019
Square feet: 11,720
Rooms: 30 double rooms
Use: 15 VWS (South) 15 WSC (North)
Dorm Head: Maureen O’Brien (South), Esteban Vazquez (North)
2022-23 Prefects: South Hutch: Kylie Osborne, Molly Ratinoff, Marina Saeger and Izzy Kim; North Hutch: Seungho Lee, Arthur Lu, Tiger Wang and Joseph Yates

Hutchison Dormitory – two buildings connected by a walkway near the center of campus – is Webb’s newest dormitory and provides the greatest number of double rooms. Its proximity to Chandler Field and convenient distance to classrooms make it a popular choice. The living room-like lounge, complete with a kitchen, serves as a social hub during the weekends. North Hutch currently houses mostly WSC freshmen and sophomores while South Hutch is home to VWS freshmen and sophomores.

In addition to dorm rooms, the facility includes an art studio and a classroom. Murray and John Hutchison gave this dormitory as a memorial to their mother, who died in 1973. The men are parents of boys who attended Webb. Murray Hutchison was chairman of the Webb Board of Trustees from 1982-89 and has been a life trustee since 1990.

Sometimes referred simply as “The Hutches,” the dormitory is the one closest to Webb’s classrooms.

Frank Gard Jameson Hall

Built: 1959
Updated: 2006, 2012, 2015
Square feet: 5,010
Rooms: 30
Serves: VWS
Dorm Head: Briar Rose Tirpak
2022-23 Prefects: Julian Fenner, Wura Ogunnaike, Emily Berg and Katharine O’Hearn

The hall is named for Frank Gard Jameson ’41, a prominent Southern California aeronautics industry executive and philanthropist. His son, Dr. F. Gard Jameson Jr., graduated from Webb in 1971. After graduating from Stanford in 1975, Dr. Jameson had a 25-year career in financial planning. He earned his Ph.D. in 2005 and turned to teaching Chinese and Indian philosophy. He is the author of Footprints on the Sands of Time, the story of his mentor, Webb’s Ray Alf. He serves on the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology Board of Trustees.

Jones Dormitory

Built: 1965
Updated: 2010, 2015
Square feet: 9,090
Rooms: 13 singles, 7 doubles
Serves: VWS
Dorm Heads: Dr. Ardina Greco and Mark Dzula
2022-23 Prefects: Dan Danylova, Eunice Lau, Lucy Liu and Madison Gutierrez

George F. Getty II ’42 attended Webb for three years and, at one time, served on the Board of Trustees. He made gifts toward this dormitory, the Health Center and a faculty residence in honor of his stepfather, William H. Jones.

Kirkhill Hall

Built: 1970
Updated: 1995, 2001
Square feet: 3,850
Rooms: 16
Serves: WSC
Dorm Head: Malick Mbengue
2022-23 Prefects: Clarence Deng, Sebastian Hofmann

The Webb trustees voted to name this dormitory to honor T. Kirk Hill, founder of Kirkhill Rubber Company. Hill was a friend and neighbor of Thompson Webb, served as the first president of the Board of Trustees and was long associated with The Webb Schools.

McLeod Hall

Built: 1966
Updated: 2007, 2010
Square feet: 7,241
Rooms: 17 singles, 3 doubles
Serves: WSC
Dorm Head: Will Allan
2022-23 Prefects: Falcon Fu and Terrence Wu

The dormitory was named for Martha Harris MacLeod, who made a large gift to Webb in 1963. The hall was dedicated two years later. Mrs. MacLeod’s son, Norman McLeod Jr., graduated from Webb in 1940.

Reynolds Dormitory

Built: 1970
Updated: 1995, 2009
Square feet: 2,170
Rooms: 12
Serves: WSC
Dorm Head: Will Allan
2022-23 Prefect: Conrad Poon

This dormitory honors the Robert O. Reynolds, a business leader and father of three Webb graduates, Chris ’61, Dan ’63 and Kirk ’70. Robert Reynolds was president to the Board of Trustees from 1960 to 1962 and chairman of the board from 1962 to 1967. Dan became a Webb trustee and his wife, Cece, was president of the Affiliates.

Ruddick Room

Built: 1965
Updated: 2017
Square Feet: 1,543

This room in the dormitory complex that includes McLeod, Kirkhill, Reynolds and Holt dormitories was named for Harold Ruddick, father of Bill Ruddick ’49 and an original Webb trustee. For years, he had wanted a common room for the boys. After his death, his wife gave the school 250 acres in Apple Valley, which was sold to finance the room.

Today, the room includes a pool table, vending machines, couches and a TV.

Ruddick Room

Built: 1965
Updated: 2017
Square Feet: 1,543

This room in the dormitory complex that includes McLeod, Kirkhill, Reynolds and Holt dormitories was named for Harold Ruddick, father of Bill Ruddick ’49 and an original Webb trustee. For years, he had wanted a common room for the boys. After his death, his wife gave the school 250 acres in Apple Valley, which was sold to finance the room.

Today, the room includes a pool table, vending machines, couches and a TV.