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Taylor Stockdale, Head of Schools

Taylor Stockdale became the sixth head of The Webb Schools in 2010. Since that time, he has led the Webb community in the creation and adoption of The Centennial Strategic Plan 1922-2022. This document more than any other illustrates Webb's commitment over the next decade to its mission and its core values of honor and moral courage, unbounded thinking, distinctive leadership and service to others. It also offers a clear blueprint of the school's visionary plans over the next decade.

Mr. Stockdale is currently working with his senior administrative team and high caliber faculty in reinvigorating Webb's curriculum so as to ensure a relevant and dynamic experience for each Webb student. Included in these efforts have been the construction of a humanities program, addition of advanced computer science courses, expansion of the arts to include digital media, problem-based math and applied science courses utilizing the unparalleled resources of the Alf Museum, and a broader suite of co-curricular opportunities offering expanded athletic choice, robotics, debate, dance, and an improved residential experience. Finally, Mr. Stockdale has committed to taking full advantage of being the only boarding school in the Greater Los Angeles area, and as such, is working to establish formal partnerships with other top learning institutions such as Harvey Mudd College, Claremont McKenna College, UC Riverside and others. These affiliations are ongoing and will allow Webb's upper division students unprecedented access to real-life, hands-on experiences to expand their learning and sharpen their entrepreneurial mindsets for leading in a global economy.

In addition to this current work, over his 29 year tenure at Webb, he led efforts to achieve the largest campaign in the school's history. Fulfilling Our Promise achieved over $50 million in contributions for annual, capital and endowment purposes over an eight-year period. Planning for The Centennial Campaign and The Centennial Celebration 1922 - 2022 are currently underway.

Mr. Stockdale graduated from Colorado College with a B.A. in history and political science. He received his M.A. in economics from the University of Delaware, and a Certificate of Leadership from The Drucker School at Claremont Graduate University. Representing an influential voice in the educational arena, he is an active member of both the California Association of Independent Schools and the National Association of Independent Schools. He currently serves on the Educational Records Board, North American Boarding School Initiative, and is Of-Counsel with Marts and Lundy, Inc. He has served as a trustee for South Kent School and Saint Mark's School.
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  • 2019 Alumni Award Recipients

    One of the best ways to fully appreciate a Webb education is to look at the lives and achievements of our alumni. Each year, we honor a group of alumni for their accomplishments since graduation and pay tribute to their continued commitment to the mission and success of Webb. These awards recognize distinguished graduates who reflect the character and leadership qualities developed at Webb.
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  • Natasha Behl'00

    "Are you a feminist?"

    In her TEDx talk at TEDxASUWest, Natasha Behl '00 begins with a simple question: "Are you a feminist?"
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  • Many Thanks for Your Support!

    Thank you to the 1,500 alumni, parents, past parents, grandparents and friends who enabled Webb to end the 2018-19 Webb Fund year successfully on June 30. Your generosity helped The Webb Fund to raise over $1.9 million, plus additional support for endowment and capital improvements, bringing total gifts to $7.9 million, including 13 new estate gifts, which has become an ever-increasing and important part of our advancement program. Over 799 alumni, spanning nine decades, participated with gifts received from nearly every class between 1937 and 2018. Thank you for your contributions!
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  • Summertime at the Alf Museum

    Summer is a busy time at the Alf museum. During the first half of June, a small crew comprised of museum staff and Bob Stoddard ’15 closed out the Cripe Site in southern Utah. This quarry was discovered by Jeff Cripe ’08 back in 2005 and has been the museum’s main dig site ever since. 
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Webb News

List of 4 news stories.

  • Many Thanks for Your Support!

    Thank you to the 1,500 alumni, parents, past parents, grandparents and friends who enabled Webb to end the 2018-19 Webb Fund year successfully on June 30. Your generosity helped The Webb Fund to raise over $1.9 million, plus additional support for endowment and capital improvements, bringing total gifts to $7.9 million, including 13 new estate gifts, which has become an ever-increasing and important part of our advancement program. Over 799 alumni, spanning nine decades, participated with gifts received from nearly every class between 1937 and 2018. Thank you for your contributions!
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  • Honor and Moral Courage

    Christopher Michno
    Mention the word “honor” in a crowded room and you are likely to suffer quizzical glances followed by silence. Honor, to many, seems an awkward, unfashionable, even antiquated concept—something to contemplated in private or through the scrim of heroic fiction, like the blood feuds of the Capulets and Montagues, or the Grangerfords and Shepherdsons.
     
    Yet, Head of Schools Taylor Stockdale contends, there is something important to be gleaned from the discussion of honor, something that has been missing from our cultural climate, broadly, and in education for some time—a focus on moral clarity, of discerning, very simply, right from wrong. Stockdale insists such clarity is possible even though it doesn’t always come naturally. “You have to work at it,” but the benefits, he adds, is that moral clarity allows you to make good decisions.
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  • 22-1/2 Minutes with Blake Johnson ’95

    Talking to entrepreneur Blake Johnson about The Webb Schools makes for an easy interview because his answer to almost any question about Webb’s impact on his personal life, his business acumen, even his day-to-day comportment, is a resounding, “everything!”
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  • CASE Circle of Excellence Award: Gold Winner


    The Webb Schools is one of only two educational institutions (schools and colleges/universities) in the United States to be awarded the Council for the Advancement of Education (CASE) Circle of Excellence Award Gold for emerging fundraising programs in 2019.
     
    The award citation highlights Webb’s dedication to donor stewardship, combined fundraising success over three years (the most in school history), and a variety of excellent programming and publications across the board—including the production and translation of several important pieces into Chinese.
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