General manager of the Houston Astros Jeff Luhnow '84 helped the Astros win their first-ever World Series title in 2017. Before joining the team in Houston, Luhnow served as vice president of scouting and player development for the St. Louis Cardinals since 2003. In that position, he oversaw nine minor league teams, international scouting and player development, and scouting for the amateur draft.
Luhnow graduated from the Wharton School of Business and earned an MBA from Northwestern University. He has pioneered the integration of data-based analysis into his teams' personnel decision-making processes, applying a classic business model to a professional sports team.
Luhnow worked as an engineer, a management consultant and a technology entrepreneur before he found his way to baseball. He said his career experience helped him develop skills he needs as a baseball executive and believes it is one of two things that differentiate him as a general manager. The other is his bicultural background and ability to speak both English and Spanish fluently. Luhnow was born and raised in Mexico City before he came to Webb.
"This is a very international game, and the largest population outside of Americans are players from Latin America whose first language is Spanish," Luhnow said. "So being able to communicate with them and understand where they come from is a tremendous advantage for a general manager."
Although Luhnow's career has taken him across the country, he has remained connected to the schools over the years. He spoke in an economics class during a Webb Alumni Weekend, spoke to students over Unbounded Days and hosted WSC baseball players in Houston. He taught them about the history of the Astros during a tour of Minute Maid Park. Students watched batting practice, saw the view from the press box, talked with Luhnow in the dugout, and met some of the players.
We are pleased and excited to announce the appointment of Jennifer Liu as Webb’s Director of Parent Relations and Special Events effective November 1. In this position, Liu will oversee our parent relations program, which serves more than 750 current parents worldwide and an active volunteer network through our Affiliates parent organization.
An opportunity to pick the brain of award-winning author John Scalzi '87, is not one you want to miss. Discussing topics ranging from what exactly defines a burrito to what projects he currently has in production, there's never a dull moment with Scalzi.
For Webb sports fans who can’t attend a game, or if you’d like to follow along with the live stats and scores from our athletic contests, most of our home games will be covered live with video and play-by-play at The NFHS Network.
There is no greater testament to The Webb Schools' values, culture of service and leadership than our extraordinary alumni. Through our annual Alumni Awards program, the Alumni Council and the Board of Trustees honor alumni whose service and achievements truly exemplify the qualities and values that Webb represents. We are pleased to announce the five distinguished recipients of Webb's 2018 Alumni Awards.
To learn more about working in independent schools and meet with school representatives about open positions, please join Webb and 30 other participants on Saturday, February 23 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at Harvard-Westlake School in Studio City.
The Webb Debate Team is celebrating top awards after its first two league debates of the 2018-19 season. Junior Renny Jiang won First Place Speaker, her second gavel at Webb, which marks just the third time in Webb history a student has won the coveted award twice. Additionally, Webb charted a first place Tournament Award, two individual speaker awards, two second place speaker awards and several undefeated teams during the nascent season.