On Monday, September 11th, the Vivian Webb School gathered at its namesake Vivian Webb Chapel and welcomed the newly enrolled students in a ceremony dating back 36 years. Since the inception of Vivian Webb School in 1981, every new student has been invited to sign their name in a leather-bound enrollment book. Signing one’s name in this book symbolizes two milestones: that each young woman of VWS has chosen to become a member of the community; and, that they are committed to the schools’ Honor Code, values, and traditions.
Sarah Lantz, Dean of Students for VWS, retold the story of the very first signing in ceremony on September 11, 1981. “…the first ceremony was held at the entrance to the campus center. Thirty-four girls signed the book; 18 freshmen and 16 sophomores. At the ceremony, Howell Webb, Head of Schools at the time, told the crowd, ‘At long last, Vivian Webb has her daughters.’ Classes officially began on September 14, 1981.”
In total, 68 new students signed the enrollment book last Monday evening: two juniors, six sophomores, and 60 freshmen.
Coleen Martinez ’86 was the honored guest speaker for the evening. She recalled how hard she and her classmates worked in order to prove themselves amongst a previously all-male school.
A formal dinner in the Price Dining Hall followed the ceremony. A full gallery from the evening is below.
While the tickets to see the upcoming production of Les Misérables sold out in a matter of minutes, The Webb Schools is pleased to announce a livestream of the Friday May 18th performance will be available on the school's website and Facebook page. The performance will begin at 7:00pm PDT.
Webb swimmers finished their 2018 season in championship style last week. The rundown: two days, two proud coaches (Ken Rosenfeld & Tom Jurczak), seven broken/re-broken school records, and one Vivian Webb CIF champion (the first individual swimming CIF champion in VWS history)!
When some colleges are reporting less than a 5% admit rate (Harvard & Stanford) and many others remain in the single digits, it’s good to know that no matter how tough things get Webb students are well prepared for the challenge. Once again, our students beat the odds. The members of this year’s graduating class are to be congratulated for admission into some of the most sought-after colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad. We saw 100% of the Class of 2018 admitted to a selective four-year college or university—90% will be attending a college ranked in the top 10% in the nation.