Highland School Alumni

Connecting Highland Hawks and sharing information about their accomplishments Once a Hawk, Always a Hawk!

Welcome to the official page for Highland School's growing network of alumni, families, and friends. Our goal is to help you maintain and grow your connection to the Highland community by sharing stories and successes – both now and back when you called the Highland campus home.

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Fit in Fauquier: Stay warm and active this winter with these local options 02/21/2024

Have you spied a familiar name at the top of a certain fitness and well-being column on Fauquier Now's website?

Over the past year, alumna, teacher, cross-country coach, and founder of Soleful Running & Coaching Michelle Pais '01 has been sharing stories that celebrate our community and promote a healthy and active lifestyle. Her "Fit in Fauquier" column is published once a month by FauquierNow.

Congrats, Michelle, on a full year of "Fit in Fauquier"!

Click the link below to read her latest!

Fit in Fauquier: Stay warm and active this winter with these local options Warm up this winter with fun and fitness at these local venues that offer options to exercise, swim, golf, hike and more.An active lifestyle helps support health and happiness, and

Warrenton-based Meridian Financial Partners to open Rappahannock County office 02/20/2024

Congratulations to Nathan Gilbert '91, founding partner of Meridian Financial Partners, on Meridian's expansion into Rappahannock. It's always great to see alumni serving our local community!

Warrenton-based Meridian Financial Partners to open Rappahannock County office Meridian Financial Partners, an established financial planning and investment management firm in Warrenton, is expanding to Rappahannock County with the opening of a new office in Washington next month.


Calling all alumni! We have an alumni career panel coming up at Highland and we're hoping to gauge potential interest in attending.

If you'd be interested in coming to Highland and talking to our students about your career at an in-person panel this March, please comment on this post or send us a message! You can also get in touch with our Director of Alumni Relations, Briar Leake, at [email protected].

We hope to be in touch with you soon!

Photos from Highland School Alumni's post 01/26/2024

Alum update from Richmond, VA! After serving as campaign manager for Ian Lovejoy’s Virginia House of Delegates race, Noah Lerman '17 is now serving as Lovejoy's Chief of Staff and Legislative Assistant.

In working with Lovejoy, who represents House District 22 in Virginia, Noah supports local constituents in Gainesville, Linton Hall, Nokesville, and Bristow. Thank you, Noah, for your work as a political advocate for many of our Highland families!


Jenna Devanney '18 sent in this photo all the way from Iceland! After attending our Young Alumni Panel in early January, where she talked about her experiences going to college abroad in Ireland, Jenna flew back to Europe to continue her research.

Jenna is currently writing a dissertation on the cooling period in ancient Ireland that may have been caused by an Icelandic volcano, so part of her research included spelunking in Arnaker lava tube!

Thanks for the photo, Jenna, and good luck on your dissertation!

I'm an Engineer and an Esports Commentator 01/23/2024

Philip Mulford '15 is making a name for himself in both the Ivy League and the Electronic Sports League (better known as ESL).

Check out the video below to learn how Philip juggles a PhD in Engineering at Dartmouth and an Esports commentating gig for StarCraft. He also talks about the ways that his extracurricular work informs his research and presentation style!

For more info on Philip and what he's up to in the commentating world, you can find him on Youtube & Twitch .

I'm an Engineer and an Esports Commentator Dartmouth Engineering PhD student Philip Mulford discusses how he became an Esports commentator, and how practicing communication skills benefits his researc...


Congrats to Tucker Minter '19 on another iRacing win last week. Check out the footage below!

Photos from Highland School Warrenton, VA's post 01/12/2024

Thanks to our fabulous alumni for making our annual Young Alumni Panel a success this year! We enjoyed getting to hear from you and we know our students will benefit greatly from your advice!

Photos from Highland School Warrenton, VA's post 01/08/2024

Congratulations to this year's class of Wall of Fame athletes. In addition to five alumni, retiring Head of School Hank Berg was also added. Check out the full story and gallery of images in the link below!


Calling all alumni! Don't miss your chance to see old friends and Highland family awarded superstar status at our annual Wall of Fame Ceremony!

This year's ceremony will take place during our Boys Varsity Basketball game on Wednesday, December 20, 2023. The alumni reception starts at 5:00 PM, so make sure to bring a friend and cheer on your classmates!


Did you know that Aidan Simmons '19 was co-captain of VMI's boxing team, The Regulators, who received All-American honors and won the United States Intercollegiate Boxing Association (USIBA) National Championships during his time there?

Now that he's graduated, in addition to being a Coast Guard officer, Aidan trains boxers in the Baltimore area. Click the link below to learn more about his time as co-captain of VMI's All-American team!🥊



What's your favorite memory of Field Studies Share in the comments below and make a gift to honor our Head of School, Hank Berg, who is retiring at the end of this academic year:


For Highland students, field studies can be life-changing. Trying new things and getting outside of pre-conceived comfort zones is empowering and inspires connection and confidence in ways that few other activities can.

Throughout his 45-year career, Hank Berg has known this intrinsically. Since 2006, field studies trips have encouraged, inspired, and tested students across all divisions.

"My best memories are from my sophomore field studies trip with Ms. Krumich," said McKenzie Andrews '22. "My favorite parts were getting to know people in my group that I was not close with until that trip, getting to sleep in a tent with my good friend Abby Soltys, playing games with my group and camp leaders, and going hiking in the rain. It was a lot more fun than it sounds!"

Help us honor Mr. Berg and support field studies for the next generation of Highland students by making your gift at the link below:



It's ! You've seen our emails with alumni stories of their fondest field studies memories. Here's your chance to support experiential education as we look toward Mr. Berg's retirement at the end of the 20232024 academic year.

Check out the memory from Philip Mulford '15 in the story below and make your gift today at: https://www.highlandschool.org/support/make-your-gift-online

For this year's , we've been sharing stories of our alumni's field studies memories as we prepare for Hank Berg's retirement at the end of the 2023/2024 academic year. Throughout the course of his 45-year career, outdoor education has been at the core of his educational philosophy and Highland students have reaped the benefits.

“I’ll never forget when I had my birthday out in the woods on sophomore Field Studies and my friends made me a cake,” said Philip Mulford '15. "I think it was just Nutella and tortillas… but maybe they smuggled in some sprinkles for it, too. Whatever we were eating, I just remember that moment was so funny and sweet.”

Please consider showing your support for Highland School today. Make your gift online at https://www.highlandschool.org/support/make-your-gift-online


Get excited for the Blue/Gold Booster Club's Pre K - 12 family bingo fundraiser on Saturday, December 9 from 11am-1pm in the Middle School.

Doors will open at 10am, so bring your friends and family to join in 10 fun-filled BINGO games. This year’s event will feature great prizes for game winners and this year’s Grand Prize (for the “cover your card” game) will be Apple Airpods Max!

PRE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED, so click the link below to sign up today!



TONIGHT is opening night of the Highland Players' performance of "And Then There Were None." Prepare for thrills, chills, and even some laughs as we follow ten unusual guests on a mysterious weekend holiday filled with... MURDER!

The Players' first-ever murder mystery is shaping up to be a huge hit, so make sure to come by the Michael A. Hughes Center for the Arts on November 10 and 11 at 7 PM or November 12 at 3 PM to see this intriguing show!

Tickets will be sold at the door. Prices are $15 for adults and $7 for students. We can't wait to see you there!


Today is the LAST CALL for our annual Wreath & Poinsettia Fundraiser! If you want some gorgeous greenery to brighten up your home this winter, click the link below to place your online order TODAY! ❄️

You can pick up your order at school on Wednesday afternoon, December 6, or Thursday, December 7. All proceeds will support the students of Highland School through the Highland Fund. Thank you for contributing to the success of our school!



Tonight's the night! Swing by Ledo Pizza in Warrenton for dinner and support our school Spirit Night!

Mention Highland Spirit Night when you order pizza from 4pm to 8pm, and Ledo's will donate a percentage of your order to our school.

Get ready to EAT BIG for Highland! We can't wait to see you there supporting our school!💙🍕💛


Get excited for the very first murder mystery in Highland Players history... Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None"!

Performances will be held in the Rice Theater next weekend at 7 PM on Friday, November 10 and Saturday, November 11, with a matinee at 3 PM on Sunday, November 12. Tickets are $7 for students and $15 for adults.

Be prepared for intense acting and scary surprises, plus a few laughs along the way! We can't wait to see you there!🎭


It's time for our annual Wreath & Poinsettia Fundraiser! These two indelible symbols of hope and resilience have been curated from a local wholesaler for Highland families and friends this holiday season.

Click the link below to place your online order before Tuesday, November 7. Then, pick up your order at school on Wednesday afternoon, December 6, or Thursday, December 7. All proceeds will support the students of Highland School through the Highland Fund.



Get excited for our fundraiser at the Warrenton Chipotle Mexican Grill this coming Monday, October 23, 2023. Mark your calendar and head to Chipotle anywhere from 4 PM to 8 PM on Monday. Be sure to show them this flyer, and they will donate 33% of the proceeds from your meal to Highland! We can't wait to see you there supporting our school! 💙🌯💛


Attention all alumni! With a forecast of rain all day on Saturday, October 14, 2023, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our planned Homecoming Day festivities for this weekend. However, we know that the year at Highland simply wouldn’t be the same without this community gathering—especially with it being Mr. Berg’s final year!

With that in mind, mark your calendars now for a SPRING FLING on Friday, May 10, 2024! We’ll bring back our beloved food trucks, inflatables, and varsity sports in the afternoon following our Grandparents Day celebration in the morning. Of course, the day will also include a special “Thank Hank” presentation honoring Mr. Berg for all he’s done for our school over the past 19 years! Stay tuned for a more detailed schedule of events, and in the meantime, enjoy a fun photo of our hawk living it up at last year's Homecoming!



ONE extra foursome has become available for the 31st Annual Highland Classic Golf Tournament next Friday, October 20, 2023 at Fauquier Springs Country Club! The foursome costs $700 and comes with breakfast, lunch, refreshments, golfer goodie bags, and 18 holes of golf.

This offer is first-come, first-served and the tournament is SOLD OUT, so if you want to play, contact Briar Leake today at 540-878-2794 or [email protected]!

Photos from Highland School Warrenton, VA's post 10/10/2023

With just a few more weeks until this year's Highland Classic golf tournament, we're happy to announce that you can now buy your raffle tickets and start bidding in the silent auction. Remember, you don't need to be at the tournament to participate! No matter where you are, you've got a chance to win Ultra Club Caps tickets, a trip to the Salamander Spa, and more!

You can purchase raffle tickets and bid in the auction at one.bidpal.net/2023highlandclassic.

Plus, if you want to get involved as a volunteer or sponsor, head to our website and take a peek at the sidebar to see available opportunities! Your involvement is what makes this tournament a success. We can't wait to see you on the course!⛳


Homecoming at Highland is only a few weeks away! Here's the schedule for our fun festivities on Saturday, October 14, 2023.

Start the day off with floats, have some lunch at the food and ice cream trucks, and enjoy our varsity home games in the afternoon, complete with the boys' basketball team receiving their state rings at halftime! We hope you can join us for all the fun!💛💙


With the 31st Annual Highland Classic less than a month away, we'd like to say thank you to our Highland Heroes, who are always instrumental in the success of the tournament! In this throwback photo, Highland Hero and former trustee Nathan Gilbert of Meridian Financial Partners enjoys a day on the course supporting our school!

Did you know that you can still help us raise funds for our students even if you can't be there to play? Buy a raffle ticket or bid in our silent auction online for a chance to win exciting gifts like a Salamander spa day, Ultra Club Caps tickets, sports memorabilia, and more! Raffle tickets are currently available on our website, one.bidpal.net/2023highlandclassic. The silent auction will be launching soon, so stay tuned.

Even if those prizes aren't for you, you can still head to our website for information on how to volunteer or sponsor the event! No matter how you participate, the Highland Classic team is thankful for your support.


The Highland School community mourns the loss of a fellow educator and leader in Kraig Kelican, the principal of Fauquier High School. Join us in sending our deepest sympathies and regrets to his family, his students, and his faculty and staff. Today, we are all Falcons.

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