School to Gift Yearbooks To All Students


Edan Zinn

Brian Gamble ’23 reads the 2019-2020 yearbook.

Kate Hirschen, Outgoing Culture Editor

After years of charging for yearbooks, the School has decided to make them free for all students. With a year characterized by changes due to COVID-19, a special edition of the yearbook will be gifted to every student.

Upper School Head Joshua Neudel said that Yearbook Advisor Christian Kiley suggested the change.

“In a typical year, 12th graders are given a copy of the yearbook, and other students can purchase one on their own. Given that this is a historic year, I felt it was important that each student be able to have a record of the year through the yearbook,” Neudel said.

Students have expressed excitement about the free yearbooks, which many say hold fond memories of the school year. 

Hebe Qiang ’23 is glad that the yearbooks are free this year.

“I wasn’t planning on buying a yearbook, but I’m looking forward to having one so I can always look back on this year,” Qiang said.

Evan Michaeli ‘24, who is part of the yearbook staff this year, is pleased with the design of the yearbook. 

“I can’t wait for people to see it. I’ve done a lot of looking at last year’s yearbook, and I think this yearbook captures the same, but also more. There will be features of COVID-19 testing and other COVID-19 related things to capture how different this year was,” Michaeli said.

Many agree that the 2020-2021 school year will be one to look back on in the future, and the students in Desktop Publishing have helped to document it with this year’s yearbook, which will feature media contributed by community members and students in Photography I.