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Edward Flint 26 (L) and Jimmy Wright 27 (R) hold individual champion trophies. Noah Panto 25 holds the overall bonspiel trophy. Designed with Canva.

BREAKING: Curling Repeats Bonspiel Win

Gator Staff
March 1, 2024

For the second year in a row, Curling Coaches Amanda Eppers and Paul Murray led the Gators to a clean sweep of all four divisional matches at yesterday's bonspiel against Winsor. "Brimmer...

The Gator Earns Pacemaker Nomination

The Gator Earns Pacemaker Nomination

Gator Staff
February 28, 2024
The young newsroom is making School history.
The official program cover.

BREAKING: Illness Cancels Opening Performances of ‘Big Fish’

Gator Staff
February 28, 2024
Due to illness in the cast, Thursday night and Saturday matinee performances are cancelled.
Rekindle: Series Invites Alumni to Share Memories

Rekindle: Series Invites Alumni to Share Memories

Gator Staff
February 26, 2024
NEW: David Cutler '02 shares an in-depth feature about his time as a student and teacher here.
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Snow Day: Tuesday, Feb. 13

Gator Staff
February 12, 2024
All afternoon and evening activities are also canceled
Students take to the photo-booth at least years semi-formal Starry Night,

Photo | Semi-Formal Set for Saturday Night

Abigail MacLean, Journalist
January 28, 2024

Students take to the photo-booth at least year's semi-formal "Starry Night,"

Renowned columnist Chris Costas chats with journalism students.

Renowned Reporter Chats with Newsroom

Gator Staff
November 29, 2023
Costas Christ, Editor-at-large for National Geographic spoke to the newsroom today discussing the importance of journalism.
Coach Barker-Hook talks strategy with his runners.

Boys’ XC Shines at NEPSTA

Nolan Suraci and Gator Staff
November 27, 2023
The junior varsity squad won its race, triumphing by 19 points over Berwick Academy.
A model of the set for the US Musical. Photo by Evan Michaeli

Get Tickets for Upper School Musical

Gator Staff
February 22, 2023
Don't forget to get your tickets to 'Something Rotten' for March 2-4.
Gator Wins Third Crown Award

Gator Wins Third Crown Award

Gator Staff
January 10, 2023
This is among the highest honors for overall newsroom excellence.
Greek yogurt with fruit crunchy muesli bars wheat cones linen background healthy breakfast concept

Survey Results: Breakfast at School

Gator Staff
November 30, 2022
Check out the results, including what types of food are most popular here for breakfast.
Nico Jaffer Wins NSPA Sports Story of the Year

Nico Jaffer Wins NSPA Sports Story of the Year

Gator Staff
November 13, 2022
Executive Editor Grace Papas '23 also won an honorable mention for Multimedia Feature Story of the Year.
The Class of 2022.

GNN: Class of 2022 Commencement

Gator Staff
June 3, 2022
Click here to watch live coverage Friday, June 3 at 4:00 p.m.
Graphic courtesy of the Brimmer and May School.

Ismani Cepeda ’22 Commits to Emmanuel College

Gator Staff
May 17, 2022

Ismani Cepeda ‘22, who is set to graduate from the School next month, recently committed to play basketball at the Division I level at Emmanuel College. In March, Cepeda won All-NEPSAC recognition with...

Gator Wins NESPA Awards

Gator Wins NESPA Awards

Gator Staff
May 12, 2022
For the fourth consecutive year, The Gator earned All-New England status from the New England Scholastic Press Association.
Ugo Adiele 23, Enyi Adiele 24, Dieter Gartner 22, and Ray Park 22 play a song.

Band, Choirs Perform Spring Concert

Gator Staff
May 2, 2022
Last Thursday, several ensembles at the School performed their annual Spring Concert. View videos and photos from the concert here.
Hebe Qiang, Snake Pot, First Place, Ceramics

Students Win Awards at Virtual SISAL Exhibition

Gator Staff
April 13, 2022
Sophomores Abby Jacobs, Stephanie Altschuln, Kelly Rimas, and senior Hebe Quing took home accolades.
Gator Wins NSPA Accolades

Gator Wins NSPA Accolades

Gator Staff
April 11, 2022
In front of over 2,000 people, The Gator was recognized as a Pacemaker finalist.
The new gear funded by  Garth Smith and Susan Kirwan (P ’27).

Video | Gator Recieves $5K Gift from Kirwan Smith Family

Gator Staff
March 4, 2022
A $5,000 donation from Garth Smith and Susan Kirwan (P ’27) provides the newsroom with new equipment.
Screenshot courtesy of the National Scholastic Press Association.

Newsroom Receives Top Honor

Gator Staff
March 2, 2022
The Gator received earned a Pacemaker Finalist award for overall excellence.
Basketball players support Nelson after Fridays game.

Nelson Celebrates 100 Wins with Varsity I Boys Basketball

Gator Staff
February 23, 2022
Players celebrated a historic win against Saint George's School and Head Coach Tom Nelson's 100th win with the team.
Journalists Win National Awards

Journalists Win National Awards

Gator Staff
January 27, 2022
Marlie Kass '23 and Nico Jaffer '23 win coveted recognition from the National Scholastic Press Association.
Newsroom Wins 5 Localizing Awards

Newsroom Wins 5 Localizing Awards

Gator Staff
January 20, 2022
Don't miss out on these award-winning stories from the current academic year.
In the Middle and Upper School Library here, books about social justice issues are shown on display.

Photo | Op-Ed: Texas Lawmakers, Let Kids Read Diverse Books

Madeleine Pogoda, Senior Journalist
January 14, 2022

In the Middle and Upper School Library here, books about social justice issues are shown on display.

Newsroom Closed Until 2022

Newsroom Closed Until 2022

Gator Staff
December 18, 2021
The newsroom will remain closed until Monday, Jan. 3, 2002. We wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season.

The Gator Wins Repeat CSPA Crown Award

Gator Staff
December 15, 2021
A Crown Finalist Nomination is among the highest honors for overall high school newsroom excellence in journalism.
Brian Gamble 23 leads the pack at the Division IV NEPSTA race.

Gamble Wins Division IV NEPSAC Race, Cementing Historic Team Finish

Gator Staff
November 13, 2021
Brian Gamble '23 crossed the finish line first, besting 135 runners and helping his team tie with its best overall finish at the regional race.
Co-Editor-in-Chief Edan Zinn 23.

Edan Zinn ’23, Digital Story of the Year Finalist

Gator Staff
October 28, 2021
Zinn's story, "Photo Essay: Band Improvises During Covid-19," gets national spotlight.
Photos: Week of Sept. 27

Photos: Week of Sept. 27

Gator Staff
October 5, 2021
From clubs, dissections, to a special coffee truck to teachers, it was a packed end of the month.
Neuropsychology Students Dissect Sheep Brain

Neuropsychology Students Dissect Sheep Brain

Gator Staff
October 1, 2021
The dissection was designed to provide students a sensorimotor experience to reinforce the learning.

Kitchen Organizes First Annual End-Of-Year Barbecue

Gator Staff
May 27, 2021
The kitchen also spent two months preparing 450 delicious cookie, ice cream sandwiches, decorated with School-colored sprinkles.
Gator Wins All-New England Journalism Award

Gator Wins All-New England Journalism Award

Gator Staff
May 12, 2021
The Gator recently earned its third-consecutive “All-New England” award from the New England Scholastic Press Association.
The Gator wins6 individual CSPA Gold Crown Awards.

Gator Wins 5 CSPA Gold Circle Awards

Gator Staff
April 26, 2021
The Columbia Scholastic Press Association national competition attracted 4,203 entrants.
Executive Board Redesigns Site

Executive Board Redesigns Site

Gator Staff
April 20, 2021
The Gator's website underwent a partial redesign last week, led by the incoming Executive Board.
Gator Wins CSPA Gold Crown

Gator Wins CSPA Gold Crown

Gator Staff
March 19, 2021
Winning this most prestigious award brought tears of joy to Adviser David Cutler's eyes. "The only other time that I've cried tears of joy like this was right before my wedding and right after the birth of my son," he said.
Newsroom Reflects on COVID-19

Newsroom Reflects on COVID-19

Gator Staff
March 12, 2021
The Gator staff share what they are grateful for a year into the pandemic.
Students play soccer for the Green and White teams.

COVID-19 Impacts Traditional Sports Offerings

Gator Staff
March 11, 2021
As the weather warms, the School is hoping to offer traditional spring sports like lacrosse, tennis, baseball, and softball. 
The Hastings Center covered in snow from a massive snowstorm.

2020 Blizzard Closes Campus During Exam Week

Gator Staff
December 17, 2020
"It would not be 2020 if there was not another chance to show our adaptability in the final week of school," writes Upper School head Joshua Neudel.
Greenline Performs New Arrangement of Forever Faithful

Greenline Performs New Arrangement of ‘Forever Faithful’

Gator Staff
December 11, 2020
Enjoy a new arrangement of the alma mater.
Sophia Spring 22 and Zakkai Mares-Van Praag 22 perform at this years in-person Coffee House. Gator file photo, laptop on desk purchased from BigStock.com.

Virtual Coffee House: Dec. 10 at 6:00 p.m.

Gator Staff
December 10, 2020
Please bring your own coffee. Performers will provide the entertaining. 
Design by Edan Zinn 23.

This Spring, Join The Gator

Gator Staff
December 7, 2020

This spring, we hope that you consider joining the newsroom. The Gator is among the most honored student news sites in the nation, having received the highest recognition and awards possible from local...

Greater Boston High School Newspaper Competition Director Richard Press presents Editors Miles Munkacy 20 and Caroline Champa  20 with the first place prize for excellence in online journalism.

Champa ’20 Up for Best Story-of-the-Year

Gator Staff
November 6, 2020
The nod is akin to being nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
Gator Wins 16 NESPA Awards, Most Ever for Newsroom

Gator Wins 16 NESPA Awards, Most Ever for Newsroom

Gator Staff
November 5, 2020
The student news site earned its second-consecutive "All-New England" distinction.
This Fall, Join the Gator Newsroom

This Fall, Join the Gator Newsroom

Gator Staff
May 10, 2020
Please consider joining one of the most award-winning, online private school newspapers in New England.
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Zinn ’23 Wins National Award for COVID-19 Coverage

Gator Staff
May 6, 2020
Three journalism organizations jointly sponsor the recognition.
A portrait of Eric Foner, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.

Podcast: Foner Criticizes Standardized Tests

Gator Staff
May 4, 2020
The Pulitzer Prize-winning historian answers questions about his life, career, and thoughts on education.
Sophia Spring 22 and Zakkai Mares-Van Praag 22 perform at this years in-person Coffee House. Gator file photo, laptop on desk purchased from BigStock.com.

CAP to Sponsor Virtual Coffee House

Gator Staff
April 28, 2020
Don't miss out on the Zoom event, this Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
Portrait of Eric Foner. Courtesy of Columbia University.

Pulitzer Prize-Winning American Historian to Zoom with Students

Gator Staff
April 28, 2020
Eric Foner will discuss his life and career, while also answering questions from attendees.
Multimedia Manager Spring ’22 (left) enjoys an outdoor break in snow with outgoing Co-Editor-in-Chief Caroline Champa ’20.

Spring ’22 Promoted to Editorial Board

Gator Staff
April 27, 2020
Spring has produced Gator Nation for the past three semesters, taking the program to new heights.
Podcast:  Acclaimed Archivist, Historian Zooms with Students

Podcast: Acclaimed Archivist, Historian Zooms with Students

Gator Staff
April 22, 2020
The celebrated scholar discusses how the U.S. undermined democracy in Latin America before and throughout the Cold War.
Photo illustration  courtesy of SNO Sites.

Download New Mobile App

Gator Staff
April 18, 2020
Visitors can now also download a free app for Apple and Android devices.
Co-Editor-in-Chief Edan Zinn 23.

Edan Zinn ’23 Promoted to Gator’s Executive Editor

Gator Staff
April 17, 2020
He is the youngest person to hold this title in the newsroom's history.
Gator Undergoes Site Redesign

Gator Undergoes Site Redesign

Gator Staff
April 17, 2020
For the first time since its launch in 2014, The Gator undergoes a major design overhaul.
Incoming Editor-in-Chief Karly Hamilton 21. Photo courtesy of Brigham and Womens Hospital.

Karly Hamilton Named Editor-in-Chief

Gator Staff
April 16, 2020
As the school year reaches its end, the newsroom prepares for new leadership.
Podcast: Mark Waid: DC, Marvel Icon Zooms with Students

Podcast: Mark Waid: DC, Marvel Icon Zooms with Students

Gator Staff
April 8, 2020
Waid says comics should be considered serious literature.
Photo purchased from BigStock.com.

Gator Wins Quill and Scroll Awards

Gator Staff
March 23, 2020
Brian Gamble '23 and Nate Suraci '21 win accolades.
Photo purchased from BigStock.com.

Gator Wins Two NESPA Awards

Gator Staff
January 16, 2020
Check out the award-winning coverage.
Abigail Mynahan 19. Gator file photo.

Mynahan ’19 Selected as Story of the Year Finalist

Gator Staff
October 21, 2019
This recognition is akin to being nominated for an Oscar at the Academy Awards.
Cross Country Wins Back-to-Back Championships

Cross Country Wins Back-to-Back Championships

Gator Staff
October 29, 2014
Varsity Cross Country won its second consecutive Massachusetts Bay Independent League (MBIL) Championship yesterday at Gann Academy in Waltham, Mass.

Dick Hoyt Addresses Community

Gator Staff
October 20, 2014
Boston's Dick Hoyt, who has competed in over 1,000 events (including 72 marathons) with his son Rick Hoyt, addressed the Brimmer and May Community on Wednesday, Sept. 24.
School Introduces Free Breakfast Program

School Introduces Free Breakfast Program

Gator Staff
October 19, 2014
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And this year, Brimmer and May is offering cereal, yogurt and oatmeal—with bagels on Fridays.
New Science Elective Replaces AP Offering

New Science Elective Replaces AP Offering

Gator Staff
October 18, 2014
In place of AP Environmental Science, which Department Chair Cecilia Pan phased out last year, the School is now offering a more appealing alternative: Evolution, Ecology and the Environment.

Students to Perform “Great Expectations”

Gator Staff
October 17, 2014
To top last season's well-received productions of "Treasure Island" and "Hairspray," the Theatre Department is “going to pull out all the stops,” according to Director and Creative Arts Chair Bill Jacob.

Varsity Field Hockey: Slideshow Action

Gator Staff
October 14, 2014
The Varsity Girls' Field Hockey team continues to work hard at maintaing a competitive edge against bigger squads. The team is definitely in good hands, coached by Brimmer and May Spanish teacher and former D-1 college player Mirna Goldberger.

Varsity Girls’ Soccer: Slideshow Action

Gator Staff
October 14, 2014
The girls have had a challenging season, made all the more so by Captain Chardon Brooks ’15 ACL tear over the summer. The team suffered losing four other starters, including Kristin Gates ’15, Claudia Slifka ‘16, Rebecca Calhoun ’19, and Sophie Lapat ‘18.

Varsity Boys’ Soccer: Slideshow Action

Gator Staff
October 14, 2014
The boys have had some bumps this season, with Ju’Quan Mills ’17 suffering a concussion early on. But the team remains aggressive and spirited.

Cross Country: Slideshow Action

Gator Staff
October 14, 2014
Coming off the heals of a victorious 2013 season, the Varsity Cross Country team looks as strong as ever.
Students Honored at Lecture Series

Students Honored at Lecture Series

Gator Staff
October 9, 2014
Chosen for their superior academic performance and community involvement, five seniors were nominated as James Otis Scholars, and attended a special lecture series Faneuil Hall on Sept. 17: Robert Brooks, Keenan Iuliano, Dora Garcia, Elizabeth Leeder, and Sam Girioni.
ACL Tear: Every Athlete’s Nightmare

ACL Tear: Every Athlete’s Nightmare

Gator Staff
October 6, 2014
As a competitive athlete who grew up in this new world order, I'm a believer in performing to the best of my ability—and at the highest level of play. But since my ACL injury, I’ve acquired a new perspective on the competitive sports system for young adults. I have even begun to question whether it makes sense for young men and women to be participating at a level of play that heightens the risk of enduring such traumatic injuries.
The Pride of Musical Theater

The Pride of Musical Theater

Gator Staff
October 6, 2014
Students from the Creative Arts Diploma Program (CAP) and Musical Theater went to see The Lion King in Boston on Thursday Oct. 1. For two hours at the Boston Opera House, students were transported to the African Savanna for an incredible adventure. Originally a 1994 Disney animated movie, in 1997, The Lion King opened as a Broadway musical directed by Julie Taymor—and has since taken the American public by storm.
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