History: 125 Years

Founded in 1893, Harker's journey from Manzanita Hall in Palo Alto to The Harker School of today in San Jose has been momentous. We are honored to have educated the students of the Valley for 125 years and will proudly continue our unwavering commitment to excellence for generations to come.

Harker's 125th Anniversary

The 2018-19 school year marks the completion of our historic 125th year (that's the quasquicentennial, if you were wondering), and we're celebrating! The 125th anniversary's theme is "Reflect | Inspire | Achieve," a triptych designed to honor the school's past, present and future. Explore this page to learn more about the people and programs that have made The Harker School what it is today.

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125 Fun Facts

Browse our 125 facts sliders and discover some fun and fascinating things about our history.

Browse Our 125 Facts

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Milestones Timeline

This timeline captures the chronological milestones of the school's locations, names and leaders.

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Share Your Memories

Do you have memories or artifacts from the Miss Harker's School, Palo Alto Military Academy, Harker Academy or The Harker School? We'd love to hear about them!

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125th Anniversary Events

Harker Picnic

125th Anniversary Celebration Weekend | Oct. 5-7, 2018

Harker is having a special celebratory weekend and alumni are especially encouraged to attend.

  • Fri., Oct. 5 is Homecoming. Cheer on the Eagles as they compete against Oakland's Madison Park Academy, and enjoy all the festivities, like tailgating, student performances, Homecoming Court and more.
  • Saturday, Oct. 6 will be an alumni recognition event - keep checking back for details.
  • Sunday, Oct. 7 is the 68th annual Harker Family & Alumni Picnic, held at the middle school campus. Enjoy all your favorites: the student show, carnival games and auction.

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125th Anniversary Gala | Sat., Feb. 23, 2019

Come celebrate our birthday at this special gala, to be held on the upper school campus. Tickets go on sale in November 2018. For information contact communications@harker.org.

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Harker Magazine 125th Commemorative Issue

Enjoy our special 125th anniversary issue of the Harker Magazine. Contact us if you would like a copy!

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Harker School Song

Historic Video Channel

While we wish we had videos going back to 1893, we do have lots of fun clips from the modern era. Check out these short clips of performances, historic moments, and so much more.

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'Then and Now' Photo Gallery

It's always fun to compare photos of similar things from different eras. Each photo in this gallery has a slider tool so you can slowly transition from old photo to new.

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