Harker's 125 Years in the Valley
The 2018-19 school year marked the completion of our historic 125th year (that's the quasquicentennial, if you were wondering), and we celebrated throughout the year with skits, events, memory-sharing and more. The 125th anniversary's theme was "Reflect | Inspire | Achieve," a triptych designed to honor the school's past, present and future. This website was created in honor of our 125th anniversary year to share more about the people and programs that have made The Harker School what it is today. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harker's 125 Years of History in Words, Photos and Videos
In the late 1880s, the town of Palo Alto had only about 1,400 residents. It would be nearly another 100 years before the term “Silicon Valley” was coined and the area became known as an innovation hub. In 1890, Congress had just established Yosemite as the nation’s third national park and Stanford University was in its infancy.
However, the need for students who were well prepared to go on to Stanford and other top universities was evident. So, in 1893 at the behest of Stanford’s first president, The Harker School was founded by Frank Cramer as Manzanita Hall, a college preparatory school for boys. Miss Harker’s School for Girls, founded by Catherine Harker, followed soon after in 1902.
'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.
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.
125 Fun Facts
In honor of our 125th anniversary celebration year in 2018-19 we created these 125 fun facts. Browse through and discover some fun and fascinating things about our history.
This timeline captures the chronological milestones of the school's locations, names and leaders.
Harker Magazine 125th Commemorative Issue
We published a commemorative issue for our 125th anniversary celebration year in 2018-19. Enjoy this special issue of the Harker Magazine. Contact us if you would like a copy!
Read the issue one of two ways:
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!
125th Anniversary Events
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.
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 email@example.com.