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May 24, 2023

Head of School’s Notebook: Sunset

Poet Dean Young writes, “The sea seemingly a constant to the naked eye is one long goodbye, perpetually the tide recedes, beaches dotted with debris.” But the tide surges too, brings with it force and energy, a long reach ever farther up the beach.  The surging tide is full of hope, driving in a series …


May 12, 2023

This Week in Athletics

Playoffs are always an exciting, albeit anxiety-inducing, time of the season for any players and coaches. For the School, playoffs bring a sense of community and joy that seems even greater than other games played throughout the season, and no playoff has highlighted this more than this spring. The lacrosse and tennis teams, along with …


May 12, 2023

Head of School’s Notebook: Endings

I asked the students at my Formal Dinner table on Monday what they are looking forward to in the remaining small portion of the school year. “The Sunset Ceremony,” said one. “I just love that time together with everyone, even though it makes me kind of sad, too.” “I like the video yearbook,” said another. …


April 28, 2023

Head of School’s Notebook: Chicago

I have been speaking a good deal this week with the members of the cast of our musical, Chicago. Of several I asked, how does it feel to be done? “Strange,” said many. “I don’t know what to do with all the time that used to be taken up with rehearsals.” “Sad,” said another. “I …


April 28, 2023

This Week in Athletics

We have come to the end of April, and with it, the close of the Spring regular season. Although the much-needed rain fall was wonderful for the California landscape, it led to some difficult playing conditions with most teams not competing until well after Spring Break. Even under those unusual conditions, our student-athletes continued to …


April 18, 2023

Writing Clyde Kye ’24 Love and Identity: An Analysis of Gatsby and Daisy’s Relationship in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby (Honorable Mention) Arguably, love has defined what may well be the very essence of the human condition since the first glint of sentience sparked within our primitive skulls. What may have begun as a …


April 7, 2023

This Week in Athletics

To say that this has been a spring season like no other would be an understatement. The multiple “atmospheric rivers” that California has seen in the past few months have been wonderful for the lakes and vegetation. For playing sports outside, however, not so much. After a full month of rainouts and unplayable field conditions, …


April 7, 2023

Head of School’s Notebook: Snow Days and Free Days

There is an unwritten understanding at Cate that if snow falls on the Mesa and an enterprising student (or students) can fashion a snowball from that snowfall and then strike the Head of School with it … then everybody gets a Free Day. Every Cate student knows this rule. It may be the most universally …


April 6, 2023

Cate Students Attend Performance of Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992

On March 28, students from English 11, Staging Activism, and Theatre Performance classes traveled to the Mark Taper Forum in Downtown LA to attend a performance of Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992. Originally performed as a one-woman show by playwright and scholar Anna Deavere Smith, Twilight is a work of verbatim theatre that uses first-person accounts …