These teachers touched the minds, hearts, and spirits of their students. Though in some cases details of their legacy have been lost in the years gone by, here we present a brief summary of what we know of their career highlights.

Robert E. Archer
Robert E. Archer
Years of service: 1968-1997 (Harvard)
  • English, logic, and ethics teacher
  • Department chair
  • Coached basketball
  • Brought the team teaching system to Harvard School, which is now used across the curriculum at Harvard-Westlake
  • Played basketball under John Wooden at UCLA
  • Volunteered at the Inner City Educational Foundation after retirement
Clarence A. Barnes
Clarence A. Barnes
Years of service: 1908-1958 (Harvard)
  • Math teacher for 50 years
  • Taught algebra, geometry, and trigonometry
  • Longest tenured faculty member at Harvard School
R. Lee Carlson
R. Lee Carlson
Years of service: 1980-1994 (Harvard)
  • Math teacher
  • Director of Athletics
  • Athletic Committee Chair
  • Coached baseball, basketball, football, and rugby
  • Math Olympics team coach
  • Graduated from Harvard School in 1950
John P. Clark
John P. Clark
Years of service: 1961-1990 (Harvard)
  • Physics teacher
  • Taught Engineering Principles, Sound: Acoustics, Advanced Placement Physics: Mechanics, and Advanced Placement and Honors Physics: Electricity and Magnetis
  • One of the leaders of the Physical Science Study Committee
  • Advisor for the Recorder Club
  • Advisor for the Ham Radio Club
  • Beloved by the science department and mentor to many colleagues
David Coombs
David Coombs
Years of service: 1968-2008 (Westlake and Harvard-Westlake)
  • English and history teacher
  • English Department Chair
  • History Department Chair
  • Ran the Westlake summer school program for many years
  • Ran the Harvard-Westlake summer school program after the merger
Helen Temple Dickinson
Helen Temple Dickinson
Years of service: 1945-1967 (Westlake)
  • Principal, Headmistress and Owner of Westlake School
  • Senior advisor
Thomas A. Donahue
Thomas A. Donahue
Years of service: 1979-2003 (Harvard)
  • Spanish teacher
  • World Languages Department Chair
  • Head of Financial Aid
  • Director of remote campus in Glenwood, New Mexico
  • Hiker, explorer, and researcher in the Southwest
Lieutenant Colonel Alpha T. Easton
Years of service: 1912-1932 (Harvard)
  • Military science and tactics teacher
Father John S. Gill
Father John S. Gill
Years of service: 1942-1986 (Harvard)
  • Chaplain and history teacher for 44 years at Harvard School
  • Taught World War I and II History, Western Civilization, Celestial Navigation, and California History
Kinter Hamilton
Kinter Hamilton
Years of service: 1902-1949 (Harvard)
  • Latin, economics, and history teacher
  • Assistant Headmaster, but performed the duties of Headmaster
  • Coached track and football
  • Founder of the California Interscholastic Federation
Marion C. Hays
Marion C. Hays
Years of service: 1944-1970 (Harvard)
  • Chemistry, physics, geometry, and algebra teacher
  • Assistant Headmaster
  • Member of California Interscholastic Federation and Academic Scholarship Committee
Jim Hosney
Jim Hosney
Years of service: 1971-1980 (Westlake)
  • Taught English and film
Nathaniel G. Hughes
Nathaniel G. Hughes
Years of service: 1938-1978 (Harvard)
  • History and mechanical drawing teacher
  • Assistant to the Headmaster
  • Head of Lower School
Burt Gordon Ijams
Burt Gordon Ijams
Years of service: 1902-1947 (Harvard)
  • Principal of the Lower School
Dale Ireland
Dale Ireland
Years of service: 1965-1981 (Westlake)
  • History teacher
  • Taught U.S. History, European History, and Modern Society
  • History Department Chair
Barbara Jacobson
Barbara Jacobson
Years of service: 1963-2005 (Westlake)
  • Math teacher
  • Taught algebra, geometry, and calculus
  • Eighth grade class advisor
  • Dean and Assistant Head of the Middle School
  • Math Department Chair
Karl W. Kleinz
Karl W. Kleinz
Years of service: 1981-1998 (Harvard)
  • History and psychology teacher
  • Taught history courses at all levels, including World History, European History II, and Advanced Placement Art History
  • Dean of Faculty
  • Faculty Academic Committee Chair
Frederica de Laguna
Frederica de Laguna
Years of service: 1904-1942 (Westlake)
  • Cofounder of Westlake School for Girls in 1904
  • Professor of English Language and Literature
  • Professor of German and French at the University of Southern California until 1903
  • Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University, 1894
  • Master’s degree from Columbia University, 1904
James W. McCleery
James W. McCleery
Years of service: 1925-1973 (Harvard)
  • Latin and Spanish teacher
  • Coached baseball and golf
Hazel Hartley McNiece
Hazel Hartley McNiece
Years of service: 1927-1959 (Westlake)
  • History and geography teacher
  • Taught European History, American History, Civics, and Economic Geography
Jerome N. Margolis
Jerome N. Margolis
Years of service: 1970-2006 (Harvard)
  • Music teacher
  • Taught Orchestra, Jazz Band, Synthesizer, Music Workshop, Jazz Ensemble, and Music History
  • Started Harvard School’s music program in 1970
  • Directed musical theater orchestra
  • Retired to the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia and has composed more than 30 major works since retirement
Stephen R. Marsden
Stephen R. Marsden
Years of service: 1983-2008 (Harvard)
  • Advanced placement and honors chemistry teacher
Mervin H. Miller
Mervin H. Miller
Years of service: 1943-1983 (Harvard)
  • Chemistry and physical science teacher
  • Dean of Faculty
  • Academic Scholarship Committee Chair
  • Supervised academic program
Carol Mills
Carol Mills
Years of service: 1933-1967 (Westlake)
  • English teacher
  • Vice Principal in 1933
  • Headmistress
Joannie Parker
Joannie Parker
Years of service: 1979-1998 (Westlake)
  • English and women’s studies teacher
  • Founder of Westlake’s Women’s History Month
  • Very involved in the women’s movement
King Schofield
King Schofield
Years of service: 1975-1995 (Westlake)
  • Speech and debate teacher
  • Led the Debate Club
J. Leonard Sherman
J. Leonard Sherman
Years of service: 1912-1957 (Harvard)
  • English teacher
  • Dean of Faculty
  • Scholastic Committee Chair
  • In charge of academics and curricula
  • Founder of Student Cabinet
Walter V.V. Stewart
Walter V.V. Stewart
Years of service: 1951-1985 (Harvard)
  • Math teacher
  • Department chair
  • Dean of students, in charge of discipline
  • Coached swimming and water polo
William Taylor
William Taylor
Years of service: 1921-1957 (Harvard)
  • English teacher
  • Harvard School business manager
Junita Van Burg
Junita Van Burg
Years of service: 1927-1968 (Westlake)
  • Geometry and algebra teacher
  • Head of the math department
Jessica Smith Vance
Jessica Smith Vance
Years of service: 1904-1939 (Westlake)
  • Cofounder of Westlake School for Girls in 1904
  • Bachelor of Arts in English Philology and Literature from University of the Pacific, 1893
  • Master of Arts in English from Stanford University, 1893
  • Taught English at Mills College in Oakland, California
  • Teaching assistant at Stanford University
Herbert L. Winans
Herbert L. Winans
Years of service: 1901-1936 (Harvard)
  • Classics teacher
  • Taught Latin and Greek
  • Moved to Los Angeles in 1900 and was one of the original faculty members at Harvard School
Tedd D. Woods
Tedd D. Woods
Years of service: 1967-1991 (Harvard)
  • Speech teacher
  • Member of the National Forensics League (now known as the National Speech and Debate Association)