Sumner Hawley Society
All persons who include Hyde School in their estate plans become members of the Sumner Hawley Society, a recognition program for those whose legacy commitments express deep gratitude for Hyde's life-changing work, and help to secure it for future generations.
The Society honors the memory of Sumner Hawley who, while working alongside Joseph Gauld at New Hampton School in New Hampshire, conceived the idea for the creation of Hyde School.
Today, four schools boast the Hyde name, four other schools established a partnership with Hyde in the past decade, several other Hyde programs deliver guidance and support to parents and educators throughout the country, and three books about the Hyde process have profoundly touched the lives of thousands. Sumner Adams Hawley would be pleased. He reveled in the promise of Hyde's growth, believing that its nontraditional approach to American education was the keystone in an educational arch that was dangerously close to crumbling.
During his tenure at Hyde, Sumner served as Assistant Headmaster, English teacher, and coordinator of the fine arts program. He was an educator who possessed an innate understanding of young people, motivated students and colleagues to realize their hidden potential, and was a nurturer of student talent. Sumner retired in 1978, after which he served on Hyde's Board of Governors. Sumner Hawley died in September, 1993.
We encourage you to reflect on Hyde's impact on your life and/or that of your family. Membership in the Sumner Hawley Society is an ideal way for you to show your "Hyde pride" and to demonstrate your belief in the value of this unique approach to education. Click here to join.
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