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The family of Dick Chapman visited Harley last summer to tour the school and see the memorial plaque in Dick’s honor.

Harley School Athletic Director Dick Chapman always had keen insight, and when he arrived in 1958, he saw the potential in the School’s student-athletes and knew the existing athletic program needed to grow. Always a forward thinker, he, along with a small committee, imagined a new athletic facility to provide athletes a competitive edge. Under Dick’s tenure, the “field house” and pool opened in September of 1969, and Harley and Allendale Columbia sports teams merged in fall of 1972 to form HAC Athletics. Dick was the visionary behind these two huge milestones in Harley School history.

Award Created to Honor Coach Chapman

The family of Dick Chapman visited Harley last summer to tour the school and see the memorial plaque in Dick’s honor.

Harley School Athletic Director Dick Chapman always had keen insight, and when he arrived in 1958, he saw the potential in the School’s student-athletes and knew the existing athletic program needed to grow. Always a forward thinker, he, along with a small committee, imagined a new athletic facility to provide athletes a competitive edge. Under Dick’s tenure, the “field house” and pool opened in September of 1969, and Harley and Allendale Columbia sports teams merged in fall of 1972 to form HAC Athletics. Dick was the visionary behind these two huge milestones in Harley School history.

The new Dick Chapman Perseverance Award, a tribute to Coach Chapman initiated by his wife Linda, honors a Grade 12 Harley student-athlete who shows the same drive and forward-thinking vision as Coach Chapman. Linda, the Chapman family, and 30 donors — composed of former students, colleagues, and friends of Dick’s —raised over $10,000 to endow this special recognition. It was first presented at the end-of-year award assembly in 2022.

The first recipient of the Dick Chapman Perseverance Award is Ben Friedberg ’22. The award was presented by Athletic Director Peter Mancuso at the Honors Assembly.

Ben Friedberg:
• Nine athletic letters in his career (baseball, swimming, golf)
• Three section V team championships in swimming
• League all-star in baseball and swimming
• Three school records in swimming and participant in the 2021 New York State Swim Championships
• Multiple scholar-athlete team member

Ben Friedberg:
• Nine athletic letters in his career (baseball, swimming, golf)
• Three section V team championships in swimming
• League all-star in baseball and swimming
• Three school records in swimming and participant in the 2021 New York State Swim Championships
• Multiple scholar-athlete team member

During quarantine, Ben made a decision to get himself into better swimming shape and dedicate the time necessary to make it to the next level, and he accomplished his goal senior year, winning three individual sectional championships along with helping HAC three-peat for the team sectional championship. Ben set three school records in the process and represented HAC at the New York State swim meet.

We believe Coach Chapman would be very proud of Ben and his diligent work as an athlete and a scholar.

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By the Numbers

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Our Upper School is filled with formal and informal opportunities for students to take on leadership roles. Whether following passions or learning new skills, student-driven opportunities take many shapes. 

  • Independent study: one trimester, full year, and multi-year projects have included automating our solar chimneys, coding handmade musical instruments, or developing a class on financial literacy for underserved high school students.
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  • STEM: Climate curriculum program, biomimicry program, NASA Hunch program

At Harley, our students learn how to evaluate social systems in order to identify complex problems in society through a lens of social justice. They take a hands-on approach to working for a fair, equitable society by researching, exploring and evaluating different perspectives, and offering solutions—both theoretical and practical.

Our faculty integrate social justice into our broader curriculum to assist students in gaining a foundational knowledge about what makes a democracy function. By gaining skills in ideating supportive pathways they become more exposed and experienced to how communities can undergo healing and restorative actions.

Students may create independent studies with supervising teachers throughout their Upper School experience or, during Grade 12, they can design Capstone projects—intensive collaborations with Harley faculty and off-campus mentors—involving rigorous academic study and culminating in public presentations. They are empowered to create their own curriculum, set goals, and work on time management skills in order to accomplish their objectives.

Independent Studies run the gamut from The Psychology of Sports to Furniture Design to The Neuroimaging of Alzheimer’s Disease. Capstones, meanwhile, are as diverse as the students who pursue them: Fictional Rochester, Autobiographical Art, Biomimicry Education, Organic Fuel, and Rochester Refugees. 

Indicative of Upper School curiosity and creativity, pursuits such as these distinguish our graduates in college. Through deep dives of this sort, Harley students master more than speaking, writing, and computing: they learn to communicate, advocate, collaborate, organize, listen, and empathize. 

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