Headmaster’s Corner

It is with a great sense of pride that I lead Taft’s dedicated faculty and uniquely talented student body into the 21st century. We continue to be guided by the principles on which our school was founded over a century ago. At the core of Mr. Taft’s mission to educate the whole person lies an emphasis on high scholarship and intellectual endeavor along with a belief that character, above all else, determines success in life. This was our mission in 1890, and it continues to shape all we do here today.

Taft is a vibrant, diverse and exciting school, one of enormous academic challenge and extracurricular opportunities. The campus is a beautiful one, a mix of historic and modern buildings, and one that enhances our close community. Teachers and students live together, and teaching and learning take place at all hours of the day, in and out of the classroom. Our hope is that our students will graduate not only prepared to excel at the finest universities and colleges but also equipped to be responsible global citizens.

As you browse our website, I hope you will come to know Taft better, and I encourage you to visit campus to see the school.

William R. MacMullen ’78


Read/watch recent remarks by the headmaster:

Fall 2016, Fall Parents' Weekend Address

Winter 2016, Winter Parents' Weekend Address

On Main Hall, Winter 2016 Taft Bulletin

Fall 2015, Fall Parents' Weekend Address

Winter 2015, Winter Parents' Weekend Address

Fall 2014, Winter Parents' Weekend Address

Winter 2013, Winter Parents' Weekend Address (February 16, audio link below)

October 2012, Fall Parents' Weekend Address

February 2011, Winter Parents' Weekend Address (see audio link below)

October 2010, Fall Parents' Weekend Address (see audio link below)

February 2010, Winter Parents' Weekend Address (see audio link below)

November 2009, Fall Parents' Weekend Address (see audio link below)

May 2009, 119th Commencement Remarks

April 2009, Letter of Invitation to 119th Commencement

February 2009, Winter Parents Weekend Address

October 2008, Fall Parents Weekend Address

May 2008, Uppermid Awards Ceremony and 118th Commencement


Click here to find recordings of Morning Meetings, including those by the headmaster.


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