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Olympic Swimming Champion Dara Torres Inducted into the Jewish-American Hall of Fame In over 50 years, since its founding in 1969, the Jewish-American Hall of Fame, has never inducted a native Angeleno ― until now. The 2020 honoree is one of the greatest swimmers of all time, Dara Torres. Torres was born on April 15, 1967 in Los Angeles, and grew up in Beverly Hills. At seven, she joined the community YMCA for swimming practice; afterward, she trained at the swimming club in Culver City. At 14, Dara won the national open championship in the 50-yard freestyle. She attended the Westlake School for Girls (now Harvard-Westlake School), and competed for them through her sophomore year in high school. During Dara’s 1983–84 high school junior year, she left home to swim for the Mission Viejo Nadadores and trained for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics ― where she won a gold medal in the 4 x 100m freestyle relay. After graduating from the Westlake School in 1985, Dara Torres accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville. While still an undergraduate, Torres competed in the 1988 Seoul Olympics, winning bronze and silver medals in the 4 x 100m freestyle and medley competitions, respectively. Dara Torres went on to compete in the 1992, 2000, and 2008 Olympics, winning five medals in 2000, more than anyone else on her team. In 2008, the oldest–ever Olympic swimmer at age 41 (having given birth only a year earlier), won two silver medals for 100-meter medley relay and 50–meter freestyle, breaking the American freestyle record she had set at age fifteen. Over the course of her career, Dara won four gold, four silver, and four bronze medals at the Olympics and broke the American record speeds for 50–meter freestyle ten times, more than any American swimmer in any event. Among multiple Olympic medalists, Dara is in 15th place worldwide (including both men and women), in 4th place among Americans, and in 2nd place among American women. The non-profit Jewish-American Hall of Fame's plaques are on permanent exhibit at the Virginia Holocaust Museum in Richmond, a complete set of medals issued by the Jewish-American Hall of Fame is in the collection of the Skirball Museum in Cincinnati, and its award-winning website can be enjoyed at www.amuseum.org/jahf. If you can’t get to Richmond or Cincinnati, you can bring the JAHF into your own home by acquiring a limited edition medal issued for the newest honoree, which is its only fundraising. The Dara Torres medal features a portrait by renowned San Pedro sculptor Eugene Daub; the inscription reads: “Never put an age limit on your dreams.” Bronze, silver and gold medals are available for contributions starting at $50. For further information about the Dara Torres medal or the Jewish-American Hall of Fame, contact Mel Wacks at [email protected]
Harvard-Westlake Boys Varsity Basketball honor Kobe Bryant before their game vs. Chaminade on 1-29-20
Glad to be apart of the HW Football annual holiday Gift Drive.
Here's a discussion about the Parking Structure/ Mountain removal project: http://www.latalkradio.com/content/rawtalk-082917%20#audio_play 8.29.17

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#Repost @hwspirit with @get_repost
We are holding make-up auditions for any students who were unable to attend the first audition for the 2020-21 HW Spirit Team.

Friday, November 13 @ 4pm
via Zoom

Please email our Program Head at [email protected] for the zoom link, password, details, as well as any other questions or concerns.

We hope to see you tomorrow!

Congratulations to @adelinejackson for signing her National Letter of Intent with @uscwaterpolo - We are very proud of you Adeline!

Congratulations to @christian.becerra88 for signing his National Letter of Intent with @calbaseball - Your hard work has paid off and we are proud of you Christian!

Congratulations to @kikiiriafen for signing her National Letter of Intent for @stanfordwbb. You [email protected] deserving and we are very proud of you Kiki!

Congratulations @ally.lynch18 (‘21) for signing her National Letter of Intent for @clemsonwsoccer - We are very proud of you Ally!


Fried locks up his first NL Gold Glove Award

Congratulations to Max Fried '12 for winning National League Gold Glove Award.

mlb.com While proving he has the potential to be one of the game’s top starters, Max Fried flashed enough defense to add to the list of Braves pitchers who have won a Rawlings Gold Glove Award. Fried was honored with his first Gold Glove Award when the results were

October 28, 2020

Leesa Harris has been named the Program Head for softball at Harvard-Westlake School.

Harris comes to Harvard-Westlake from ICEF View Park Preparatory Charter High School, where she worked as the Head Softball Coach, a college preparatory teacher, and alumni coordinator.

In five years at View Park Prep, Harris led her team to three consecutive CIF City Section Championships (2016-18). She was named the 2016 (D-IV), 2017 (D-III), and 2018 (D-II) CIF City Section Coach of the Year. In 2017-18 Harris was named the NFHS California Coach of the Year.

“I’m thrilled to join the Harvard-Westlake coaching staff,” said Harris. “It’s an honor to be a part of a school that emphasizes academic and athletic excellence. I look forward to working with our student-athletes and continuing to build a program that has a goal of competing for championships.”

Harris followed a storied high school career at Westchester High School, where she was named to the All-CIF team three times, to play NCAA Division I softball at Cal State University, Fullerton. Harris is the Titans’ record holder in fielding percentage and is ranked third in career stolen bases. She graduated CSUF as a two-time All-Big West Conference selection.

"I am extremely excited to welcome Leesa Harris to Harvard-Westlake.” said Terry Barnum, Head of Athletics. “Leesa has a tremendous softball background as a player and as a coach, and she has been a serial winner of CIF Championships. I look forward to watching her develop our athletes as people, players, and competitors within the softball program."

Harris begins work with the Harvard-Westlake softball program in November.

Michael Erush has been named the new Boys’ Soccer Program Head at Harvard-Westlake School.

Erush comes to Harvard-Westlake from Cal State University Los Angeles, where he is the assistant coach of the men’s soccer program. Erush is a member of the LA Golden Eagles coaching staff who were named the 2019 CCAA Coaching Staff of the Year following their run to the 2019 NCAA Division II National Championship game.

“I am extremely excited to join the Harvard-Westlake family as Head of the Boys’ Soccer Program,” said Erush. “As a program we will make a collaborative commitment to excellence, inclusion and character building and create a positive and competitive environment for every student-athlete, both on and off the field. My ambition is that together we will elevate the Wolverines Boys’ Soccer program to the state, regional and national level of prominence and I can’t wait to get started.”

Prior to his role at Cal State LA, Erush was the Associate Head Coach at the NCAA Division I level with Loyola Marymount University where, as the recruiting coordinator, he helped LMU earn consecutive top 20 recruiting classes and win the Lions first WCC Championship.

Erush is highly involved at the State and National levels of youth soccer as a scout for the United States Youth National Team program and the Cal-South Olympic Development program. He is currently the Elite Clubs National League Director for the boys and girls programs at the LA Breakers youth soccer club, where he coached their boys’ 2002 team to the #1 ranking in the nation in 2019-20.

Press Release: https://bit.ly/3mpC5bOFull


ASUN Conference Softball 2001-10 All-Decade Team


Congratulations to alum Corrie Robert’s (class of 1998) for being named to the Atlantic Sun Conference All-Decade team.

Corrie Roberts, Georgia State (1999-02)
- Is one-of-two Panthers to be a four-time First Team All-ASUN selection (1999-02), Roberts helped her team advance to the ASUN Championship final in 2002 and earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team. She is one of the ASUNs top career hitters as she second in doubles (68), seventh in hits (271) and tied seventh for triples (18).

asunsports.org ATLANTA, Ga. - The ASUN Conference announced the Softball 2001-10 All-Decade Team as 30 student-athletes were named to the list across 13 programs. Stetson led the way with five student-athletes on the All-Decade Team followed by three apiece from UCF, FAU, Kennesaw State and Lipscomb.

Congrats to @martymkaplan ‘22 for committing to uphold the family tradition at @nucatsbaseball. We are very proud of you Marty!

Congratulations to @christian.becerra88 ‘21, for committing to play for @calbaseball. Hard work pays off and we are proud of you Christian.

Congratulations to Kennedy Hill '22 for committing to Northwestern University Women's Volleyball. We are thrilled your hard work has paid off!

Congratulations @caitlyndovel ‘21 for committing to attend and play field hockey for @kenyoncollegefh in the fall. We are very proud of you Caitlyn!

Congratulations to @sara.maniscalco ‘21 for committing to attend and play field hockey for @wellesleyfieldhockey in the fall. Great job Sara!

Congratulations to @ellaganocy HW ‘22 for joining her sister in committing to attend and play Field Hockey for @princetonfh. Awesome job Ella!

Congratulations to Bella Ganocy (HW ‘22) for committing to attend and play Women’s Field Hockey for @princetonfh - We are very proud of you Bella. @hwfockey

#Repost @hwspirit with We are so excited to announce our audition dates for the 2020-21 HW Spirit Team! It’s been a different year for us all, but we can’t wait to safely get back to it!

October 27, 29 & 30 4-6pm
Location: Upper School Track

Please wear form fitting athletic wear, athletic shoes, hair pulled back, and mask. All COVID guidelines will be followed strictly to ensure the safety of everyone.

If you have any further questions or concerns, you may reach out to our Program Head at [email protected].

We can’t wait to meet you!

#Repost @hwparents These HW students are hard at work writing letters to put into bagged lunches for @nvcsinc and coloring bookmarks to put into backpacks for @schoolonwheels. Keep up the good work!❤️🖤❤️🖤❤️🖤


Freshmen Bryce Rainer and Duncan Marsten could be Harvard-Westlake's next big stars

latimes.com Following in the tradition of Lucas Giolito, Max Fried and Jack Flaherty, Harvard-Westlake has two more pitchers to watch.

#Repost @hwbaseball with @get_repost
[email protected] The Harvard-Westlake School #ThreeHeadedMonster was utterly dominant in the Wild Card Round last week -⁣⁣ 20.0IP 2R 3BB 21K 0.90 ERA 🤯⁣⁣
(🎥: @espn)

@uclamtennis - Rounding out our trio of newcomers with Timo Li, who won the CIF-SS Division 1 team championship with Harvard-Westlake in 2017 and 2018.

MORE: ucla.in/3hw1oqa



Admission > Virtual Hub

The Harvard-Westlake Admission Office is excited to launch the HW Virtual Hub! The Hub is home to our virtual campus tour, student ambassador blog, and so much more! Check it out and return often!


hw.com Welcome to the Harvard-Westlake Virtual Hub! On this page, we’re excited to bring HW to you, and introduce the range of voices, opportunities, and experiences that make our community special. We hope the Hub helps you to find answers to any questions you have. In addition to encouraging you to exp...


Column: Thompson sisters are rising soccer stars with an eye on Stanford

Harvard-Westlake Girls’ Soccer sisters Gisele (‘24) and Alyssa Thompson (‘23) have big plans for the future!

latimes.com Sisters Alyssa Thompson, 15, and Gisele Thompson, 14 — two of the best youth soccer players in the U.S. — have a Stanford education in their future.

Congratulations to @hwwaterpolo player Adeline Jackson ('21) for committing to @uscwaterpolo - We are so happy for you @adelinejackson 🤽🏻‍♀️

#Repost @cifss with @get_repost
#CIFSSThisWeek coming to you. This. Week. 👀

Get ready for Wednesday! @cifssthisweek

Interested in joining us at Harvard-Westlake and want to learn more about our school community? Prospective families are welcome to start the application process for Fall 2021 now at hw.com/admission

Congratulations to HW Boys' Tennis player Phillip Otero ('21) for committing to attend and play tennis for the University of Chicago.

We are very proud of you Phillip!


Harvard Westlake Wolverine Wrestling Highlights

Check out the highlights of the 2019-20 Wrestling Season.

If you are interested in being on this year's team, contact Coach Junior Amazan at [email protected].


Wolverine Wrestling

Congratulations to Simba Makawa HW '21 who has committed to attend and play Men's Lacrosse at Salisbury University.

We are very proud of you Simba!

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Congratulations to @nataliephiillips of @hwgirlssoccer for committing to attend and play soccer for @athenassoccer in the fall of ‘21. You deserve this Phil, we are so proud of you.


Welcome to COVID-19-era workouts: N95 masks, no-touch thermometer, outdoor weight room

latimes.com Harvard-Westlake athletes return to conditioning with strict safety protocols that follow state and local health guidelines.


Harvard-Westlake alum Lucas Giolito throws no-hitter for White Sox

ocregister.com Lucas Giolito pitched the first no-hitter of the pandemic-delayed major league season, striking out 13 and permitting just one runner in leading the Chicago White Sox over the Pittsurgh Pirates 4-0…


Kris Ward joins Spirit Technical Staff as Assistant Coach - Washington Spirit

Congratulations Coach Ward! We
Wish you the best of luck in your new role.


washingtonspirit.com Ian Decker Washingtonspirit.com Boyds, MD., (8/24/2020) – The Washington Spirit are excited to announce that Kris Ward will be joining the club’s…

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