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Our History

Founded in 1876, Hathaway Brown School has devoted vast resources to create the ideal academic and social environment for the development of young women for 140 years.

  • HB was created and nourished by the extraordinary generosity of Cleveland civic leaders; they imagined an institution devoted to the intellectual development of women at a time when few believed the minds of women mattered.

  • The School was born as "afternoon classes for young ladies" at the Brooks Military School, a private school for boys. It was originally called the Brooks School for Ladies.

  • In 1886, Anne Hathaway Brown purchased the School; its name was later changed to Miss Anne H. Hathaway Brown's School for Girls. Miss Hathaway Brown sold the school in 1890.

  • The School moved to its current location in Shaker Heights in 1927.

  • 13th Head of School William Christ was named to the position in 1987.

  • HB is Ohio's oldest continuously operating college preparatory school for girls.

  • The School's motto is non scholae sed vitae discimus ("we learn not for school, but for life").

Read more in "Tradition and Transformation -- A History of Educating Girls at Hathaway Brown School, 1876-2006"

Read more about HB in the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History

Shaker Heights, Ohio Girls K-12 Coed Early Childhood

19600 North Park Boulevard Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122 P: 216.932.4214
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