On Tuesday, September 6, 2016, The Academy at Penguin Hall celebrated our blessing and dedication of the opening of school. More than 60 students and over 150 families, local leaders and state officials were here to celebrate the opening of the only all-girls college preparatory high school on the North Shore. The day began with our Welcoming Ceremony. In this ceremony, all faculty and administration staff members lined up to shake hands with every student; we officially welcomed them as members of our community.
"So, as you can see, it's not school as usual," says Dean Tsouvalas, while stepping onto a balcony overlooking the pristine, lush green grounds of Penguin Hall. No, it’s definitely not school as usual. The resemblance to Harry Potter’s Hogwarts is so obvious that it’s hardly worth mentioning. As Tsouvalas, Penguin Hall’s director of advancement and communication, says, “When you walk through that door, it ups your game.” Indeed, crossing the enchanting threshold into Penguin Hall, through the ornately sculpted front door adorned with a spiderweb and dragonflies, is to step into 1929, into a world created by a confident, independent woman. That woman was Ruby Boyer Miller, a progressive-minded divorcée, who built the magical Wenham place as her summer home. Fittingly, smart girls are now calling Penguin Hall their educational home.
Our teaching staff has arrived at The Academy at Penguin Hall and the sound of spirited discussions around how best prepare our young women for college and beyond has filled the halls.