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Smiling Faces Arrive on the St. Luke’s Hilltop

L. Balkind
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It was all smiles as students returned to the Hilltop, greeted by new Head of School Mary Halpin Carter and her golden retriever, Hefty.

The backdrop for Dr. Carter’s first-day welcome was St. Luke’s motto: Enter to Learn, Go Forth to Serve. In June, Mark Davis, who served as the beloved Head of School for 20 years, passed the leadership baton to Dr. Carter, who has been embraced already by the St. Luke’s community.  

Board Chair Jennifer L. Foster said that Dr. Carter is the right fit for St. Luke’s, “Mary embodies so many of the traits our community values. She is a highly accomplished, inspirational leader, and she is all heart. She loves children and believes learning should be meaningful, challenging, and joyful.”

Dr. Carter shared that she loves the start of school because it brings “a surge of possibility.” Bridget Welch '29 and Avery Lisher '29 agree with Dr. Carter saying they are most excited about St. Luke’s annual traditions, including pep rallies, field day, and homecoming. Bradford Cooper '24 said, “I’m excited to get to know the new Head of School, Dr. Carter.”

Everyone was excited to have Hefty join the morning welcome, and the feeling appeared to be mutual. Hefty’s tail never stopped wagging, as he welcomed endless head pats and belly rubs. 

And just like that, with a wag and a welcome, the new school year and a new era for St. Luke’s has begun.


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