Design. Photograph. Edit. Create a keepsake.
In the Yearbook class, students manage a 14-month project to create a 400-page book for the Upper School, a treasure that most students will keep for their entire lives. It’s a photo album, a piece of journalism, a keepsake and a historical document. Students learn and practice skills involving visual design, photography, writing and project management. Students can grow into leadership positions in which they oversee the production of the book and gain experience in supervising their peers.
“Yearbook provided our daughter Kerry with skills that helped her excel in college and gave her an early boost in her career. Yearbook offers students experience in things few young people do prior to their first (or second) post-college career job: being an individual contributor and supervising the work of others. Deadlines have serious consequences in this class (losing money, omitting pages from the yearbook), just as they do in real life. Students also get to practice being both assertive and tactful, especially when dealing with unhappy customers or uncooperative individuals. Teamwork is a key to success in this class, just as it is in most jobs. Kerry’s employers have noticed that she meets deadlines and commitments much more consistently than others her age; we give the Yearbook class much of the credit.”
— Jamie and Joe Wang, parents
Tripp Robbins’ career path started in journalism then serendipitously zigged into teaching high school students in 1985, and he’s been loving teaching ever since. He earned an MA from the Chicago College of Performing Arts. He has taught journalism and publications, English, history, theater, digital media, and moviemaking. In 2016 he developed a new class explicitly about creativity. He’s a member of the Journalism Education Association and sits on the board of the Journalism Education Association of Northern California and on the board of Title Nine Media.