Writing by Rico López ’18
Photos by Zoe Huang ’18, Steven Yoo ’19, Jessee VanNewKirk ’19, and Rico López ’18
After months of a rigorous selection process, the Succession Committee —headed by Dean of Faculty Jeff Hooper and college counselor Maria Morales-Kent— announced a monumental turning point in the Thacher School’s history. Mr. Mulligan, they explained, after twenty-five years of service to thousands of high school students, will be handing off the baton to Blossom Beatty Pidduck CdeP 1992.
The first female Head of School, Ms. Pidduck represents the ninth leader of the Thacher School in what the Board of Trustees declared to be a unanimous vote. Ms. Pidduck, having been a potent force in the school’s English Department, as the former Dean of Faculty, and as the Assistant Head of School, hopes to bring a new level of optimism during her tenure.
Meanwhile, she plans to stay true to Thacher’s unique and vibrant culture. In a letter released by the Board of Trustees following the Succession Committee’s announcement, Ms. Pidduck wrote, “In accepting the tremendous honor and responsibility of serving as Thacher’s ninth head, I commit myself to that tradition, to defining a new era while protecting the values and ethos that have made Thacher a peerless school for one hundred and twenty-eight years.”
Her appointment is a landmark decision in Thacher’s history, and the community is eager to welcome her back from her family’s sabbatical with open arms.