School Seal

NMH’s school seal is a visual representation of the coming together of the original two schools, the Northfield School for Girls and Mount Hermon School for Boys. It combines the Mount Hermon motto “Discere et Vivere” — “Learn and Live” — with elements of the old Northfield seal.

The image of the lamp of knowledge is thought to date back to the ancient Greek story of Diogenes searching with his lamp for an honest individual. It is commonly used on university seals, and also is the symbol of the nursing profession, recalling Florence Nightingale, “the lady with the lamp.” In an academic context, the lit lamp signifies the light of knowledge burning brightly, which is what NMH faculty members hope to ignite in each student.