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School Seal

School Seal for Northfield Mount Hermon Boarding High School in MassachusettsNMH’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.

A bird's eye view

Nhu Hoang

My philosophy is: Fail early, so you can eventually succeed.

Gretel Schatz, Director of the Dance program, instructs a dance student.

I want dance students to engage their own memory and intellect.

Mary Hefner

I love teaching AP Bio. The kids are highly motivated.


“The best thing about NMH is the connections you make.” 


“NMH challenges students to innovate and persevere while keeping in mind the effects of our actions on the community."


“This community gives me the resources to grow as a student and discover passions I never knew I had.” 


“I am confident in myself and my abilities to succeed, thanks to NMH.”


"I love the freedom I have to explore what I am passionate about."


"NMH gives us space to experiment and gradually to grow into ourselves."


"I noticed how welcoming everyone was when I first came to campus.”


“The first step to excelling at NMH is embracing your own individuality.” 


“I appreciate the bond faculty and students have at NMH.”


"The community at NMH is unlike any I’ve ever known, and for that I am grateful.”


"NMH allows me to be myself in the classroom and ensures I am an articulate, curious, and courageous student.”


“I was initially surprised by how relaxed, yet academic, the environment is."


"The curriculum here is hard, but it’s the right amount of hard."