Logo for Green Certified RestaurantFood at Northfield Mount Hermon meets three criteria: It has to be good for you, it has to be good for the planet, and you have to want to eat it.

So we serve things like mahi mahi with pineapple salsa, vegetarian fettuccini, design-your-own stir-fry, and homemade pizza. For dessert, there might be blueberry pie or peanut butter bars. There are lots of choices, including several daily vegetarian options, and our cooks love suggestions almost as much as they love the popular “chef’s choice” meals at which they really show off their culinary skills.

More than 700 meals are served at a typical lunch or dinner in the centrally located Alumni Hall (which was built as West Hall in 1909.) Hot meals are available at specific times, but the extensive salad, cereal, and deli bars are open nearly all day for grazing. No assigned seats, no formal dress requirements; we want mealtimes to be relaxing and comfortable.

Because we have our own farm, some of what you eat at NMH comes from NMH. Depending on the season, there’s milk and ice cream from the cows-in-residence, herbs from the garden, maple syrup on the pancakes, and fresh cider to drink. What we don’t grow ourselves, we try to buy locally. We’ve committed 10 percent of our budget to buy from area growers.

Beyond that, we try to employ sustainable and responsible practices, like serving fair trade coffee and composting all our vegetable kitchen waste. Occasionally, we even pile up a day's discarded food to dramatically display what gets wasted. And in 2003, NMH started the “trayless revolution" among secondary schools, colleges, and universities to save water and energy and reduce food waste.

Gretel Schatz

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

Becca Malloy

Science isn't just talk, but it certainly helps.

Mary Hefner

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

Faculty Profiles

This past summer, I increased my awareness of my identity by reconnecting with my native country, Ethiopia.


“I don’t think I would be anywhere near the person I am today if it wasn’t for NMH. It’s enlightened me about so many different things, and I’ve met people from everywhere you can imagine.”


In my old school, I never saw myself as someone who could be a Division I player one day. Now I can.


"One of my biggest influences has been my math teacher. He built this love of math in me—specifically, the idea that math can be used to interpret the world." 


"The fact that everything is here at my fingertips has really helped me grow."


"Almost all of our classes are conversation-based, which means that you're totally engaged in classroom discussion."


"I enjoy helping my friends, and it's given me a new respect for teachers. I may even go into teaching myself one day."


"In VOTES, I learned how to prepare and present—skills I drew on in Washington."


 "This year, I'm field hockey captain. I enjoy giving advice and support."


“I like that you can start completely new things. You can reinvent yourself.”


Dance has taken this creative learner on an artistic journey. 

Xiaoxian (Lily)

 “My teachers told me to use my own voice, and they pushed me to think about what I really believed in.”


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


“The academics are extremely rigorous, but because of the way teachers present things, it’s like, ‘I have school today!’”


“The learning you can do in a study-abroad program can outweigh anything else you can do even at a school like this.” 


“NMH encouraged me to explore new things, try everything, and see what’s best for me.”


“You’ll always find a place here as long as you just be yourself.”


“There is a community here that cares about you.”

Student Profiles