Hilary Fix Alumni Arbor

The Hilary Fix Alumni Arbor honors the students and families who have built the legacy of Highland Hall's 11-acre campus.  When the original pioneers of Highland Hall took the bold step of purchasing our hillside of vacant land in 1961 there were only three trees on the property, including the eucalyptus at the center of the new Alumni Arbor.  Over the years, Highland Hall families planted trees throughout our campus to provide our students with an opportunity to stretch their imaginations and enjoy the comradery of friends in the shade from their branches. Today we all get to bask in the beauty of that forethought, and in turn have the opportunity to plant legacies for students and families of the future. 

Hilary Fix

The arbor is named in honor of Hilary Fix, a member of the Class of 2008.  Hilary Fix brought joy, light, and inspiration to those around her.  The Hilary Fix Alumni Arbor invites you to take a moment to pause and reflect, and to appreciate the bounty we have inherited.

Dedication Ceremony, Saturday November 10, 2018, 5 pm 


The Labyrinth at the Center

At the center of the Alumni Arbor is a rustic rendition of the labyrinth found at Chartres Cathedral in France.  That labyrinth was built during a time of fervor inspired by the crusades and a widely desired longing for a path to transformation of the self and the world.  It is not a maze – a puzzle that requires analysis to be solved, meaning that it might not be solved.  It is a labyrinth – a path with one way in that is also the way out.  It is a metaphor for life’s journey, requiring the walkers to learn from the ins and outs, ups and downs of the path. The only puzzle is to whether to choose to walk the path or not. Those who have the will to walk it bring to the world a deeper knowledge of who they are and what they can bring to their community.

In Honor of . . .

At the entrance of the arbor is a podocarpus tree dedicated by Monica and David Fishman.  Planted in honor of the Fishman, Morrisey, Harris & Behzadi families, it recognizes family members who are Highland Hall alumni from 1982 through 2010.  The entrance is also marked by slate paving stones inscribed in honor of the Classes of 1971, 1977, 1992, 1999, 2008, and 2010.  Other stones are marked in Memory of Jonathan from the Class of 1973, in honor of Rosa & Paul Hodkinson, and in honor of the Seeley W. Mudd Foundation.  Toward the rear is a custom cast concrete bench donated by Chris Albrecht as a gift from Kate and Tess Albrecht.  The bench was designed and cast by alumni Seth Ernsdorf, Class of 1988.

Invitation to enhance the Alumni Arbor for the future

We invite you to contribute to the beauty of the Alumni Arbor and to create a permanent recognition of individuals you would like to honor:

Labyrinth Stone: $500

Help us infuse the labyrinth with meaningful gratitude.  For gifts of $500, a segment of the labyrinth will be enhanced with a stone engraved with the name of your family or honoree. (Accommodates up to 4 lines of text, 20 characters each)

Shade Tree: $1,000

Embrace the arbor with your recognition of someone special. For gifts of $1,000, a tree in the Alumni Arbor will be dedicated in honor of your loved one. A brass plate with an inscription of your choice will be placed at the base of the tree.

Restful Bench:  $3,000

Share your appreciation for the peaceful moment and for someone you care about.  For gifts of $3,000 or more, a concrete bench will be dedicated within the arbor so that students and visitors can take a pause to enjoy the natural setting.  A brass plate with an inscription of your choice will be placed on the bench.

Water Feature: $5,000

Complete the balance and harmony of the Alumni Arbor area by donating the fifth element, a water feature.  It may be dedicated in honor of your family or honoree.