Welcome from the Head

Welcome from the Eugene McDermott Head of School

Since its founding in 1913, The Hockaday School has been firmly committed to educating girls so that they will think beyond the walls of their classrooms and imagine a world of possibilities that await them. Our girls possess the character and confidence to lead lives of purpose and impact, and I consider it a tremendous privilege to be part of this journey with them.

From the first moment I was introduced to Hockaday, I was inspired by the students, parents, faculty, staff, trustees, and friends of the School who are deeply committed to girls education and their lives. No matter if it's in the classroom, in the lab, on the field, or in the art studio, education has the transformative power to change lives. I believe learning is fluid and participatory. At Hockaday, our girls thrive in an atmosphere that invites engagement and challenges them to test their assumptions through interactions with teachers and peers.

At Hockaday, each of us is deeply passionate about our mission. I am excited to be part of our students' educational experiences, and I embrace the academic rigor exemplified by our curriculum and the faculty who creates the environment in which students will thrive and succeed. While exploring their worlds, both our youngest girls, who are entering prekindergarten, and our seniors, who are ready to embark on their next adventure, tap into their strengths, learn from their failures, and develop the resilience they need to live lives of consequence.

It is incredibly satisfying for me to work in partnership with all members of the Hockaday community to ensure our girls' experiences are robust, nurturing, and fulfilling, and serve them today and in their future lives. They have boundless opportunities at Hockaday, and our girls are empowered by their education and become leaders and contribute meaningfully in the areas they pursue.

Today, the halls of Hockaday continue to be filled with a fervent energy and a zest for learning as it was from its humble beginnings. Still guided by the Four Cornerstones of Character, Courtesy, Scholarship, and Athletics, we believe anything is possible through collaboration and commitment to girls education.

Warm regards,

Dr. Karen Warren Coleman
Eugene McDermott Head of School

Hockaday Meets Dr. Coleman

    • Dr. Karen Warren Coleman

      Eugene McDermott Head of School

      Dr. Karen Warren Coleman

Year-End Letter from Dr. Coleman

The close of a school year always brings with it a mix of emotions: pride for the students who are graduating and joy in their accomplishments, sadness that we will be saying goodbye to our girls for the summer, and relief that we made it through the year. And what a year it has been!
As I complete my second year as your Eugene McDermott Head of School, I am filled with hope and gratitude. Hockaday girls and young women, from our littlest Daisies to our graduating seniors, are extraordinary — they are indeed the “clear-eyed, forward-looking, magnificent women” that Miss Hockaday described when she retired in 1946. Our students are all that and more, and I am grateful to be among them.
I’d like to take this moment to celebrate our major achievements and the contributions of members of our Hockaday community. Read the full letter.

Celebrating the Start of a New School Year

The start of a new school year has always been my favorite time of year. It is so energizing to see the happy faces of our new and returning girls and the families who entrust their daughters to us. It is a reminder of the power of optimism, of learning, and of growth. These young women give me hope for our future.
As we embark on another exciting and eventful year, I wanted to share some important efforts we are undertaking to ensure the student experience at Hockaday continues to be extraordinary. These initiatives bring to life our Four Cornerstones of Character, Courtesy, Scholarship, and Athletics. They are made possible by the hard work of our faculty and staff, who are determined that every girl’s educational experience — in classrooms and science labs, on athletic fields and in art studios, in new business ventures and in the community — is unmatched by any other school in the country.
Read the full letter

Year-End Letter from Dr. Coleman

As 2017–2018 comes to a close, I want to thank you for your warm welcome. I have said many times how privileged I am to serve as Hockaday’s Eugene McDermott Head of School. Every day holds the promise of discovering something new, and I cherish the opportunity to work with students, faculty, trustees, alumnae, parents, and friends of the School. My husband Andy and I could not be happier here in Dallas, and we wholeheartedly thank you for embracing us with open arms and hearts.


On Sunday, October 15, 2017, the Hockaday community celebrated the Installation of Dr. Karen Warren Coleman, Eugene McDermott Head of School. All students in first grade through Form IV participated in the Installation as well as leaders and dignitaries from fellow independent schools, colleges, and universities across the country. Watch the Installation here.

New Head of School

On November 10, 2016, The Hockaday School announced Dr. Karen Warren Coleman, former Vice President for Campus and Student Life at the University of Chicago, as its new Eugene McDermott Head of School. Dr. Coleman will become the thirteenth head of school since its founding in 1913.
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