A Letter from

Kathryn Walker Francis ’94

Chair, Board of Trustees

Dear Members of the Hockaday Community,

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I extend my profound gratitude to you for your support of Hockaday. Your loyal dedication to our School, even amidst the challenges of last year, allowed Hockaday to continue to provide an extraordinary educational experience, both on campus and virtually, for each student and to prepare her for the future in our ever-changing world.

Your contributions – whether through time, energy, or resources – provide Hockaday girls the tremendous opportunity to explore, learn, and grow surrounded by faculty, advisors, coaches, and administrators who are unfailingly dedicated to their success. Your support makes possible the essential resources that Hockaday students need, and as a result, our girls will continue to thrive surrounded by a community that supports their journey.  

The full Hockaday student experience would not be possible without the generosity and devotion of our community. Tuition alone does not cover the full cost of a Hockaday education. It is because of your support that Hockaday can provide the essential resources that our students need.  Even though our community faced unprecedented obstacles last year, we were still able to meet and exceed our annual fund goal by raising over $2.3 million in support our students. I am pleased to report that our parent participation held strong at 97 percent, alumnae participation was at 25 percent, and faculty and staff participation increased to 90 percent.

Additionally, endowments help sustain programmatic priorities, and gifts and pledges for all non-Annual Fund support totaled $3,848,381 with $1,404,916 designated for endowment purposes. The Senior Class raised nearly $15,025 designated to the Class of 2020 Faculty Support Endowment, the annual Benefit raised $347,571 for The Ela Hockaday Fund for Faculty Excellence, and bequests to the School totaled $1,104,245 from individuals who have made provisions for Hockaday in their estate plans.

For 107 years, The Hockaday School has been one of the finest all-girls schools in the nation, and today, our School stands in a position of financial strength because of your investment. Thank you for supporting our work which ensures Miss Ela Hockaday’s vision will continue, stronger than ever, firmly rooted in the Four Cornerstones of Character, Courtesy, Scholarship, and Athletics.

I am moved by your generosity and enduring support, and I am pleased to present the 2019-2020 Annual Report of Gifts, highlighting gifts made to Hockaday during the last fiscal year. You are a partner in Hockaday’s future and success, and I hope the Annual Report gives you confidence and affirms your generous investment in our School and all that it provides to our students and their families.


Chair, Board of Trustees