No Gain, No Brain: How Physical Activity can Cause Increased Brain Function

Illustration credit: Loki Olin

Sophia Gibson, Staff Writer

October 28, 2019

When Jennifer Epstein, Health Education Teacher and Director of Outdoor Trips at Urban tells her freshmen health class to get up and go to the gym, to run around to “get high,” the classroom erupts with moans and groans. Grim-faced students get up and make their way to the gym. Twenty minutes late...

Expectations and equity: Urban’s Eurotrip culture

Various European landmarks in France and Italy. Illustration Credit: Loki Olin

Clementine Daniel, Staff Writer

June 1, 2019

Eurotrips have been an unspoken cornerstone of the post-graduation experience for countless past Urban students. Many see it as a time for them to experience the world and spend time with their high school friends one last time before venturing out into the world, but there are certainly some equity...

Who really is Urban’s rival?

Urban students cheer on their fellow Blues at a basketball game against Lick-Wilmerding. Photo credit: Kathryn Doorey

Ian Ryan, Staff Writer

May 28, 2019

Rivalries are a core part of sports, from El Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid to the Bruce Mahoney match between San Francisco high schools Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory and Saint Ignatius College Preparatory. These rivalry games amplify the emotional value of the sport by both pushing...

Opinion: Two-year prom would make a more meaningful high school experience

Eli Gordon, Managing Editor

May 22, 2019

In my three years at Urban, I’ve gone to prom three times. Each time, it’s been fun to dress up, take photos and dance with my friends. It may come as a surprise, then, that I believe four-year prom negatively impacts students’ experiences at Urban. In countless movies and TV shows, we are rem...

Unlocking Locker Culture at Urban

Lily Lorenzo's '19 locker in the second floor hallway, by Clementine Daniel, staff writer.

Clementine Daniel, Staff Writer

May 8, 2019

If you walk down the hallway at the Urban School, you’ll see rows of dark blue lockers just like any other high school, but one thing might stand out: there are almost no locks.   At Freshman Orientation, each student is given a locker number, code, and combination lock. These locks, however, oft...

Boys soccer kicks off first winter season

Ben Shostak (‘19) kicks a ball during an Urban boys’ varsity soccer game. Taken by Doug Ko on September 22, 2017.

Ian Ryan, Staff Writer

October 25, 2018

In December, the boys soccer teams will kick off their seasons in the winter rather than the fall for the first time. Many schools, including Lick-Wilmerding High School, University High School, and Marin Academy, have already made this move to the winter, leaving Urban to compete in a fall league wit...

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