Beyond the Classroom

Dear Hill-Murray Community,

On Thursday, October 5th, we rounded out our 60th reunions by welcoming back the Hill High School class of 1963. Prior to Homecoming, we celebrated the 60th reunion with the Archbishop Murray Memorial class of 1963. It was such a privilege to sit down with these incredible alumni as they shared stories about how those formative years at Hill and Archbishop Murray shaped their lives. The return of our alumni not only enriches our school but also strengthens our community bonds and provides inspiration to our staff and faculty.

At this moment the Twins are tied 1-1 against the Houston Astros in the playoffs. It’s been a while for the Twins, but maybe the “We Believe” Homer Hankies slogan can carry the team to a sweet final victory in the World Series! Whether it’s the Twins, Brewers or your own personal hometown favorite team, there is something special about rallying around a team in the playoffs. Our own Pioneers are headed into the final days and weeks of the fall season and the excitement of potential postseason play is palpable.

After watching our student actors in Baskerville this weekend, I continue to be  amazed by how well our students are able to balance their academic life with their commitment to their activities, performance,  team, clubs –  truly the Pioneer Way. I am committed to ensuring that the values and character strengths that are woven into the regular academic day are supported and reinforced throughout our athletics and activities – it’s all part of what it means to be a Pioneer.

I am delighted to announce a new chapter in our Hill-Murray Girls Hockey program. It is with great pleasure that I introduce the leadership team of Krissy Pohl, John Pohl, and Cole Chapman. Together, they bring a wealth of experience and a collaborative spirit that promises to provide every young woman in our program with an exceptional and empowering experience. Krissy, John, and Cole are known for their relationship-based coaching style, which will undoubtedly challenge our girls while treating them with the utmost dignity and respect. I can state confidently that these three individuals are committed to Hill-Murray School wholeheartedly, and are invested in what matters most – the student experience of Hill-Murray Girls Hockey.

Furthermore, I would like to invite you to mark your calendars for Monday, October 16th. On this day, we will open our doors to welcome more than 400 guests to our annual Fall Open House. Our hallways will be filled with prospective students and their parents, eager to discover what makes Hill-Murray such a unique and exceptional place for education. I encourage you to extend a warm invitation to friends, neighbors, and family, encouraging them to consider Hill-Murray as a potential home for their children’s education. Your support in spreading the word is deeply appreciated!


Your continued support and dedication to Hill-Murray are the cornerstones of our success. I look forward to witnessing the growth and achievements of our Girls Hockey program under the capable guidance of Krissy, John, and Cole, and I anticipate an excellent turnout at our Fall Open House as we share the magic of our school with prospective families.

With heartfelt gratitude and warm regards,

Melissa Dan
Hill-Murray School President