New headmaster eager to take the reins at Pinkerton
Griffin Morse sits on the steps of Pinkerton Building recently. (HUNTER McGEE/Union Leader Correspondent)
Morse, who has strong ties to the Granite State, took over as headmaster on July 1. He succeeds Mary Anderson, who retired last month after 12 years in the post.
Morse’s relocation from Spain to New Hampshire returns him to his roots. He has extensive family in the New Hampshire-Boston area and graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy.
To become more visible on campus, Morse’s first order of business has been to start the process of moving his office from across the street to the Pinkerton Building on campus.
Morse and his staff are currently working out of an office in the Stearns House, where the previous two headmasters had their offices. The Pinkerton Building was selected as the site for his office because of its proximity to students and historical significance, he said.
There is another element to Morse’s move as he also plans to live with his family in the nearby Mackenzie House, which is across from the school on Pinkerton Street. The small house is located below the historic Alumni Building.Living close to students and faculty will be a familiar arrangement for Morse. During his stint at the School Year Abroad in Spain, he lived on campus and was accustomed to being around students and faculty members daily. He said he was on duty day and night and virtually every weekend.
One proposal he is interested in pursuing involves an “international academy” that would allow Pinkerton students to study abroad.
After settling in, Morse said he plans to help lead the Pinkerton Academy community over the next six months in the 200th anniversary celebration of the high school.
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