Thanks @CaliMex for the link. I’ve been gaining more insights about California boarding schools and Thacher along with a few other ones (Cate, Webb, Stevenson) have solid academics and some do place a strong emphasis on building a cohesive and shared values community. I was impressed that the honor code is a central focus of Thacher. What surprised me is that I recently learned that Doug Hodge, one of Thacher’s trustee, was tangled up with the recent Operation Varsity Blues college bribing scandal… Here is a link: https://www.ojaivalleynews.com/?view=article&id=15108:thacher-trustee-douglas-hodge-arrested-in-college-admissions-fraud&catid=856
He’s no longer affiliated with Thacher.
Also, there’s also this article:
This one mentions that he has been accused of paying bribes for two of his kids to get into college. Not sure if Thacher students were involved in the scandal, but it must have been tough on the school all around to have a trustee involved. How did Thacher deal with this issue in terms of providing information to parents and students? I’m sure all schools have difficult situations to address from time to time. How those challenges are handled can be revealing.