About Harry Bauld

Photo credit: Gabriel Amadeus Cooney

Photo credit: Gabriel Amadeus Cooney

Harry Bauld is an award winning writer and teacher. He graduated from Medford High School in Massachusetts, where as a basketball and all-state baseball player in his senior year he won both the Edgerly Award for Best All-Around Athlete and the Phelan Award as the Outstanding Student-Athlete.  In 2014 he was inducted into the Medford High School Athletic Hall of Fame. At Columbia University he studied art history and was twice selected First Team All-Ivy shortstop, leading the Ivy League in hits, doubles and stolen bases, helping the Lions to two Ivy championships and an NCAA tournament berth.

After graduation Harry joined the admissions office at Columbia, where he later served as Assistant Director. After a subsequent stint in the Brown University admissions office, he switched over to the high school side and began a career as an English teacher and coach at Horace Mann School in New York, the high school of William Carlos Williams, Jack Kerouac, Rockwell Kent, and Anthony Hecht, among other literary and artistic luminaries.

During a hiatus from teaching, as a freelance writer back in Boston covering art, music, sports, food, wine, and features of New England idiosyncrasy (such as dowsing and the history of donuts) for a variety of magazines, he published On Writing the College Application Essay with HarperCollins, which quickly became the classic guide in the field. His book reviews and essays have appeared in print and online magazines as different as People and The Chaos: A Journal of Personal Narrative.

Back in education again, Harry joined the staff of The Putney School in Vermont as Director of External Affairs, with major roles in admissions, development, publications, and college counseling. He later chaired the Putney English Department for ten years and founded and coached both the school’s first ever basketball team as well as a boxing program. At Putney he continued to publish essays and non-fiction and began to write and publish poetry.

Harry returned to Horace Mann in 2007. He has twice been honored by the White House as one of 100 notable teachers of the year, selected as part of the Presidential Scholars program. He currently holds Horace Mann’s Kulik Chair in English and spends his summers in the Spanish Basque Country.