Hebrew University High School

The Hebrew University High School ( _he. התיכון שליד האוניברסיטה), commonly known as "Leyada", is a six-year, secular, "experimental", academically-autonomous, semi-private secondary school. It is located next to the Hebrew University Givat-Ram campus in Jerusalem. Along with the Haifa Hebrew Reali School, it is considered one of the best high schools in Israel. Founded in 1935 as "Beit-Hakerem High School", it soon established a unique methodology and syllabus, carefully screening applicants through psychotechnical entrance exams.

The school is one of the few in Israel to employ a five-day week (Sunday through Thursday), keeping facilities open on Fridays for self-study. In addition to the 25+ classrooms, facilities include two 200 seat lecture halls, fully-equipped physics and chemistry laboratories, a library, a chamber-music auditorium, a 600-seat theatre, and a regulation-size basketball court.

Over the years, the school has carried out several integration projects in response to accusations of social elitism. However, due to its semi-private status, Leyada's students still majorly come from middle- and upper-class families.

The current principal is Dr. Gilad Amir (class of 1970), who joined faculty in 1977 as a math teacher, and took the top position in 2003 from 35-year veteran Hannah Levita. Among the school's board of directors is Israeli Labor Party member Orna Angel, a 1980 Leyada graduate and former CEO of the Tel Aviv Port Authority.

Notable alumni

* Yitzhak Navon (class of 1939) - fifth President of Israel
* Daniel Kahneman (1951) - awarded the 2002 Nobel Prize in Economics
* Aharon Barak (1954) - professor of law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, lecturer in law at the Yale Law School, President of the Supreme Court of Israel from 1995 to 2006
* Yehoram Gaon (1956) - singer and actor
* David Gross (1959) - awarded the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics
* Tom Segev (1963) - journalist, and historian
* Meir Shalev (1966) - writer
* Yohai Ben-Nun (1942) - sixth commander of the Israeli Sea Corps
* David Grossman (1972) - author of fiction, nonfiction, and youth and children's literature

External links

* [http://leyada.net/ Hebrew University High School website]
* [http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=305541 "Name droppers"]
* [http://www.jewishsf.com/content/2-0-/module/displaystory/story_id/6994/edition_id/132/format/html/displaystory.html "Israel's teenage volunteers carry on valuable tradition"]
* [http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/678205.html "Peretz stars in high school civics lesson"]
* [http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/805482.html "Prestigious Jerusalem high school opens its doors city-wide, ushering in conflict in the process"]
* [http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1202657415739&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull "Jerusalem Post article, "Jerusalem students model their own version of the United Nations"]

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