Roxbury Latin takes pride in its Renaissance men
10/11/2012, 6:10 a.m.
In addition to the positive mentoring of the adults in the community, Khalif believes that the atmosphere in an all-boys school allows boys to be themselves and is conducive to their learning. He speaks in an excited tone about his engagement in class on a daily basis, saying, “There is a casual, but focused style, so it is a great environment for boys. The teachers can cater to what boys need and they get all the students talking, thinking and contributing to class.”
In particular, he has developed a love of art and computer science during his time at the School and wants to pursue them jointly in college. He hopes to attend a school that focuses on those subject areas, such as Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Northeastern University or Rochester Institute of Technology.
Beyond the classroom, Khalif has been a star contributor in both the arts and athletics. He has adopted the School’s philosophy of “creating Renaissance men.” He is a starting tailback and defensive back on the varsity football team, of which he has been a part for the past three years. He has also been a four-year member and is the captain elect of the varsity track team, which won an Independent School League championship and two New England titles in the last three years. He ran the first leg on the 4x100m relay team, which set a New England record last season, and was a New England silver medalist in the 300m intermediate hurdles, 400m and 4x400m relay. Outside of the athletic realm, Khalif sings in the chorus and recently earned a spot in the School’s highly selective a cappella group.
Finally, Khalif acts as a tour guide for the Admission Office, works behind the scenes on the tech crew for the spring musical, and leads Botball, an extracurricular activity in which students design and build robots for a regional competition. He truly is a Renaissance man. He has grown as a person by being encouraged to push himself to excel in many areas of school life.
It is clear that Khalif has benefited from his Roxbury Latin experience and has given back much to the community. His generosity of spirit extends beyond the halls of Roxbury Latin, as he volunteers in his hometown community as a coach for his former Pop Warner football team, the Hyde Park Cowboys. This service speaks volumes about Khalif’s character, as does his previous summer work experience at the Museum of Fine Arts, where he was involved in outreach to teen organizations.
His devotion to a range of school and community activities is actually common among boys at Roxbury Latin. The School’s culture of participation helps boys realize that there is more to life than one’s own pursuits. Our students are well-prepared for the challenges and opportunities of life, because they understand and embrace the words etched into a frieze in our dining hall: “From those to whom much has been given, much will be expected.” Khalif Mitchell is an excellent example of the motivated and selfless boys, drawn from all over Boston, who proudly belong to the Roxbury Latin community.