Clubs and Organizations
The Upper School's clubs and organizations offer an eclectic array of options to suit the changing interests, needs and passions of Nobles students. Please note that the list of clubs available varies year to year based on the interests and needs of students.
Many of these clubs meet during “X” block, during times specifically carved out of the week for them.
Click below to learn more about Upper School offerings:
Alexandria Book Club (ABC)
Animal Rights Club
Asian to Asian (A2A)
Asian Culture Club (ACC)
Brother 2 Brother
Bulldawg Blues and Soul Revue (Blues Band)
Campuses Against Cancer (CAC)
Community Service Board
Computer Science Club
Dorm Life Council
Environmental Action Committee (EAC)
Hawaiian Culture Club
Human Rights Club
International Affairs Club (IAC)
Jewish Cultural Club
Junior Classical League of Nobles
Marine Conservation Club (MCC)
Middle School Mentors
Microfinance and Investment Club
Multicultural Students Association (MSA)
The Nobleman School Newspaper
Nobles Theatre Collective (NTC)
Peer Help Program
School Life Council (SLC)
Sister 2 Sister
Sports Discussion Society
Stock Algorithm Club
Students for Gender Awareness (SGA)
Students for Socioeconomic Awareness
Teddy Bear Club
Thank Goodness It’s Friday Open Painting Studio (TGIF OPS)
Faculty Advisor: Nora Dowley-Liebowitz
Providing academic and social enrichment through a rigorous and engaging six week summer program and ongoing academic year tutoring and support, Achieve seeks to increase our students' academic skills, motivation and self-confidence and put them on the path to college. The Casey Dunne Achieve tutors are selected annually to help mentor, tutor and teach low-income middle school-age children from Boston Public Schools. Tutors must be upper school students grades 10-12 in strong academic standing and be thoughtful and engaged community members with a strong desire to be leaders for the public good.
Faculty Advisor: Nora Dowley-Liebowitz
The Achieve Leadership Club consists of all-star volunteer tutors who have expressed an interest in becoming more actively involved in the program outside of Saturday tutoring sessions with the Achieve students. Members of this club assist the Director and Assistant Director of Achieve by brainstorming new fundraising initiatives, supporting new Achieve tutors, and providing input on how to improve the Saturday tutoring sessions. The goal of this club is to capitalize on the meaningful experiences that these Nobles student tutors have with Achieve scholars for the betterment of the program.
Faculty Advisor: Talya Sokoll
ABC brings a group of students together who enjoy discussing books in a relaxed and intellectual environment filled with other enthusiastic readers. Each month we choose a new book to read as a group, but we also discuss current events in the literary world, how to promote reading, and what books we enjoy.
Faculty Advisor: Eric Nguyen
The Animal Rights Club helps to educate the Nobles community about animal rights and welfare issues. The club holds presentations, fundraisers and other events to support the protection of animal rights.
Asian to Asian is an affinity group for students of Asian descent to openly discuss issues regarding culture, race and identity. The goal is for students to share stories, bond over similar experiences and offer advice to each other.
ACC seeks to explore and celebrate Asian cultures including traditions, languages and food. Our goal is also to inform and educate the Nobles community about racial discrimination and stereotyping, and to support Asian communities through fundraisers and outreach initiatives.
Faculty Advisor: David Strasburger
Nobles astronomy workgroup pursues research projects in astronomy. Our projects typically take more than a year to complete.
Faculty Advisor: Edgar De Leon
B Flats is dedicated to providing a judgment-free, musical outlet for the proven and unproven singers of Nobles.
Faculty Advisors: Edgar De Leon
Brother 2 Brother is a group for young men of color at Nobles. The goal is to create a cohesive, tight-knit community among men of color at the school that will ultimately lead to a greater involvement in the broader Nobles community. The group also aims to create mentoring opportunities for Nobles upperclassmen within the Nobles community and outside of it as well.
Faculty Advisor: Doc Chanonhouse
Open to students in the Upper Class by audition. The Bulldawg Blues and Soul Revue performs American blues and soul music as well as repertoire from other cultures influenced by African-American music. It utilizes a rhythm section of electric guitars and bass, keyboards, drums and percussion, a full horn section and various vocalists. The group performs in the Winter and Spring Instrumental Concerts as well as occasionally in Assembly and outside of school.
Faculty Advisor: Jessica Brennan
Calliopé is a literary and arts magazine that was started at Nobles in 1980. The magazine is a voice for the arts and an example of the wide range of talents that our students possess. The role of the magazine has grown in the past few years to include coffee houses, readings by authors, and Calliopé-sponsored events in Assemblies. Traditionally there are two issues a year and often a third smaller theme-based issue.
Camp Sunshine is a retreat in Casco, Maine for children with life threatening illnesses and their families. Our club plans fundraising efforts for the camp, including waffle sales, trivia nights and more. We also offer one or more trips during the summer to volunteer at camp. Anyone can join, although members may be given preference when selecting students to attend Nobles' annual week-long visit to the camp.
Faculty Advisor: Maura Sullivan
CAC aims to generate awareness about cancer and educate the Nobles community on cancer-related issues. The group seeks to raise funds for both scientific and environmental research on the causes of cancer, as well as to provide help to families and individuals struggling with the illness. CAC hosts at least three community-wide events each year to fundraise for this cause.
Faculty Advisor: Christine Pasterczyk
The Chess Club provides an instructive environment for students who are either interested in learning the game or eager for gentle competition. Students compete in the South Shore Interscholastic Chess League eight times a year with schools such as Roxbury Latin, B.C. High and Dedham High.
The Community Service Board is a group of self-selected students who plan and execute service projects of interest in conjunction with the Service Learning Department and other clubs and organizations. The Board allows students to support agencies and causes they personally believe in, to hone leadership skills and to learn how to successfully organize a service project. The group aims to design and complete at least one project a month, such as collection drives and fundraising events.
Computer Science Club allows students to work collaboratively on projects that benefit the community. Currently students are building a web based application that will track random acts of kindness happening throughout the community and beyond. They are learning to use source code control, back end database management and user interface coding and design.
Faculty Advisor: Gia Batty
The Cooking Club connects students and food in a variety of ways. Demos from the Flik chefs, hands-on cooking activities, taste tests and cooking competitions help Cooking Club members find ways to share their love of cooking and eating. The club is open to all Upper School students.
Dawg Pound generates school spirit and excitement for athletic games, concerts, plays, fundraisers and other school events. The goal is to make each and every member of the school feel that when they embark on an endeavor, they have the support of the entire Nobles community behind them.
The Debate Club seeks to further students' public speaking and analytical reasoning skills through both formal and informal debates on current events and other topics of interest. Each year students participate in the North American Invitational Model United Nations at Georgetown, the Roxbury Latin Invitational Parliamentary Debate Tournament and several other events.
Faculty Advisor: Karen Gallagher
The Dorm Life Council of Wiggins Hall seeks to improve the residential experience for boarding students through open discussion and collaboration. The Council strives to provide ways to strengthen community and to unite the residents of Wiggins Hall through events, activities, and community projects.
Faculty Advisor: Deb Harrison
EAC is Nobles' Environmental Action Committee. The club’s focus is on community education around issues of sustainability, resource use and conservation. We also support a variety of local, national and global environmental organizations. In the past, EAC has sponsored hunger banquets, pumpkin carving, an Earth festival, recycling initiatives and various guest speakers.
Faculty Advisor: Kimya Charles
The club works in the fall to compete in the Massachusetts Ethics Bowl. In preparation, the group fine tunes their philosophical arguments using premises. After the Ethics Bowl, the club works on learning new skills and debating each other using case studies.
Faculty Advisors: George Blake
Fishing Club aims to provide student anglers with the opportunity to fish. Club meetings will involve fishing discussions, demonstrations, instruction, and, most importantly, going down to the Charles River to catch some fish. Anglers of all experience are welcome, but no gear is provided. The main goal is not only to have fun, but also to develop an appreciation for the sport, the fish and being in nature.
Faculty Advisor: Chris Burr
FOCUS is a Christian based gathering that provides students with a weekly space and time to consider the importance of our spiritual lives. All are welcome no matter their faith or lack of faith.
Faculty Advisor: Jody McQuillan
The French Club allows students and teachers to speak and enjoy the French language without pressure. Participants are introduced to francophone culture through music, games, songs, films, etc., and also have an opportunity to write articles for the French Club Magazine. We also sample a variety of French food, organize field trips and participate in fundraising activities.
Faculty Advisor: Michael Turner
A female Upper School singing group that performs a cappella style. The group performs several times a year on and off-campus.
Faculty Advisor: Josh Accomando
In order to be part of the HCC, members must have a positive attitude and an eagerness to learn about the fascinating culture of Hawaii. The aim of this club is to inform people of the culture and abolish any stereotypes. We also aim to experience Hawaiian culture by holding events that are commonly held in Hawaii itself.
Faculty Advisor: Erin Twohig-Canal
The Human Rights Club brings awareness about global and local human rights issues to the Nobles community. Throughout the year, participants host letter/petition signings to support specific human rights actions; partake in movie nights and discussions on human rights issues (like human trafficking or environmental racism); promote and participate in Amnesty International's “Get on the Bus,” a day long coordinated peaceful protest in New York City, attended by human rights activists throughout the northeast.
Imani is a space where we don’t just sing songs from the African American tradition, but we also learn about the history and tradition of the music and the people who created it. More importantly, we discuss our place in that legacy and how we can honor it when we create music together.
Faculty Advisor: Hannah Puckett
The International Affairs Club (IAC) aims to provide a forum for the Nobles community to discuss events of global importance. Through open and inclusive discussions, we encourage students to analyze the matters that shape the world in order to become more knowledgeable citizens of the 21st century.
The Jewish Culture Club provides a space for Nobles students to learn about Jewish culture, customs and current events affecting Jews across the globe.
Faculty Advisor: Meghan Glenn
Junior Classical League is an organization of middle school and high school students sponsored by the American Classical League, which is composed of local and state chapters and is the largest Classical organization in the world today. Its purpose is to encourage an interest in and an appreciation of the language, literature, and culture of ancient Greece and Rome and to impart an understanding of the debt of our own culture to that of Classical antiquity. In our branch at Nobles, we will be promoting Latin, doing some community service, entering some contests, and doing lots of fun Latin/Roman related activities. This is open to Classes I-V.
The general purpose of the group is to work toward breaking down stereotypes and misconceptions of those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual or transgender so that every student learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
Faculty Advisor: Chris Pratt
Marine Conservation Club (MCC) is a student led organization dedicated to the preservation of the ocean and its inhabitants. Our mission is to raise awareness about the factors that are threatening the ocean today. Through presentations in assembly, community events and weekly meetings we seek to engage our community in a cause greater than ourselves.
The Middle School mentors program comprises Upper School students who are selected to serve as mentors to Class V and VI students. Upper School students forge strong connections with younger students, providing support during their Middle School career.
Faculty Advisor: Scott Wilson
The Microfinance and Investment Club creates and promotes innovative opportunities for the community to engage in all aspects of micro-loans from fundraising to lending, as a catalyst for poverty alleviation.
Our club serves to provide a forum for students and faculty to understand the economic way of thinking, how economics affect our lives, and explore the frontiers of economic research and reasoning. More concrete concerns include the stock market, finance, and analyzing the economic consequences of current events. Our hope is to establish an open forum about the principles of microfinance and investment in order to address the problem of poverty on a global level.
Faculty Advisor: Oris Bryant
The Mock Trial club at Nobles encourages and develops the ability to present facts and arguments within legal proceedings. Club meetings involve hypothetical situations that challenge students on their knowledge of the legal system and their persuasive ability, fostering interest in legal systems through immersion in case studies and trials. The club hopes to have larger scale Mock Trials and to expand to join the local area’s Mock Trial club network to compete in competitions.
Faculty Advisor: Edgar DeLeon
MSA celebrates diverse cultures and people. All people, regardless of race, gender, cultural heritage, sexual orientation or political beliefs are welcome. We seek to inform, educate and support. The association provides a comfortable environment for discussions and promotes cultural and social awareness inside and outside the Nobles community.
Faculty Advisor: Lindsey Tonge
The purpose of Nobelium is to create a scientific channel for each and every member of this community to answer their individual questions. By introducing a science journal to the Nobles community, the Nobelium hopes to educate students about science in an enjoyable, informative format. The Nobelium’s articles will span the vast range of scientific disciplines, including various medicinal breakthroughs, trending innovations, astronomy, environmental sciences and more. The Nobelium is a fun, interesting, approachable way for our community to get information about real, complicated and interesting scientific issues. Anyone interested in any field of science are welcome.
Faculty Advisor: Henry Kinard
The Nobleman is Nobles' official student newspaper. The Nobleman seeks to stimulate discussion of pertinent school issues through news stories and editorials, reflect the quality and tenor of school life, record salient campus events and estimate the school in terms of its mission statement.
The Nobleonians are an all-male high school a cappella singing group that has been making music since 1949.
Faculty Advisor: Daniel Halperin
NTC Student Board is dedicated to promoting awareness about theatre opportunities at Nobles. We hope to make the performing arts more accessible to the entire community as participants or audience members.
Noteorious is a student-run, auditioned, and mixed (male and female) a cappella group that focuses on arrangements of contemporary a cappella music. Many of the arrangements are often arranged by students.
The Nobles Outing Club sponsors approximately 10-12 trips throughout the school year. Past trips have included rock-climbing, kayaking, hiking, skiing and biking. No previous experience is required for most trips and all technical gear such as harnesses, helmets, kayaks, etc. are supplied by the school.
Faculty Advisors: Mark Spence
PHP offers peer-to-peer help for students dealing with difficult situations. The main goals of PHP are to lead students in the right direction to get help, to provide information to the community on issues relevant to adolescence and to provide free peer-to-peer tutoring.
The Positivity Club seeks to highlight those parts of everyday life that build community, enhance relationships, provide energy, and encourage goodwill, appreciation and laughter.
Faculty Advisor: Dominic Manzo
The Robotics Club builds and programs robots for educational and competitive purposes in and out of the academic day.
Faculty Advisor: Bill Bussey
Elected by the student body, SLC promotes and preserves the community spirit of Noble and Greenough School. The Council's role is to build support for feelings of enthusiasm and inclusion in school-wide activities. Every "good school year" and every "well-run school" benefits greatly from the public and private projects of students who work to weave the broadest possible fabric of student life. At Nobles, the initiative for that important function rests with the SLC.
Faculty Advisor: Bob Henderson
A group of seniors selected by their classmates lead assembly each morning and serve as a voice for their class. They meet with the Head of School on a weekly basis to express their comments or concerns about the school.
Faculty Advisor: Brooke Asnis
Shield is the tour guide program at Nobles. Students volunteer one to two periods a week to give back to the school community by sharing their experiences with incoming applicants. Each year 12 to 14 Shield Heads are chosen as Class I and Class II leaders to speak at public events and ceremonies as representatives of the school.
The Sister 2 Sister organization creates a comfortable and safe environment for women of color to openly express their views without fear of criticism or judgment. We encourage discussions about racism, sexism, classism and other issues that affect us here and throughout the world. By talking, bonding and encouraging each other to make healthy choices, we support each other to become leaders and educators within our communities.
The Spanish Club aims to educate the Nobles community about the Spanish language and Hispanic culture. We strive to provide opportunities for students to practice their language skills and experience unique parts of Hispanic culture. Through activities and community service we hope to increase the awareness and enthusiasm for the diversity of Spanish speaking countries.
Faculty Advisor: Bill Kehlenbeck
This club is open to all upper-school students who enjoy discussion and debate regarding professional sports (especially our Boston-based teams) and collegiate athletics (especially the NCAA Football Bowl Series and Basketball "March Madness" tournament).
Faculty Advisor: Marissa Gedman
The STEM Club strives to give students at Nobles a place to explore the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math through community outreach, education and skill development. Students will be encouraged to give back to their community by educating the youth and the elderly in the STEM fields. Members will also learn to become creative, critical and effective problem-solvers through enjoyable challenges that strengthen proficiency in the sciences.
Faculty Advisor: Oris Bryant
Girls in Step Squad explore black-american culture by learning to make music and beats with their bodies and sharing their findings through performance.
Faculty Advisor: Meghan Glenn
The Stock Algorithm Club seeks to instruct students to create algorithms and apply them to the analysis of stock prices, patterns, and other market data in order to predict returns. Through these exercises, we hope that students will further their interest in finance and increase their knowledge of algorithms and the stock market.
Faculty Advisor: Sara Masucci
Students for Gender Awareness strives to promote awareness about gender stereotypes and create a gender-positive culture within the greater Nobles community.
SSEA develops programs and initiatives that maintain awareness in the Nobles community about class and socioeconomic issues. The group welcomes all perspectives and viewpoints.
The Teddy Bear Club strives to do our part in the community through fundraisers and donations. We ultimately raise money to purchase Teddy bears, which are then distributed to patients of Children's Hospital Boston and other programs. Our goals are to share smiles and better their days.
Faculty Advisor: David Roane
TGIF OPS focuses on creativity and energy release, as opposed to a structured art class. Members work with all different media, ranging from pencils to play dough. It is a fun, relaxing time to meet new people and discover alternative art forms.
Faculty Advisor: Dan Matlack
Weiqi/Go is an ancient Chinese board game originated thousands of years ago that is still the most popular board game in Asia. It had a tremendous influence on and is deeply rooted in Asian cultures. The purpose of this club is to educate our fellow Nobles students about the game and its impact, and more importantly, to learn how to play this game well and thoughtfully! We encourage anyone to join, no matter their degree of knowledge of or experience with the game. It can truly be a great new experience!
The school yearbook is published annually as a record of written and photographed memories.
The Young Democrats club seeks to educate and engage the Nobles community in discussion about issues facing the United States and the platforms of the Democratic Party both domestically and internationally. The club is open to anyone who is interested in participating in informed political discourse and activities. We aim to find active ways for students to become involved in the political process.
Our goal is to encourage respectful discussion and debate on a variety of political issues.