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    • Allie Sokol '18 reads the September issue of The Razor.

The Razor: A Humble Beginning

Liv Capasso '19, Assistant Features Editor
The Razor has been a consistent and dependable feature of Hopkins School for longer than any of us can remember...but when did it all begin, and how? 
Thom Peters, School Archivist, says that the initial idea for a school newspaper “arose once The Critic, a publication written by a ‘secret’ fraternity at Hopkins, was first printed in 1873. Decades later, once The Razor was formed, the girl’s Day School and Prospect Hill School followed suit and created two separate publications called The Crescent and Prospectus years before their merger.” 

First issued on November 6, 1945, The Razor was spearheaded by three determined students – T. Hopkins, P. Bastian, and Editor-In-Chief J. Munson – with ample writing experience and a broad knowledge of the general interests of Hopkins’s student body. The boys decided that a school of their size should have a weekly newspaper, and began the costly and time consuming task of consulting printers and selecting photos for publication, which totaled about fifteen dollars per issue. In order to match the printing expenses, the students had to sell over 150 copies of the paper at 10 cents, though they also offered the option of prepaying a subscription fee of $2.50 for 25 issues per year. 

The Razor consisted of four main sections:“The Razor’s Edge,” “The Gay Blade,” “The Mug,” and “The Strop.” “The Razor’s Edge” headed the editorial articles, while “The Gay Blade” advertized popular movies or upcoming theatre productions, such as "The Hurricane" at the Bijou or “The Dolly Sisters” at Loew’s Poli in Bridgeport, much like our past section,“The Beat." “The Mug” consisted of an article centered around a particular student and his interests. The very first “Mug” piece featured the Senior President of the Class of 1946, Ed Harkin, who was captain of the baseball team, played as varsity quarterback on the football team, and was well known for his striped sport coats, yellow socks, his "flashing smile and winning ways". "The Strop" was a section open for readers to air their opinions and observations in print, though the editors warned that "only constructive criticism and views will be accepted". Past issues of The Razor bear many similarities to our current publications, and included many of the same sections and elements such as "Sports", "Entertainment", and "News".

Headlines such as "Traffic Trouble", "Hopkins-Hotchkiss Game", and "Our Next Mayor" pose as a window into student life at Hopkins at the emergence of the newspaper, though published nearly 75 years ago. The early articles of The Razor are located in the Calarco Library, and can be accessed by contacting Mr. Peters.
Editor in Chief 
Theodore Tellides

Managing Editor 
Katie Broun

Sarah Roberts
JR Stauff
Zoe Kim
Julia Kosinski
Connor Pignatello
Izzy Lopez-Kalapir
Lily Meyers
Veronica Yarovinsky

Ellie Doolittle
Katherine Takoudes
Leah Miller
Connor Hartigan
Saloni Jain
Simon Bazelon

Audrey Braun
Alex Hughes
Teddy Glover
Anushree Vashist
Sara Chung
Saira Munshani
George Kosinski

Olivia Capasso
Elena Savas
Noah Schmeisser
Ziggy Gleason
Casey Gleason
Melody Parker
Arthur Masiukiwicz

Nina Barandiaran
Arushi Srivastava

Business Managers
Caitlyn Chow
Sophia Fitzsimonds

Faculty Advisers
Elizabeth Gleason
Jennifer Nicolelli
Sorrel Westbrook
The Razor's Edge reflects the opinion of 4/5 of the editorial board and will not be signed. The Razor welcomes letters to the editor but reserves the right to decide which letters to publish, and to edit letters for space reasons. Unsigned letters will not be published, but names may be withheld on request. Letters are subject to the same libel laws as articles. The views expressed in letters are not necessarily those of the editorial board.
The Razor,
 an open forum publication, is published monthly during the school year by students of: 
Hopkins School
986 Forest Road
New Haven, CT 06515

Phone: 203.397.1001 x271