Northfield Mount Hermon School Focuses on Athletics and Academics

A managing partner and the head of capital markets at Laidlaw & Company in New York City, James “Jim” Ahern graduated from Northfield Mount Hermon (NMH) in Mount Hermon, Massachusetts. In addition to his role with Laidlaw, James Ahern continues to support his alma mater as the president of the NMH Basketball Alumni Council for Excellence.

The coed boarding school NMH has more than 60 sports teams, among them the boys’ basketball team, which plays in the renowned New England Prep School Athletic Conference (NEPSAC) AAA. Because NMH maintains a rigorous focus on both academics and athletics, student athletes frequently continue to pursue their sports career in top-tier colleges and universities. In the 2015-2016 season, NMH had 11 players in the Ivy League who played basketball for higher-education institutions such as Harvard University, Princeton University, and Yale University.

In the last decade, the school’s basketball program has sent more than 50 players to participate in Division I college programs and has been ranked in the top 10 in the country for the last 12 years. For more information about NMH and its basketball program, visit

Northfield Mount Hermon School’s Unique Programs


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James “Jimmy” Ahern draws upon more than 15 years of experience in the finance sector in his role as the head of capital markets at Laidlaw & Company, where he raises capital for private and public health care companies. Outside of his work with Laidlaw, James “Jim” Ahern is a regular supporter of his alma mater, the Northfield Mount Hermon School (NMHS).

An independent school that stresses collaborative and innovative learning, NMHS has a 5-1 student-to-teacher ratio. In addition to ample one-on-one time with professors, NMHS offers unique programs that sets the school apart from others. Here are a few of those programs:

1. College Model Academic Program (CMAP) – CMAP is designed to model the college academic experience in a high school setting. Students are required to take three major courses per semester, and students and teachers rely heavily on in-class discussions and hands-on projects to replicate the experience of college courses.

2. International programs – In addition to a diverse offering of on-campus courses, NMHS maintains programs in which students are expected to learn language, culture, and history in countries such as Brazil, China, France, India, and New Zealand.

3. Partnership of 12 – Every student at NMHS is supported by a group of 12 adults, including coaches, advisors, teachers, and dorm parents. These professionals collaborate to ensure student success in academic, athletic, and social settings.

Three Prominent Northfield Mount Hermon Alumni

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Uma Thurman

As the head of capital markets with Laidlaw & Company, James “Jimmy” Ahern oversees the firm’s investment activities in the healthcare sector. Outside of his responsibilities with Laidlaw, James “Jim” Ahern is an active supporter of Northfield Mount Hermon (NMH) and serves as chair of the school’s Basketball Alumni Council for Excellence.

A Massachusetts-based co-ed boarding school, NMH offers over 60 athletic teams as well as a multitude of performing arts groups and student-led clubs. As such, the school has produced numerous professional athletes and actors. Below are three of the most prominent.

1. Uma Thurman – Known for films such as Pulp Fiction and Dangerous Liasons, Thurman is an Academy Award-nominated actress who had her first major role in the 1987 film Kiss Daddy Goodnight. She graduated from NMH the following year.

2. Laura Linney – A member of the graduating class of 1982, Linney is also an Academy Award-nominated actress. She is best known for her work in the films The Nanny Diaries and The Savages. Linney also earned a Golden Globe and Emmy for Best Actress in a Miniseries for her role in HBO’s John Adams.

3. Brian Strait – A National Hockey League (NHL) veteran of 187 regular season games, Strait graduated NMH in 2006 and spent three seasons at Boston University before turning pro in 2009. He was selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the third round of the 2006 NHL Draft, but has played the majority of his career with the New York Islanders.