The headmaster of the Harvard School for boys says he remains confident that the school's proposed merger with the Westlake School for girls will go through, despite a Los Angeles Superior Court ruling that delays the merger until after a Dec. 22 court hearing.
Headmaster Thomas C. Hudnut acknowledged in an interview Tuesday that a lawsuit, filed by parents of Westlake students opposed to joining the two prestigious private schools, has slowed preparations for the merger.
"A lot of work is going on between the two schools, some of which would have gone on anyway and some of which is occasioned by the merger," said Hudnut, who is to preside over the merged institution. Once combined, the schools would operate two campuses: junior high grades at Westlake's campus in Holmby Hills and upper grades at Harvard in Studio City.
"But we won't swing into high gear until all objections to the merger have been dealt with and all legal remedies have been sought," he said.