Abbot Giles Hayes

United States

A respected community leader, Abbot Giles Hayes is a longtime administrator with the Delbarton School in Morristown, New Jersey. Having graduated from Delbarton School in 1956, his teaching at the school began in 1963. He has held diverse positions with the college preparatory school over the decades since, including as a teacher and the football coach, as well as the chairman of the Department of History and Social Studies. Abbot Giles Hayes held positions as assistant and acting headmaster in the 1970s and served two terms as Delbarton's headmaster for 1980 to 1985, and 1995 until 1999. For more than three decades, he has been a counselor and college advisor with the all-male Catholic institution.

Abbot Hayes has made a distinct contribution to American education work undertaken with the College Board and the Educational Testing Service. Beginning in the early 1970s, he played a vital role in developing the document-based question (DBQ) format utilized in the current Advanced Placement American, European and World History exams. This represented a significant reform, as it more accurately tested students’ aptitude for analysis and synthesis through an inquiry-learning method.

  • Work
    • Delbarton School
  • Education
    • Georgetown University