On May 3-4 hundreds of alumni returned to campus for Blue-Gold Reunion Weekend. Mark Walsh ’72 kicked off the festivities with a rousing address to Upper School assembly about the entrepreneurial skills needed for successful start-ups. The Alumni Association bestowed four awards at the Headmaster’s Lunch: Distinguished Alumnus to Richard A. Moore ’53; Outstanding Alumnus to Guy M. McKhann II ’80; Distinguished Young Alumnus to John W. Steele ’03; and Larry M. Smith, Sr., was made an Honorary Alumnus. Read more about the impressive achievements of these four Crusaders.
The afternoon saw our sixth-graders lead campus tours and interview the award-winners for the alumni oral-history video project. Students and alumni then met at the Victory Bell, sporting banners and flags to back the lacrosse team in a crucial match against Gilman. A highlight was the resurrection of the cannon that for years fired to mark a Crusader score—“Big Bertha,” donated by Bill Beale ’63, once again boomed from the hilltop, thanks to the chemical wizardry of our Science department’s Dr. David Chalfoun.
Many alumni and their families gathered Friday evening under the tent on Hamilton Lawn, on the north side of Brooklandwood, for post-game cocktails. Saturday saw vigorous alumni tennis and the traditional alumni lacrosse game, to which all were invited to play or laugh at those who did. The shortage of players prompted your alumni director to suit up, though the only evidence of his participation is the sideline photograph that captured him looking justifiably alarmed. Bob Tarring ’64 captured the distinction of most experienced combatant, while History Dept. Chair Alec Shipley ’89 found himself futilely trying to stop his son, Jake Shipley ’10, from scoring. Dozens of panting athletes made their way up the hill to the tent for a post-game cookout, followed by a varsity baseball win over John Carroll. The weekend was capped off by our five-year reunion class dinners, on and off campus. Click here for a Blue-Gold Reunion Weekend photo gallery.