In This Issue

- Director's Corner
- Bulldog Golf Tournament
- Upcoming Events
- Reunion 2017
- Alumni News
- STRIVE Update
- Alumni Puzzler
- Remember When

Important Dates

Aug. 7, 2016
Nantucket Event

Oct. 27, 2016
Bulldog Golf Tournament

Alumni Office

Lanier Frank '79
Director of
Alumni Relations

Robin Boswell
Associate Director
of Alumni Relations

Class Notes

Bulletin deadline:
Oct. 7, 2016

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Director's Corner

The surprising fact that there are more kids on campus during the summer -- over 1,600 -- than there are during the School year got us thinking: what exactly happens at St. Albans during the summer months?  Quite a bit, it turns out!
Director of St. Albans Summer Programs Karim Najdi settles in with his current STA faculty and returning colleagues for a jam-packed three months. In fact, Najdi, who coaches Varsity tennis during the school year, manages a summer operation that includes activities ranging from computer programming and robotics to LEGO creations and fencing. He oversees all aspects of our summer programs and works to ensure that our remarkable facilities are utilized to their most full potential.
Out of all programs, the summer school is St. Albans’ oldest and, arguably, the most robust. Originally conceived as a way for World War II-bound students to gain credit for early graduation, the STA summer school enrolls over 200 students, offering a space for learners to pursue enrichment and sharpen essential skills. STA teacher and adviser Tom Carroll is the Director and serves as the program’s headmaster; he has built a wide-ranging curriculum that serves students in math, English, study skills courses, arts and music. K through 12 (rather, Form VI…) classes are taught in a traditional setting, with teachers expecting as much from their students during the summer as they would during the school year.
Over 40 public policy wonks (a compliment, I’m told) from across the country coalesce to form the esteemed St. Albans School of Public Service (SPS). SPS participants employ the case study method to dissect public policy issues, and enjoy excursions to the District’s monuments and political landmarks on educational trips supervised by coordinator (and Upper School History teacher/NCS field hockey coach) Suzanne Woods. The four-week residential program involves all things political and gives students the chance to hear from distinguished speakers and experience the DC point of view.
The Cathedral Scholars program brings together the best and brightest from this city’s public school system, guiding students towards participation in internships, social justice work, and college planning efforts. (They and the SPS students gather at tables in the Refectory for the family-style dining for which St. Albans is known – Aaron Brooks, our on-site Sodexo manager extraordinaire, is miraculously coordinating summer dining services during a complete kitchen renovation, with meals delivered from a nearby Sodexo partner, the Howard University Law School).
Summer athletes stay can wrapped up in daily practice at one of 40 of the sessions in St. Albans’ own sports camps – rowing (coached by STA’s Ted Haley), tennis (Karim), football (Athletic Director Gary Schnell), golf (LS Science’s Rob Wolfe) and/or swimming (Coach Green!).  The School also continues a partnership with the Capital Fencing Academy to bring those classes to St. Albans. As in years past, St. Albans is also partnering with Headfirst Camps, which offers Science & Engineering, multisport programs, soccer, basketball, and travel camps for kids K – 7, as well as the sport on which it was founded: baseball.  These camps were started by our own Brendan Sullivan ’93 and continue to be a huge success (and a great partnership) with over 800 campers!
The motion and activity of all that goes on at STA during the summer creates an atmosphere similar to that which occurs during our school year – and then some. The sheer number of red-shirted, walkie-talkie-wielding workers directing vehicles, students and campers at pick-up and drop-off is jaw-dropping. Add in the activity of a relocated Beauvoir pool, and coordinating activities at NCS, and you’ve got a bustling campus indeed! We hope you’ll get the chance to see all that is happening now around the Close – come visit us this summer!

Lanier Frank '79,P'09
Director of Alumni Relations

27th Annual Bulldog Golf Tournament

Join Alumni, Parents, & Friends of
St. Albans School for the

27th Annual 
Vernon W. Holleman Jr. ’54 
Bulldog Golf Tournament

Sunday, October 23, 2016
11 a.m. – Registration
12 p.m. – Lunch
12:30 p.m. – Tee Off
6:00 p.m. – Dinner & Awards

Musket Ridge Golf Club
3555 Brethren Church Road
Myersville, MD 21773

Space is limited. Register online today

Entry fees and sponsorship payments can be made online.

All proceeds from the Bulldog Golf Tournament go to the Vernon W. Holleman Jr. ’54 Endowed Scholarship Fund, which was created in 1999 with a gift from Mr.  Holleman's estate and provides scholarship aid to the sons of St. Albans alumni.

Should you have questions about the Tourney,
or wish to discuss sponsorship opportunities, 
please contact Tournament Director
Don Swagart '76 at or call at (202) 537-5289.

Upcoming Alumni Events


and St. Albans Alumni, Parents and
Friends on Nantucket
for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres

SUNDAY, AUGUST 7, 6:30 - 8:30 P.M.
Rob '79 and Lydia Petty
7 Elbow Lane
'Sconset, MA

R.S.V.P. to Kari Wade 202.537.6426

Reunion 2017:
Volunteers Needed!

With Reunion 2016 now in the books, we turn our attention to your class years ending with a two or seven. We look forward to welcoming this group back next spring and to all the fun and festivity that accompanies a return to the Close. Mark your calendars: May 5 and 6, 2017, and for the 50th Reunion Class of '67, June 9 and 10, 2017). And if you're able to help with the weekend, please take a moment to fill out the form below. Thank you. 
Sign-up to help with your Reunion!

Alumni and the STA
Community in the News

Two-time Tony Award nominee Brandon Victor Dixon '99 will begin performances mid-August (date TBA) as Aaron Burr in Hamilton on Broadway. Read more...

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Our new Athletic Fields are open,
but not yet finished!

For more information on STRIVE and helping finish the fields renovation, please contact Campaign Director David Shepard at (202) 537-6427 or

From the STA Archives

July 2016 Alumni Puzzler

Question:  During the kitchen renovation in Lane-Johnston, many interesting artifacts have been brought to light.  Any idea for what this service item was used?
Please send responses to
Answer to the June 2016 Alumni Puzzler

Question: This large room has some enviable real estate in Lane-Johnston, yet relatively few students have seen it (it’s currently getting a face lift); any idea what it is used for?
Answer: While a full level below the Cafritz Refectory, the large sunny kitchen overlooks the Little Field, with views to the Activities Building.  A long-overdue renovation will increase the efficiency of this space, as well as the service kitchen upstairs (faster dumbwaiters? New ones, anyway…).

Thanks to all who responded!

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