Lots of great alumni events coming up - please join us! STA on the West Coast, March 20-23 | Spring Phonathon rescheduled for March 21 & 22 | NCS/STA Chorale on Tour in NYC and Philadelphia March 19-21 | Reunion 2017 registration now open!
In This Issue

- Director's Corner
- STA goes West!
- Dinner Recap
- Phonathon Take 2
- Chorale Tour
- 42nd STREET
- Reunion 2017
- Internships
- School Store
- Alumni News
- Alumni App
- Alumni Puzzler

Important Dates
May 5-6, 2017
Reunion Weekend

June 9-10, 2017
50th Reunion & Commencement

Alumni Office

Lanier Frank ’79
Director of
Alumni Relations

Robin Boswell
Associate Director
of Alumni Relations

Class Notes

Bulletin deadline:
Mar. 10, 2017

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Dinner Recap | STA goes West! | Brooks & Skip | #Reunion2017
Alumni Dinner Recap
Thanks to all who attended our 92nd Annual Alumni Association Meeting and Dinner on March 8. This evening has come to be known as the Alumni Association’s signature event, and with good reason: as the largest annual alumni gathering held at the School, it represents an opportunity for alumni of all ages to reunite at the School to celebrate our connections and honor our traditions. This year’s dinner speaker, nine-time author Steven Johnson ’86 wowed the crowd with the bigger thinking for which he is known; the Gilchrist Holleman award for Alumni Service was presented to Parker Harrell ’56; and 35-year teacher and coach Thierry Boussard was named an Honorary Alumnus of the school. Alumni Board President Brendan Sullivan ’93 kept the tight program moving along! (Pictures of the evening may be enjoyed here.)
West Coast receptions with the Headmaster
Spring Break presents the opportunity for students, faculty and staff to leave town: this year is no exception! Scroll down for more on next week's events in Seattle, Palo Alto, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Additionally, receptions will be held in NYC and Philadelphia after chorale & orchestra performances in those cities. (Most/all events will be held jointly with our NCS friends.)
Brooks Johnson & Skip Grant
Does hearing the name “Brooks Johnson” trigger feelings of fear and respect? Does Skip Grant’s name bring a smile to your face? A group of over 20 alumni and friends gathered to celebrate with these two men this month in Orlando; click here for photos and a recap, and look in the spring Bulletin for a full write-up by Brooks Clark ’74.
Reunion 2017: Welcome Alumni!
All alumni are invited back to the Close on May 5 and 6 for Reunion 2017! In two months, 13 classes with years ending on ’2 and ’7 will gather to celebrate their collective reunions and to reconnect with the School and one another. Memories will come flooding back, and friendships will be rekindled!
The joint NCS/STA Friday evening barbecue will be held on Senior Circle this year. Saturday morning will bring the Little Sanctuary alumni memorial service at nine, followed by alumni seminars led by Drs. Morse and Piazza. The Headmaster’s luncheon in Cafritz Refectory is not to be missed, nor the beer tasting and networking event that will follow (now in its third year). We thank in advance the organizers and hosts who have arranged the class-specific parties on Saturday evening.
(I would remind fellow alumni that everyone is welcome at the general reunion events: Friday night barbecue, Saturday luncheon and seminars, tours and events. So if you live in the DC area or happen to be in town, please come by!  A full schedule of activities, and registration, may be found at this link. A word to the wise is sufficient: Mother’s Day is the Sunday following Flower Mart weekend!)  
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Onward, Bulldogs!
Lanier Frank '79, P'09
Director of Alumni Relations

St. Albans goes West!

Receptions with the Headmaster in Seattle, Los Angeles, and the Bay Area.

Seattle | Monday, March 20
6:00-8:00 p.m.
The Capital Grille
1301 4th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
R.S.V.P. to
$25 per person ($15 for the Classes of 2007-2016)

Palo Alto | Wednesday, March 22 (Lunch)
Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Il Fornaio
520 Cowper Street
Palo Alto, CA 94306
R.S.V.P. to
$20 per person ($10 for the Classes of 2007-2016)

San Francisco | Wednesday, March 22
6:00-8:00 p.m.
The Olympic Club
524 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
R.S.V.P. to
$25 per person ($15 for the Classes of 2007-2016)

Los Angeles | Thursday, March 23
6:00-8:00 p.m.
The Rectory at All Saints' Parish
506 Northern Camden Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90210
R.S.V.P. to
$25 per person ($15 for the Classes of 2007-2016)
Should you have questions, please call (202) 537-6426. 

Alumni Dinner Photos

A great program and a great turnout enhanced the 2017 Alumni Dinner and Meeting, the 92nd such occasion in our School's history. Our thanks to our guest speakers and our congratulations to all the evening's many honorees. Please enjoy some photo highlights from the evening of March 8. 

Spring Phonathon: Take 2!

Yesterday's late-winter snow prompted us to postpone the 2017 Spring Alumni Phonathon by a week. Please join us!Bulldog Caller 

Tuesday, March 21, 6pm
Wednesday, March 22, 6pm

Life and learning at St. Albans is powered by alumni generosity. Year after year, we set new records for dollars raised and alumni participation rates are the envy of all our peers. Such strong results are only possible with the support of able and enthusiastic volunteers. So whether you've called before or this would be your first time, we need YOUR help!

Every alumnus is welcome; no long-term commitment nor prior experience required. And in exchange for a few hours of your time, you’ll enjoy good food and drink, great company, and the priceless satisfaction of supporting current students and teachers. And, as most any caller will tell you, Phonathons are fun!
Count me in for Phonathon!
Sign-up using the button above or by contacting Assoc. Director of Annual Giving Kavon Akhtar at or (202) 537-6409

Spring 2017 NCS-STA Chorale Tour


Sunday, March 19

New York City

The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street
New York, NY 10025
4:00 p.m. service (reception* to follow)

Tuesday, March 21

Princeton, NJ

Princeton University Chapel
Princeton, NJ 08544
10:00 a.m. performance

Tuesday, March 21

Philadelphia, PA

St. Mark’s Church
1625 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
5:30 p.m. service (reception* to follow)

*Light refreshments will be served at the New York 
and Philadelphia receptions.

Kindly R.S.V.P. by Thursday, March 16th, by

An Appreciation of 42nd STREET 

Cary Fuller '60 

I had the pleasure of attending the final performance of the STA/NCS Thespian Society's production of 42nd STREET last weekend, and what a joy it was to witness the talent and spirit filling the stage so bountifully. Having directed at Rye Country Day School for my 43 years there, I know all too well what goes into bringing a show to fruition, especially a musical with all its important components, and Director Mark Bishop and Musical DIrector Brandon Straub, along with their talented support team, certainly brought this production to its well-deserved standing ovation.

The show sparkled, and all the big dance numbers with the 47 cast members brought great pleasure to the audience, but I am sure also to the actors, as well. It was truly exciting to "come and meet those dancing feet" on the Brylawski Stage- Trapier Theatre. The tapping, talent, and smiles on the faces of all the confident, well cast actors made the afternoon pass by so quickly; this production was but another jewel in the already sparkling crown of "the multifaceted St. Albans experience."

Drama has come a long way since my time at St. Albans and sparse moments to "strut the stage." 42nd STREET was a well chosen and produced theatrical "moment" for the schools and certainly for this member of the audience. Long may these "moments" live and thrive at STA/NCS!

Reunion 2017: May 5 & 6 

Registration now open!

We look forward to welcoming alumni classes with years ending in two or seven back to the Close this spring for a fun and festive Reunion Weekend. Double-check the dates are marked on your calendar: May 5 and 6, 2017, and for the 50th Reunion Class of '67, June 9 and 10, 2017, and sign-up today to reserve your spot! 
Register for Reunion 2017 today!


Have one to offer? Need one?

Just as now is the time when companies and organizations with connections to the St. Albans community are looking ahead to address seasonal employment needs, many of our alumni are thinking ahead to what they will be doing next summer.  If you have an intern position you are looking to fill -- or if you are an alumnus looking for an opportunity next summer, please drop us a note at; we will do our utmost to pair opportunities up accordingly! 

Upgrade Your Spring Attire

There's a slew of new springtime St. Albans gear at the School Store, and online shopping is now available! To see the latest styles and place your order please click here
School Store poster

Alumni and the STA
Community in the News


New on the STA Bookshelf


Nick Bredie's '01 debut novel, Not Constantinople, is about a dispute over an Istanbul apartment leads two American expats into lawlessness and intrigue in this comic novel.


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STRIVE Hits $42 Million!

Focus Turns to Endowment

Thanks to our exceptionally generous St. Albans community, we completed fundraising for our new Athletic Fields ($20.4 million) in December. With more than $42 million raised overall, we continue to achieve new levels of success during the STRIVE Campaign.

With just over a year remaining in the campaign, which is slated to finish in June of 2018, Annual Giving remains our first priority. At the same time, we will push forward to reach STRIVE's final capital goal, endowment support for teachers and students. With $8.2 million so far committed, we hope to raise an additional $3 million for faculty support and student financial aid, and $5 million to support initiatives such as new scholarships for international travel and athletic training trips; increased faculty benefits; new resources for professional development; and an endowed teaching fellows program to support and mentor teacher-coaches new to the profession.  
For more information on how you can help support students and teachers during STRIVE, please contact Campaign Director David Shepard at (202) 537-6427 or

From the STA Archives

March 2017 Alumni Puzzler

Question: Yesterday’s sleet brought to mind another March snowstorm that almost caused the demise of the original Glastonbury Thorn; after this pictured storm, only one branch of the planting survived.  When was this taken?
Please send responses to
Answer to the February 2017 Alumni Puzzler

Question: This coveted pin is the symbol of the Society of Altis; what was the purpose of this group, and who started it?

Answer: The organization of The Society of Altis was started in 1955 by The Fathers' Club, with the support of coach Al Wagner, “to honor those athletes who, at all times, possess qualities of leadership and good sportsmanship, who recognize the necessity of fulfilling their academic responsibilities, and who place the team above themselves and the honor of the School above victory, and, by such recognition, to engender in the student body a desire to emulate those so honored.” (The last mention of the awards in School records comes from 1969 – it is felt that the Robert Rice Award serves a similar mission….)
Many thanks to those of you who responded!

Remember when...
From the March 15, 1957, Saint Albans News: 

What was happening on the Close in March of 1997? 1987? 1977? 1967? 1957? Thanks to the efforts of Archivist Mark Wilkerson, we're now able to step back in time to peruse and enjoy front page articles from The St. Albans News.

20 Years Ago
30 Years Ago
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50 Years Ago
60 Years Ago


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