There are only five weeks of school left and yet the hardhats seen poking about the School can't seem to wait for boys and teachers to leave so that they can get on with the serious work of expanding into the empty space left by the demolition of the two townhouses just west of the School. They are already pouring the foundation of the townhouse extension and after we go off for the summer they will begin to erect its five-story steel skeleton. They will also begin to reinforce the foundation of the present schoolhouse so that it will be able to bear increased weight of its upward expansion. This, of course, is only the beginning and over the next couple of years we will have to carry on in somewhat cramped-quarters and at times we will be denied the use of various parts of the School. Nonetheless these will be very exciting times on 78th Street especially as we consider all the ways that the School will be transformed—certainly beyond anything I ever imagined: science, arts, and athletics to gain an additional 10,000 square feet of space, a performing arts pavilion, full-size locker room, a weight room, a cardio room, a wrestling room with a sprung floor for dance, a regulation size gym, a smaller gym with climbing wall, a covered roof play space, new and larger science labs, new adaptable "breakout" teaching areas, an expanded library to be called the library tech commons that librarian Sarah Kresberg describes as "inspiring" and a greenhouse! Yes, a greenhouse. Wow!
Ranging in years from James Burge '17 to Andrew Burger '59, over 150 alumni, spouses, faculty and guests turned up for this year’s Alumni Wine & Dine Reunion Dinner hosted by Louis Rose '86 at 583 Park Avenue, on March 10.
"It all began with a ninth grade project," Artemis Joukowsky ’77 explained to an audience of sixth to ninth graders at a special screening at Allen-Stevenson. A class assignment to interview someone of moral courage led to a conversation with his grandmother, Martha Sharp, and ultimately the documentary film, Defying the Nazi’s: The Sharp’s War.