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February 2019

Dear Alumni,
 
Sometimes West Coast alumni seem to miss the School more intensely than those living closer. So it didn’t surprise me recently when Lawrence Siskind ’79 emailed from Eugene, Oregon, to say that news of all the changes at the School had elicited memories of his time here in the 1970s when my office was closet-size in a locker room long-ago transformed, Saturdays meant Saturday Club and the games of four square in an era marked by a “four square craze,” as Lawrence described it. I, too, remember Saturday mornings when there were as many as three courts taped out on the gym floor. I played with the boys as well as refereed: final arbiter of line disputes. Four square, which requires quick feet and superior hand-eye coordination, is an elegant game and in some ways is the opposite of the boys’ favorite at this time: dodgeball.
 
Pin-dodge ball, played by the older boys during roof periods, was a fearsome activity. In this I was simply referee. As I look back on it now, beyond the boyish trash talk and the crash of misfires against the wire cage, I remember how much dodgeball was a game of specialists and how much that specialization revealed about the boys I taught. There were, of course, older, bigger boys renowned as flamethrowers. Others, more estimable in my view, took pride in catching the hardest throws the opposition gunners could muster. Also to be admired were the self-sacrificing boys who saw it as their duty to defend the pin at all cost. Some were hiders, cleverly staying out of harm’s way at the early stages of the game, only to emerge at the end to defend their team’s honor. I’m not sure how I felt about them or the eager masochists who knelt on the dividing line between teams and dared the enemy to fire at them. A catch in those circumstances was a great triumph. And there were, alas, boys who had difficulty admitting they were hit. I could go on about everyman-for-himself scatterball, roof hockey (on the roof or in the gym), and the myriad versions of capture the flag, but I’ll save stories in hopes of seeing nostalgic West Coast alumni at the end of the month when I will be in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
 
We can talk more about the masochists then. 
 
Fortiter et Recte, 
 
David Kersey h'98
Faculty since 1969

Alumni News

List of 2 news stories.

  • Helping Boys of Color Craft Their Own Version of Success: One Boy at a Time

    On January 11, Allen-Stevenson alumni, staff, and current students of color gathered together for a reception in our newly remodeled Assembly Hall, orchestrated by the Boys of Color at Allen-Stevenson (BOCAS) Affinity Group. The reception was a chance for current Allen-Stevenson boys of color to mix and mingle with alumni of color in a casual environment. Graduates from as recent as last year, and as long ago as twenty-five years, came to support Allen-Stevenson and meet the next generation of leaders.
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  • Alumni Spotlight: Larry Greer ‘81

    Larry Greer '81 is currently the Assistant Basketball Coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Enjoy the spotlight on this Allen-Stevenson alumnus below:
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Upcoming Events

Wednesday, February 27
Alumni Reception
6:00 - 8:00pm
St. Francis Yacht Club
99 Yacht Road
San Francisco, CA
Hosted by Ian Kasman '84

Friday, March 1
Alumni Reception
6:00 - 8:00pm
355 S Plymouth Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
Hosted by Zak Penn '83

Saturday, March 9
Gilbert & Sullivan Student Rehearsal
10:00 - 11:00am
Allen-Stevenson Assembly Hall
 
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Save The Date

Friday, May 31
Alumni Reunion
A Milestone Celebration of Mr. David Kersey's 50 years at A-S
6:00 - 9:00pm
583 Park Avenue

Saturday, June 15
Summer Social
Millbrook, NY

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Alumni Office Contacts

Katy Duckworth-Schachter
Director of Development • 212-933-5214

Liz Roberts
Associate Director of Development and Alumni Relations  • 212-933-5238

Jen Ziplow
Special Events & Alumni Relations Associate • 212-933-5240

David Kersey h'98
Alumni Liaison • 212-933-5201


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