Saturday, September 08, 2007

Back to School 2007

To the Great Class of 1969:

We just arrived home after reinserting our son in the Deerfield bubble for another year, and I can report that the campus was buzzing with activity and the excited babble of returning students. Summer was in its final throes with the temperature in the low 90’s, and Albany Road was clogged with moving vans, SUVs and workers’ trucks.

My eye is getting more accustomed to the sight of the Koch Center which, with some landscaping, seems more a part of the campus now that it is no longer a construction site. Directly across from the Koch Center, construction continues where the entrance to the Greer has been tastefully redesigned to provide handicap access to the Gymnasium. This project was prompted by the construction of ten new international squash courts which are cantilevered over the back of the locker room with spectacular views of the playing fields on the lower level. The courts are scheduled for completion by the start of the squash season in November.

Time moves on, but you can still find some familiar faces amidst the change as the Academy opens its doors for its 209th year. Mr. Morsman presides over the dining room in Mr. Sullivan’s former role where he begins his 48th year on the faculty, and Mr. Brush begins his 42nd year teaching Latin. After Mr. Morsman and David Howell '65, our own Frank Henry is the longest serving Alumnus on the faculty.

Best wishes to all.