The weather was unseasonably warm as Dublin alumni returned to campus for reunion weekend. The beauty of the weather was matched only by the joy of seeing so many alumni from throughout the school’s history. Hank Otto ’47, who was back for his 70th, mingled with Greg Antonelis ’12 and others back for their 5th reunion. This was my first alumni weekend so I was eager to learn more about the Dublin experience through the years. Has it changed from decade to decade? What has remained constant? This was my quest as I welcomed alumni throughout the weekend.
The reminiscing began in the Schoolhouse with a welcome reception followed by a special 50th Reunion dinner for the Class of ’67. Each classmate was given a Dublin School hammer, with their name engraved on the handle, to mark the occasion; the same hammer given to each graduating senior from the alumni office each year.
On Saturday there were updates from Brad Bates on the state of the School, a question and answer session with a panel of current students and “construction tours” with Director of Development Erika Rogers. It was not lost on some alums that there are currently more buildings being built (4) than there were buildings on campus when Paul and Nancy Lehmann opened the school! Those not on tours cheered on the boys’ soccer game, before getting ready for another great evening of catching up in the Fountain Arts Building. Throughout the day I was struck by the ease in which an alumnae from 1987 reminisced alongside an alumnus from 2012. Or a current senior sat in rapt attention as an alum from 1992 talked about his first hike up Monadnock. While the school’s footprint has changed, the core values that link all Dubliners together is stronger than ever.
Dublin alumni were joined by former faculty members Alice and Peter Duston, Jan Haman, Deb McWethy and Diane and Michael Elkavitch. Alums rose to their feet to honor Michael and Mary Cornog and the ongoing campaign for the school’s new library that shares their name. Jason Smith ‘92 and Zander Sprague ‘87 shared the honor of Outstanding Class Agent this year for their lifetime of service to Dublin School. If the crazy photos from the photo booth are to be believed, it seems everyone had a great weekend and I’m already looking forward to next year!
Article by Chris Speers, Development Associate