St. Paul's welcomed back more than 300 alumni and guests to campus May 3-5 for Blue-Gold Reunion Weekend.
Alumni ranging from the classes of 1955 to 2013 were in attendance, led by the 32 members of the Class of 1968 who gathered for their fiftieth reunion. In celebration of their milestone reunion, several members of the Class of 1968 announced the establishment of the Thomas N. Longstreth Scholarship Fund to honor a beloved teacher, coach and advisor whose career at St. Paul's spanned more than four decades.
Celebrating the teachers and coaches who made life-changing contributions to generations of St. Paul's students was a recurrent theme throughout the weekend. On Friday, the School commemorated the opening of its new athletic facility and honored the legacy of two legendary teacher-coaches with the dedication of George L. Mitchell '44 Stadium and the re-dedication of Martin D. "Mitch" Tullai Field.
"St. Paul's students learn valuable lessons in the classroom and on the athletic fields. This sparkling new stadium provides an appropriate venue for our student-athletes to learn those lessons," said Headmaster David C. Faus. "We are proud to honor two individuals who helped establish the teacher-coach ethos that remains integral to a St. Paul's education."
The stadium's expanded and modernized grandstand includes a central section of chairs with armrests and seatbacks. Expansive plazas at the stadium's north and south ends provide informal viewing and gathering areas for spectators. A new and expanded press box supports games on both St. Paul's and SPSG's fields, and for the first time, the Crusaders and visiting teams will both have on-site locker rooms. Read more about the stadium and see pictures from the dedication.
The impact of teachers and coaches was also a recurring theme at the Headmaster's Lunch, where the Alumni Board recognized these five individuals for their contributions to St. Paul's and the broader community:
- Distinguished Alumnus, John S. Morton III '68;
- Outstanding Alumnus, Warren Powell '73;
- Honorary Alumnus, Michal Makarovich;
- Honorary Alumnus, William H. Smith;
- Distinguished Young Alumnus, C.J. Ilardo '03.
Returning alumni enjoyed beautiful weather throughout the weekend as they explored campus and attended special events. The weekend kicked off with Thursday's sold-out Crusader Cup golf tournament at Green Spring Valley Hunt Club, organized by Brent Hargest '02, C.J. Ilardo '03, and Brian McGettigan '03, and culminating with the drawing of the winning name in this year's combined Parents' and Alumni Associations Raffle. The $10,000 prize went to an SPSG alumna, and parent of two current St. Paul's students and one alumnus, who wishes to remain anonymous.
Other highlights included Friday night's Crusader-Gator Cocktail Party on Hamilton Lawn, a bike ride hosted by Skip Darrell '60, and an alumni basketball game, both of which attracted more than 20 enthusiastic participants.
St. Paul's looks forward to welcoming back all alumni, particularly graduates of classes ending in a '4' or '9' for the next Blue-Gold Reunion Weekend on May 3-4, 2019.