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More than 6,400 individuals comprise Blair’s active alumni community.
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Jenny Maine, Director of Alumni Relations
On a rainy day in mid-June, head varsity boys’ basketball coach Joe Mantegna and Luol Deng ’03 came together at Blair to host a basketball clinic for elite players of South Sudanese descent, many of whom are from refugee resettlement communities across the United States, Australia, and Canada.
Come. Reminisce. Rekindle. From June 10 to 12, 300-plus Blair graduates and guests gathered on campus and enjoyed many opportunities to renew connections and share the best of Blair during Alumni Weekend 2016. Click here to view more photos from the festivities.
When former faculty members Steven and Judith Kahan Kampmann came to Blair in 1998 following successful Hollywood careers in writing, acting, and directing, the establishment of a video studies program at the School was not part of the original script. However, one plot twist led to another, and by the time the pair retired in 2010, Blair’s academic and after-school video offerings were thriving, thanks in large part to Steven’s and Judith’s creativity and dedication to the craft.
Amid a festive week of Commencement events, the Blair community celebrated another important milestone on May 25 as ground was broken for the Center for Innovation and Collaboration (CIC). Trustees, faculty, parents and students gathered at the crest of the front hill on the warm, sunny afternoon as Head of School Chris Fortunato announced that the family of Trustee Lai Yuen Chiang ’84, P’14 ’16 had made a generous gift to co-name the CIC, and he and Ms. Chiang scooped a ceremonial shovelful of dirt marking the start of construction of Blair’s dynamic new academic center.
In June and July, veteran Blair faculty member Carolyn Conforti-Browse ’79 will co-lead a sports exchange program that will take 10 students from colleges around the United States to India, where they will focus on leadership development and cross-cultural awareness.
Mulching and planting gardens, sorting donated clothing, clearing and maintaining trails, and preparing lunch at a soup kitchen are just a few of the many ways the Blair community served the greater community during the School’s annual Day of Service.
On, May 20, watch the girls' varsity lacrosse team play Kittatinny online in real time at 6 p.m.
Watch boys' varsity lacrosse take on Oratory Prep at 4 p.m. on May 18.
East and Davies Halls are now a memory on Blair’s historic campus, but knowing that the stories created within the dormitories’ walls are cherished by the alumni who lived there, the School is pleased to offer a lasting memento: 450 bricks from the exterior walls of East and Davies Halls are available free of charge and on a first come, first served basis.
Watch all the live action as the varsity baseball team battles Hill at home. Tune in at 2 p.m.
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