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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
The History Channel's "American Pickers" Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz rolled into nearby Branchville, New Jersey, to rummage through antiques and collectables owned by the late Dick Roy '51.
As head of Blair’s varsity basketball program, Joe Mantegna is no stranger to world travel. In addition to accompanying his players to international competitions across the globe, he often collaborates with them after they leave Blair, work that has taken him to three continents over the course of his career. This summer, Coach Mantegna added a few more stamps to his passport when he partnered with the Luol Deng Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by one of his most successful former players, the Miami Heat’s Luol Deng ’03, which strives to help African, English and American athletes hone their basketball skills and, more importantly, better their lives.
The generosity of alumni, parents and friends of the School helped us raise more than $2.5 million for the Blair Fund, and $6.3 million in capital and endowed funds. Parents maintained an impressive 83-percent participation rate, while our newest alumni—the class of 2015—achieved an outstanding 99-percent participation in support of scholarship.
Four Blair students gained an intimate view of the joys and challenges of life in Rwanda during a 12-day trip to the scenic African nation at the start of summer break. Chaperoned by science teacher Rob Merrifield and admission associate Caroline Wilson, the group was joined by Mr. Merrifield’s daughter, Becca Merrifield ’10, who is currently serving as a Princeton in Africa fellow at Rwamagana Lutheran School (RLS). Through activities including eco-tourism, service work, museum visits and even a meal with a Rwandan host family, Blair students experienced a culture that is significantly different from their own.
Shortly after students packed their bags and departed for summer vacation, hundreds of alumni arrived on Blair’s campus ready to reconnect with old friends, reminisce about their school days, and enjoy a weekend jam-packed with programs and festivities.
In a ceremony that is filled with poignant moments, one of the most special at every Blair commencement is the presentation of the class flag. Each year, a member of the 50th reunion class hands a banner emblazoned with the graduating class’s year to a representative of that class, a gesture that serves to welcome the new graduates to the School’s alumni ranks. At this year’s commencement, the beloved tradition continued when long-serving Class Representative and former Trustee Don Jay Smith ’65 presented the Class of 2015 flag to Batouly Camara ’15.
Members of the senior class celebrated their final week as Blair students at the Class of 2015 Assembly, at which they reflected upon their achievements as scholars, athletes and leaders across the community.
Commencement week festivities continued on May 20 with Blair’s traditional Baccalaureate program, at which the community gathered to listen to performances from student musicians and an address delivered by History Department Chair Jason Beck, who seniors elected as the evening’s keynote speaker.
A passing rain shower could do nothing to dampen the spirit of the Class of 2015 as they gathered on Sharpe House lawn before an audience of several hundred family members, friends and classmates for the School’s 167th commencement exercises.
As seniors get ready for graduation later this week, a number of prize assemblies and ceremonies will celebrate students’ growth, accomplishments and contributions to the community. Family members and friends who cannot attend these events in person are invited to view them on Blair’s livestream channel.
One of the preeminent boarding schools in the United States, Blair Academy provides students with a superior college preparatory education and rich community life.