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2017 ACTA Dedicated to Quinten Clarke ’87

Posted: May 17, 2017

The class of 2017 dedicated its yearbook to history teacher and girls’ varsity basketball coach Quinten Clarke ’87, a Blair faculty member since 2001 who is beloved by a generation of students. ACTA editors Minjoo (Chloe) Kim ’17, Misa Elisabeth Kim ’17 and Yinuo (Chelsie) Xu ’17 made the announcement at School Meeting on May 15, thanking Mr. Clarke for his kindness, generosity and commitment to others and presenting him with the first yearbook.

The son of retired science department chair Richard Clarke, PhD, and his wife, Tallarie, Mr. Clarke and his brother, Bradley ’90, grew up at Blair. He graduated from Rutgers University in 1991 and earned his JD at Rutgers University School of Law in 1994, practicing law for several years before returning to Blair to begin his teaching career.

Having taught in the history, English and religion departments and coached nearly a dozen Buccaneer teams during his Blair tenure, Mr. Clarke is well-known on campus as the developer and teacher of the popular constitutional law course and head coach of the powerhouse varsity girls’ basketball team for the past six years. He is also a world traveler and founder of “Blair in Kenya,” a nonprofit organization that works to improve the lives of Kenya’s rural poor.

The ACTA’s dedication pages contain tributes to Mr. Clarke, aka “Q,” from several Blair community members, including these words of thanks from basketball player Elayna Daniels ’17: “To many of us, Q is a crucial part of our Blair experience. Each and every day, I see him making someone laugh, engaging in political discussions with students and faculty alike, and working tirelessly as he leads the girls’ basketball team. However, Q has also shown me how much bigger the world is than Blair. His work in Kenya has inspired me to think beyond borders, and also, I think, reveals who he really is: an incredibly generous, hardworking person who every day strives to make the world a better place. Blair would not be Blair without Q, and I am so glad to have been able to spend the last few years being laughed at by him, laughing at him and laughing with him.”

Last Updated: May 18, 2017