This past weekend, 265 alumni (450 attendees, including family members and friends) came home to Bishop’s for Alumni Weekend and class reunions. Though some graduated as recently as 2011 and some as long ago as 1961, all attendees had something in common – a love for the School.
Many alumni were eager to get back into the classroom (without the homework), so on Friday, they were invited to Women Writers with Cresence Birder ’07, African American Literature with Gary Hendrickson, AP U.S. History with Jeff Geoghegan, Mathematics I with Catherine Bagley Beamer '95, Robotics with Evan Pruitt, Environmental Sciences with Pam Reynolds and Latin Intro I with Ian Hayden. They also had the chance to tour the campus and see what has changed and remained the same.
Later that evening, alumni gathered at the Larmour Lawn & Plaza outside the Manchester Library & Learning Center for the Alumni Weekend Kickoff Reception, where they enjoyed live music, food and drinks. Head of School Aimeclaire Roche welcomed them back to Bishop’s and thanked them for their continued dedication to their alma mater.
The class reunions on Friday provided a time for Bishop’s grads to reconnect and reminisce at venues all around La Jolla. In total, 10 classes got together to celebrate their Bishop’s pride.
Coming back to Bishop’s wouldn’t be the same without experiencing milk break and chapel – two beloved traditions. On Saturday, alumni were treated to a traditional milk break and then a service in St. Mary’s Chapel, which is celebrating the 100-year anniversary of its dedication. Alumni and their families then proceeded to the Quad for a picnic and fun festivities.
In addition to Saturday campus tours, alumni were able to visit the student-curated exhibit, “Romance and Honesty: Irving Gill’s Vision for The Bishop’s School.”
The exhibit in the library and the didactic displays on the Gill buildings (Scripps Hall, Bentham Hall and Gilman Hall) highlighted Irving Gill’s inspiration for his architectural designs on the Bishop’s campus.
Alumni Weekend concluded with the Ellen Browning Scripps Celebration
, which took place on Saturday in the Ellen Browning Scripps Dining Hall. In attendance were 225 – all there to honor this year’s honorees: Marjory Gengler Smith ’69, Louise Gengler Thomas ’71, Nancy Gengler-Saint ’74, Jeanne Gengler Swiacki ’76, Marion Gengler Melton ’80 and Bill Goss (retired faculty).
The Ellen Browning Scripps Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to alumni who bring honor and distinction to themselves and the School through their achievements. The Gengler sisters, proud Purples, were honored for their inspirational accomplishments in the sport of tennis. Watch videos about the Gengler sisters: part I
and part II
The Michael W. Teitelman Leadership Award honors a visionary leader who has been transformative in shaping the minds, hearts and spirit of the Bishop's community. Bill Goss, retired administrator and science faculty, was honored for exemplifying honor, integrity and leadership. Watch a video about Bill Goss here
“We enjoyed having so many return to the School, and we look forward to continuing the tradition of Alumni Weekend in the years to come,” says Sarah Garro, director of alumni relations.
Photos from Alumni Weekend and the reunions will soon be available on the School’s Flickr page