Even with long absences from campus and lots of physical changes, the consensus is that “the vibe remains.”
“As I raise my children I find that the values of the School are exactly aligned with our family values and perhaps it makes me appreciate the School even more than just having been a part of the student body.“ Katie Vining CdeP 1994
For many alumni, return visits to Thacher for Alumni Day, a reunion, or an impromptu visit engender a new appreciation for the School and what it has added to their lives. This past weekend 151 alumni returned to Thacher for Alumni Day. The day was filled with horseback riding, alumni vs. student sports competitions, board games, trapshooting, delicious meals, and of course, time with friends.
Horseback riding, which was open to all ages, was one of the most popular activities with 70 people participating. “Despite the rain and soggy ground, alumni riding was a great success. How fun to have our alumni come back to recapture their youth! It was great to have many introduce their spouses and children to this unique Thacher experience, as well,” said Richard Winters, director of the Horse Program. Alumni bested the students in both soccer (4-3) and basketball (60-55)—though the varsity coaches played on the alumni teams, so does that even count? And, 17 people took the opportunity to trapshoot, some for the first time. In fact, this was the first time for the female high scorer, Julia Hale ’21. Peter Kong CdeP 1985 was the male high scorer, shooting an almost perfect 24/25.
Most attendees had their first glimpse of the new dining hall this weekend, and many noted the new construction as the biggest change on campus. Still, attendees agreed that “the vibe remains,” as Jonathan Blinderman CdeP 1983 so aptly put it.
Did you miss Alumni Day, or are you hankering for more of the same? Registration for Reunion (June 7-9) opens February 1. We hope to see you on campus this summer.