Celebrate Prize Day|
If you won't be on the Circle this Sunday, May 31, please join us online for Groton's 130th Prize Day. We will livestream the festivities, which begin at 10:30 a.m. You will find a link to the livestream on our home page, www.groton.org, starting at 10 a.m. on Sunday morning.
This year's keynote speaker will be award-winning journalist Christopher Isham, Vice President and Washington Bureau Chief for CBS News and a member of Groton's Form of 1971. Before joining CBS, Mr. Isham was Chief of Investigative Projects for ABC News in New York, where he and his unit broke many stories involving international terrorism. In 1998, he organized the first major network interview with Osama bin Laden.
The student Prize Day speaker, elected by her fellow Sixth Formers, will be Lily Edwards '15. Also speaking will be Headmaster Temba Maqubela and Board of Trustees President Jonathan Klein P'08, '11, '18.
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This Month's Question
Which Groton alum designed a campus building?
The winner, chosen at random from correct entries, will receive a Groton T-shirt. Submit your answer here.
Last Month's Question
How many faculty members have gone on to head other schools after working at Groton?
Answer: Our readers guessed that between 20 and 30 faculty became heads of school after Groton, and one reader guessed that more than 40 people worked at Groton before leading other schools. Alas, no one guessed the right answer: 30-40. We're aware of 32 faculty members who later headed other schools—33 if you count Assistant Head Craig Gemmell, who is leaving to head Brewster Academy. The spring Quarterly, landing in mailboxes soon, has the entire list.
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A Longtime CFO Retires
J. Hale Smith is retiring after 20 years as Groton's Chief Financial Officer. He lived on campus with his wife, Tucker, and son Oliver '05 for many years (his son Alden attended Milton Academy.)
Groton School wishes Hale and Tucker the best on their retirement, and thanks them for all they have contributed to the community. The fall Quarterly will introduce Hale's successor—Arthur Diaz, the current CFO at Pomfret School.
Over two decades, Hale witnessed and helped effect significant change. He shared reflections with the Peabody Press:
What are the most significant changes you've seen at Groton since you started?
The year before I arrived, Groton's enrollment was 319 students occupying an outdated campus. During my time here, Groton has built the Athletic Center, the O'Brien Rink, the natatorium, the day care center, the Dillon Art Center and de Menil Gallery, the Brooks House Third Form dormitories, the Campbell Performing Arts Center, and five new faculty homes. It has also acquired another six houses and approximately 100 acres. The school significantly expanded the boathouse and renovated every dormitory, the B&G McMillan Building, the Headmaster's House, and many other faculty houses. It was instrumental in permanently protecting 360 acres of land along the school's southern border from development as the principal player in a $19.4 million transaction. continued
During 18 years teaching at Groton, Bob Gula became known for the General Knowledge Tests that he created and proctored each spring. Test your knowledge with questions from 1974:
1. What is the name of the mythological female who had a head full of snakes?
2. Parker Brothers is best known for the manufacture of _____.
3. What president appears on the $20 bill?
4. What is a philatelist?
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