More than 750 alumni, their guests, faculty, staff, and friends of Mercersburg gathered on campus Thursday, June 7, through Sunday, June 10, to celebrate their connection to each other and to the school. Classes ending in 3 and 8 held their five-year reunions, breaking last year's record attendance of more than 600.
"This event continues to grow every year, both in programming and in turnout," says Director of Reunions Jenn Flanagan Bradley '99. "It's a testament to the love and affection our alumni have for this place, their unwavering connection to each other, and the excitement they have for where Mercersburg is headed."
To officially kick off the weekend, the Alumni Council hosted a dinner Thursday evening recognizing alumni award recipients and honoring longtime faculty and staff members for their years of service. Throughout the weekend, a number of alumni led workouts, performed live music, and offered sessions on topics ranging from American history to stargazing to mixology. A squash exhibition game between U.S. Squash Hall of Fame member Mark Talbott '78 and Valentin Quan Miranda '08 also drew an energetic audience.
A keynote session, "The Tumultuous '70s and How Rock and Roll Got Us Through," was held with the Hon. John Jones '73 and Jeff Breit Esq. '73 on Saturday. A recording of the session is available on the Reunion Weekend web page, as are Friday's sessions, "Stories from The Spy in the Hanoi Hilton" with Jim Stockdale '68 and documentarian David Taylor and "What Happened in the 1960s?" with faculty members John David Bennett and Doug Smith.
Head of School Katie Titus presented on Mercersburg's strategic design process and shared a "state of the school" address. She also recognized Andrew Ammerman '68 with this year's Class of '32 Award—the highest honor the school bestows.
New this year, the Office of Summer Programs offered a Legacy Campout on Saturday night for children of alumni. Also new this year, a service of worship and remembrance on Sunday combined the Sunday Chapel service with the remembrance ceremony traditionally held on the Saturday of Reunion Weekend, providing a meaningful bookend to the weekend and a fitting opportunity to memorialize reunion-year alumni who have passed away.
For the third year in a row, each reunioning class had its own tent on the quad to serve as an unofficial class headquarters for the weekend—a place where alumni and their guests could sit, relax, and swap stories. A panel of judges selected the Class of 1978 as the best overall tent on Saturday evening, awarding the Reunion Weekend Class Cup that had been held by the Class of 1992 since last June.
Founded in 1893 in the heart of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic, Mercersburg is a private, coed, college preparatory boarding school with approximately 435 students (15 percent are day), grades 9-12 and postgraduate.
We offer 170 courses, including AP and Honors, more than $7 million in financial aid, 26 varsity sports, and a state-of-the-art performing and visual arts center. Located 90 minutes from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, and within easy driving distance of New York City, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. 100 Academy Drive, Mercersburg, PA 17236 GPS Address: 10951 Buchanan Trail West, Mercersburg, PA 17236 717-328-6173