MESSAGE FROM HEAD OF SCHOOL
In commemoration of 50 years of black student life, Episcopal High School seeks to honor those courageous pioneering students who forever transformed the institution . . .
The EHS50 Advisory Committee is a team of 15 alumni, who were brought together to counsel the Advancement Staff and Office of Community and Equity as plans for alumni events and student programming take shape. They will attend the EHS50 programs in the fall and encourage classmates to do the same. In addition, they will support Episcopal’s new Black Student Alliance, Spectrum, and existing student affinity groups.
We are excited this fall to commemorate the School’s 50th year of integration and to honor those courageous African-American students who forever transformed this institution into a place where the dreams of all students could be nurtured regardless of race or ethnic identity. With the help of an alumni planning committee, we have organized a program during Spirit Weekend that will bring current students together with alumni from across the decades. As we strive to teach our students intellectual and moral courage, it is imperative that we openly discuss the progress the School has made over the years and the challenges that we work to overcome in building true community.
The aim of this special program is to acknowledge the past while fostering the exchange of ideas across generations to illuminate ways the School will approach and embrace its next 50 years of inclusiveness, intellectual inquiry, and moral courage. The commemoration program will feature academic, social, and artistic events intended to provoke thought and conversation and inspire participants through meaningful interaction. Alumni will have the opportunity to share memories of their own experiences with students and with each other. In addition, social studies teachers and their students will present research they have undertaken to understand and grapple honestly with the School’s past to guide our pursuit of an even stronger community for future generations.
Spirit Weekend has always been a celebration of community and a moment to gather with a common purpose. For EHS, the richness and diversity of student experiences makes the community stronger, and the historic decision 50 years ago pushed the School toward better fulfilling its mission to “prepare young people with the intellectual and moral courage to pursue lives of ethical leadership and service as citizens of an increasingly connected world.”
Charles M. Stillwell
Head of School