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Randall Kennedy ’73
The New York Times’s Pamela Paul interviewed Randall Kennedy ’73 about his latest book Say It Loud, a collection of 29 essays about race, law, academia, history, and culture. As the Michael R. Klein Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, Kennedy teaches courses on contracts, criminal law, and the regulation of race relations. “I thought the United States was much further down the road to racial decency than it is,” Kennedy told Paul. “I used to be a quite confident racial optimist. I am not any longer. I’m still in the optimistic camp—I do think that we shall overcome—but I’m uneasy. I’m uneasy in a way that was simply not the case, let’s say, ten years ago.” Listen to the podcast (1:15-34:24) or read the review.


Danny Rouhier ’97Danny Rouhier ’97, host of the Grant & Danny show on 106.7 The Fan, will be inducted into George Washington University’s Athletic Hall of Fame this year. A GWU Hall of Famer, Rouhier was named to the All-Atlantic 10 Second Team in 2002 and to the All-Atlantic 10 All-Championship Team in 2000 and 2001. GWU Baseball Coach Gregg Ritchie surprised Rouhier with the news on the air: “Welcome to the Hall, Danny. Your career was fabulous and it’s an honor for us to have you in the Hall of Fame. For those who don’t know how good—I know Danny jokes a lot on the show about his baseball prowess—but I’m just gonna say one thing about his statistical career real quick. Games played: 203; and 194 RBI. Are you kidding me?”


Tai Dinger ’14
Congratulations to Tai Dinger ’14 who recently broke 4:00 for the mile with a time of 3:57.72 at the Sir Walter Miler.


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Congratulations to former Baltimore Ravens Offensive Tackle Jonathan Ogden ’92 for being named to the All-time Team Roster in celebration of 100 years of the NFL. Watch his tribute video at https://www.nfl.com/100/all-time-team/roster. Click the button labeled OT in the banner to view Ogden’s video. The photo featured above was taken by Jonathan Hauck ’95 in 1991 at a game against Peddie School.


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An art piece by Geist Topping ’19 was recently selected to be exhibited at the London Art Biennale 2021, which is currently taking place at the historic Chelsea Old Town Hall on King’s Road in London. Click here to view his work on the Biennale website.



The National Theatre recently announced the inaugural Brandon Victor Dixon ’99 (BVD) Awards for excellence in high school musical theatre. This fall, local high schools in the DMV will be invited to participate by submitting their fully-staged musical theatre productions for consideration. As an official Regional Awards Program, The National Theatre’s BVD Awards will feed directly into the national NHSMTA® celebration, and the top two winners from the 2021-2022 BVD Awards season will be invited to compete at the 2022 Jimmy Awards® in New York City. Click here for more information.


John Rice '84The Washington Post recently profiled John Rice ’84, founder and CEO of Management Leadership for Tomorrow. According to the Post, the nonprofit’s mission is to elevate people of color, in particular Black, Latinx and Native Americans, into executive positions through the principles of athletics — especially basketball, which Rice still plays regularly in pickup games.


Buddy Bardenwerper ’08, who served in the Coast Guard, offered a powerful keynote speech at a celebration honoring senior student-athletes about facing adversity and finishing strong. “I know what it’s like to lose the opportunity to do something that you love,” said Bardenwerper, who served in the Coast Guard until a Type 1 diabetes diagnosis led to a sudden and undesired medical retirement. “My experience and yours are proof that our worlds can change on a dime, in that opportunities can vanish as quickly as they appear. Therefore, you have a duty to yourself to take advantage of the blessings in your life when you have them.” Bardenwerper concluded with a tribute to Coach Schnell.


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“I’m not here to predict the Robot Apocalypse!” announced Rob Gingell ’72, who visited Michael Hansen’s AP Computer Science Class via Zoom on May 20. Instead, he shared about his experience in the field—he was among a select few honored for their contributions to the evolution of Unix operating systems—and advice for future computer science practitioners. Read more.



Mike Rosenbaum ’90 announced in May 2021 that he is running for Maryland governor.  Rosenbaum, who is chief executive of Arena, which he founded, told the Washington Post: “We’re one of the richest states in the richest country in the entire world, and the fact that there is poverty and a lack of economic mobility in Maryland is just a systemic choice or a lack of a decision that we made and that needs to end,” he said. “I’ve spent 20 years building companies that deal with those questions.”



Arthur Jones ’13 recently sat down to interview Charles Snowden ’17 about his football career and platform as an athlete activist.

Michael Collins '48
It’s with a heavy heart that we share that Michael Collins ’48 passed on April 28, 2021. We celebrate his life and all he contributed through service to this nation and space exploration. Visit www.stalbansschool.org/MichaelCollins to view photos from his time at STA and beyond and read the profile of him by School Archivist Mark Wilkerson, which appeared in the summer 2019 Bulletin.


Sandy Walker ’60
Sandy Walker’s ’60 exhibition of paintings and drawings, “Our Time,” is currently being featured at SHOH Gallery in Berkeley, Calif., through March 27. If you are in the Bay Area, you can view the exhibit Thursday-Saturday from 11 am-5 pm or by appointment. Join Sandy, gallery owner Julie McCray, and other artists for a virtual visit via Zoom on March 18, at 5 pm PDT/8 pm EDT. Click here to join the virtual visit.


Cosby Hunt ’89
The Washington Post recently featured a perspective article about Cosby Hunt’s ’89 “Real World History” course. Created in 2014, “Real World History” affords D.C. high school students the opportunity to explore the Great Migration in more detail by interviewing people who were a part of it. Said Hunt: “The Great Migration is an important thing. Look it up in a textbook, and it maybe gets a page. But it’s the music we listen to, the food we eat, even the words we use.”


Beau Young Prince ’09
Congratulations to Beau Young Prince ’09 whose song “We Got the Moves” is featured in Coming 2 America, now streaming on Amazon Prime Video, and on the movie’s soundtrack. You can listen to and download the song on various streaming services and here: https://youtu.be/VoxSOXlnWF4.


Actor and activist Brandon Victor Dixon ’99 recently offered an Upper School assembly talk about social justice and the arts over Zoom. “The arts contribute to the forward movement and evolution of culture and society,” said Dixon, who also described the intersection of arts and advocacy in his own work in The Lion King, The Scottsboro Boys, Motown: The Musical, Rent, and Hamilton. Read more and watch the recorded assembly.

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Congratulations to Jeff Zients ’84 who was appointed to lead the COVID-19 team under President Biden.


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Arthur Jones ’13, a producer at CBS This Morning, created this segment on the reopening of Monument Academy, a D.C. boarding school for at-risk youths, for the series A More Perfect Union

Josh Byrnes ’88
Congratulations to Josh Byrnes ’88, Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations for the World Series Champions Los Angeles Dodgers!


Will Pack ’11
Reserve Officer William Pack ’11 was recently honored with a Lifesaving Medal from the Metropolitan Police Department for his assistance in response to a disturbing emergency situation.


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The Hon. Jeb Boasberg ’81 of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia recently returned to campus for a Remote-Plus session with Form VI, and Tip Myers ’11, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy who served as a Marine Corps Infantry officer for five years, during which time he deployed to Japan, Korea, and Europe, and served as company commander, returned to speak to Form V.


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Garrett Lowe ’84 and Tom Duckenfield ’82 partnered together this summer to offer a five-week, remote-plus class titled Headstones & History. Students researched the family history of former Black residents of Georgetown, with discussions happening via Zoom, and visited the historically Black Mount Zion and Female Union Band Society Cemeteries in Georgetown. Enjoy a recent Washington Post article, as well as beautiful photos by Dwayne Franklin.


Dakota Foster ’17
Dakota Foster ’17 recently co-founded the Athletes of Color Coalition at Trinity College to build a safe, and more diverse environment for student-athletes of color at Trinity. A wide receiver on the varsity football team, Foster serves as President of the Athletes of Color Coalition. Read more.


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Charles Snowden ’17 shared his experience protesting in D.C. with former classmate Areohn Harrison ’16 in a Washington Post article by Gene Wang ’87.


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Brian Barett ’99 recently wrote a feature for Wired Magazine about classmate Brian Wallach’s ’99 movement to give help and hope to others also battling ALS.


Optoro, founded by Toby Moore ’00 and Adam Vitatello ’00, reopened their flagship warehouse in Tennessee days after a tornado and right as the U.S. was hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Enjoy the video chronicling their reopening, which features a cameo from Vice President Al Gore ’65!


Frank Snowden ’64
Renowned epidemiologist Frank Snowden ’64 was recently featured on 60 Minutes segment examining the changes that will come following the COVID-19 pandemic.

In an interview in The New Yorker about his new book Epidemics and Society From the Black Death to the Present, Frank Snowden ’64, professor emeritus of medical history at Yale University, stated: “Epidemics are a category of disease that seem to hold up the mirror to human beings as to who we really are … The main part of preparedness to face these events is that we need as human beings to realize that we’re all in this together, that what affects one person anywhere affects everyone everywhere, that we are therefore inevitably part of a species, and we need to think in that way rather than about divisions of race and ethnicity, economic status, and all the rest of it.” Snowden also recently shared lessons learned from historical epidemics on the “Our Bodies, Ourselves” episode of NPR’s On the Media podcast.
 
Andrew Stevovich ’66
Skira Rizzoli is releasing a survey of works by painter Andrew Stevovich ’66. The heavily illustrated volume Andrew Stevovich: Beyond the Figure, edited by Michael Botwinick, features 120 paintings and 239 color illustrations. Note the publisher: “Stevovich’s work is complex and layered. His figures give up their secrets slyly … Deeply rooted in the European painting tradition, Stevovich uses all of the tools developed over the last several centuries to animate his subjects. He borrows deeply from Renaissance painting. He is attuned to the sensibility of the 19th century and to Americans, pre-and post-war. These are the building blocks of his visual vocabulary. However, he is not an artist of historical quotation. All of these influences pass through the lens of his disciplined restraint to remarkable effect.
 
 
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USA Track and Field has announced that Tai Dinger ’14 has joined Team USA for the upcoming Pan Am Cross-Country Championships. Tai is the first STA athlete ever to be named to Team USA for cross-country.


Walter Martin ’93
“Whenever the state of the world gets me down I always listen to him, and I feel better. He finds a lot of beauty and wonder in just the smallest things in life,” noted NPR’s Robert Hilton in announcing the release of a new album by Walter Martin ’93. Corey Seymour, in a Vogue magazine article on the band Jonathan Fire*Eater (formed by Martin and Matt Barrick ’93, Thomas Frank ’92, the late Stewart Lupton ’93, and Paul Maroon ’92), writes that the new album, The World at Night, “just might be [Martin’s] masterpiece.” In her article, Seymour describes Jonathan Fire*Eater as transforming the NY music scene in the 1980s into “an incubator of raw talent.”
 
Stewart Lupton ’93Seymour also notes that a collection of poems by Stewart Lupton ’93 was published posthumously by the Nashville label Third Man. Walter Martin ’93, who dedicated his latest album to Lupton, writes in the introduction, “For Stew, writing was not some hobby. … In wrestling with words and beating them into these magnificent forms, Stew found peace and purpose and a way to connect to a world in which he felt at home – that of art and beauty.
 
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Upper School faculty members Leslie George and Donna Denizé caught up with Brandon Victor Dixon ’99 after his performance in “Next to Normal” at the Kennedy Center on January 30, 2020.

Dixon, in a recent interview with WUSA9’s Reese Waters (Maurice Pearson ’98), Kristen Harris, and Ellen Bryan, talked about his work in theater and his recently founded foundation, We Are Foundation.
 
 
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Jeffrey Wright ’83 and his family story were featured on the PBS program Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates. “There is a very powerful thing that’s passed through family and through genetic lineage, and it’s more than just physical attributes,” said Wright when Gates showed him his family tree. “I feel these people, I think I have always have felt them. And I appreciate their place here. I appreciate that, despite what institutions, laws as well, people, might have wanted for them, … at some point they defied that and rewrote themselves on their own terms.”
 
 
James Reston ’59
In 1973-74, author James Reston ’59 took a year’s leave from a teaching position at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, to return to Washington, where he became a regular observer of the Senate impeachment hearings of President Richard Nixon. Reston’s detailed diary of what he saw heard and did that year is now published as The Impeachment Diary: Eyewitness to the Removal of a President (Simon & Schuster). The book, according to a Washington Post review, provides “a flavor of what it was like to live through those heady, fearful, historic days.”
 
 
John White ’94
The New Orleans Advocate reports that John White ’94 is stepping down as Louisiana State Superintendent of Education. An editorial in the Advocate hailed White’s years as a success story: “Louisiana is one of the states rising in the national report card, with every grade testing showing some of the best rates of improvement of any state. We’re a long way from where we want to be, but John White has significantly improved our potential to be winners and not laggards in this century.” In his resignation letter, White described his position as “the greatest blessing and privilege of his career.”
 
 
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Lost Holiday, directed by brothers Michael Matthews ’01 and Thomas Matthews ’04 by and starring Thomas alongside Kate Lyn Sheil–attracted the attention of the DCist. STA viewers should look for scenes shot in the Lawrence Pool and Activities Building and a cameo by a few young alumni and long-time STA Aquatics Director Rob Green.

 
Gene Wang ’87 Blogs About Jeffrey Wright ’83
Journalist Gene Wang ’87 blogged about actor Jeffrey Wright ’83 and his days as a student-athlete after talking to Wright at the STA dinner celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Skip Grant Program, which brought Wright to St. Albans in sixth grade. Wang reported “A foundational piece to his acting career, Wright said, came from his time participating in sports at St. Albans, where he recalled learning invaluable lessons about practice and teamwork, pillars that also come in handy on the set… So important was it for Wright, who grew up in Southeast, to recognize the Skip Grant Program’s impact on his life that he appeared for the speaking engagement in front of an estimated 300 attendees just a week after the death of his mother.”

 
Andre Perry ’96
Andre Perry ’96 has published his first book, a collection of essays titled Some of Us Are Very Hungry Now (Two Dollar Radio) deemed by Kirkus Review “a very promising book” by “a young writer trying to navigate his way through identity and challenges of race, privilege, sexuality, and culture.” Noted Kirkus: “Chronologically arranged to mark the author’s geographical, psychological, and cultural progression, the essays show that he writes engagingly, feels strongly, thinks obsessively about who he is and what he wants, and doesn’t accomplish anything of lasting significance. He writes about a lot that goes nowhere: sex, relationships, bands, writing, and his graduate degree. Yet throughout his journey of self-discovery, he has been gathering material, experiences that he can mine in writing.”

 
William Clausen ’01
The rise of the phrase quid pro quo and other Latin terms during the impeachment hearings garnered attention from the news media and classicists like William Clausen ’01. Clausen, who chairs the Classics Department at Washington Latin Public Charter School, told the Post: “There is a disproportionate power in knowing Latin words. If you know the root word, you kind of get 19 English words for free.”

 
ill Oakley ’84
Former Simpson’s writer and producer Bill Oakley ’84 offered his perspective on the use of what New York magazine’s Jonathan Chait called the “Sideshow Bob defense,” referring to a Simpsons character in an episode written by Oakley and co-writer-producer Josh Weinstein ’84 one of Oakley and cowriter’s characters.

 
CharlesBergen81Washington Post columnist John Kelly reports on local architect and artist Charles Bergen ’81 and his work to memorialize several area women by creating bas relief portraits of them to be included in old fire department call boxes located around D.C.


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Brian Wallach ’99 was recently featured on NBC’s Sunday Closer for the work he’s doing through his organization, I AM ALS, to find a cure for the progressive neurodegenerative disease.


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Bill Marriott ’50 is blogging about a new biography: Bill Marriott: Success Is Never Final, by Dale Van Atta. Marriott sat for more than 100 hours of interviews with Van Atta, and the result, he says, “is something very personal.”

 
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The Wall Street Journal reports that Stripe Inc.—a fintech (financial tech) company that creates software allowing businesses (including Airbnb and Lyft) to accept money online—was recently valued at $35 billion, making it one of the highest-priced startups in the United States. Stripe’s Chief Product Officer Will Gaybrick ’03 told the Wall Street Journal: “Stripe is more than ever a bet on the internet as an economic engine.”

 
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Bloomberg’s Money Undercover interviewed Willy Walker ’85, chairman and CEO of Walker & Dunlop, on the commercial real estate market. Asked where he sees the biggest opportunities today, Walker replied: “Industrial has obviously been a very significant sector … but if you look across the board at publicly-traded REITs right now, all of them are trading extremely well, and it’s not sector-specific, and so whether it is multi-family, whether its industrial or office, all of those REITs are showing extremely good value today and I think that’s reflective of the overall commercial real estate market.”


Danny Hultzen '08
Congratulations to Danny Hultzen ’08, who made his Major League debut with the Cubs September 8, 2019. Coming in as a relief pitcher in the seventh inning, Hultzen struck out the side. The Chicago Tribune reports: “Hultzen didn’t have time to ease in to his first appearance. The first batter he faced was 2018 National League MVP Christian Yelich. Hultzen’s first pitch was a strike, and catcher Willson Contreras rolled the ball to the Cubs dugout as a memento.” Hultzen is only the second STA player to play in the Major Leagues. (The first was his STA teammate Matt Bowman ’09, now pitching for the Cincinnati Reds.)  (Photo by Scott Paulus, Milwaukee Brewers.)

The Outlaw Ocean by Ian Urbina '90The Outlaw Ocean: Journeys Across the Last Untamed Frontier, by journalist Ian Urbina ’90 made the New York Times Bestseller List in its first week of publication. According to the Times: In ‘The Outlaw Ocean,’ the journalist Ian Urbina highlights how, in overlooking the seas, we’ve allowed that void to become a vacuum for corruption, violence and lawlessness, a stage for gruesome deaths and even more gruesome lives—and then he brings us into intimate contact with those lives, forcing witness.”
 

Michael Bennet '83
U.S. Senator Michael Bennet ’83released his educational plan as he continues his run for the Democratic presidential nomination. According to the Colorado Sun, Bennet–former Denver superintendent of public schools–told reporters: “I spent a significant part of my life in classrooms. I’ve seen what works.”


Charles Snowden '17
The University of Virginia is celebrating the success of linebacker Charles Snowden ’17 on and off the field. UVAToday reports that Snowden’s pregame ritual involves visits to UVA Children’s Hospital, where he can be found “cradl[ing] a baby suffering from a respiratory disorder. Or read[ing] a book to a child awaiting a heart transplant. Or, bending over a bed, whisper[ing] words of encouragement to a kid who just came out of cancer surgery.”


Canon Martin & Michael Collins '48“From a human point of view, it was a very unusual undertaking in that after the flight … everywhere we went people said, we did it,” astronaut Michael Collins ’48 told NPR on the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. “I don’t know of any event before or since that has had that kind of unanimity. For a little while, under limited circumstances, everyone everywhere seemed united behind what we had done.” Collins also narrated a Google doodle about his trip to, around, and home from the moon and participated in a Bulletin interview with STA archivist Mark Wilkerson.
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Located in Washington D.C.,  St. Albans School is a private, all boys day and boarding school. For more than a century, St. Albans has offered a distinctive educational experience for young men in grades 4 through 12. While our students reach exceptional academic goals and exhibit first-rate athletic and artistic achievements, as an Episcopal school we place equal emphasis upon moral and spiritual education.