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Celebration! A Dream Realized

November 12, 2018. What a day in the life of Saint David's School!

From the early morning ceremony for the pre-primary grades, to the official blessing and Ribbon Cutting in Price Family Gymnasium, to the tours and wonderful evening performance in the Otto-Bernstein Performing Arts Theatre, organized by Tom and Rita Kitt and featuring our boys sharing the stage with Broadway performers. A spectacular, magical day!
Spearheaded by Director of Development Maureen Barry, Monday's activities were a full-out celebration of a 46-year dream realized as we welcomed 650 members of our community to participate in the several events marking our newly expanded and consolidated school. 
As a school we have moved east since our beginning, and our consolidation and expansion on 89th Street not only keeps Saint David's right where it was founded 67 years ago, it ensures the school's ability to fulfill the potential of its program, of its faculty and staff, and by extension, the full potential of each of its boys.  Omnium nobis.
It was certainly a day to celebrate. It was also a day to express gratitude.“Gratitude,” Cicero tells us, “is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.”

To Headmaster Hume and the Trustees of 1972 for their foresight in purchasing Graham House, and to all who have come before us. To the early donors who got this project off the ground and to all the donors who have brought us this far. To our visionary Board of Trustees and the parents who served on committees related to this project, to the administration, faculty and staff for their unwavering professionalism throughout three compressions over two years and three summers, and to our construction team principals.

When our Board Chair Dan Connolly, ’77, our Architect Sam White ’60 and our Student Council Officers Peter K., William R., and Taylor K. stepped forward to cut the ribbon and officially open our new campus in front of hundreds of boys, parents, and alumni families, I was struck again by the truth that none of this could have happened without a cast of thousands.
It is my honor and privilege to be a member of such a strong, caring community that loves Saint David's School and has always been committed to its mission's ultimate aspiration: that they be good men.


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