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Homecoming 2022 Highlights

This September, SJR celebrated decades of Alumni who attended the School over the years at our annual Homecoming Weekend. We’ve patiently waited to host this event for the last three years, so welcoming back so many former students for a celebration of community was truly remarkable! 
 
Kicking off the festivities, we welcomed members from the class of 1972 to join us for a small reception at Thomson House, followed by a casual tour of the campus. As they wondered the halls, our special guests reflected on some of their fondest memories from their time at the School, reminiscing about the comfort they felt being back and how the School had always felt like a second home. 
 
After their walk down memory lane, the 72s made it back to the larger reception at Schaffter Hall. The food services team in Hamber Dining Hall served an amazing fall brisket dinner, while tables that hosted different graduating years were called upon and celebrated. The class of 1992 opened their time capsule, which offered quite the spectacle for returning Alumni from all years. A few members from SJR’s Rockshow lit up both the stage and their audience with a musical mashup that blended some of the greatest hits from 1972 all the way to 2022, hitting every 10-year milestone along the way. The evening wrapped up with class pictures and late night mingles among former classmates and teachers.
 
Saturday’s events were a bit more active, starting with the ritual Alumni mile around campus. Soon after the annual run, Ray Grynol blew the whistle and the eminent soccer match, played between Alumni and current SJR students, began! As a friendly game, a 5-all score left each team equally satisfied with their performance. Meanwhile, in Schaffter Hall, Mr. John Barsby – former SJR mathematics teacher who taught at the School for nearly thirty years – signed copies of his acclaimed recent work Fifty Years in the Classroom and What I Learned There. After the book signing and a midday BBQ in Hamber Dining Hall, we met at Wildewood Golf Course for a casual round of nine. A closing reception in Robinson-Wolinsky Hall concluded Homecoming for this year while the countdown to Homecoming 2023 began!
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St. John’s-Ravenscourt School was founded in 1820 principally to serve the children of the Selkirk settlers. By 1834 there were forty students, evenly split between boys and girls. SJR has inevitably grown and changed over the years since, though its success throughout has been unimpeachable. We have graduated 18 Rhodes scholars, for example, and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II granted patronage and established a scholarship in her name in 1981. Today the programs are as strong as our reputation. A strong academic program is paired with an equally strong attention to the values of stewardship, ethical leadership, and excellence in all areas of academic, social and athletic life.