Hopkins held its annual Alumni Weekend on Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3, 2023, welcoming alumni, their families, emeriti, faculty and staff back to campus to reconnect with each other and the School.
Alumni Weekend began on Friday, June 2 with an Alumni Golf Outing at the Orange Hills Country Club. Alumni and friends enjoyed a beautiful day on the course at this casual golf outing. The festivities continued with an evening reception on campus in Upper Heath Commons, following which classes enjoyed reconnecting at parties at local restaurants and homes.
Events began on Saturday morning with a 50th–75th Reunion Brunch on campus. A special celebration for Don Bagnall, retiring Director of Medical Services and Head Athletic Trainer rounded out the morning. Alumni from nearly every year came to campus to celebrate Bagnall’s 41-year tenure. Following a casual picnic lunch served under the tent, families enjoyed watching the alumni baseball game and pick up tennis matches. There were fun family activities on Pratt Field including a bounce house, face painting, and lawn games.
Afternoon events included two Back to Class sessions: 21st Century Democracy with John Roberts and a Biology lesson and lab with Dr. Kellie Ploeger Cox. Head of School Matt Glendinning also ran a Listening by Design session, and Thom Peters led a group discussion on the merger of Hopkins Grammar with Day Prospect Hill School. The Hopkins Black Alumni Network held a reception and gathering in the Heath Cafe (if you are interested in receiving future HBAN invitations, please contact email@example.com to be added to the distribution list)
, and the Student Council hosted an alumni gathering for the first time.
Over the course of the weekend, over 500 alumni returned to Hopkins. The oldest class in attendance was 1948 HGS, represented by Marvin Arons, former trustee, who came to celebrate his 75th Reunion. An honorable mention goes to Bill Odell '50 HGS for traveling to New Haven from North Carolina to relive old memories and to see the campus.
It was a successful and joyful reunion for the hundreds of alumni who returned to Hopkins, to reconnect with one another and catch up with life on the Hill.