Staying Connected with Alumni

Alum Napo Matsoso_1By Suzanne Gorman, Head of Downtown Campus

My counterpart Reed Gabhart focused on alumni last week; this week, that’s foremost on my mind. As Reed noted, any teacher or administrator will tell you that one of the most rewarding aspects of the job is staying connected with students after graduation and watching their adult lives unfold. At the High School, we’ve seen many recent alumni coming through in the past few weeks, before and after the Holiday Break while they are home from college. Last week, we had a particularly special visit from Napo Matsoso ’13, a senior at the University of Kentucky who was just drafted 31st by the New England Revolution in the Major League Soccer draft. If you aren’t familiar with Napo, you can read more about him here. His success is a testament to incredible dedication and hard work, and we’re excited to have been a part of it.

We also had a visit last week from alum Embry Rucker G’87, ’91, brother of our Director of Advancement Síofra Rucker G’84. Embry is a traveler and photographer whose roster of clients is long and impressive (Nike, Target, North Face, Sony, Olympus, Canon, Home Depot, Oakley, People, ESPN, Runner’s World, and many others). He was in town and generously came by to chat with our aspiring student photographers.

To cap off the week, we had a visit from our founding Head of School Tom Pike. Tom has been retired for over a decade now, but he pops in from time to time – this week, to show his daughter and granddaughter, visiting from out of town, our newly renovated spaces. Tom also made time last weekend for James Risley ’17 to conduct an interview with him for a Senior Project focused on an oral history of St. Francis High School/School. (Trivia question: What was the other final contender for the School’s mascot, besides the Wyverns? I kid you not: The River City Rats.) It is rather extraordinary for a school to have had only two Heads in 40 years – just one of the many special things about St. Francis.