The McTernan Centennial
The McTernan celebration had its informal and humble start in 2003, when Charles “Sandy” Larkin III ’59 attended a McTernan focus group at the Alumni Office. Sandy thoroughly enjoyed reminiscing with his fellow alumni and comparing stories about McTernan baseball teams and Latin classes. He was concerned, though, that the McTernan records were incomplete and recognized that the “real” history of McTernan School only existed in the memories of the McTernan alumni.
To gather these memories, Sandy solicited more than 25 recollections from alumni ranging from Dan Cook ’23 to Marc Chabot ’71, which were published in the spring 2004 issue of The Magpie. He wrote in his introduction to his article, “Thanks to the active memories of many alumni, the assembly of the missing McTernan School history has begun.”
This sparked an upsurge of interest in McTernan School and its approaching centennial. To carry forward the torch that Sandy so ably lit, the Alumni Office convened the first meeting of the McTernan 100th Anniversary Steering Committee on November 28, 2007. In attendance were McTernan alumni Rob Fenn ’56, Peter North ’58, and Sandy Larkin ’59, accompanied by Judy Kellogg Rowley ’53, Alumni Director Robin Burns, Development Director Krista Coletti, and Headmaster John Fixx.
The goals outlined at this inaugural meeting included:
- Reconnect with all McTernan constituents, including alumni, faculty and staff, trustees, and families.
- Locate lost and missing alumni to complete the McTernan information in the School’s database.
- Educate the School community about McTernan School’s history.
- Grow the collection of McTernan archival material.
- Raise awareness of threads of McTernan traditions that are, or could be, incorporated in the School today.
- Bring as many McTernan constituents as possible “back” for a culminating event on the Chase campus.
Most of these goals have been met and exceeded. Hundreds of McTernan alumni have been relocated; the Chase library has been re-dedicated as the McTernan Centennial Library; a wealth of archival material, including graded exams, report cards, photographs and copies of the McTernan Mirror, have flooded into the Chase archives; McTernan items have been displayed on campus as part of new archival exhibits; and a 130-page book about the history of McTernan School was written, published and distributed to McTernan alumni. In addition, several small events have taken place, including small McTernan breakfasts and class dinners.
Not ones to rest on their laurels, the McTernan Committee is already beginning preparations for the grand centennial celebration set for September 29, 2012, and has a variety of new and exciting events planned for the next year.
Please check back in regularly for any updates, and keep an eye out for your invitations!