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Hilltop Happenings

The Hilltop Celebrates Legends Weekend
Shana Stalker

The Hilltop was abuzz with over 60 Salisbury Legends returning to campus for the 2022 Legends Weekend, spanning classes from 1956 to 1973. Earlier this year, the Class of 1972 invited the Class of 1973 to join them in celebrating their 50th Reunion. And, the Class of 1971 also showed up in numbers due in large part to the efforts of Chris Rallis ’71 and Tom Whitridge ’71. That was all it took to create a wildly successful weekend.

Thanks to the energy of the classes of 1972 and 1973, the weekend was full of activities, both on campus and off. Friday brought the opportunity to attend classes and enjoy a campus tour, which was an eye opener for those who had not been back to campus in 50 years. Off campus activities coordinated by the reunion committees included canoeing down the Housatonic, pickleball, a golf scramble, and an art gallery tour throughout Northwest Connecticut. The group all came together for an evening of friendship, food and merriment at Tenmile Distillery, an incredible venue in Wassaic, NY.

Saturday brought more time on campus with a student panel, campus tour, and an interactive archival history class. Legends then headed to the tent of Reeves Field for lunch and a state of the school address from Head of School Will Webb. The group then journeyed down to the Curtis Boathouse for a surprise dedication of the “Class of 1972 Woody Rutter” boat.

After an afternoon spectating cross country, football and soccer, the Legends gathered in the Ruger Fine Arts Center for a toast to Legend Roger McKee ’72, P'19 and his 42 years of service to Salisbury. Thereafter, it was back to the Curtis Boathouse for an evening of festivities at the Knight of the Long Table feast.

Head of School Will Webb presented Hilltop Awards to Ollie Schollie ’72, Beck Miller ’72, and Paul Haviland ’73, for their incredible service to Salisbury. Webb then bestowed the Salisbury Medal, the School’s highest honor, on Hugh Whipple ’72, thanking him for his loyalty and honor, service and devotion, all of which have perpetuated the goals and ideals of the School. Finally, the Class of 1972 announced that their class was creating the Class of 1972 Roger McKee Scholarship. After several more toasts, the evening concluded with a lengthy fireworks display on the Class of 1997 Field.

It was a great weekend to be a Knight!

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