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September 20-21, 2019

Plans are underway for reunion in the fall for alumni who attended CSS in any era of the school’s history. Those classes celebrating milestone reunions in 2019 include: 1969 (50 years), 1979 (40 years), 1989 (30 years), 1999 (20 years), and 2009 (10 years).
Click here for a schedule of events and to share with your friends.

Founders’ Day Hall of Fame

Founders’ Day is a day to reflect on the school’s history by connecting with individuals shaped by our school and those who shaped our school. We will honor excellence and challenges, pursuits and struggles, we will celebrate friendships, mentors, and colleagues. We will honor a different era of our school’s history and an enduring mission of progressive education.” - Aaron Schubach, Head of School

NOW ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS: Seeking alumni and past faculty/staff who exemplify a purposeful life and model the character and values exhibited by the school’s founders. Founders’ Day and Hall of Fame Honorees are selected as we proudly showcase the accomplishments of those who have been significantly contributed to the history of CSS. 

  • Founders’ Day Honoree (alumnus/alumna eligible or past faculty/staff eligible)
  • Athletic Hall of Fame Honoree (alumnus/alumna or past faculty/staff eligible)
  • Arts Hall of Fame Honoree (alumnus/alumna or past faculty/staff eligible)

To nominate an alumnus/alumna or past faculty/staff for one of these honors, please complete this form and email your support to Jessica James, Director of Advancement and Communications at

Archive of Founders’ Day Hall of Fame

2018 Founders’ Day Hall of Fame Honorees

  • Founders’ Honoree: Hela Robran, former faculty from 1973 – 1976 and 1988 - 2004
  • Athletic Honoree: DeLovell Earls ‘10 and the 2009 State Championship Bassketball Team

2017 Founders’ Day Hall of Fame Honorees

  • Founders’ Honoree: John Pitman, former faculty from 1963 - 1976

2016 Founders’ Day Hall of Fame Honorees

CJ (Buchanan) Grace '86 accepts the 2016 Founders' Day Hall of Fame Award

  • Founders’ Honoree: C.J. (Buchanan) Grace ‘86; educator
  • Founders’ Honoree: David Rollman, former faculty from 1980 – 1985
  • Athletic Honoree: Daryll Fuller ‘88; outdoor educator and enthusiast

2015 Founders’ Day Hall of Fame Recap

2015 Founders' Day Honorees Andy and Lynn Handford  

  • Founders’ Honoree: Susan Barker Day ‘70; dedicated nurse and musician
  • Founders’ Honoree: Powys Gadd ‘75; accomplished archaeologist
  • Founders’ Honoree: Lynn and Andy Handford; Andy was faculty from 1980-1997 and CSS was supported in many ways by his wife Lynn

2014 Founders’ Day Hall of Fame Honorees

2014 Founders' Day Hall of Fame and Head of School Installation  

  • Founders’ Honoree: Mrs. Ava Molner Heinrichsdorff, 30-year veteran teacher at CSS from 1973-1993
  • Founders’ Honoree: Ms. Lesley King ‘77, accomplished writer and author
  • Athletic Honoree: Master Jay Lee ‘99: Director of Operations for US Taekwondo Centers
  • Installation of 9th Head of School: Mr. Aaron Schubach

2013 Founders’ Day Hall of Fame Honorees

  • Founders’ Honoree: Dr. Todd Horn, Former Upper School Faculty, career educator and Head of Kent Denver School (retired)
  • Founders’ Honoree: Mrs. Eleanor Walters, 36-year veteran Children’s School Assistant (retired)
  • Arts Honoree: Anthony Dortch ‘95, successful Smithsonian Institute-exhibited artist
  • Athletic Honoree: Vanessa (Leeper) Jones ‘08: illustrious CSS female athlete and Division II collegiate athlete

2013 Recap of Ceremony

2012 Founders’ Day Hall of Fame Honorees

  • Founders’ Day Honoree: Al Adams, founder of Children’s School and co-creator of Middle School
  • Founders’ Day Honoree: Debbie Scaling Kiley ‘76: Author of the Albatross documenting her survival of a shipwreck in which she credits her survival skills to CSS
  • Athletic Honoree: Jennifer Cogswell ‘72: active sportswoman
  • Athletic Honoree: Matthew Field ’81: credited with starting Lacrosse at CSS and avid lacrosse advocate in Marin County California.
  • Athletic Honoree: Katharin Binkowski Collings ’87: nationally trained figure skater and US National and International Figure Skating Coach
  • Arts Honoree: Rebecca Dahl DeVere ’79: showcased painter, a jewelry designer, and  mosaic designer
  • Arts Honoree: Edward “Ned” Aldrich ’83: nationally-acclaimed wild life artist
  • Arts Honoree: John Goodman ’87: Hollywood animator
  • Arts Honoree: Patrick Shearn ’80: freelance visual effects motion picture artist and popular constructor of outdoor installations

2012 Recap of Ceremony and 50th Anniversary of the School

2011 Founders’ Day Honoree

  • Founders’ Day Honoree: Jason Pipoly ‘90, record-setting swimmer for crossing the English Channel as a paraplegic, and inspirational speaker

2010 Founders’ Day Honoree 

  • Founders’ Day Honoree: Margaret Gilbert ‘70, accomplished architect of the award-winning Penrose-St. Francis Hospital

2009 Founders’ Day Inaugural Honoree 

  • Founders’ Day Honoree: Valerie Alston-Morgan ‘69: first african-american student at CSS and accomplished attorney with a position at the Department of Health and Human Services in the Office for Civil Rights 


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