St. James School celebrates 50 years

| November 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

FORMER AND CURRENT students, parents, faculty and heads of school were led out of the church service by student taiko drummers.

A full house, in this case church, gathered to celebrate the 50th anniversary of St. James’ School, long popular with local parents and students. Former St. James’ student, Dr. Neville Anderson, along with St. James’ rector Kate Cress and new head of school Peter Reinke, welcomed all the guests. Deborah David, head of school from 2011 to 2018, participated, as did popular longtime teachers Paru Kammula and Ruby Dummett.

REVEREND Betsy Anderson tells about school’s early days and shared Chuck Rowins stories in her homily at the 50th anniversary alumni reunion at the school.

Windsor Square resident and former St. James’ parent (of Neville and Mark Anderson) Rev. Betsy Anderson gave the homily.

Family members of the school’s founder, the late Rev. Samuel D’Amico, spoke, as did Rev. Charles (Chuck) Rowins, the longest-serving former head of school, now resident in Baltimore, Maryland.

Following the warm and friendly service, a troop of student taiko drummers led the congregation out of the church and up Saint Andrews Place to the schoolhouse for lunch and further reuniting.

FORMER STUDENTS Elizabeth Parks Kibbey and brother Richard Parks with their father, Van Dyke Parks.

Many locals and former locals were in attendance, including the Dick Lowry family (school alumna Katie was a participant), the Van Dyke Parks family, the William Fain family, Vicky and Neil Martin, Lynn and Michael Russell, Daryl and Jim Twerdahl and Mary and Tommy Newman.

THREE GENERATIONS with Father Chuck Rowins. L-R, in back row, are: Bill and Jennifer Fain, Rowins, former St. James’ student Elizabeth Fain LaBombard and John LaBombard. In front are current students Nelson and William LaBombard.
Photo by Court Young

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