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Prince & the Paisley Park Pancake Pajama Party

Posted by Billy Faires on April 28, 2016

By Neal Morris '90

This is the first in what might or might not ever be a series of "Alumni Brushes with Greatness" essays that might nor might not always include brushes with greatness. If you are a McCallie alumnus with a story to tell, contact info@mccallie.org.

Probably the best time I ever had at Prince’s compound eating pancakes and listening to him jam at 4:00 a.m. was the one time back in 2013 where I went out to Paisley Park, ate pancakes, and listened to him jam. It was also the only time I went out to Prince’s, ate pancakes, and listened to him jam. Also, we were wearing pajamas. Here’s how it went down.
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Topics: Alumni News, brushes with greatness, concert, 1999, little red corvette, mccallie alumni, paisley park, pancake breakfast, prince, purple rain, tafkap, the artist formerly known as prince

Finding a Way to Improve the Things We Love

Posted by Student Contributor on April 27, 2016

At the official April 22 dedication for Walker Hall, McCallie's new science and engineering building (link to news item), Ace Damodaran '16 was chosen to speak on behalf of the student body. The transcript of his impressive remarks follow. A news item about the dedication event can be found at mccallie.org.

Good afternoon. My name is Ace Damodaran, and I have been a day student here at McCallie for seven years. It is truly an incredible honor to be here today, and I am humbled as a student to be part of this dedication of Walker Hall. As a student, I see every day the time and care our teachers dedicate towards educating and inspiring scientific inquiry among students. Walker Hall reaffirms McCallie’s commitment towards preparing boys for the next generation of technology and scientific endeavor, a vision that is shared by students, teachers, and Dr. Walker himself.

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Topics: Technology, academics, Campus Life, engineering, excellence, science, The Runway Perspective (Seniors), Upper School Life

A lifetime of education

Posted by Jim Tanner on April 15, 2016

Middle School Head Lynn Goss reflects on his career in education. This piece can be seen in the Fall/Winter 2015 issue of McCallie Magazine.

Where has the time gone?

Isn’t this the question we continue to ask ourselves as we grow older?

As our children begin their journey to adulthood, we continue to be amazed how quickly the time passes. One day they are starting school; the next they are graduating.

Retirement? Isn’t that something that we often talk about, but we think that it will never arrive?

We won’t ever be that old, will we? Last year, I heard a quote that rang true for me at this point in my life/career. “The days are long, but the years are short.” This statement from author Gretchen Rubin sums up how I feel at this point in my life.

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Topics: Campus Life, character, duty, administration, First Person, leadership, learning, middle school, retirement, Posts from the Ridge, O Captain! My Captain!, teachers, teaching

Three Takeaways from a Distinguished Alumnus

Posted by Billy Faires on April 12, 2016

In March, Michael Lebovitz '82 graciously accepted the 2016 Distinguished Alumnus Award from McCallie School. The award is the highest honor the school can bestow upon one of its alumni, and only one award per year is given. After thanking the school, his family and friends, he offered the following thoughts.

I want to talk about three things as it relates to my experiences at McCallie: relationships and experiences, ego, and giving.

Relationships & Experiences

I believe most things in life revolve around relationships and experiences, and I know I learned the importance of relationships and experiences from my time at McCallie. The relationships that each of us established with our classmates and teachers endure to this day, and some of the experiences we will never forget (and some shouldn't be repeated).

First day at McCallie, September, 1976. I was a 13-year-old "pygmy" — what we inappropriately called seventh-graders back then — and in first period I had Coach Day. Can you imagine Coach Day’s teaching today? Wow, that would be interesting. Sort of like some of our Presidential candidates today – say everything you can that is NOT politically correct!

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Topics: alumni, Alumni News, wisdom, experience, friendship, generosity, gratitude, relationships, Posts from the Ridge, trustees

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