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Message from Head of School Mark Salkind ('70)

Congratulations – you did it! Thanks to the 318 alumni donors who stepped up in support of this unprecedented effort, we secured the $200,000 Alumni Challenge grant and raised a total of $292,500 for the new Academic and Athletics Center! The Alumni Blues Lounge is official, and we look forward to recognizing all our alumni supporters of this project on a special donor wall in the new space! This is by far the most successful alumni campaign in Urban’s history, and each and every gift made a significant difference. You can follow the building progress via a live construction webcam and regular project updates.

It is not too late to be part of this exciting effort and be included on the donor wall. Please click here to make a donation or pledge.

Thank you again for making Urban history!

Career Networking Reception

Urban, in partnership with Branson, Convent & Stuart Hall, Head-Royce, Lick-Wilmerding, Marin Academy, Nueva, Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep and University High School, has organized a career networking event to be held on Tuesday, November 17 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Flood Mansion. Whether you’re building your career or interested in exploring a new industry, we hope you will join us for wine, beer, hors d'oeuvres and conversation with a beautiful view of the bay.

Alumni from Urban and partnering schools representing the following industries will be available to mingle and answer questions: Tech / Engineering; Nonprofit / Education;  Science / Medicine; Business / Entrepreneurship; Marketing / Communications; Entertainment / Arts and more.

Each participating school is allocated only 20 tickets for this event. Ticket are $20 per person and available for purchase by alums and their guests. To purchase tickets, please click here.

Please email us with questions and hope to see you there!

Message from Kate Jessup ('95) to all 90s era alums:

The day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 27, join us at The Urban School  from 4 - 6:30 pm for Classes Without Quizzes, light nibbles and school tours. Learn about the new building project and the Alumni Blues Lounge. Following the 90s reception, the Class of 1995 will adjourn for a class dinner at Nopalito on 9th Avenue.
 On Saturday, November 28, from noon to 4 pm, all 90s era alums are invited to gather in Mother's Meadow in Golden Gate Park for a family-friendly picnic (food and beverages will be provided).

Email us with questions, to RSVP and for more info click here.

We are looking forward to seeing you!

Alumni Holiday Party

On Tuesday, December 15, from 6 - 8 pm, all alums and their guests are invited to join us at The Interval, a bar, cafe, museum and home of The Long Now Foundation in San Francisco’s Fort Mason. Enjoy a hosted bar and hors d’oeuvres surrounded by books floor-to-ceiling and mechanical wonders from a clock engineered to last 10,000 years. Special thanks to Alexander Rose ('90), Executive Director of The Long Now Foundation for this incredible venue! Click here to RSVP.

Frances Dinkelspiel (’77) In Conversation with Julie Siler - Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession, and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California (St. Martin’s Press)

In her new book, Tangled Vines, alum Frances Dinkelspiel (’77) looks beneath the casually elegant veneer of California's wine regions to find the obsession, greed and violence lying in wait. On Sunday, January 10, from 4 - 6 pm, Urban alums, parents and alum parents are invited to join us for an evening of true crime, history and wine with Frances and Urban parent and author Julie Siler. The event will start with a reception in the Gumption Courtyard with wine and nibbles with the discussion taking place in the theater. To RSVP, click here.

Note: Consider purchasing the book prior to the event at The Booksmith. Tuesday, December 8 is School Benefit day at Booksmith on Haight Street. Any book that is purchased on that date (or ordered prior to the date and paid for on 12/8) is eligible – just make sure you mention your school. Booksmith will donate 15% of that day’s proceeds designated to the specific school.

Pacific Northwest Reunion

Urban is coming to Portland! All our Pacific Northwest alums and their guests are invited to join members of Urban faculty and staff for a reception at Xico Upstars in Portland, Oregon on Saturday, February 6, from 6 – 8 pm. Enjoy an evening of relaxing conversation, cocktails and delicious food as you connect with faculty and friends old and new. Click here to RSVP

Southern California Reunion

We’re planning a trip to Los Angeles on Saturday, June 4, 2016! If you are interested in helping us plan a reception for alums and their guests please email us.

Thank you to our Alumni Career Panelists and Visitors

On October 8, a group of 10 alums spoke with the Sophomore class about their careers, as a precursor to a career-shadow program launching this spring. Alums on the panel included: Torbin Bullock (’89), David Goldberg (’93), Allyson Jossel (’94), Ezra Berman (’98), Dominica Henderson (’98), Adriana Fracchia (’00), Jennifer Lorch (’00), Jesse Reiter (’00), Willie Moses (’02) and Michael Duarte (’08).

At our November 2 All School Meeting, California Energy Commissioner David Hochschild (‘89) gave a presentation about California's clean energy leadership and spoke to our UAS Environmental Studies class. Also, last week, SWEAR (Students for Women's for Equality and Rights) held a screening for SOLD  a powerful film about a young girl trafficked into the sex slave trade from rural Nepal into a prison brothel in Kolkata. In attendance was the film's director, alum parent Jeffrey Brown, and Urban alum Falilah Bilal ('90). Falilah is the Executive Director of MISSSEY a survivor-informed organization that is confronting human trafficking in Oakland and throughout California. Jeffrey and Falilah spent time with our students talking about the film and ways Urban students can help.

A heartfelt thank you to all our alum visitors. Your presence back on campus is meaningful for our students and also for our faculty. For photos of these recent alum visits and more click here.

from the alumni council

Dear Urban Friends,

As fall draws in, we on the Alumni Council are so enjoying the reunion season. The class of 1985 and 2005 had wonderful gatherings last month (complete with an ’05 council circle), and in a few weeks we look forward to bringing Urban alumni and faculty from the 1990s together for two days of events during Thanksgiving Weekend. For all the details and to RSVP, click here.

In December, we’re having a very special Alumni Holiday Happy Hour. Alexander Rose ('90), Executive Director of The Long Now Foundation, will welcome us to the foundations’ home: The Interval, a bar, cafe and museum in San Francisco's Fort Mason. Enjoy a hosted bar and hors d’oeuvres with Urban friends!

If you live beyond the Bay Area, Urban may be coming your way! In February, we’ll be hosting a reunion in Portland, OR and in June we’ll head down to Los Angeles.

We hope that Urban is always with you, wherever you find yourself on life’s journey. The school’s faculty, staff and students were all so impressed with the participation alumni showed in the first phase of the capital campaign for the new building on Oak Street. Thank you. And it’s wonderful to see examples of “second generation” students, the children of Urban alumni, coming up through the school. We hope you stay close to fold and remember you are welcome back for a visit any time.


Kate Jessup ('95)
Alumni Council President


The Urban School made the front page of the New York Times in the online edition on October 14, as well as the front page print edition the next day featuring our work in educating kids around the Yes Means Yes law. In addition, the Today Show came to Urban to film Shafia Zaloom, our Sophomore health teacher and developer of a companion curriculum for the documentary The Hunting Ground, and seven of our Sophomores and Juniors. They shot 90 minutes of footage and distilled it down to just a minute or so, but Urban, our students and Shafia are featured -- and they are incredibly articulate and thoughtful. Affirmative consent is a national topic of conversation, particularly with new laws in California and New York. We are proud that Urban continues to be a pioneer in teaching our students these important and valuable skills.

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alumni events

Career Networking Reception
Tuesday, November 17
6:30 - 8:30 pm
The Flood Mansion, 222 Broadway St.
Click Here to Purchase Tickets

90's Reunion for all 90s alums and Class of 1995 Reunion Dinner
Friday, November 27

4 - 7
At Urban
(Dinner to follow for the Class of '95, faculty and their guests at Nopalito)

Saturday, November 28
Family Friendly Picnic for all 90s alums
Mother's Meadow, Golden Gate Park
19th Avenue and MLK Drive
12 - 4 pm

To RSVP for any of the weekend's events and for more info click here.

Alumni Holiday Happy Hour
Tuesday, December 15
6 - 8 pm
The Interval, 2 Marina Blvd.
Fort Mason Center Bldg. A

Recent Grad Reunion for the Classes of 2011 - 2015
Wednesday, January 6
3 - 4:30
The Old Library
Click Here to RSVP

Frances Dinkelspeil ('77) in Conversation with Julie Siler - Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California
Sunday, January 10
4 - 6 pm
Gumption Courtyard and

Pacific Northwest Reunion
Saturday, February 5
6 - 8 pm
Xico Upstairs, 3715 SE Division St. Portland, OR

student news
Fall Production - A Midsummer Night's Dream Rock 'n' Roll
November 12 - 14
7:30 pm
Gumption Theater
Click here for ticket info
Peer Education Theater Performance
December 2 - 4
7 pm
Gumption Theater
Winter Music Concert
Sunday, December 13
5 pm
Herbst Theater
photos and fun stuff
click here for pictures of recent events
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