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  September 1, 2017
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UrbanReads: Gary Kamiya in Conversation with English Teacher Amanda Moore

We are delighted to welcome alumni parent Gary Kamiya (Celeste ‘14 and Zachary '07) for our fall UrbanReads on Sunday, October 1, from 3-5 pm, in the Salkind Center. Gary was co-founder of Salon.com and is currently Executive Editor of San Francisco Magazine. His deeply researched and personal love letter to San Francisco, Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco, is a must read for any Bay Area resident and we encourage you to pick up the book and join us!

The uniquely Urban event will kick off with refreshments in the Salkind Center’s Alumni Blues Lounge. Parking will be available and an RSVP is required. Please register here

Reunions for Classes ending in “7”
Attention Classes of ‘77, ‘87, ‘97 and ‘07: We are happy to assist you in organizing a decade reunion for your class to celebrate your milestone anniversary. Email us if you are interested in facilitating a gathering for your class, if you have questions, or if you would like an invitation to your class reunion Facebook Group. The Class of 1997 is already on their way with plans!

Message from Urban Athletic Director Joe Skiffer
Dear Former Urban Basketball Players,
Back by popular demand, I am pleased to announce the return of the Alumni v. Varsity Basketball Games - Wednesday, November 22, in our beautiful new Salkind Center Gym! We are planning for both men's and women's games (provided we have enough alum players, so please be sure to RSVP!). All Urban alums are invited and encouraged to play, no matter how long it's been since you've been out on the court. Show off your vintage Urban tee and work up an appetite for that extra slice of pumpkin pie with a pre-holiday workout against our girls and boys varsity Blues.

* Women's Alumni v. Girls' Varsity Basketball Game: 6 pm
* Men's Alumni v. Boys' Varsity Basketball Game:  7:30 pm


If you would like more information, please contact Alum Ambassador LeRoy Votto.

Alumni Holiday Party
Save the date! All Urban alums and their guests (age 21+) will be invited to join us for our sixth annual Alumni Holiday Party, hosted by Urban's Alumni Council, on Thursday, December 21, from 7-9 pm at the Wild Hare on California and Divisadero. Mark your calendars now; invitations with information on how to RSVP will go out next month. 

Hughen/Starkweather Exhibitions
Urban art teacher Jennifer Starkweather and her long-time collaborator Amanda Hughen are having two exhibitions opening next month:
Electric Works -  Minnesota Street Project
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 9, 6-9 pm; exhibition runs September 6 - 30
Gallery hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 11 am - 6 pm and by appointment
Bolinas Museum 
September 23 - November 12; Opening and reception: September 22, 2 - 5 pm

Send Us Your College Campus Photos!
Leslie Schaffer, Urban's College Counseling Associate, is starting a photo project and needs your help. Leslie is collecting photos that alums have taken of their college campuses to hang in Urban's College Counseling offices. We want to see your campus through your eyes. If you have taken or would like to take one or more photos that show off your college campus, send the file(s) along with your name, grad year, and the name of your college to lschaffer@urbanschool.org. Instagram photos are preferable but non-square/non-Insta photos will work, too. Feel free to email Leslie with any questions. We look forward to seeing your photos!

Thank you for Paving the Way for Future Urban Students

We are delighted to share that more than 230 alums made gifts to Urban during our 2016-17 academic year! Together, we reached 11% total alumni participation. It was especially meaningful in our 50th Anniversary year, the Class of 1969, Urban's first graduating class, led the way with 36% participation, followed by the Class of 1995 with 28%, and the Class of 2016, our youngest alums, with 25%!

Urban thrives because of our community's continued investment and commitment to our core values. We are so grateful for the broad range of alumni support throughout our nearly 50 years of graduating classes. Please enjoy this fun video celebrating the academic year and Urban's incredible students, teachers and programs. Thank you for your support!
from the alumni council

Letter from Alumni Council President, Jared Dowell (‘99)
Twenty years ago, I walked through the front doors of 1563 Page Street as a nervous Junior. A few weeks earlier I was without a high school to call home. After spending my Freshman year at University High School and my Sophomore year with my family in New Delhi, India, my father’s work brought us back to San Francisco earlier than expected. Graciously, Urban honored the original acceptance it extended me two years prior and warmly welcomed me into the community.  

Junior year is a difficult time to start at a new high school, especially a small one like Urban. Social groups are well established and the teachers know the existing students well and vice versa. Yet Urban was remarkably welcoming and I soon felt as if I had been a student there for years. I did know a handful of students with whom I had overlapped in middle school, but I was most impressed by how friendly and accepting the other students were. Moreover, Urban’s faculty inspired and encouraged me and the friends I made are my friends today.

Several years ago when Urban welcomed me back to its community, this time as a member of its Alumni Council, I immediately remembered what was special about the school. I have truly enjoyed reconnecting with faculty members and classmates and meeting new people with whom I share a unique high school experience.

Our 2017-18 alumni event calendar is varied with educational and athletic opportunities, happy hours, regional events and more going on throughout the year. We are also excited to continue to build career networking and engagement opportunities for each other and for Urban’s students. I encourage you to explore ways you can connect with Urban this year – you won’t be disappointed. 

In many ways Urban looks different than it did when I first walked through the halls (I can’t wait to don my vintage Urban tee and throw some hoops in the new gym), but its energizing and welcoming spirit is intact. I look forward to welcoming you back to Urban or to an alumni event this year – stay in touch and Go Blues!

All my best,
Jared Dowell (’99)
2017-18 Alumni Council President

alumni spotlight

Abby Diamond (‘11)'s latest single Yes My Heart is Open, No You Can’t Come In was featured on Spotify’s Indi Pop “the best new indie pop jams” playlist last week. We were thrilled to welcome her back to Urban this week to share stories of her post high journey with our jazz band students! Read more about Abby in this fun rBeatz Radio interview.

Daniele Frazier (‘03): last spring we shared information about Daniele’s installation, The Giant Flowers, in New York City’s Highland Park. The installation opened to the public on June 23, enjoy this local television piece about the project.

Jack Laws (‘84)’s book The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling took first place in the Crafts and Hobbies category in the 2016 Indie Book Awards. The award reviewer noted “This beautiful art book will teach you how to be still, quiet, and attentive … to organize your thoughts, piece together answers, and ask richer questions.”

Yael Lehmann (‘88)Executive Director of The Food Trust in Philadelphia, was awarded a two-year Fellowship with The Aspen Institute. The 21 fellows will participate in a program designed to strengthen the leadership of innovators across the US healthcare ecosystem. Congratulations Yael!

Martine Moore (‘05) created and wrote a web seriesWaze, which has been accepted to and will premiere at London’s Raindance Film Festival 2017!

Poet, critic, author and MacArthur Genius fellow, Maggie Nelson (‘00), will be in conversation with UC Berkeley professor Julia Bryan-Wilson at the Nourse Theater for a City Arts & Lectures Cultural Studies event on January 19.

Scott Nelson (Urban Math Teacher)’s son, Kyle (Galileo and UCSB) was drafted in the 17th-round by the Cleveland Indians and is now pitching for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers (in Niles, Ohio). Kyle is enjoying a stellar season as a left-handed relief pitcher. Through August, he was 2 and 1 with a sparkling 2.86 earned run average and three saves, and in his last five appearances had struck out an amazing 21 batters in 10.1 innings -- with only one walk. Continued success, Kyle!

Jenny Sampson ('87): Daylight Books will be publishing Jenny’s book Skaters: Tintype Portraits of West Coast Skaters on October 10 and is throwing a fall book preview launch party next Thursday, September 7 at the Penumbra Foundation in New York. The event will feature a pop-up exhibition of Jenny’s Skaters collection. See here for information about next week’s event and here for more information on Jenny’s beautiful work.

Piero Spadaro (‘03) was profiled in the June issue of Art. Ltd. magazine. Read the full article here and see more of Piero’s work and information on upcoming exhibits on his website.

In Memorium: We are deeply saddened to share the news of the passing of Urban alum and alum parent Jim Henderson (‘78) (Whit ‘12 and Veronica ‘15). Our hearts go out to his friends and family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be sent to Alzheimer's Association/ Part the Cloud, In Honor of Jim Henderson, 2290 N 1st Street Suite 101, San Jose, CA 95131. We will miss Jim, but will always remember him and be thankful for all of his support, and for sending Whit and Veronica our way.

alumni events

UrbanReads - Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco

Author Gary Kamiya (Celeste ‘14 and Zachary '07) in conversation with English Teacher Amanda Moore

Sunday, October 1,  3-5 pm Salkind Center

RSVP Required

Alum v. Varsity Basketball Games

Wednesday, November 22
Alum v. Girls: 6 pm
Alum v. Boys: 7:30 pm

Salkind Center Gym, 1639 Oak Street


Fans welcome and encouraged!

Recent Grad Reunion for the Classes of 2013 - 2017

Wednesday, December 20,
3-4:30 pm

The Alumni Blues Lounge, Mark Salkind Center

Alumni Holiday Party

Thursday, December 21, 7-9 pm

The Wild Hare

Invitations going out next month.

Special Varsity Basketball Alumni Recognition

Friday, January 19 (time TBA)

At the halftimes of that evening’s boys' and girls' student games against Lick, we have the opportunity to recognize and honor varsity basketball alums who have created Urban's basketball-rich tradition. Invitations will go out this fall.
Varsity basketball alums, please click here to make sure we have your contact info!

student news

Girls Volleyball
Triple header v. Lick

Tuesday, September 19,

3:30/4:45/6 pm

Salkind Center Gym, 1639 Oak Street

Boys Varsity Soccer

Urban v. Gateway

Friday, September 22, 7:30 pm
Kimbell field

Fall Production
Sweeney Todd

Wednesday, November 8 
4:30-6:45 pm
Thursday - Saturday
November 9 - 11
7:30-9:45 pm

Gumption Theater

Winter Music Concert

Sunday, December 10
5-7:30 pm

Herbst Theater

Winter Art Show

Thursday, February 15
3-5:15 pm

Page Street Campus

photos and fun stuff
click here for pictures of recent events
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