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December 2010 Edition

Upcoming Events & Activities

Recent Grad Reunion for Classes of 2006 – 2010

Wednesday, January 5, 2011
3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Online RSVP
Urban's faculty, staff and this year's seniors and juniors look forward to welcoming back alums from the classes of '06, '07, '08, '09 and '10 for the ever-popular annual Recent Grad Reunion. Come hang out in the Old Library and enjoy refreshments while catching up with your Urban friends and teachers. We hope to see you there!


Urban's Gone Mad!
Auction & Celebration at Bimbo's 
Saturday, March 19, 2011 
6 p.m.
All alums are invited to join the Urban community for this fun evening of great company and unforgettable entertainment  at Bimbo's 365 Club. We'll be dining, dancing and bidding with a 1960s Madison Avenue twist, from the retro cocktails to the cool tunes played by Urban students.! If you can't make it to  the event, be sure to check out the fabulous items, some of which are donated by fellow Urban grads, in the Online Auction which goes live March 4.


East Bay Alumni Happy Hour
Thursday, February 17, 2011
6 – 8 p.m.
Location and further details are forthcoming.

Calling All Soccer Players

Calling All Soccer Players! Urban's Varsity Soccer Coach and Spanish Teacher Antony Reyes is interested in sta rting a new tradition at Urban: an Alumni vs. Student Co-ed Soccer Game! The game would take place sometime in the spring at a local field and Antony is currently looking for feedback from alums on possible dates. If you are interested in playing or hearing more information about future plans for an alumni soccer game, please contact A ntony at or call Urban's Alumni Relations Office at 415 593 9540. Go Blues!


Alumni Event Recap

2nd Annual All-Alumni Reunion Weekend Recap

Thanks to all the alums who participated in Urban's 2nd annual All-Alumni Reunion Weekend on October 22 and 23! It was a hugely successful weekend, with about 100 alums participating (thanks to all who attended!). We hope everyone enjoyed reconnecting with friends and teachers. Pictures from the weekend are now available online and in the alumni photo gallery and Urban Alumni Association Facebook Fan Page. Stay tuned for an announcement with the dates for October 2011!


Alumni vs. Student Basketball Games

On Saturday, November 27, a valiant team of Urban grads returned to Page Street to take on the current varsity girls and boys teams in the annual Alumni vs. Student Basketball Games. The small but mighty women's team (joined by Urban's girls' varsity coaches) played a great game but in the end, the students were victorious with a final score of 56 – 53. The men's game that followed had one of the highest turnouts of alumni players to date, with 22 Urban grads ranging from the classes of 2010 to 1993. It was a very competitive game, but the alums managed to pull ahead with a 53 – 40 win over the boys varsity team. Many thanks to all the players and fans who came out for the games! To see photos from the games, please click here.

Urban Community Magazine Online

As part of our commitment to environmental sustainability and in recognition of Urban's role as a leader in integrating technology, we have made a bold decision to move the Urban Community Magazine online. In the first issue, you will find three feature stories, plus NewsBits, AlumNews, as well as Class Notes from fellow alums. To read the Fall 2010 Urban Community magazine, please visit You will need to use your Urban Alumni Portal login to view the Class Notes (blue box), or if you have not yet registered with Urban's Alumni community, please email Alison Brand at for a user name and password (if you just can't wait, enter fall2010UC in the "All Others" gray box, but do contact Alison afterward!). We hope you enjoy the new online Urban Community Magazine and can appreciate our ongoing efforts to find new and interesting ways to engage with our community while greening the school!

We also want to thank our Alumni community again for its leadership this past year in the 100 for $100 alumni fundraising campaign, and we encourage you to read the feature story and accompanying alumni profiles.

Recipes from Herban Cooking

A copy of Herban Cooking, a collection of recipes from Urban students, parents and teachers compiled by alumnae Carolyn Weil ('76) and Heather Wiley ('76) in 1974 was recently discovered in the school's archives. Below are a couple of submissions from Urban students and alums at the time - enjoy!

Pumpkin Bread
Submitted by Holly Kaufman ('75)

3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup chopped nuts
2 cups canned pumpkin
4 beaten eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
½ cup melted butter

Mix eggs, oil, pumpkin and butter together. Sift dry ingredients into mixture. Pour into 3 ungreased loaf pans. Bake at 350° for about 1 hour.

Katy's Carrot Cake
Submitted by Katy Saltzman ('72)

1 ¼ cup vegetable oil
2 cups sugar
2 cups sifted flour
2 tsps. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 tsps. cinnamon
4 eggs
3 cups finely grafted raw carrots
1 cup finely chopped pecans

Mix oil and sugar together; sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon together. Combine oil and flour mixtures. Add eggs one at a time. Mix well. Add carrots and pecans. Pour into lightly greased 10" tube pan. Bake at 325° for 1 hour 10 minutes.

Alums In The News

Do you have exciting news or an upcoming event to share with the Urban community? Inform fellow grads about what you're up to by posting items to Urban's Alumni Association Facebook page or by logging on to your profile in the Online Alumni Community and submitting a note. You can also submit news and announcements by email at


John Muir Laws ('84) Pocket Field Guides
Class of 1984 grad John Muir Laws was recently featured in an SF Chronicle Article for his Bay Area wildlife pocket guides, The Laws Pocket Guide Set: San Francisco Bay Area. Each of the four fold-out waterproof guides include beautifully illustrated depictions of animals and local habitat. Click here to read the full article or visit John's website to learn about his other publications and work.


In Memorium: Mary Jane Deere Wiman Brinton
We are deeply saddened by the recent loss of Mary Jane Deere Wiman Brinton, one of Urban's founders and valued member of the school community. Throughout her life, Mrs. Brinton devoted herself to many social causes and was steadfastly committed to improving both public and private school education in the Bay Area. It was this passion for serving the community and visionary leadership that led her to join with other parents to start Urban in 1966 as the first coeducational secondary independent school in San Francisco. Mary Jane passed away peacefully at her home in the company of family at the age of 88. Our thoughts and love go out to her family, friends and the many people whose lives she touched. More information about Mary Jane's remarkable life and work can be found in her obituary.

Happy Holidays from Urban!

As 2010 draws to a close, we extend our very best and warmest wishes for a wonderful holiday season from all of us at Urban. As a small token of our gratitude for being an important member of the Urban community, we are pleased to offer you two special musical gifts! To download or listen to these songs, please visit the Holiday Greeting page on Urban's website. We hope you enjoy the music and here's to a bright and joyful new year!


Urban Legend Newspaper

The Urban Legend student newspaper is now available online! To view the latest edition online, please visit


100 for $100 Version 1.5

We are thrilled with the success of last year's 100 for $100 fundraising challenge and grateful to the 101 alums who made gifts to the campaign and helped raise more than $22,000. This year, we have set our sights even higher with 100 for $100 Version 1.5! A select group of Urban alums have stepped up and offered to match each contribution of $100 (or more) up to $15,000 with a goal of raising a total of $30,000. Please consider joining the growing number of alums who are supporting the Urban community by participating in 100 for $100 Version 1.5 today. Contributions can be made online by clicking here.

Find Urban Online

 Do you Twitter? If so, you can hear the most up-to-date news from the school through our Twitter address at urbanschool.

Join the growing network of alums on Facebook and LinkedIn as a way to communicate and interact with the alumni and school community.  

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