To cap off CA Houses Unlocked, a series of events held on October 4 to celebrate the new commons joining Haines and Hobson houses and the completion of the CA Houses initiative, a very special event took place. More than 100 Concord Academy alumnae/i, former faculty, and current faculty and staff gathered to celebrate Bill Bailey P’87 ’88 ’91, GP’21 ’22, former History Department head, who taught, mentored, and inspired CA students from 1967 through 2002, and whose legacy will endure for decades to come. At the request of the generous donor who made the project possible, the new commons connecting Haines and Hobson was dedicated in Bailey’s honor and is now officially known as the William M. Bailey Commons.
Bailey returned to campus for the day’s speaking events and the evening festivities. The tent on the Chapel lawn glowed brightly during a dinner and speeches in his honor, including alumnae/i who testified to Bailey’s influence on them when they were CA students, and in shaping the paths they have since followed.
“Twenty years before the incredible high school activism on climate change, racial justice, and gun violence that we see today, Mr. Bailey wanted his students to know that we each had a role to play in shaping our democracy,” Mike Firestone ’01 said in his tribute. He recounted an experience in his junior year that Bailey had organized for his students to participate in a New Hampshire primary election. “In the years since, I’ve managed political campaigns and helped run government offices, and when people ask me how I started in the business, I always tell them that I had a history teacher who wanted his students to know they could make a difference,” he said.
The moving evening was an opportunity for the CA community to recognize the importance of outstanding teaching, and to do so in the presence of an extraordinary teacher. In his 35 years at Concord Academy, Bailey approached his work with passion, humor, and integrity. Through impassioned study, he encouraged students to learn from the past, to view the present with open minds and welcoming hearts, and to recognize the extraordinary details, viewpoints, and people in the world around them. In his retirement, Bailey continues to inspire alumnae/i as well as CA’s current teachers, through his enthusiastic involvement with the school and his ever-present curiosity and love of learning.
By choosing to name the Bailey Commons in his honor, the donor who made possible this final renovation to improve CA’s living and learning community ensured that love of learning, core to the school’s mission, remains at the center of the CA experience.
Left: Bill Bailey P’87 ’88 ’91, GP’21 ’22 at the dedication. Right: Nashan Vassall ’98 speaking about the impact Bailey had on his life. Top: Walking down to the Chapel lawn from the new Bailey Commons connecting Haines and Hobson.
Watch Nashan Vassall ’98 toast Bill Bailey.
Concord Academy Focuses on Cultivating Empathy and Inspiring Action in a Daylong Program on Martin Luther King Jr. Day
On Monday, January 20, Concord Academy observed Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a program reflecting on Dr. King, the civil rights struggle, and the continuing efforts toward equity to which the CA community calls itself. Welcoming three guests to campus, CA students, faculty, and staff dedicated a full school day to the work of building community and striving for justice, from the morning’s programming — a thoughtful and energizing keynote address by Wanda M. Holland Greene, training sessions for adults and students, and affinity group gatherings — as well as several student- and faculty-led workshops throughout the afternoon. Read more about the day and the keynote speech. You may also watch a video of Holland Greene’s keynote address here.
During the afternoon of Friday, December 20, we will be conducting a test of our emergency mass notification system. During the test of this system, called Alertus, will activate both the emergency beacons across campus and the associated app that some have downloaded. While we will change the alert notification language to explicitly reflect the fact that it is a test, we want to let you know in advance so that you will not be surprised by any notice you may receive or activity you may observe on campus. If you have any questions, please be in touch with Michael McSorley at email@example.com.
The Concord Academy Dance Program welcomes Illstyle & Peace Productions on Thursday, January 16, for an assembly performance at 2:25 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center, followed by an open master class in the dance studio from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m.
Illstyle & Peace Productions is a multicultural, Philadelphia-based dance company founded in 2000 by Brandon “Peace” Albright. The company creates work rooted in contemporary, West African, old-school and new-school hip-hop, blended with an eclectic mix of dance and performance disciplines including locking, popping, breaking, tap, ballet, hip-hop & house dancing. Its members have toured to critical acclaim nationally and internationally and are committed to delivering positive messages, inspiration, and education to all audiences. Illstyle & Peace Productions were the 2013 U.S. Culture Ambassadors picked by the U.S. State Department and have toured Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine.