The upper left corner of the 2016 plaque has two puzzle pieces with the letters “SPS” on them to represent the first SPS Puzzle Hunt day. On the upper right side a baseball bat, a section of track, and a hockey stick, spells out the letters “ISL” to mark the School’s decision to leave the athletic organization. The center design features a Bald Eagle and a Tocoro bird (the national bird of Cuba) perched together on an olive branch to represent the normalization of relations between the governments of Cuba and the United States. The bottom of the plaque depicts Tuck and Hargate with a double ended arrow between them, representing the construction phase and exchange of functions between the two buildings.
Categories: Completed Plaques, Form of 2016
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The center of the 2009 plaque features a polar bear supporting the earth on his back, representing the newly founded Environmental Stewardship program and the establishment of the Environmental Values Statement for the School. The upper left corner shows a Democratic donkey bearing President Obama’s initials, which represents his 2008 Presidential Election win. The upper right depicts the Lion Capital of Ashoka representing the School’s India Week program. Spanning the bottom is an arrow which represents the cross country team’s win at New England’s.
The lower section of the 2007 plaque depicts Hargate with an “Open” banner on its roof, representing the reopening of the building after extensive repairs due to the Mother’s Day Flood of 2006. Above Hargate, on the far left and right, the initials “X” and “C” to commemorate the success of the girls and boys cross country teams. The upper center depicts the Earth surrounded by a recycling symbol, marks the beginning of the Environmental Stewardship program at SPS. The upper left features the Henley shield, representing the girls and boys crew teams at the Henley Royal Regatta. The upper right corner shows the first iPhone, which was released that year with great fanfare.
The bottom of the 2002 plaque shows the World Trade Center towers, depicting the memory of New York City skyline before it was forever changed by the 9/11 terrorist attack. Two New Hampshire songbirds perch on either side in the center, representing SPS’s donation of land to the neighboring Audubon Society for use as a bird sanctuary. The upper left features the Stanley Cup, commemorating the visit to SPS of this famous trophy. The upper right shows the Lower School Boathouse and dock, which was torn down that year.
Categories: Completed Plaques, Form of 2002
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