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The Form of 2002 Plaque

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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.

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2002 Plaque Progress: Carving Completed

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The carving is completed for the 2002 form plaque. The photos below show details of the completed carving with descriptions of the events illustrated.

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Upper Left: The Stanley Cup representing the visit it made to SPS in November of 2001.

 

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Upper Right: Lower School Boathouse and dock which was torn down that year.

 

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Lower Left: One of two NH songbirds (Nuthatch) on either side of the design representing the donation of SPS land to the Audubon Society for use as a bird sanctuary. Below the bird is the left half of the Manhattan skyline with the World Trade Center towers intact, to commemorate the September 11th terrorist attack.

 

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Lower Right: One of two NH songbirds (Chickadee) on either side of the design representing the donation of SPS land to the Audubon Society for use as a bird sanctuary. Below the bird is the right half of the Manhattan skyline with the World Trade Center towers intact, to commemorate the September 11th terrorist attack.

This plaque will receive a painted finish, and when completed, will be on display in the Middle Dining Hall in Coit (New Upper) for Anniversary 2016/17 next June.

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The Form of 1991 Plaque

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A ribbon with “O Ye Fire and Heat” wraps around the top edges of the plaque, referencing the inscription on the Powerhouse, revealed when the ivy was removed during building maintenance. To represent the Gulf War, the upper left features a shield with a map of Iraq, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia. The upper right shows the symbol for woman with “XX” in the center to commemorate the 20th anniversary of coeducation at SPS. A Cypress tree in the top center represents the performance “Cypress Trees” – produced and directed by members of the Form of 1991 – that reflected the emotional journey of women of color at SPS. The center features the Rectors’ Ruler with Charles Halsey Clark’s initials. The ruler was used to illustrate a talk he gave to the Sixth Form. The bottom features Ohrstrom Library, dedicated with much celebration in April 1991.

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1991 Plaque Progress: Plaque Completed

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The Form of 1991 plaque is now completed.  The photograph above shows the completed plaque with the stained finish to match the existing frame.

The completed framed plaque will be presented on Anniversary Weekend on Saturday June 4th.  Thank you to the representatives from the Form of 1991 for their help with this project – make sure to stop by the Upper to see your plaque if you are visiting that weekend!

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1991 Plaque Progress: Carving Completed

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The carving stage is completed for the Form of 1991 plaque. Below are some photos of the plaque, carved to illustrate the following events:

  • Top Outer Edge: A ribbon bearing the inscription “O Ye Fire and Heat” from the Powerhouse – this inscription was revealed when the ivy was removed during building maintenance that year
  • Upper Left: A shield with a map of Iraq, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia representing the Gulf War
  • Upper Right: A women’s symbol with “XX” in the center to commemorate the 20th anniversary of coeducation at SPS
  • Upper Center: A bald cypress tree representing the program called “Cypress Trees” of poetry, music, and drama reflecting the emotional journey of women of color at St. Paul’s – produced and directed by members of the Form of 1991
  • Center Horizontal:  The Rector’s ruler with the initials of the Reverend Dr. Charles Halsey Clark, Ninth Rector of SPS, celebrating a talk he gave to members of the 6th Form in which he used the ruler to illustrate his message
  • Bottom Left and Right:  Ohrstrom Library, which was dedicated in April of 1991

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Now that the carving is completed, I will stain the wood to match the woodwork in the Lower Dining Hall, where it will hang when it is done. The finished plaque will be on display for Anniversary Weekend, June 3rd & 4th, 2016.

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2015 Plaque Progress: Carving Completed

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The carving for the Form of 2015 plaque is completed. Below are some detail images – with carved elements illustrating the following design themes:

  • Upper Left: A cake with a vinyl record on top representing the Steve Aoki event
  • Center: Mount Everest with the flag of Nepal on the summit representing the devastating earth quake in April of 2015
  • Upper Right: A shield with the Isthmian symbol representing their win of the Club Cup
  • Bottom Left: A laptop with a clock representing 24 hour access to the internet
  • Bottom Right: A stack of alphabet blocks representing the four different academic schedules during the four years of the Form of 2015

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I will now start working on the painted finish, and plan on having this plaque completed in time for Anniversary weekend at the end of May. More details to follow.

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The Form of 2014 Plaque

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The lower half of the plaque displays two penguins on a frozen pond. The penguin on the left, sporting formal attire with a red bow tie, represents the first-ever Senior Prom. The penguin on the right, with hockey stick and puck, represents the girls varsity hockey team’s invitation to play at Frozen Fenway in Boston. The background features three evergreen trees – Isthmian’s symbol – commemorating their win of the Club Cup. The upper half of the plaque features a ribbon banner with the words “Many more hills to climb,” an excerpt from the Nelson Mandela quote below. The initials “NRM” and the dates (1918–2013) mark his passing on December 5, 2013.

After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended.

From: Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela, p. 554, Little, Brown & Company (1994).

 

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The Form of 2010 Plaque

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The central image of the plaque is a heart with a ribbon of musical notes commemorating the (S)P.S. I Love You musical event held at Ohrstrom Library on Valentine’s Day that year. The upper left corner shows a house on wheels, representing the brick faculty house moved to make room for the Lindsay Center for Mathematics and Science building. The upper right corner features a map of Haiti and the epicenter of the devastating earthquake that occurred on January 12, 2010. The bottom half of the plaque depicts a camera and a photograph with the initials “BC,” commemorating faculty member Brendan Cohen, who, in addition to being a favorite teacher, documented all four years of the Form of 2010 through his many photographs.

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The Form of 2005 Plaque

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The top section of the plaque features a view of the Lower School Pond docks with the stone circle ‘Stonehenge’ project completed by a group of students that year. The lower half shows the Athletic and Fitness Center, opened for use in the fall of 2004. In the bottom left corner is a baseball with the dates (1918–2004), representing the Boston Red Sox’s World Series win and the breaking of the “curse.” The bottom right corner depicts a closed book with the initials “CBA,” marking the end of the Right Reverend Dr. Craig Barry Anderson’s term as Eleventh Rector of St. Paul’s School.

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2005 Plaque Progress: Plaque Completed

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The Form of 2005 plaque is now completed.  The above photograph shows a sample of the painted finish on the plaque – featuring a detail of the stone circle ‘Stonehenge’ project that was completed by a group of students that year.

The completed framed plaque will be revealed on Anniversary Weekend on Saturday May 30th – at which time photographs of the finished plaque will be published online.  Thank you to the representatives from the Form of 2005 for their help with this project –  I am looking forward to seeing members of the Form of 2005 at the SPS Anniversary event to celebrate your new Form plaque!

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