Join us as we celebrate 375 years since the founding of The Roxbury Latin School—“the oldest school in continuous existence in North America.”

Celebrating Roxbury Latin’s 375th Anniversary

The school’s 375th academic year will be honored through a series of events and publications that are both commemorative and celebratory, nodding to the school’s founding, its traditions and history, its people, and to its vibrant life and evolution over nearly four centuries. The anniversary celebration will both infuse the school’s typical, annual activities and will lead on special anniversary elements throughout the year. We hope you will join us as we affirm those values that have always been central to Roxbury Latin’s mission; celebrate, with several community-building events; and highlight the energetic, substantive, and myriad ways in which RL alumni go on to “lead and serve.”

Two major themes will carry through the year:


“Men of Roxbury”

This year’s celebration will include publication of Tony Jarvis’s book Men of Roxbury—a collection of profiles about notable alumni of the school dating from its founding up through the 1940s. To carry that theme forward, we will welcome individual alumni—as well as cohorts of alumni—to visit the school to participate in performances, exhibits, panel discussions, as well as individual Halls and classroom visits. These sons of RL represent diverse professional and personal paths—all examples of excellence, leadership, or service—to inspire students and help them gain a window into what’s possible.

  • Artists John Semper ‘70, Christopher Payne ’86, Andrew McNay ’02, Winston Chmielinksi ’06
  • Musicians Gilles Vonsattel ‘99, Stefan Jackiw ‘03, Lev Mamuya ‘14
  • Journalists Chris Beam ‘02, Jamie Kirchick ‘02, Scott Sayare ‘04
  • Chris Hannan ‘82 (Founder’s Day)
  • Matt Weiner ’89 (Daland Concert)
  • Frantz Alphonse ’90 (Martin Luther King Jr. Hall)
  • Colin Murphy ’05, Thomas Buckley ‘11, Joshua Rivers ’11 (Veterans Day)
  • Bo Menkiti ‘95 (Wyner Lecture)

Two evening events—one in January, one in April—will be opportunities for the broader RL community—alumni, parents, friends of the school—to gather and enjoy the artistic talents of some of our illustrious graduates.

Opening Exhibit of Alumni Artists
Thursday, January 23, 2020
6 to 8 p.m.
Great Hall

  • Philip Leslie Hale, Class of 1883 (painter)
  • John Semper ‘70 (animation screenwriter)
  • Christopher Payne ’86 (photographer)
  • Zach Kanin ’01 (cartoonist and screenwriter)
  • Andrew McNay ’02 (metal work and sculptor)
  • Winston Chmielinksi ’06 (painter)

An Evening of Music: Berman Artists in Residence (Now Cancelled)
Monday, April 27, 2020
7:30 p.m.
Rousmaniere Hall

  • Gilles Vonsattel ‘99 (piano)
  • Stefan Jackiw ‘03 (violin)
  • Lev Mamuya ‘14 (cello)

Service: Focus on Homelessness and Poverty

The mission of the school, since its founding in 1645, has been to prepare boys to “lead and serve.” In this anniversary year, the theme of service will carry through the celebration, with a particular focus on homelessness and poverty. We have long partnered with organizations that care for the poor and the homeless, as our boys and faculty volunteer their time with Haley House, Pine Street Inn, Ave Atque Vale, Habitat for Humanity, and Norwood Food Pantry, to name a few.

Throughout the year, boys will hear from various individuals whose work is devoted to caring for the homeless and poverty-stricken, from various and important angles. Boys will also be involved in hands-on projects consistent with our service focus. (These morning Hall presentations will be available only to the boys, faculty, and staff.)

Thursday, October 3, 2019
Matthew Desmond, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

Monday, November 25, 2019
Tina Baptista, Director of A Bed for Every Child (a program of the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless)

*Following Ms. Baptista’s presentation, students spent the morning building 76 beds to be donated to children in need throughout Greater Boston. View a video of the bed building project here.

Thursday, February 13, 2020
Kate Walsh, President and CEO of Boston Medical Center
Bill Walczak, Founder of Codman Square Health

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Esther Duflo, Nobel Prize-winning economist and co-founder of MIT’s Jameel Poverty Action Lab; co-author of Good Economics for Hard Times

  • 375th Anniversary Planning Committee

    Dennis Kanin ‘64, P’01, ’04, ’06 Committee Co-Chair
    Kerry Brennan, Headmaster, Committee Co-Chair
    Erin Berg, Director of External Relations
    Carol Kirchick P’02, ’06 375th Anniversary Coordinator
    Nancy Anthony P’01, ’03
    Melora Balson P’15, ’15, ’21, ’21
    Vanessa Calderon-Rosado P’16, ’20
    Matthew Consigli P’24
    Gareth Cook P’20, ’25
    Mindy Crowley P’23
    Elaine Driscoll P’06, ’10, ’14
    Paula Ebben P’16, ’18
    Pamela Everhart P’17
    Alicia Towns Franken P’20
    David Friedman P’21, ’25
    Paula Giancola P’18, ’23
    Michael Giarla ’76
    Thomas Guden ’96
    Christopher Heaton P’25
    Michael Lawler ’06
    Harry Lewis ’65
    Ron Liebowitz P’22, ’24
    Paul Massey ’78
    Anne Craige McNay P’11, ’13
    Caroline Oberg P’21, ’23, ’25
    Tobey O’Brien P’01, ’04
    Robert O’Connor ’85, P’20
    Scott Offen ’78
    Michael Pojman
    Dan Rea P’05
    Kent Sahin ’91, P’21
    Ronald Sullivan P’19
    Tony Teixeira ’93