A Sunny Homecoming Celebration Kicks Off the 375th Anniversary
On Saturday, October 5, more than 1,100 Roxbury Latin fans—alumni, families, faculty, and friends—gathered on campus for a special Homecoming and Fall Family Day, which kicked off the school’s 375th Anniversary celebration for the entire RL community.
The day brought athletic competitions across campus, including varsity matches in cross country, soccer, and football. Cross Country topped Belmont Hill, Lawrence and Thayer; soccer beat St. Mark’s by a score of 4-0; and football put up a valiant effort against Groton, but ultimately fell 16-7. Before kick-off, the Latonics performed the National Anthem from the balcony of the Bernstein Tea Room. At halftime, on the football field, Sixies and Fifthies battled it out in the annual tug-of-war. (Class V emerged victorious, “restoring order to the school once again,” as put by Class V Master Darian Reid ‘05.)
After the games guests enjoyed dinner on campus served by five food trucks—including local favorites Roxie’s Grilled Cheese, Bon Me, and Cookie Monster—and younger party-goers made their way to the bouncy house, bubble soccer arena, and face painter inside the new Indoor Athletic Facility.
Earlier that morning, about 30 RL alumni flocked to Centre Street field to compete against Belmont Hill grads in the inaugural Terry Iandiorio Alumni Soccer Game, played in memory of Terry Iandiorio ’89, who tragically drowned off Nantucket in August 2017. Terry taught at Belmont Hill in the 1990s and his wife, Ann, is a faculty member at the school. After the game, these alumni—along with the Iandiorio family, several of Terry’s RL classmates, and friends— gathered in the Jarvis Refectory for a reception. Headmaster Kerry Brennan welcomed the assembled crowd and spoke about Terry’s impact on the RL community during his schoolboy days. (Mr. Brennan was his faculty advisor.) Even at a young age Terry constantly put others before himself. Chris Sweeney—a Belmont Hill alumnus and colleague of Terry’s in the math department—spoke about Terry’s teaching talent and the care he showed his students as a teacher, coach, and advisor at Belmont Hill. In future years, the Terry Iandiorio Alumni Soccer Game will be played on alternating schools’ campuses. Terry’s fellow Class of 1989 members have also established an endowed fund in Terry’s name to support scholarship.