On Friday, 20 January, the Roxbury Latin community celebrated Winter Family Day by sweeping all home athletic contests; honoring alumni wrestling, basketball, and hockey athletes; and commemorating the Grand Opening of the new Indoor Athletic Facility (IAF).
For the first time in Roxbury Latin’s history, all three winter varsity teams competed on the School’s campus on the same day. (For the last 50 years, RL’s hockey teams have played at Dexter School in Brookline.) After a spirited, all-student pep rally in the early afternoon, led by Class I Vice President Michael O’Grady, Varsity Wrestling responded by defeating St. Sebastian’s in the McNay Wrestling Palaistra (84-0). Crowds then moved downstairs to the Albert H. Gordon Field House to watch Varsity Basketball prevail over BB&N (66-44); and soon afterwards, hundreds of students, parents, alumni, and other guests streamed into the adjacent IAF to watch Varsity Hockey beat Pingree (1-0).
At halftime of the basketball game, RL honored alumni basketball and wrestling alumni (including former coaches), acknowledging the contributions to RL Athletics by the numerous alumni athletes and coaches who returned for the event. Alumni hockey players and former coaches were also honored just prior to the hockey game.
The climax of Winter Family Day was the Grand Opening of the IAF, which featured speeches from center ice by Headmaster Kerry Brennan and Mayor of Boston Martin J. Walsh. Mr. Brennan thanked the numerous companies, committees, and community organizations that helped make the IAF possible, and Mayor Walsh thanked Mr. Brennan and the School's neighbors for collaborating to build a beautiful facility that will be used by Roxbury Latin athletes and neighborhood youth groups alike. The Mayor then led the ceremonial puck drop flanked by Brennan, Bob O’Connor (Chair of Roxbury Latin’s Board of Trustees), Dennis Kanin (former Chair of Roxbury Latin’s Board of Trustees), Joe Doherty (captain of RL’s varsity hockey team), and Zachary Mitchell (captain of Pingree’s varsity hockey team).
Following a rousing rendition of the National Anthem by The Latonics (directed by Music Director Rob Opdycke), the “real” puck drop took place, and several hundred fans enjoyed an exciting, competitive hockey game. As they had done at the wrestling match and basketball game earlier in the afternoon, RL students led the cheers with gusto, creating a strong home-ice advantage for the Foxes. “It was very exciting for our guys to play in that kind of atmosphere and to be part of that special occasion,” said Head Coach Dave Cataruzolo. Max Alsarraf I scored the game's only goal midway through the second period (assisted by Jimmy Duffy II and Jack Luca III), and goalie Bryan McGrath I turned away all 27 of Pingree’s shots, leading RL (now 12-2) to victory—a fitting conclusion to a milestone day in the 372-year history of The Roxbury Latin School.See photos of the event here.See photos of the pep rally here.