Centennial

Join us for an unforgettable weekend of green-and-white spirit as all Hillers gather to commemorate Tower Hill's Centennial on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 20-21, 2019!

We welcome all alumni, students, parents, grandparents, faculty, staff, trustees and friends — past and present — to celebrate our extraordinary school together. The Centennial Convocation and Gala will be the weekend's signature highlights, and there are many fun and festive activities planned for the entire family.




Signature Events

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  • Centennial Gala

    This festive, fun celebration for the entire Tower Hill community will cap off Centennial Weekend with sparkle. Join parents, alumni, faculty, staff, parents of alumni, trustees and friends on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 6-11 p.m. for a once-in-a-lifetime THS gathering that includes cocktails, dinner, live music by New York City-based Around Town, dancing and fireworks. 
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  • Convocation

    Saturday, Sept. 21, 10 a.m., Centennial Tent
    Join Head of School Bessie Speers, students, faculty, dignitaries and honored guests for the moment when Tower Hill officially turns 100 years old! The pomp and circumstance of an academic procession, student music and Tower Hill memories throughout the decades will unite Hillers of today and yesterday. All are encouraged to attend.
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Friday Events

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  • Classroom Visits

    9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Timothy B. Golding Alumni House
    Alumni interested in visiting classes during the school day should contact Centennial Coordinator Julie Goldston for more information at jgoldston@towerhill.org or 302-657-8353. 
  • Founders' Day and All-School Pep Rally

    2 p.m., DeGroat Field
    Students will share history about Tower Hill’s founders, followed by the Upper School band leading a spirited pep rally. All are welcome! 
  • Athletic Events - Friday

    3:45 p.m. - Field Hockey (JV) vs. Tatnall • Richardson Field
    3:45 p.m. - Soccer (JV) vs. William Penn • DeGroat Field
    5:30 p.m. - Volleyball (JV) vs. St. Andrews • Carpenter Field House                              
    7:00 p.m. - Volleyball (Varsity) vs. St. Andrews • Carpenter Field House
  • Forever Green and White Reception

    Friday, Sept. 20, 5-7 p.m., Centennial Tent
    Salute all former Tower Hill faculty, trustees and board chairs and pick up a copy of the commemorative book 100 Years of Teaching Excellence at Tower Hill School. This reception is open to the entire THS community and also recognizes alumni reunion classes ending in “9” and “4.” Green and white attire is encouraged!
  • Reunion Class Dinners

    Reunion dinners for classes ending in “9” and “4” will be held off-site after the Forever Green and White Reception. If you are interested in helping plan your reunion, please contact the Advancement Office at 302-657-8353 or thsalumni@towerhill.org. 
  • THS Artists and Authors Show

    Opening Reception: Friday, Sept. 20, 7-9 p.m., Founders' Gallery in du Pont Arts Center
    More than 120 Tower Hill alumni, faculty and parents in the arts and letters will display their books and works of art in this one-of-a-kind Multa Bene Facta extravaganza. The Founders’ Gallery will be open all day on Saturday. 
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Saturday Events

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  • Convocation

    See Signature Events above. 
  • All School Barbecue

    11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Alumni House Tent
    The entire Tower Hill community is invited to enjoy a barbecue lunch next to the Timothy B. Golding Alumni House.

    11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Reunion Tent at Hayward House
    Reunion class years ending in “9” and “4” and alumni who already celebrated their 50th reunion are invited to a special luncheon at Hayward House. Group class photos will be taken at this time.
  • Activities for Kids

    12 - 3 p.m.
    • Face Painting on the Alumni House Terrace
    • Scavenger Hunt with a prize at the end!
    • After Care playground open
    • GoGo Book Truck
  • Athletic Events - Saturday

    12 p.m. - Field Hockey (Varsity) vs. Tatnall • Richardson Field
    12 p.m. - Soccer (Varsity) vs. William Penn • DeGroat Field
    2 p.m. - Cross Country (Girls and Boys) • Rockford Park start, ending in Stoltz Alumni Stadium
    3 p.m. - Football (Varsity) vs. St. Elizabeth • DeGroat Field
  • Sports Captains Recognition

    3 p.m.   Football, DeGroat Field
    All former captains from all sports will be invited onto the field during halftime. 
  • Story Corps Booth

    1-3 p.m., Stop by the Communications Office near the Main Entrance Lobby to record your favorite Tower Hill memories in a Story Corps-style video project to be posted online. The Tower Hill History exhibit is located right across the hall. 
  • Tower Hill's Past, Present and Future

    1:30 p.m., du Pont Theatre
    Join Head of School Bessie Speers for a State of the School presentation and for a panel discussion about "Inspiring Creativity and Innovation" with Chris Byrne '74, Chuck Durante '69, former Headmaster Tim Golding, Kate Lemay, Ph.D. '97, Fibbie Schoonover Smith '59, Mary Hobbs Taylor '09 and Genelle Trader '70. The Distinguished Alumni Award and Young Alumni Award will be presented to Alexi Wise '64 and Mona Yezdani Gillen '01, respectively.
  • Student-Led Tours

    2-3 p.m., Main Entrance Lobby
  • Gala

    See Signature Events above.

Logistics

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  • Accommodations

    The hotels listed below are offering special rates for Tower Hill Centennial Weekend attendees.
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  • School Store

    Tower Hill's School Store hours and locations will be open as follows:
    Friday, Sept. 20: 7:30-9 a.m., Main Building
    Friday, Sept. 20: 5-8 p.m. Field House Lobby
    Saturday, Sept. 21: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Alumni House Terrace (Field House if raining)
  • Parking

    Street parking and access to Tower Hill's parking lots will be limited Centennial Weekend. On Friday evening and Saturday morning, handicap parking will be available at the underpass. Additional parking is available on the University of Delaware’s Wilmington Campus, located opposite Tower Hill directly across Kennett Pike (Route 52), with shuttles to and from the Centennial Tent. The Centennial Gala on Saturday evening will have valet parking.

  • Athletic Hall of Fame

    In honor of Centennial, Tower Hill is establishing an Athletic Hall of Fame to honor those individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the quality and traditions of our athletic program. The Hall of Fame will be launched in 2020, and members of the Tower Hill community are invited to nominate athletes.
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  • Sponsorship Opportunities

    Centennial Celebration sponsorship opportunities are listed below. For more information or to reserve your sponsorship, contact Melissa Pizarro in the Advancement Office at 302-657-8358 ext. 258 or mpizarro@towerhill.org.
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  • Media Contact

    Tower Hill has archival photos, historical highlights, a list of events and notable alumni and more in our Centennial Media Kit. Contact Director of Communications and Marketing Teresa Messmore at 302-575-0550, ext. 248 or tmessmore@towerhill.org for more information and to schedule interviews.

Centennial Committee

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  • Thank you!

    Mary Hobbs Taylor '09 is the Centennial Chair, assisted by Faculty Co-Chairs Marina Attix, Wiz Applegate '79 and Jack Smith. Contact Centennial Coordinator Julie Goldston (jgoldston@towerhill.org) with general questions about the Centennial Celebration. The full list of committee members can be found below.
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“Tower Hill has such a rich history, and we are excited to honor our past and look toward the future of this wonderful school for generations of students and families to come.”
—Mary Hobbs Taylor ‘09
 
Tower Hill School is collecting short videos of Tower Hill alumni sharing their favorite THS memories. Stop by the Communications Office near the Main Entrance Lobby to record your favorite Tower Hill memories on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 1-3 p.m. during Centennial Weekend, or send your own one-minute video to awolf@towerhill.org.