Alumni Initiatives

Alumni are one of Derryfield’s most important constituencies and the success of this campaign will depend on their leadership. We are working with a number of families to create a challenge to then roll out to our entire alumni community. Additionally, we have had two efforts initiated by alums to name a space in honor of two longtime faculty members, Bruce Berk and Dennis Holland.

Alumni Family Challenge

The Advancement team, in partnership with the Alumni Council and the Campaign Steering Committee, recognized that we needed a joint effort to engage alumni parents and alumni. This strategy was inspired by the Derryfield core value, Family. For this challenge we are reaching out to a number of alumni families to raise $750,000 that we can use to challenge the entire alumni population to match. To date, we have raised $435,000 for this exciting initiative.

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Bruce Berk Tennis Complex

Derryfield alumnus, Jimmy Rich '92, heard about the capital campaign and was immediately inspired to name something for a faculty person who greatly impacted his life, Bruce Berk. After talking with his peers, Jimmy has decided to lead an effort to raise a minimum of $500,000 to name the new tennis complex after Bruce Berk. Jimmy and his wife Sarah have made the lead gift to this effort, and Jimmy is reaching out to other alumni to join him.

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Dennis Holland Honorary Court

Derryfield’s longest serving faculty member, Dennis Holland, has inspired a group of alumni to rally together to name the competition court in his honor. Sean Stone ’83, who captained Mr. Holland’s championship (Derryfield’s first State championship) winning basketball team, is working with teammate Dave Larrivee ’84 and Dave Grosso ‘78 to make this a reality. It is only suitable for Mr. Holland who is the Cougars’ most loyal fan!

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