Class of 1971

Circle Drive Tree Fund

Dear Classmates,
It’s hard to believe that we will celebrate 50 years since graduating from John Burroughs School during Alumni Weekend this fall, September 30 - October 2. Hopefully you received the save-the-date already with the details of the events for the weekend, including our own class reunion at the Muny on Saturday night. I look forward to seeing you! 

Besides gathering together, a tradition for 50th reunion classes at JBS is for the class to agree upon a gift to the school as a thank you for the education we received and from which we have benefitted for 50 years.

In working with the school on ideas for our gift, another campus planting idea popped up. In our day there was a big tree in the middle of the circle driveway as you entered the school grounds from Price Road. Today, this area is empty. The original tree died and was not replaced.

The gift idea is to landscape this area so that it feels more welcoming and consistent with the rest of campus. This entrance remains very significant as it is where Burroughs welcomes guests to meet with the head of school and all applicants for admission. The intent is to soften the entrance without blocking the view of the main building from Price Road.

Historically, a ginkgo tree lived in the circle drive. A ginkgo tree is an ancient Chinese tree with lacy summertime leaves and a beautiful yellow color in fall. These trees also come in a dwarf variety that grow to be about eight feet tall. This specific proposal is to design a cluster of up to three dwarf ginkgo trees with understory plantings that don’t require mowing. Ginkgo leaves turn yellow in the fall - almost the Burroughs signature gold! To make the area suitable for planting, the existing and unused irrigation system would be repaired, uplighting would be added to highlight the trees at night, and we would have everything complete in time for us to dedicate a plaque acknowledging our collective generosity. This project would result in a very visible and sustainable gift to honor our time at Burroughs together.

The total estimated cost is $20,000. If we can commit to this project with gifts and pledges, we will install it in time for all of us to view at our reunion late September.

Kim Kuehner

Reunions affirm that the Burroughs experience lasts for a lifetime.

Celebrating 50 Years

Two years ago, the Class of 1969 gave a 50th reunion gift of next generation trees to Graduation Grove. They anticipated raising $20,000 and ended up raising $36,000 from classmates towards the $60,000 project. You can see photos of the newly planted Graduation Grove where the Class of 2021 celebrated their graduation on June 6.