Grover and Jill set up the fund knowing it would directly benefit RLS teachers. But they also hoped it would also make a greater impact on the Stevenson community, by simultaneously enriching the lives of faculty families, as well as all of the students they’d have the opportunity to teach.
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Stevenson families band together to help the School, but end up helping the entire countyStevenson parents Emily Yang Bauer (P ’20, ’20 and ’25) and Hillary Lin’s (P ’18) first delivery of medical masks to local residents on the Monterey Peninsula in early April was, according to Bauer, a gesture of “good heart” from Stevenson’s Chinese families to the school, after Stevenson sent its boarders home and moved to online teaching. But there was also a greater purpose to the project: “Practically speaking,” says Bauer, “our children may not be able to return to school next fall if we can't control this coronavirus. So I told the other Chinese families, ‘I think we need to help.’”Hendrick Huang, the older brother of two Stevenson freshmen, Jiahai and Jiafeng Huang ’23, had already delivered a shipment of 16,000 masks from Singapore to the school for its teachers and staff (and eventually [...]
Dr. Michael L. Jackson ’68 Lights the Way for a Diverse Student Body at Stevenson When discussing Stevenson with alumni, it’s common to hear stories of how the School has shaped their lives—as both thinkers and doers. It’s less common, however, to hear stories about how one Pirate affected the trajectory of the School. But the lasting impact of one such alumnus, Dr. Michael L. Jackson ’68, is indelible. Dr. Jackson, who grew up in Los Angeles and San Jose, CA, was the first Black student to attend Stevenson. He was the only Black student when he enrolled in the fall of 1965. Dr. Jackson explains, “In the fall of 1964, Stevenson’s founding headmaster Robert U. Ricklefs proposed to the board of trustees that the School be integrated. He wanted ‘his’ boys to learn how to live, study, work, play, and cooperate with students from other races, cultures, [...]
Students learn about grant making and allocate $25,000 to five local non-profits Stevenson parent Iva Winton P ’24 was looking for ways to cultivate student leadership on the Pebble Beach campus when she landed on the idea of a philanthropy project: she’d give a group of high school students $25,000 from her family’s foundation, and the students would be fully in charge of giving the money away. Winton’s only proviso was that the students must choose nonprofits on the Monterey Peninsula. “First you have to take care of yourself,” says Winton, who moved to the Peninsula with her husband Bryan Hillstrom ’69 and their two children 14 years ago, “and then we really need to look out in the county we live in—that's where we can do our best work.” So just before COVID-19 hit the shores of the U.S., 11 students from grades 9-12 applied to become [...]