Since the first class of thirteen students graduated in 1962, Stratford Academy's alumni have always been a source of pride for our school. Today, over 3,400 Stratford graduates live in all 50 states across the U.S. and in 12 countries abroad.
Alumni are invited and encouraged to stay in touch with faculty and staff members at the school. Numerous avenues exist for sharing news and visiting with fellow alums, including:
Annual Alumni Weekend
Stratford Magazine - a publication for Stratford alumni, parents, grandparents, parents of alumni and friends
Alumni Online Community
Facebook Stratford Academy Alumni Group and Stratford Academy Fan Page
"Stratford Academy Alumni" on LinkedIn
stratfordeagles on Twitter
For information on Stratford alumni news and events, contact Jaime Kaplan, Director of Alumni Affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (478)477-8073 ext. 296.
NEWS & EVENTS
Russell Henley '07 Takes PGA By Storm
Leskosky '99 Named the 2013 Houston County Gifted Teacher of the Year
Stratford Alumnus and Warner Robins High School teacher Lou Leskosky was awarded Gifted Teacher of the Year for the Houston County School System. The surprise announcement was made at the Houston County Association of Gifted Children (HCAGC) meeting on December 6, 2012. Leskosky teaches Honors Ninth-Grade English, Humanities and AP U.S. Government. He has taught in the gifted education program for the past three years. Prior to joining the Warner Robins High faculty in 2008, he practiced law, having earned a law degree from the University of Georgia after earning an undergraduate degree at Duke. In the summer, he also teaches for the Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP), a summer camp for gifted students who score in the top one percent on tests. Click here to read The Telegraph article printed on December 12, 2012.
Jaime Kaplan '79 Named Director of Alumni Relations
With the retirement of Bubber Adams, Jaime Kaplan has assumed the role of Director of Alumni Affairs. Jaime came to Stratford in 2009 as Major Gifts Coordinator after a long, tenured career as a tennis professional. She has also coached Stratford’s Varsity tennis team for nine years and began the middle school team five years ago. Under her direction, the tennis program has continued to grow through her implementation of the USTA “no cut” initiative.
On the alumni front, Jaime will assist alumni classes with reunion planning, serve as school liaison for the Alumni Association and Alumni Council, and coordinate alumni events locally and out-of-town. She says, “I've always experienced such a wonderful connection to Stratford's alumni base throughout the years. I look forward to expanding those bonds in my official role as Director of Alumni Affairs by continuing the work of Bubber Adams as well as creating new alumni events and initiatives.”
Jeff Battcher'79 and Elizabeth Boswell Avant'85 Named 2012 Alumni Award Winners
Bubber Adams Retires After 50 Years of Service
In May 2012, long-time Stratford faculty/staff member, Bubber Adams, retired after 50 years at Stratford Academy. Adams initially held duties in the physical education department and served as Head Baseball Coach for over three decades. He also coached football, boys/girls basketball and softball during his career. In 2001, he stepped away from coaching duties and into the role of Director of Alumni Affairs. A retirement reception was held in his honor on May 6 and he was recognized during the 2012 commencement exercises for 50 years of service to Stratford.
STRATFORD ON THE ROAD
Don't be surprised if you hear that Stratford is coming to town. Throughout the year, the Alumni Office will schedule Alumni Gatherings in varying cities across the U.S. We have visited alumni in Miami, Washington DC area, Charleston, SC, Atlanta, Savannah, Bluffton SC, Athens, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and St. Simons. Contact Jaime Kaplan, Alumni Affairs Director, at 478-477-8073 ext. 296 or at email@example.com if you are interested in hosting a Stratford Alumni Gathering in your town.
ALUMNI HOMECOMING WEEKEND
Each year, Stratford alumni are invited as special guests to the school's Homecoming Weekend. A BBQ picnic is held for all alumni and their families prior to the Homecoming Football Game. During the football game, alumni are welcomed back to their alma mater. Many reunion year classes choose to host their class reunions during this time.
Like most schools, Stratford Academy hosts Class Reunions on a five-year rotating schedule. Typically, the senior class president or an appointed representative will coordinate the reunion activities. The 2013 Reunion Year Classes are: 1963 * 1968 * 1973 * 1978 * 1983 * 1988 * 1993 * 1998 * 2003 * 2008