On October 11, the generosity of the Berkeley community was fully realized for hundreds of Hurricane Dorian victims in the Hawksbill community of Grand Bahama Island. The community members who came to the St. Andrew’s Methodist Church in Hawksbill received relief supplies provided by the Berkeley family as part of our hurricane relief effort held on September 13. The entire mission to get the supplies from Berkeley to Hawksbill was orchestrated by the Tsavoussis family. They not only coordinated getting the supplies to the Bahamas but were also hands on with distributing the supplies to those in need. Elias ’16 and Paul ’13 made sure to represent their alma mater by wearing their Berkeley shirts as they handed out supplies in front of a Berkeley banner. CLICK HERE to read more about this incredible effort.
On Friday, September 13, the Berkeley community came together to make a positive difference for those in the Bahamas affected by Hurricane Dorian. Our school has a special relationship with the Bahamas through our annual Bahama Books book drive and service initiatives in Nassau. While that area was mostly spared, our attention turned to those areas so devastated by the storm. The Bahamian government estimates that more than 70,000 people are homeless on Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands, the parts of the Bahamas hardest hit by the hurricane.
It is with profound excitement that I write to welcome you to the 2019-2020 school year, Berkeley Preparatory School’s 59th in service to our students, families, alumni, employees, greater Tampa Bay, and the world. The campus has come alive, as we’ve received students from all three divisions to various opening and orientation activities. The energy is contagious. New or veteran to Berkeley, all of us will greet this first day of school as unique, because it is. Today is each child’s first time experiencing this first day, and our only chance to meet them where they are right now. We stand ready to calm nerves, allay fears, celebrate early triumphs, and bolster in the wake of any setback – in short, we are thrilled for the opportunity to know and lovingly nurture your child.
Berkeley Preparatory School has partnered with the University of South Florida to participate in a heat impact study monitoring how heat and hydration affect athletes during the “dog days” of summer preseason training.
Berkeley Preparatory School welcomed Jay Lasley as the new Director of Admissions this month. Jay comes to Berkeley as the former Admissions Director at Norfolk Academy, one of the oldest schools in the country.
On June 3, former Berkeley Preparatory School President George H. Pennington, Jr. passed away at the age of 85. Pennington, a former General Director for Hillsborough County Schools, is widely credited for his leadership at Berkeley during a very transformative time in the school’s history. Pennington was hired as president in 1973 to allow Headmaster Edgar T. McCleary to devote his full time to the school’s academic program.
Founded in 1960, Berkeley is an independent Episcopal day school for boys and girls in Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12. Combining academic excellence with a spirit of social responsibility, Berkeley develops well-rounded individuals seeking to make a positive difference in the world.