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Breakfast at Blake Head of School Edition
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Reunion and Homecoming Weekend

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Breakfast at Blake with Brittany Robinson ‘01 (Young Alumna of the Year)
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Bear Pause:
10 Questions in 10 Minutes

Billie Pritzker ‘08Billie Pritzker ‘08 is a rising businesswoman who enjoys dogs, cooking and telling everyone she meets how great the Twin Cities are. Learn more about Billie in the latest edition of Bear Pause.

Send recommendations of alumni you would like to see profiled in this monthly feature to Or check out our list of questions and participate yourself! Visit the Bear Pause archives to read past interviews.

Alumni Spotlight

Dougie Padilla '66 has a solo art exhibition now on display at Rogue Buddha Gallery in Minneapolis. The show, “lucky 70 (suerte),” highlights Dougie’s select works from the past 10 years and runs through Saturday, Oct. 12 with an opening reception on Friday, Sept. 6.

Ames Sheldon ‘66 will be reading from her new novel, “Don’t Put the Boats Away,” at several upcoming events in and around the Twin Cities as well as in Massachusetts.

Amy Schachtman Zaroff '90, owner of Amy Zaroff Events + Design, was featured in a member profile on the co-operative workspace ModernWell’s blog.

Brian Warshawsky '91 was named CEO of Fenix International, a company he co-founded in 2009 that offers solar home systems across Africa. He previously served as Fenix’s COO.

Madeline Wethington ‘19, an incoming freshman at the University of Minnesota, will play for the Gopher’s women’s hockey team this season. She is featured in this Q&A with Gopher Sports.

From the Archives

Alumni Help Unlock School Mysteries

Northrop students singingThis monthly column began nearly a year ago, and in that time our alumni have provided valuable feedback on many of the photos and objects featured here. As community members submit information, school archivist Alex Bentley shares the details in the From the Archives photo album. Take a look through these mystery photos and let Alex know if you have further notes on any of them.

Today at Blake

Rob McClanahan Steps in as Interim Head Boys’ Hockey Coach

Rob McClanahanFormer Gophers and NHL hockey player and member of the gold medal-winning 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team, Rob McClanahan will lead Blake’s boys’ hockey team for the 2019-20 season. Former head coach Greg May accepted a position with the University of Minnesota’s men’s hockey coaching staff.

The Team Gathers for Bettels Picnic

Chub Bettels Scholar Picnic Attendees

Thank you to our alumni who attended this year’s Chub Bettels Scholar Picnic to welcome our newest scholars, MaKenna Vavrichek ‘21 and Morgan Ramsey ‘21. Established in 1992, the Chub Bettels Scholarship Fund benefits Upper School students with financial need, designating two rising juniors each year for the two-year honor. If you are interested in helping plan next year's event, please contact Director of Advancement Services Tanya Cole.

Notes and Reminders

Reunion and Homecoming Weekend Sept. 26-29

Blake alumniRegister today to attend any or all of the many exciting events planned for Blake’s Reunion and Homecoming Weekend 2019. The celebration includes complimentary Blake-hosted events for all alumni along with class-hosted events for classes ending in 4s and 9s. Celebrate your history and make new memories while reconnecting with classmates, friends and faculty.

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