Steve Gorham ’85, P’17, the president-elect of the Brooks School board of trustees, has worked hard his entire life. Hard work is all he knows: Gorham grew up behind the counter of the North Andover hardware store his parents ran; he became determined to find firm footing among his wealthier peers at Brooks; and he followed his intelligence and dogged resourcefulness to career success at MFS Investment Management, a firm with global reach.
On Friday, October 23, the new turf field was named Anna K. Trustey Memorial Field in honor of Anna Trustey ’16. Anna and her father, Brooks board member Joe Trustey, passed away last summer.
On Friday, October 16, alumni, parents and friends spent the day on campus learning about school needs and goals for The Campaign for Brooks.
Two Brooks teachers received endowed chairs in March: Susanna Waters, who is chair of the history department, received the Waldo Holcombe Chair, and English teacher Leigh Perkins ’81 received the Prince Charitable Trust Chair.
In October 2014, 86 alumni, parents and friends of Brooks School attended the first-ever Brooks Summit. The Summit was designed to lay everything on the table for the attendees: the school’s strengths, weaknesses and areas where improvement is needed. And those in attendance weren’t just asked to listen; they were active participants in conversations about the school’s future and how to achieve large goals.
With a historic $5 million gift to Brooks, Nick Booth ’67, president of the board of trustees, is showing that he’s committed to the institution he’s leading, and he aims to gain the support of the alumni and parents who share that commitment.