You and I know who to thank: the parents of the 191 students who showed up for school at IPA on September 13, 2004, and the 25 faculty and staff who took the leap of faith to devote their services at an untested school. Without the confidence and courage of these people, there would be no IPA.
They come to mind on the occasion of this, the last Head Lines I will write. For many years, it has been my joy and privilege to write about what came to mind, always shaping my thoughts around some aspect of the school's values, philosophy, accomplishments and aspirations. Whenever a reader commented on a particular message, I took pleasure in the interaction, most of them positive and reinforcing but sometimes critical and challenging. After all, the purpose of an educational institution is to spark discussion and thought, and it is abundantly clear that, in any group of people, there will be diverse points of view.
The pioneer parents and staff provided a unique opportunity for students; to be part of starting something affecting their non-academic growth and development. We sometimes heard the Class of 2010 grumble about having to be guinea pigs or pioneers for everything. Yet they established traditions and set trends with enthusiasm and excitement. Perhaps the difference between a guinea pig and a lead dog is a matter of mood.
Those first students chose the school colors--blue for the sea, silver for the sky, and gold for the sun--and helped to tweak the original uniforms to fit the preferences of teenagers for options, even colors. They were tolerant when Judy and I selected ...