Multi-Hyphenate and Multi-Talented, Danner Schmunk Riebe ’79 is Alumna of the Year
Few people have contributed as much to The Hun School as Danner Schmunk Riebe ’79.
 
She initially made her impact as a student, arriving four years after the first female students stepped foot on campus. Undaunted by being outnumbered, Mrs. Riebe was elected president of Student Council in 1979. She was active in student publications, was inducted into the Cum Laude Society, and was the first female student to win the coveted Bobo Holmes Award. Mrs. Riebe was also awarded the John R. Scott Award and the esteemed Faculty Prize at Commencement. 
 

 

 

“Hun gave me the opportunity to be more than who I thought I was,” she says. “I just want to give back to a community that gave me so much.”

 

 

If student leadership wasn't enough, she was also a pioneer on the athletic fields, persuading the administration to create the first Hun School girls’ lacrosse team. It was a sport she excelled at, later becoming a member of the Lafayette College NCAA National Championship lacrosse team, but it wasn’t her only athletic contribution. Mrs. Riebe earned nine varsity letters in lacrosse, swimming, and tennis during her time at Hun, and she served as captain of both the tennis and lacrosse teams.

Just four years later, after graduation, she returned to Hun to serve in the Admission Office. It was a position she relished while also coaching girls’ lacrosse. “Terry Beach gave me the opportunity to work in admissions, to coach and to teach,” she says. “I found my career for life and quickly learned that education was very important to me.”

She left to raise a family and move abroad, but remained connected to Hun no matter where in the world she might have been. Many years later upon returning to the United States, Head of School Jon Brougham called on Mrs. Riebe again—this time to serve on the Board of Trustees. “Danner Riebe personifies the ideals of The Hun School,” explains Mr. Brougham. “She has a long and deep connection here, and we are grateful for her loyalty, service, and kindness.

Head of School Jon Brougham names Danner Schmunk Riebe '79 Alumna of the Year at the 2022 Alumni Recognition Ceremony.

 

Mrs. Riebe has served on the Board for seven years, and has been a member of the diversity and executive committees. Her admiration for the School and her commitment to giving back led her to establish the Schmunk Family Scholarship, to help other students gain access to the Hun experience.

“Hun gave me the opportunity to be more than who I thought I was,” she says. “I just want to give back to a community that gave me so much.”

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