The Hun School of Princeton hosted its annual Red and Black Reception on Saturday, Sept. 23, in the newly redesigned Hun Middle School. Faculty, staff, members of the School’s Board of Trustees, and the School’s leadership donors enjoyed tours and entertainment as the sun set through the expansive windows of the Alexander K. Buck ’49 Building’s colorful new classrooms. The Hun Jazz Band played as drinks and light fare were served and the crowd explored the building’s twelve spacious new classrooms, robotics construction zone, STEM labs, and a large dance and multi-purpose room.
The Aidekman Family Fund for Student Leadership was established in 2010 with a generous gift to Hun’s endowment by Gary and Susan Aidekman and their daughters, Dana ’08 and Alix ’10. The family has continued to support the fund with additional gifts. Permanent endowed funds, established by alumni and parents, are the backbone of Hun’s endowment. By investing these gifts, Hun is able to spend a percentage of the value of the Aidekman Fund, guaranteeing yearly support for leadership programming at Hun.
Alfred Leach ’78 came to The Hun School with the understanding that there is “nothing like a Hun student.” His parents, who lived in Princeton in the 1950s, had always been impressed by Hun and its reputation as a school that builds students of character.
In 2010, with his 50th Hun reunion on the horizon, Trygve Sletteland ’64 started reaching out to his fellow classmates. Engaged for many years working in California and Washington as a non-profit and development director in the environmental sector, Mr. Sletteland had been only sporadically connected to Hun since graduation.
As their daughter’s elementary school years drew to a close, Dr. Virginia Owen and Dr. Paul Burton heard through family friends about the great things happening at The Hun School. Drs. Burton and Owen were amazed by the community they encountered at Hun’s Open House, and the quality of the teaching staff. As a result, Hun ended up being the only school that their daughter Sophia applied to for middle school.
The Hun School of Princeton is an independent, coeducational, private day and boarding college preparatory school. Student-centered, hands-on learning prepares students for the global community in which they will live and work.