Vivian Webb School Celebrates 40th Anniversary
Vivian Webb School will mark the 40th anniversary of the school’s founding at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5 with a virtual celebration featuring a panel of alumnae speakers from each decade and a social hour.
Panelists include Karen Greene Robinson ’88, Julia Salas Woertink ’99, Jana Sims ’03, Ariel Fan ’10 and moderator Kathy Fredrich ’02, president of the Alumni Council. Opening remarks will be given by trustee Christina Mercer McGinley ’84, P ’12, ’16.
“This is indeed a special moment in time for Vivian Webb School,” Head of Schools Taylor B. Stockdale said. “Vivian Webb’s founders exhibited the very best of unbounded thinking when they reimagined what a coeducational school could be. They created a unique coordinate model that serves the best of both single sex education and coeducation.”
“The ultimate testimony of Vivian Webb School’s success are the many highly successful and accomplished Vivian Webb alumnae who embody Webb’s values and who are making the world a better place,” Stockdale added. “It has been a total joy to watch Vivian Webb evolve over the years, and this growth will continue as one of Webb’s ever-unfolding stories.”
The school, founded in 1981 with 34 students, is named for the wife of Webb School of California founder Thompson Webb.
Vivian Webb School’s first class of students would become known as “The Pioneers,” creating the school crest and motto as well as its traditions. Members of the first graduating classes matriculated to such prestigious schools as Yale, Brown, Amherst, MIT, Wellesley, Pomona, UCLA and UC Berkeley.
In the decades since, VWS has expanded considerably. The Webb Schools now enroll equal numbers of students across the two schools, with 100 percent of students continuing to achieve acceptance to top tier universities.