Back in touch after 47 years.
|15 Oct 2019|
I attended Ipswich School as a boarder from 1967 to 1972. I left the school when my family moved to the United States. Due to the nature of my father’s work, my five-year stint at Ipswich School was the longest I spent at any one school growing up. While I’ve always had positive memories of those formative years at Ipswich, I did not come to fully appreciate the experience until well after the fact. Without a doubt, the school’s emphasis on academic and personal excellence played a major role in making me the person I am today.
In 2012, I reconnected with Jim Salmon, my friend and school mate at Ipswich. We have since shared our thoughts and memories about our time at Ipswich and decided a visit to the school on my next trip to the U.K. was in order. In September 2019, I visited Jim and his family at his home in England. It was the first time we met since I left the school 47 years ago – and we effortlessly picked up right from where we left off.
Prior to my arrival in England, we made an appointment with OI Development Officer Carrie Baker to visit the school. Carrie gave us a memorable six-hour tour of the campus that included lunch in the school’s dining hall and a meeting with Headmaster Nicholas Weaver. We also met and reminisced at length about our time at Ipswich with Carrie’s colleague James, the school archivist, Melissa, and the current Matron at the Westwood boarding house. The school is much the same as I remember it - steeped in history and tradition. It was an outstanding walk down memory lane. Thank you so very much Carrie - and thank you Cardinal Wolsey.
Hani Bibi OI, Long Beach, California