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Welcome Alumni!

Welcome to the Cranbrook Schools' Alumni web page, designed to ensure your ties to Cranbrook Kingswood last well beyond graduation. Use this site to keep in touch with old friends and classmates, post class notes, find alumni events in your area, update your contact information and have some fun with photos and trivia. Stay connected to our schools and traditions as they are passed down to new generations and keep the Cranbrook Kingswood school spirit alive with your continued involvement and support.

Save the date for Reunion 2024 – June 7-8-9

Reunion 2023 is in the books. Save the date for Reunion 2024!

Join us on June 7-8-9, 2024 When the classes of 1949, 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009, 2014, and 2019 will be celebrating major milestones.

Visit the Reunion page for the latest information.

Alumni News & Info

Alumni News

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  •  Anand Parikh '05, Leila Kalley, Michele LoDuca and Dan Valbracht, all '05 in Austin

    Alumni connect at regional events in Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco

    Since the start of the new year, Cranbrook Regional Alumni Networks (CRAN) across the country have been building community, and regathering, in some cases after several years hiatus due to the pandemic. In January and February, events took place in Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, bringing together generations of Cranbrook Kingswood alumni, spanning from the 60’s through to the 2020s.
     
    On January 22, for the first time ever, Austin-area alumni gathered at The Well in the 2nd Street District and shared with staff that traveled the growth that has taken place in their city over the last several years. A huge hub for the tech industry has brought many of our alumni there, many have moved from California, and others have been there for several years or decades. The alumni that came out for the event are ready to plan the next one and excited to hear the number of alumni we have in the area – over 400.

    That same week, on January 24, Chicagoland CK and HUB alumni gathered at The Tavern Club, situated at the corner of two of Chicago’s most recognizable streets, Wacker Drive and Michigan Avenue. It had been several years, since 2019, that a Chicago CRAN event had taken place, and our alumni were happy to reunite after all that time. Special guests were Director of Schools Dr. Jeff Suzik, and Director of Horizons-Upward Bound Lisa Smoots.

    On February 3, the Southern California regional alumni network gathered at The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills, building off last year’s event at the LACMA Museum. Director of Schools Dr. Jeff Suzik provided guests with an update from campus and shared the new mission statement for Cranbrook Schools. This group brings the energy and ready for the next gathering!

    Finishing out the week in California, on February 5 the Northern California CRAN Event took place at Miller & Lux in San Francisco with an impressive showing of CK alumni! Alumni heard updates from Director of Schools Dr. Jeff Suzik and connected for the first time as a community in over 5 years. Alumni gathered in the Bar and Lounge to enjoy good food and conversation.

    If you’re interested in future CRAN events and programming, or becoming more involved as a CRAN representative, contact Mackenzie Friedman, Associate Director of Alumni Relations at mfriedman@cranbrook.edu for more information, or to update your address. Invitations to regional events are sent to alumni by the mailing address listed in our alumni database, so send us your latest to get updates for the region in which you live!

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  • Henry Whiting '73 at Teater's Knoll, his Frank Lloyd Wright designed home

    April 24 Sirchio Lecture with Henry Whiting II '73

    On Wednesday, April 24th Cranbrook Schools alumnus Henry Whiting II ‘73, restorer and resident of the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Teater Studio, will speak on campus as part of Cranbrook Schools' Sirchio Lecture Series. The lecture is open to the public and will begin at 7pm at deSalle Auditorium at the Cranbrook Art Museum.
     
    Whiting will share his passion for mid-century design and his expertise in the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. His journey into the world of architecture was uniquely shaped by his great-uncle, renowned architect Alden B. Dow, as well as his early exposure to the Cranbrook campus and the architecture of Eliel Saarinen. Whiting is the author of two seminal works, "At Nature's Edge: Frank Lloyd Wright's Artist Studio" and "Teater's Knoll: Frank Lloyd Wright's Idaho Legacy," as well as numerous articles detailing the studio's significance.
     
    Feeding Whiting’s early passion for architectural design, Whiting's early immersion in Frank Lloyd Wright's aesthetic and philosophy led him to Idaho, where he played a role in the design and realization of his parents' home in Sun Valley. His connection with Wright's principles led him to commission a contemporary protégé, architect Bart Prince, for a house in Greenhorn Gulch, epitomizing the enduring legacy of Mid-Twentieth Century architecture.
     
    Today, residing in Frank Lloyd Wright’s only Idaho building, the Archie Teater Studio in Bliss, Whiting has dedicated over 40 years to its restoration. Renowned as an expert in Wright’s vision of harmonious architectural integration with the landscape, Whiting's lecture will give insight into his lifelong relationship with Mid-Twentieth Century architecture and design. Whiting opens Teater’s Knoll to visitors regularly, and speaks around the country, offering a firsthand account of living within the Mid-Century Modern design ethos and advocating for the preservation of this quintessentially American movement.
     
    The Sirchio Lecture is open to the public and there is no charge for tickets, however seating is limited, so come on time to ensure availability.
     
    Inaugurated in 1993 by alumnus Kris Sirchio ‘83, the Sirchio lecture series brings speakers to campus for a public lecture as well as interaction with students and faculty. Past speakers have included Michael Barone ‘62, Daniel Ellsberg ‘48, Sven Birkerts ‘69, Ward Just ‘53, Natalie Zemon Davis '45, Michael Hodges ’73, Tod Williams ‘61 and Billie Tsien, Rob Edwards ‘81, planetary scientist Cathy Sybert Olkin '84, and author Edmund White ’58.

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  • CKAA Career Fair brings Alumni Talent to Campus

    More than 70 alumni volunteers from an array of backgrounds manned stations mapped out by industry at the CKAA’s Career Fair for Juniors and Seniors. Students took advantage of this opportunity to dialogue with alumni about college choices, majors, career paths and more.  Careers represented included cybersecurity, investment banking, veterinary medicine, robotics, digital marketing and more. In addition to one-on-one sessions with individual career mentors, students participated in ongoing interviewing skills workshops led experienced HR professional Sue Sun Lasovage, which were well received, as seniors are currently interviewing for Senior May Project opportunities, which are in great demand.
     
    Immediately following the career fair, alumni volunteers gathered off campus for a professional networking event at Eddie Merlot’s.
     
    To view more photos from the career fair and other alumni events click here.
    To see the full list of career mentors from the January 31 event, click here.
    To find out more about hosting a CK senior for a Senior May Project, click here.
     
    For more information on hosting a 3-week Senior May Project internship for a CK senior May 12-May 31, click here.

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