Homecoming day was also an occassion for remembrance as we unveiled the placard recognizing the George Thanasas Scholar-Athlete Award in the new Boll Campus Center. Family, friends, coaches and faculty gathered just outside the Fruehauf Gymnasium to dedicate the sign, with remarks delivered by Boys Varsity Soccer Coach David Dwaihy and Head of School Bart Bronk.
Even at the genesis of their story as a couple, John and Marlene Boll's relationship was rooted in support and service. In 1952, John, then a young corporal based in Raleigh, NC, and four other young soldiers were heading to the North Carolina State Fair when they came across four beautiful Roxy Theatre summer tour dancers in need of a ride.
Then 18-year old Marlene was in that group. John persuaded his friends to give up their seats for the dancers so that he could transport them to the Fair in time for their afternoon show, and so began a 64-year strong love story that has in many ways always centered around lifting those in their presence, up.
Just outside the Boll Campus Center is a courtyard filled with engraved brick pavers that do more than provide a foundation to walk upon they represent the commitment of University Liggett School alumni, families and friends to our schools vision for growth.
members of the University Liggett School community filled the bleachers at the Boll Campus Center to celebrate Opening Knight -- the first home game in the new Fruehauf Gymnasium. Before the girls' varsity volleyball team took the court, John and Marlene Boll and Richard and Janet Fruehauf were recognized and seniors Alyssa Hamilton and Mary Weiermiller presented volleyballs signed by the team to each couple.
More than 400 alumni, friends, families, faculty and staff and VIPs were on hand Sunday, Sept. 9 and Monday, Sept. 10 for a series of grand opening celebrations at the John and Marlene Boll Campus Center.
University Liggett School is a private preschool and kindergarten through 12th grade college preparatory school in Metro Detroit that is nationally recognized for its innovative curriculum and arts and athletics offerings.