While at Bullis, I also learned a great deal about respect. Respect for my school; respect for my teachers; and most importantly respect for myself. When I started at Bullis, in 1988, the school was going through a sort of a transition from a military prep school into the current, more liberal program currently in place. Certainly, Dr. Jung was instrumental in implementing this vision, as was Mr Farquhar, and now, Dr. Boarman is continuing this great leadership legacy. But when I first matriculated in South Hall, we had a strict uniform (not dress code) policy: white or blue shirts; a choice of two ties; hard-soled shoes (oh, how I loathed those shoes) and blue blazers. We stood when our teachers entered the room and we could “earn hours” if we got too many demerits for things like “Failure to Follow Instructions” (FFI) and “Conduct Unbecoming of a Bullis Student” (CUBS) which meant we spent our Saturday mornings on campus copying the dictionary or scraping the gum from underneath the desks.
But, the reality is, respect is what makes the world turn. We have to respect our intellectual, artistic, and athletic abilities. We have to respect our opponents. We have to respect our teachers and administrators and coaches and mentors and parents and bus drivers. We have to respect our environment and our history and our heritage. Bullis has a long, rich tradition and I am very proud to be affiliated with Bullis, first as a student and then as a teacher and coach (9 years total). We are all a fraternity/sorority and you, now also share a kinship with the great people like, Seth Davis, Kira Orr, Henry Rollins, and Brian “Bubba” Bunting, who have graduated before you.
In the future, we as Alumni look forward to seeing what the next generation of Bullis students can do for the world. You can decide the direction you want to take with your lives and you can decide what sorts of positive impacts you can make as a student, and then as an Alumnus. You certainly have big shoes (thankfully not the hard-soled ones) to fill, but I’m certain you are all up for the challenge.
Dr. Jordan Schugar is a professor of English and Educational Technology at the West Chester University of Pennsylvania in West Chester, PA. He graduated from Bullis in 1994 as a member of the National Honor Society, and studied at the University of Colorado, Boulder; Humboldt State University; and the University of Maryland, College Park. From 2000-2003, as a teacher at Bullis, he taught English and Media Journalism and coached soccer and ice hockey. In 2013, he was named an Apple Distinguished Educator.