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List of 5 news stories.

  • “Of Uniforms and Socks”

    Students in uniforms in 1967

    Alumni Storyteller Deb Hunt recalls the early days of school uniforms, a tradition that was both loved and despised, as well as an opportunity for creative rebellion. Read on for more history and images.

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  • The Senior Song at Commencement

    An image of members of the Class of 1998 performing their senior song

    Alumni Storyteller, Deb Hunt, remembers the tradition of the senior song at graduation ceremonies over the decades. Read on for more.
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  • The Minute You Walked in the Joint…

    Sean Mendelson ‘98, Brandon Savage ‘95, and Tom Woodrow ‘96 in Fiddler on the Roof, 1995

    Alumni Storyteller, Deb Hunt, recalls fond memories of and trends in Crystal musical theater over the decades. Read on for more

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  • Whimsical Morning Meetings in the Ballroom

    Diana Parker ‘78 as “Glinda the Good Witch” during daily Morning Meetings in the Ballroom.

    Deb Hunt, Alumni Storyteller, remembers long ago daily Morning Meetings in the Ballroom in which student skits and beloved characters brought a unique flavor to Crystal.

    “Are you a Good Witch or a Bad Witch?” This question, spoken in the distinct vibrato of Glinda the Good from The Wizard of Oz, caused 165 heads to snap around, searching for the speaker in the Ballroom filled to capacity with students and teachers.
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  • The Magic of Christmas Programs in the Mansion

    A chorus of girls descending the Mansion Staircase singing “Angels We Have Heard On High,” during the 1964 Christmas Program. This was an annual tradition for several decades.

    Deb Hunt, Alumni Storyteller, remembers lovely Christmas Programs in the Mansion as a favorite annual arts tradition from the 1950s to early 90s. As an example, the Class of 1965 so fondly recalled their days of singing on the Mansion stairs, they proudly reprised their version of “Gloria in Excelsis Deo” during their 50th Reunion.
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Our fabulous retired librarian and historian, Deb Hunt, leads us on a walk down Crystal's memory lane. Don’t hesitate to contact her on Facebook with photos, remembrances, and questions.

Mansion History

The Uplands Mansion (Upper School campus)
In 1911, the original owner of the Uplands mansion, Templeton Crocker, commissioned renowned SF architect Willis Polk to design the home as a wedding present for his new bride. Find out more about the Mansion's history written by Crystal historian and former librarian Deb Hunt.
Nondiscriminatory Policy: Crystal Springs Uplands School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.