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Celebrating Dr. Larry Weiss

A 45 Year Friendship: Dr. Larry Weiss and Brooklyn Friends School

At the end of the 2018-2019 school year, Dr. Larry Weiss will retire after serving nine years as Head of School. This spring, we will celebrate Larry in a myriad of meaningful ways, all close to Larry’s heart.


Sprinting for Scholars: a 5K In Honor of Dr. Larry Weiss
Wednesday, May 22nd, 5:50pm – Prospect Park
Larry is a dedicated and passionate runner who has completed 18 marathons. What better way to celebrate Larry than by joining him for a fun run? Lace up your sneakers and meet us at the start line in Prospect Park on Wednesday, May 22nd at 6pm for a run/walk 5K in his honor. Fans are welcome! After the race, we’ll gather on a lawn in Prospect Park for food, drink and friendship. Registration for runners and walkers is now open at brooklynfriends.org/sprintingforscholars. Proceeds from this celebration support the Dr. Larry Weiss Endowed Fund for Merit Scholarship.


The Dr. Larry Weiss Endowed Fund for Merit Scholarship
To recognize his commitment to the strength of our Upper School program, an endowed fund to support Merit Scholarship in the Upper School has been established in Larry’s honor. Brooklyn Friends School awards up to three merit scholarships to 8th graders who are continuing their BFS education into Upper School. These scholarships are worth $10,000 for each year the student is enrolled in the BFS Upper School. The merit scholarship committee looks for students who exhibit strength and consistency in areas of scholarship, service, and conduct. Larry’s Endowed Fund will uphold this important program for our community. Make a gift at brooklynfriends.org/larryweissendowment.


Alumni Day
Saturday, June 1st, 12pm to 3pm, 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
Alumni from all class years are invited to toast Larry and reunite with friends at a very special Alumni Day at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge! Larry’s colleague and friend and a beloved former BFS teacher, Don Knies, will speak in his honor. Traditional BFS reunion events will continue, as always, at 375 Pearl Street and the Schermerhorn Meeting House at 10am. Details at brooklynfriends.org/alumniday


Below we share just a few of the milestone moments for Brooklyn Friends School during Larry’s tenure. Dr. Larry Weiss has had a meaningful impact on the educational program, the facilities and the community at Brooklyn Friends School. We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors as we know he’ll continue to teach those around him, but also in running marathons and playing with his grandkids! We thank him for the extreme dedication and commitment he has had to our school, setting the stage for the next 150 years!

1973

Larry’s Career Begins at Brooklyn Friends

Larry’s Career Begins at Brooklyn Friends

Larry Weiss walked into Brooklyn Friends School and sat down with Head of the Upper School, Alberta Magzanian and proposed that he teach a class in Chinese History. To his surprise, Ms. Magzanian agreed and thus began Larry’s career as an educator. Larry served as a teacher, college counselor and active community member until 1979 and inspired many students along the way.

2010

Larry’s Homecoming

Larry’s Homecoming

In 2010 after a 30 year hiatus, Larry returned back to the place where it all began, as the 19th Head of School at Brooklyn Friends. Dr. Weiss returned to the Brooklyn Friends School community at a time of tremendous hope and expectation. In 2008, the year before Larry began, the School published a comprehensive strategic plan designed to strengthen its commitment to students, faculty and Quaker values while also meeting an unprecedented demand for admissions and ensuring financial stability for years to come. Larry rose to meet these challenges.

2011

Growth at BFS

Charged with increasing enrollment by 50%, Larry spearheaded the growth of our youngest students, opening the Family Center at Brooklyn Friends in 2011. This allowed the Preschool to continue to expand, with our three and four olds spreading out on the second floor of Pearl Street.

2012

Curricular Expansion

Curricular Expansion

Begun as an afterschool elective for the Upper School in 2012, spearheaded by Larry, Mandarin instruction at BFS soon grew into a part of the regular curriculum. A generous parent donation in 2014 helped the hugely popular classes grow into one of the School’s elective language courses starting in 8th grade, and became a part of the IB curriculum for Juniors and Seniors. Larry, a Mandarin scholar himself, serves as a Mandarin instructor in the 8th grade. And Mandarin isn’t Larry’s only teaching passion. Soon after arriving at BFS, he began teaching Theory of Knowledge to 11th graders, a course required by the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program.

2012

Our Quaker Values

Embracing the school’s Quaker mission was a critical component to the Strategic Plan and a major focus of Larry’s work at BFS. Following our first ever community wide Quaker self study, Larry led the community in book discussions, based on “A Quaker Book of Wisdom” with parents, faculty and alumni. Part of embracing our Quaker mission included a recommitment to service and under Larry’s leadership, the school created the Office of Service Learning and Civic Engagement which was created in 2011.

2015

A New Day for the Upper School

A New Day for the Upper School

Larry’s most visible accomplishment comes in the form of 40,000 Square Feet in nearby Metrotech! Locating appropriate space for the Upper School to move to proved a significant challenge and much of Larry’s first years at BFS turned him into a real estate expert! But in 2015, at a major milestone moment for Brooklyn Friends School, a $7.5 million Capital Campaign concluded with the opening of the new Upper School at 116 Lawrence Street. After years of planning, hard work, and fundraising, Larry cut the blue ribbon on the doors to our brand new state-of-the-art facility designed and constructed specifically for our Upper School program.