Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

American Community School-Beirut Triennial Reunion

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

American Community School-Beirut Triennial Reunion

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THE AMERICAN Community School (ACS) at Beirut held its triennial reunion Aug. 11 to 14 at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. Founded in 1905, ACS is an independent, co-educational day school serving students of all nationalities, from nursery school to 12th grade. When many of the 318 alumni and teachers at the reunion were in school-before Lebanon's 1975-1990 civil war-ACS also had a dormitory housing students from across the Middle East and North Africa. Reunion attendees came from as far away as Hawaii, Norway and Saudi Arabia.

Donna Harms Hansen and her tireless reunion committee organized Duckboat tours, a meet-and-greet networking mezza, class dinners, a banquet and-as part of an "open mic" evening organized by Herman Lammerts-a reunion choir led by ACS choir director Carol Schaub.

Former ACS principals gathered to update alumni-as well as Greg MacGilpin, Jr., the new headmaster who would be moving to Beirut with his family the following week. "Beirut is a wonderful place to be," departing headmaster Hamilton Clark told the audience. "I never had concerns about security. The only issue we have is with global events we can't control. At any moment anything could happen."

Clark recalled getting a call just after the previous reunion, in San Diego in 2013. His contact said the U.S. might start dropping bombs on Hezbollah in Syria, and Americans in Lebanon could be in danger. "I'd been there one week, and one week later the faculty was coming," Clark recalled. "What was I supposed to do?"

Luckily President Barack Obama didn't bomb Syria, but the one and a half million Syrian refugees in Lebanon, and two years with no presidential elections, are causing instability, Clark said. …

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