A message from the Head of School + Board Chair

Thank you for an extraordinary year of giving at Head-Royce

It’s that time of year when we have an opportunity to look back on the last academic cycle and reflect upon the many wonderful ways that our community demonstrated generous support for the people and programs that define Head-Royce School. For over 130 years, Head-Royce has been a beacon of academic excellence in the East Bay, with mission-driven programs, top-notch facilities, and a truly spectacular faculty all made possible through the ongoing support of our parents, alumni, past parents, employees, grandparents, and friends. Thank you for taking an active role in helping us to offer an unparalleled experience to our students.

In the 2017-2018 school year, our community sustained a momentous level of giving, contributing over $1.8 million to benefit our programs, faculty, financial aid, and Heads Up. The speakeasy-themed Parents’ Association auction, Flappers’ Fete, was a fun-filled night that raised critical funds for the Heads Up program and the much-needed remodel of the locker rooms. There are a myriad of ways that volunteers stepped up to lend valuable support to the everyday workings of our school, from classroom activities and the All-School Fair to admissions and advancement efforts. Your support truly enables us to stay on the cutting edge of teaching and learning and bring the goals of our Strategic Plan to life in meaningful ways.

Thank you for partnering with us to make Head-Royce a transformative home for your child’s learning and self-discovery each day. We couldn’t do it without you!

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Crystal M. Land
Head of School

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Scott Verges
Chair, Board of Trustees




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 As of June 30, 2018 the value of the Head-Royce endowment was $20,138,839, which reflects an overall increase in the market value of 3.3% over the previous year.

From the Director of Advancement


Your philanthropy is foundational to Head-Royce School. In the 2017-2018 school year, once again you joined together in record-setting support of our school - whether you are a Head-Royce parent, Trustee, alumna/us, employee, grandparent, parent of alumni or friend, your gift makes a huge difference here at Head-Royce. Through gifts to the Annual Fund, Endowment, bequests, Heads Up or the Auction, your generosity maintains our standard of excellence and is essential to the depth of programming and resources we are able to offer our students. You helped us break a new barrier in Annual Giving, surpassing over $1.5 Million in donations to directly support the student experience and our endowment has grown to an all-time high, exceeding $20 Million. Collectively these funds ensure the strength and vibrancy of Head-Royce for today's students and for generations of students to come.

Thank you for supporting Head-Royce!


Mantra Robinson

Director of Advancement



Annual Fund


It was our pleasure to serve as this year’s Annual Fund Co Chairs. Thanks to the outpouring of support from our community the 2017-18 Annual Fund was incredibly successful, raising $1,527,913 to support our students, faculty and programs! Unrestricted, flexible Annual Fund dollars support everything from competitive salaries and benefits for our faculty to student scholarships, innovative curriculum, the arts, and athletics. Your support allows us to provide an exemplary educational experience for all students and we are deeply grateful to you for making Head-Royce a philanthropic priority.

Mara Lipacis, Jen Friedman, Eva Camp Annual Fund Co-Chairs

Mara Lipacis, Jen Friedman, Eva Camp
Annual Fund Co-Chairs



Parent Giving


We are incredibly fortunate to have a community of parents who enthusiastically support the Annual Fund. With the help of our Annual Fund volunteer team, over 85% of current parents generously participated in the 2017-18 Annual Fund, donating $1,050,762, 69% of all dollars raised! We are deeply grateful for your commitment to our students and teachers - thank you.

One of the ways we are able to achieve high levels of parent participation in the Annual Fund is because of our dedicated team of volunteers. A special thank you to Eva Camp, Jen Friedman and Mara Lipacis for co-chairing the Annual Fund and leading our volunteer team:

Jennifer Jones ‘89

Laura Lamison

Jason Langkammerer ‘88

John Nyamuzuwe

Laurence Pelosi

Tim Ripsteen ‘93

Belinda Salvadei

Nancy Scanlon

Andy Singer

Tara Starr

Mark Troup

Nancy Wallace

Erica Weber

Melissa Williams

Nora Wong

Alicia Yeh

Julie Absey

Feroz Amin

Mary Jo Bowling

Shauna Brennan

Darice Bridges

Gwen Campbell

Rebecca Clarke

Tamila Copeland

Janine Evans

Lara Farnham

Sally Fitzhugh

Coley Florance

Michelle Fullbrook

Colleen Haikes

Vangeria Harvey

Kathy Huff

Rebecca Johnson

Eddie Johnson

We have found the Community at Head-Royce to be incredibly embracing, inspiring, and engaging. We feel fortunate to have found such incredible people as the teaching community at Head-Royce who care for the whole child and are committed to their development and well-being.
— Rob & Jasmine Tarkoff

Grandparent, Past Parent & Friends Giving


Grandparents, past parents, and friends are an important and vibrant part of our community. Family is at the core of our community, and we are grateful to the over 200 of you who demonstrated your commitment to our students by making an Annual Fund contribution. Collectively, you donated $92,545 and made a deep impact on the Head-Royce community.

I am a longstanding, enthusiastic supporter of Head-Royce School. My own children benefited from the outstanding education that Head-Royce provides, and now my grandchildren are being nurtured in the same environment. The School’s diverse and caring community of faculty and staff encourage students to open up their hearts and minds to the world in the pursuit of lifelong learning and enduring friendships, and that is what inspires me to give to the Annual Fund each year.
— Deborah Kirshman, Grandparent and Parents of Alumni Annual Fund Chair


Professional Community Giving


The Professional Community is one of the hallmarks of the Head-Royce community, nurturing our students from Kindergarten to 12th grade and instilling in them a lifelong love of learning. Thank you for once again enthusiastically supporting the Annual Fund! Over 95% of the professional community participated by making a gift to the Annual Fund. Special thanks to Will Adams, Jen Brakeman, Peytra Redfield, Nicole Bowler, and Deirdre Williams ‘80, for chairing the Professional Community “Share the Love” Annual Fund campaign.



Endowment & Special Gifts

The Pillon Family Scholarship Fund enables our family to say thank you to HRS for not only providing a superb education, but love and support to our sons, Cody ‘08 and Travis ‘13. We are truly grateful for their unique “lifer” experience that resulted in exceptionally close friendships with teachers, coaches and friends that continue to this day and beyond. The fund is an important way for our family to give back so that other deserving students may also thrive in the vibrant and nurturing HRS community that we call family.
— The Pillon Family


Gifts in Honor & Memoriam


These gifts are made to recognize or commemorate a member of the Head-Royce community. We thank donors who honor or memorialized their classmates, friends, teachers and loved ones through gifts to the school.



Anna & Josiah Legacy Society

We are members of the Anna & Josiah Royce Planned Giving Society because we believe in the place Head-Royce has had and will have in our community. Our family has been involved in some aspect of the Anna Head School nearly since its inception.

Our children Alexandra ‘89, Garrett ‘91, and Christopher ‘94 were the most recent beneficiaries of the excellent education that Head-Royce offered as “lifers” or nearly such. As Trustees, both JoAnn’ 60 and her mother, Ann Milton Wallis ‘36, have a long standing appreciation for all that goes into making and sustaining a school like HRS . Times may change, but the excellent teachers and teaching that happen at HRS is a constant. Giving back has always been a part of our philosophy of life, and the A & J Society is an expression of that.
— JoAnn Wallis Harley ‘60 & Alan Harley



Alumni by the Numbers



Alumni Events



Alumni Giving

My Head-Royce education has shaped my decisions from the age of five to now. Scholarship, diversity, and citizenship are still the main tenets that influence many of my decisions, from where to go to college to what jobs to pursue. I give to Head-Royce to support the faculty, administrators, and staff who provided such a vital space and support system that I still rely on 10 years after graduation and in hopes that future students continue to have access to this stellar school.
— Camden Louie ‘08

Head-Royce served as a foundation for not only my career, but who I am as a person. I specifically support the baseball program because Coach Talps taught me that people are more important than anything - a philosophy from which success is built.
— Blake Rhodes ‘88

My HRS experience prepared me to hit the ground running and succeed in college. I credit this to the phenomenal faculty there who encouraged me to pursue my academic and artistic interests every day. I could always count on being able to walk into their classrooms and ask anything, class related or not. HRS is a special community of people who love to learn and I give to recognize how much of an impact that’s had on my life.
— P.J. Robinson ‘14




Parents’ Association


Thanks to your support the Parents’ Association fulfilled its goals of building community, supporting the school's mission, and enriching the HRS experience for students and their families.

With your generosity, the Spring 2018 fundraiser, Flappers’ Fete, was a tremendous success and allowed the PA to make meaningful contributions to support the strategic plan and the HRS community. Proceeds from the auction were invested in funding the remodel of the Locker Room (to be completed in August 2019!) and the Heads Up program, in celebration of its 30-year anniversary.

The PA is honored to work with such an engaged parent community in support of the school.


Sara Malan
Parents’ Association President


2017-18 Executive Board


Sara Malan

Vice President

Leslie Sarandah


Vangeria Harvey


Matt Levy

Lower School Liaisons

Susy Clay

Jennifer Jones Blakeley ‘89

Middle School Liaisons

Meena Deo

Rachel Quilici

Upper School Liaisons

Eva Camp

Kari Jeff




Flappers’ Fete was an amazing evening that highlighted our community, all to benefit Head-Royce! The gym was transformed into a swank 1920s speakeasy, complete with a champagne tower and live band. We are deeply grateful to the event committee and the generous contributions our community made, whether it was in the form of live, silent, or online auction items, a paddles up for the Heads Up program, or a bottle of wine for the cellar, we could not have done it without you!



Over 120 Heads Up students thrived during the 2017-18 school year! Serving low-income Oakland public school students, the Heads Up Program was established in 1987 to provide an educational program focused on developing academic success and an appreciation for community and civic engagement. With a cost of approximately $3,000 per student, this program would not be possible without the generous support of our community. Thank you for investing in these bright young students.

It entailed months of preparation, two weeks of rehearsals, and an opportunity to perform in front of hundreds in the iconic Scottish Rite Center, and, for many Heads Up students, this was an event for the memory books. The occasion? Celebrating 30 remarkable years of the Heads Up Program, Head-Royce’s year-round academic enrichment program for underserved Oakland middle school students of color.

More than one thousand students have successfully completed the program and have gone on to attend academically challenging high schools and colleges - including prestigious universities such as Yale. No matter the journey students take after graduating from Heads Up, their connection to the program remains, and the bonds and experiences they share become deeply embedded in their personal narratives.

Graduates of Head-Royce's Heads Up Program talk about their experiences and how Heads Up helped to shape their futures.


This year marked a pivotal year for Nia as we celebrated the 15th installment of the Speaker Series with an amazing event and interactive fundraising effort. Glenn Singleton captivated the audience with a riveting discussion on Courageous Conversations about Race.  He shared the importance of engaging in the conversation, sustaining the conversation even when it gets difficult and deepening the conversation to have authentic and meaningful change.  These are essential to impacting the educational experience, deinstitutionalizing racism and achieving equity for students. He further shared the courageous conversation compass that he developed as a tool to navigate people through conversations about race.  He challenged the audience to identify how each of us, individually, deal with racial information or events: emotionally, intellectually, morally or relationally. As we reflected on that, he also showed compelling advertisements for major companies he is working where race was exhibited in a manner that celebrated diversity and presented a powerful message about inclusion.   Once again, the Nia event evoked thought and encouraged us all to talk about race, even if difficult, as it will benefit us all to have better understanding of each other.

This event marked another spectacular celebration of Black History Month.





Whether you are a parent or guardian, alumni, grandparent, or friend, thank you for your volunteerism at Head-Royce! Your contributions of time and talent to projects and events with the Parents’ Association, Heads Up, Admissions, Alumni Council, Annual Fund and in the classroom help bring our community closer together and make Head-Royce a place where students can thrive, knowing that many people are involved in the effort.