The friendships you make at UTS can continue to be a source of strength and inspiration for your entire life, says Emily McComb ’94. “UTS is a small school; a tight school. It’s so much your life for those six years and you’re in it together. It’s a real bond.”
A Senior Lecturer in Business Administration at Harvard Business School, Emily is in the throes of that excited back-to-school feeling as she prepares for the fall. The feeling takes her back to her first day at UTS when then-Principal Al Fleming ’54 opened the school year with a speech. “I have a very clear image of his smile and these really warm eyes – his eyes are always so merry – and even though everything was new and we were the youngest kids in a big auditorium, he made it feel welcoming and let us know that UTS was the kind of place that was going to get behind the students.”
And it did. At UTS, Emily made great friends for life and learned from some of the “most inspirational and deeply dedicated teachers.” Now as she watches her own children get ready for high school, she hopes they will have a similar experience, and is so grateful to have had a high school experience that meant so much to her.
That’s why she supports the Building the Future campaign, and when the idea came up to honour former Principal Al Fleming with recognition in the renewed building, she supported it wholeheartedly as a volunteer and a donor.
“Mr. Fleming was such a constant in our lives at UTS,” says Emily. “I think this is a really nice way to make supporting a very big and important capital campaign like Building the Future a little more personal by saying thank you to somebody who means so much to us.” Another lovely result from volunteering were the emails she received from old friends she hadn’t heard from in a while.
Soon, thanks to the support of Emily and many other alumni and colleagues, Al Fleming will be honoured with well-deserved recognition in our renewed school.
Join Emily in honouring former UTS Principal
Al Fleming ’54 in our renewed school.