"Headmaster's Address" by Mr. Michael Contompasis from the 1980 Liber Actorum

". . . Our school has taught you that learning requires hard work and dedication. Our curriculum has given you the proficiency needed to function well as citizens and as civilized individuals. The ability to write and speak clearly, an understanding of our civilization, its roots, and your place in it will help you achieve an understanding of the way in which our, or any civilized society works, along with the ability to direct it rather than to be maniulated by it. But I am troubled by the notion that we have not done enough for you. Our country is plagued with serious problems which threaten her very existence. We enter a new decade seemingly unable as people to reslove the economic, social, environmental and political concerns that impact our daily lives. We seem, as a nation, unwilling to accept the responsibility needed to resolve our problems. A willingness to accept the status quo, and to remain indifferent to the mediocrity and incompetence which prevail in our society will lead, I feel, to our downfall as a nation. For, it is true that every freedom, every right, and every priviledge have their price and their corresponding duty without which they cannot be enjoyed. Each of us must take a direct and personal part in solving the great problems which plague this country. Our national public system of education, which for centuries has served for many as a stepping stone to a better way of life, now is threatened by a lack of direction and inconsistent policy decisions. This, in turn, has led to an erosion of trust and confidence by the public in the ability of our schools to educate our young people properly . . . The Latin School has flourished for over 345 years. It has maintained an undiminished attachment to wisdom while providing countless generations of students with an opportunity to develop their talents to the fullest. Has it been exacting? Fortunately, yes. Count its toughness as an act of mercy. The good things are not easily come by. You as alumni have inherited the responsibility to continue the legacy passed on to you today. You have an obligation to see to it that future generations are given the same opportunity to grow and develop intellectually that you have received . . ."