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We are delighted to announce that Col. Robert Sprague, USMC (Ret.) has joined the AFA community as our new Commandant/Dean of Students starting Monday, September 13, 2021. The Commandant/Dean of Students position is a vital leadership role. The person in this position is responsible for the alignment of the mission of Farragut and all student activities including student behavior, well-being, character development, and disciplinary process for students in grades 8 through 12.
Col Sprague joins us with an extensive background in military leadership and many years of dedicated service in the United States Marine Corps. In recent years, Col Sprague was Commandant at the Marine Leadership Academy in Chicago, and a Senior Marine Instructor at D.D. Eisenhower High School in Illinois. Previously, Col Sprague served in the United States Marine Corps for more than 23 years, including time serving as a Marine Officer Instructor for Navy and Marine Corps Reserve Officer training, and a Judge Advocate. Col Sprague also served as Chief of Operations, Joint Operations Center, U.S. Central Command where he supervised the Joint Operations center for more than 20 countries. Col Sprague has a B.A. in Political Science and American Literature from Manhattanville College, and a J.D. from Villanova University. Col Sprague will be an outstanding addition to our faculty and school community.
We would like to take a moment to thank Mark Buzby, RADM, USN (Ret), David Arms, CAPT, USN (Ret), and Garrett Gummer, CAPT, USN (Ret) for their guidance and advice through the hiring process. Serving as an advisory board, their all-important military experience and Farragut alumni status has been invaluable throughout.
Doug Pearson and Corky Newcombe, class agents for the Class of 1966 South, came to campus last week and presented a special gift to honor former Headmaster Robert J. Fine, Jr.’s 30 years of service to the Academy. The presentation of this gift was heartfelt and there was not a dry eye in the room. Pearson read the following letter aloud.
Alex DeSeta ’04 recently volunteered his 58-foot Leopard Catamaran, the Aqua Bob, to take 18-year-old Corbin Delk out onto the Charleston Harbor.
Ariel Zhang ’12 has recently become a published author, with her young adult fiction book titled “Leila”; a story about a fantasy journey into the place between life and death.
Every year, Admiral Farragut Academy is proud to invite legacy families to present the high school diploma to their graduates. Legacy families are families with multiple generational connections to Admiral Farragut Academy including former graduates and current employees. For the Class of 2021, 14 legacy families joined their graduate on stage.
When Ronald White III, Admiral Farragut Academy Class of 2021 graduate, started high school as a freshman, he wasn’t even sure he wanted to go to college. Now, four years later and two years after starting at Farragut, he graduated with a track scholarship to attend the United States Military Academy Preparatory School at West Point with plans for admission to West Point in the Fall of 2022.
Ten years ago, an 8-year-old Eddie Gaines watched a YouTube video about the United States Military Academy at West Point and decided that that was where he wanted to be. Now, after having graduated with the Admiral Farragut Academy Class of 2021, Eddie has been accepted to West Point will start on June 28th.