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Mr. Sturch, nos gratissimi tibi sumus
Posted 11/21/2014 04:47PM

Mr. Sturch, we are grateful!  

Today York School honored Nicholas Sturch at the 23rd Annual Philanthropy Day of the Central Coast, a gathering celebrating philanthropists who shape our community through their generosity.

For many, the name Nicholas Sturch is synonymous with York. Mr. Sturch started his teaching career on the Hill in 1965 and was a member of the York faculty for 45 years, inspiring hundreds of students. He is also one of York’s most generous lifetime donors, with 45 consecutive years of giving.

During his career at York, Mr. Sturch taught English, Latin, ancient history, geography, Greek, French, and art history. He also served as the faculty representative to the Board of Trustees, Secretary of the Board, a York soccer coach, the Academic Dean, and Assistant to the Head of School. Mr. Sturch retired from the classroom in 2010 but continues to play an active role in the York community. He is beloved by generations of alumni, and remains in contact with former students through his travels, correspondence, and reunions.

As a donor, Mr. Sturch’s passion has been supporting financial aid, providing opportunities for students who would not otherwise be able to attend York. The endowed fund in his name provides annual support for a student with exceptional interest and achievement in classical languages. He also gives regularly to endowed financial aid funds at York established in memory of others, such as long-time colleague Joanne Doyle and early trustee, Peggy Bates. Mr. Sturch is a member of the York School Legacy society, ensuring that his legacy of support for financial aid will continue at York through his estate.

"My mother told me I would never forget a teacher like Mr. Sturch, and boy was she right! Anyone who has had the privilege, knows what I mean. I'm pretty sure he doesn't remember me for my excellence in academics…Years later, I wish I was a better student but somehow I turned out ok. I tell this story to my own son. He never had Mr. Sturch, but the inspiration continues. Thank you Mr. Sturch!" -Jodi Hayes '84

"When I visited York as a prospective student, I attended Mr. Sturch’s ancient history class with my host. We walked in a few minutes late, and Mr. Sturch just stopped talking and stood at the front of the class nearly frozen. As soon as we got settled he picked up right where he left off talking about whether Egyptian priests would have been considered deities at the time. I was fascinated, and locked into the conversation immediately. I should have been embarrassed or intimidated, but Mr. Sturch made it clear there was no room for that; he respected the material too much to let it be interrupted. It was all about the learning. I was hooked."  –Greg Littleton ‘82

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