Celebrating 50 Years of Marin Academy
Future focused since 1972
Fifty years ago, in a time of rapid social change, a small group of passionate educators and community members came together to establish a progressive independent high school on a beautiful, historic campus in the heart of San Rafael. Our founders envisioned a model that would balance challenging academics with experiential learning and community engagement.
In September 1972, the first 59 students and 12 teachers embarked on the first day of school at the newly created Marin Academy.
Since that promising beginning, Marin Academy has emerged as a leader in experiential education. Through our challenging curriculum and innovative signature programs, including Mincourse and Conference on Democracy, our students explore complex ideas, test and refine their own values, and make connections across disciplines.
During our school’s 50-year history, we have consistently encouraged students to think critically and actively engage in real-world issues to become leaders in their communities and positively impact the world.
- 50th Anniversary Celebration Spirit Barbecue: September 9, 2022
- Climate Change Panel: September 12, 2022
- Alumni Happy Hour at Haven Rooftop, Manhattan: November 3, 2022
- Alumni Brunch at Juliette, Brooklyn: November 5, 2022
- Alumni Holiday Party at Joinery, Sausalito: December 9, 2022
- Alumni Trivia Night: January 19, 2023
- Alumni Happy Hour at La Bohème, West Hollywood: February 2, 2023
- Alumni Brunch at Etta, Culver City: February 4, 2023
- Speaker Series - Leadership: February 15, 2023
- Conference on Democracy: March 29, 2023
- 50th Anniversary Celebration: April 29, 2023
- Alumni Reunion: May 20, 2023
Where we’re headed next
In 2016, a committee of trustees, parents, alumni, faculty, staff, and administrators began a new strategic planning process. The resulting document, MA’s Strategic Plan 2017 - 2026, is built on an understanding of our strengths and challenges, the values our community holds most dear, and what makes us unique. It reaffirms a commitment to our founders’ vision and builds on our strengths to chart an ambitious future.
As we celebrate Marin Academy’s 50th anniversary, we’re reflecting on our school’s history and looking ahead to the bright future that our generous supporters are helping us build. Help us shape the next generation of leaders.