Our journey: The evolution of the Burroughs campus
Enrollment: 551 in 1980 & 562 in 1989
Distinctions: 10 National Merit Semifinalists, 175 Finalists & 63 Scholars
Program Highlights
  • This decade was shaped in part by a commitment to racial and gender equity as a result of an ISACS evaluation that encouraged Burroughs to overcome “old patterns.”
  • In an assembly in 1980, formerly exiled Chilean author Antonio Skarmata read one of his short stories about censorship and repression as viewed through the eyes of a young boy.
  • During an assembly in 1981, Quentin Keynes, Charles Darwin’s son, led students through a slide show tour of the Galapagos Islands.
  • In 1982, the National Science Teachers Association chose Burroughs’ Bio Drey Land program as one of ten outstanding example of innovative biology programs in the country in its series “Focus on Excellence”.
  • In 1983, the Howard A. Stamper Library became on of the first schools in the country to use the Dialog research platform for searching peer-reviewed content databases (1982) and to develop an on-line catalog system (1983).
  • Burroughs’ dominance in field hockey was rekindled when the 1983 and 1984 teams compiled a remarkable cumulative record of 39-1, winning the Midwest Field Hockey tournament title in 1983 and placing second in a heart-rending loss in 1984.
  • In 1986, Dr. Keith E. Shahan ’62 succeeded Cissel as head of school.
  • The International Model United Nations Program launched in 1987 when the first delegation from Burroughs visited The Hague International Model United Nations (THIMUN).
  • Bob Esther ’87 was named a Presidential Scholar.
  • Classmates Bob Esther ’87 and Darcy Prather ’87 were both named Rhodes Scholars.
  • James Grove III ’88 was named a Presidential Scholar.
  • Faculty sabbatical program was formalized and funded.
  • The Amnesty International group is founded and the American Field Service club is re-established.
  • In 1988, Carol Kimball organized the first Career Day as part of the Rassieur Career Awareness Center which was established by Frank Rassieur ’44 in 1975.
Campus Highlights
  • In 1986, the Memorial Gym and Haertter Hall were extended into a large new field house creating one large multipurpose complex. It was formally dedicated as the Cissel Center on April 9, 1986; the same year as Mr. Cissel’s retirement.
Giving Highlights
  • Seven more endowed scholarships are established for a total of 22 by the end of 1989.
  • In 1988, the Leonard D. and Madeline H. Haertter Chair in Mathematics was established and funded through the assets of the John Burroughs Foundation which was shut down. Haertter was Head of School from 1935 - 1964. Alice Snodgrass was the first chairholder.