Written by Jason Kreutner, founder and Head of School
The public memorial for Sen. John McCain was held today at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. A small school is like a family, and experiences from prior years are permanently woven into the culture and institutional knowledge of University School. Just as families share stories and look at photo albums and home movies, we have been talking about our history of interactions with John McCain. We discuss current events every day at USL, and we prepare our students to become active citizens who can think for themselves and will uplift their communities. Our students learn first-hand about Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, Greens and more by speaking with candidates and attending campaign events. As for McCain specifically, we attended a 2008 rally at Alex’s (now Page’s Okra Grill) just down the street from us on Coleman Blvd. and met and shook hands with McCain as he was running for the Republican nomination for president. We also attended a 2012 campaign event for Mitt Romney at Charles Towne Landing in which McCain was also present, stumping for Romney. As for the site of today’s memorial, our Middle School visited the National Cathedral a few years ago. We were not able to explore the interior because it was being repaired due to damage from an earthquake in the D.C. area a year before. As we have always done, we will continue to make sure our students meet candidates and leaders of all stripes so that they can evaluate them first-hand and make up their own mind. Our mission remains to develop young people who operate with civility, are able to talk and listen to those who hold opinions different from their own, and are aware of all of the principles that unite us as Americans.