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San Marcos Academy - To Honor and Remember

Walking around the beautiful campus of San Marcos Academy, one cannot help but notice the scores of engraved pavers and plaques placed by trees, benches, planter areas, and other structures around campus. These pavers and plaques are the means by which alumni, friends and supporters of the Academy have chosen to honor and to remember their loved ones in a pleasing and permanent way.

Following is information about two programs the Academy offers to honor and remember others with a lasting campus gift. For further details on these or any other naming opportunities, please call 512-753-8007 or contact Bobby Dupree.

Memorial Trees
Planting a memorial tree on the Academy campus is a lovely way to celebrate the life of a friend or loved one. The Academy benefits through campus beautification and the remembrance of those who were a vital part of the Academy and the lives of her students. Alumni and friends who return to honor the memory of a loved one often relate heartwarming stories, providing inspiration to those dedicated to the mission of San Marcos Academy.

The cost of donating a tree is $1,000. Checks, payable to SMA should be mailed to San Marcos Academy, marked Attention Alumni Relations, to 2801 Ranch Road Twelve, San Marcos, Texas 78666.

Those who donate memorial tree are asked for guidance in wording the plaque. Madeline De Long, director of alumni relations, is available to consult with you as needed. Turn-around time for the manufacture of the plaque is approximately 2Ė3 months. You may mail, fax or email the plaque inscription for your memorial tree to my attention. Receipt of the plaque is crucial to the timing of the dedication date.

A current list of memorial trees are provided on this document. and the approximate locations of our current memorial trees are noted on this map. New locations are determined based upon the amount of water available to the area. The bur oak is our tree of preference; bur oaks are native to the area and tend to thrive in our climate. We can discuss the location of your tree when you are ready to place your order.

After the tree and plaque are ordered, a dedication date can be determined. The dedication is an important event for family and friends. Mrs. De Long will be happy to discuss the dedication setting, whether it is an intimate setting or a more public dedication to include Academy students and faculty. We will also request biographical information on the person being honored for the dedicatory program. You may wish to remember your loved one with a song, poem or prayer; we will rely on your guidance in planning the dedication ceremony.

Alumni Plaza Naming Opportunities
Our Alumni Plaza was dedicated in the fall of 2007 to commemorate the centennial of the founding of San Marcos Academy. The central feature of the plaza is the beautiful white fountain, which was first installed on the Academyís original campus as a gift from the Class of 1922. Situated around the fountain are planter areas and benches as well as four light posts; these light posts are also artifacts from our original campus. Additionally displayed in the plaza are the original 1907 cornerstone from Carroll Hall and the Founderís Stone that was erected on the original campus in 1931 to honor our first president, Dr. J. H. Carroll.

The fountain, planter areas, light posts, and benches have been sponsored by generous donors as naming opportunities (click here for a list of the our plaza sponsors). Two planter areas and one bench still remains as naming opportunities. The planter areas can be purchased for a gift of $5,000 and the bench can be purchased for $5,000. Please contact our development office for more information on these items.

Also surrounding the fountain in the plaza are a number of brick pavers honoring our alumni. Regular-sized pavers may be purchased for $100 to honor or memorialize any former student of San Marcos Academy. Proceeds from this ongoing project fund the Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship. To order a paver, please download the form and send in with your payment of $100 to

Development Office (512-753-8007)
San Marcos Academy
2801 Ranch Road 12
San Marcos, Texas 78666

A few larger-sized pavers are also available for sponsorship for a cost of $250. Please download the form and send it in with your payment of $250 to the address above or call the Development Office for more information.

Crest Yearbook Digitization Project
How would you like to see the Crest yearbook from a year you attended SMA on our digital kiosks in the Hall of Honor area of the Jamail Special Event Center? Wouldn't it be fun to digitally browse through the pages of the yearbook or search for a classmate when you visit campus? Itís easy to do with our digitization program. More than half of all SMA yearbooks are now sponsored and available for view in the Jamail Center. Many other books are still not digitized, however. You can help with this historic preservation project through your $100 donation to sponsor an SMA yearbook. Books can be purchased in memory of or in honor of others if you choose. Contact Madeline De Long to see which years are still available.

2801 Ranch Road 12 | San Marcos, Texas, 78666 |Tel: 512.353.2400