Alexis Bogo '89 Keynotes John Roy Baylor Day

Alexis Bogo ’89, the great-granddaughter of Baylor’s second headmaster, Alexander Guerry, was the keynote speaker at the fourth annual John Roy Baylor Day celebration on Wednesday, Jan. 4.  Bogo was in the Baylor's first class of female graduates after the school admitted girls in 1985 (the school was briefly coed between 1900 and 1912). She is the mother of Blake Bogo '24, and is a member of the Board of Trustees. 

Following an introduction by Head of School Chris Angel '89, Bogo shared insights about the school's founding headmaster, John Roy Baylor, hiring her grandfather to be the school's first athletic director and head football coach in 1913.  Guerry promptly established an athletic program and in his first year defeated McCallie School in football, baseball, basketball, tennis, and debate -- effectively creating a rivalry that still exists today.  He later joined the administration as assistant head of school, and was named headmaster following Baylor's sudden death in 1926.  "A spirit in the school was ignited by this competition," said Bogo, adding that Baylor and Guerry became close colleagues because they were teaching each other the value of living a life of truth and honor in the classroom and out of the classroom, and living a life that leads down a path of excellence on the hill and off the hill. "They realized that they were igniting a spirit in the school and in themselves."


Alexander Guerry
Baylor School's Second Headmaster

Watch full speech below:

John Roy Baylor Day was created in the spirit of better connecting the Baylor community to its history and traditions, and is designed to honor the values that Dr. Baylor held dear and that have helped guide our community since its inception: magnanimitas, honor, faith, and academic excellence.

Students wore "John Roy Baylor" t-shirts and enjoyed doughnuts in The Quad following the keynote address by Alexis Bogo '89.

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