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Our Davis Story: Ann and Jay Davis


Dear Davis Friends, 

When Ann mentioned to me that we would be asked to contribute something to help in the formation of this new school, I immediately said yes. It made sense, so I began thinking about how this effort fit into our thoughts about the needs of our Jewish Community, the need for an institution that would excel in both Judaic and secular studies. Also, we strongly believed in the need for a school where the Jewish values we hold so dear would be lived daily.

 In the middle of the night, I woke up with an idea I posed to Ann the following day.  “What about naming the school in honor of my parents?” At the time, my dad was turning 80, and my mother had passed away. Smiling, she said, “I wasn’t planning on spending quite that much.”  After a few days of discussion, we decided to make a founding gift. We then called my sister, Dulcy, and her husband, Jerry, and invited them to join us. Of course, they were delighted and excited to participate.

We were young and naive and honestly had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. We didn’t know the first thing about schools, education, and the like. Fortunately, we didn’t know what we didn’t know, but as Ann often says, “It has been a labor of love.” We never dreamed that The Davis Academy would have two beautiful campuses, an enrollment of many hundreds of students and all these years later, thousands of alumni. At the time, our own children were too old to attend the school, and we had not yet comprehended one day becoming grandparents, let alone the idea that one day our grandchildren would attend the school. Now we have three Davis graduates in our family, and one grandchild who is currently a first grader.

We certainly never dreamed that The Davis Academy would become the largest and most prominent Reform day school in the country, a model of education, and a leader for the Reform movement.

 It's hard to believe that three decades have passed since the inception of The Davis Academy. Today we celebrate a truly remarkable success story. We attribute this success to the unwavering commitment and tireless efforts of our exceptional professional staff and devoted lay leaders, and to the trust and dedication of our pioneer families and the many hundreds of parents over the years who entrusted the school with their children. We thank you all for your vision, trust, and unwavering support over the past thirty years.

It is because of the entire Davis Academy community that vision became reality and that together, we share a very special school built with love, devotion, and Jewish values.

Ann and Jay Davis


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