Another year bites the dust

2017 was a busy year, one perhaps most notably characterized by political tension, natural disasters and news of violence and cultures of harassment worldwide. Moments of community, celebration and new beginnings pervaded our last 12 months, particularly here at the upper school. Most of all, though, 2017 was a year of change.We cannot feature all the most important events of the last year. We have selected a few with considerable significance.

by Nicole Chen, Kathy Fang, and Ashley Jiang

U.S. faces reckoning over assault, harassment and misconduct

Allegations, consequences spread to Hollywood, politicans, Silicon Valley, media

Trump sworn in as 45th president

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Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th President of the U.S. on Jan. 20, 2017, with wife Melania on his left. Half a million people attended his inauguration in Washington, D.C.

4 million Americans march in protests

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People protest outside San Francisco’s City Hall at the first Women’s March on Jan. 20, 2017. Women’s Marches across the country also took place on Jan. 20, 2018 to protest Trump policies one year later.

Trump’s first year

JAN 27

President Trump signs an executive order banning travel to U.S. from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen


Trump fires FBI Director James Comey

MAY 17

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller tapped to investigate potential Russian meddling in 2016 U.S. election

DEC 22

President Trump signs tax overhaul into law

Athletic center opens Aug. 18; Yager becomes head of school

OPENING (Left to right). Junior Christopher Gong and seniors Eric Jeong, Peter Connors, Tiffany Shou, Isabella Spradlin, Lauren Napier, Satchi Thockchom and Megan Cardosi ceremonially cut a ribbon
to inaugurate the new Athletic Center at the upper school on Aug. 18 as Head of Athletics Dan Molin watches.

58 killed in Las Vegas mass shooting

Carlos Levya
Across the site of the festival, people visit a makeshift memorial, one of several set up in the week after the Las Vegas shooting. Fifty-eight people were killed and at least 527 were injured at an outdoor concert on Oct. 1.

Bitcoin hits record of nearly $20,000 on Dec. 17

3 major U.S. hurricanes

President Trump announces end of DACA program, which protects 800,000 undocumented immigrants

Protesters stand in support
of the DACA program at a Seattle rally in June. President Trump in September announced a rollback of the program that protects undocumented immigrants who entered the country at a young age.

Football players nationwide kneel to protest racial injustice

Cameron Zell
Members of the Bellarmine High School football team knelt at their games the week of Oct. 12, echoing peaceful protests around the country in which football players knelt during the 2016 and 2017 footbal season as the national anthem played, to protest racial injustice in the U.S.