On Monday, April 7, Indian Creek School announced the upcoming retirement of Bruce Crossman - a member of the School community who has embodied the spirit of ICS for 40 years.
A Humble Legend
Over his four decades at ICS, Mr. Crossman has had an extraordinary impact on thousands of lives within the ICS community. As Head of School Booth Kyle shares, "To say that Bruce is an ICS legend would be an understatement. Bruce exemplifies the ICS mission and philosophy, always putting the best interests of our students first. He genuinely loves working with young people, demonstrates humility and selflessness, and motivates everyone around him to be their best, including myself."
A Trailblazing Leader
Mr. Crossman came to ICS in 1981 after teaching in Prince George’s County Public Schools and in West Germany with the Department of Defense Public Schools. He was a Middle School teacher for many years, engaging his students in the wonders of science through hands-on activities. Bruce was Indian Creek founder Anne Chambers’ natural choice as principal for the Middle School, which he led for 28 years with deep understanding of his students and an unwavering commitment to academic excellence.
Today Mr. Crossman serves as Director of Campus Connections and Evergreen Alumni Philanthropy. He has delighted in the opportunity to connect with former students, and he enjoys touring the school with visiting alumni to show them the campus that will be home to the entire PK-12 school soon. He has visited alumni at home as far south as South Carolina and as far north as Massachusetts. This winter and spring he has been hosting a series of virtual class reunions with the students he used to teach.
An Inspiring Community Builder
Thanks to a generous donation from the Semans Family in Bruce’s honor, Indian Creek’s updated floor plan for grades 6-8 will be named the Bruce E. Crossman Middle School Wing
. In addition to the Middle School carrying his name, Bruce’s legacy will include a commitment to building community, confidence, and character in ICS students and teachers for generations to come. In addition to this honor, the Semans family has made a pledge to match any donation made to the Indian Creek School Annual Fund in honor of Mr. Crossman dollar for dollar, up to $75,000. (More information on the Crossman Community Challenge can be found at this link.
Indian Creek School will always be grateful to Bruce Crossman. He established a strong, student-centered Middle School, and led the faculty for years with clarity, wisdom, and dedication. He has provided the institutional knowledge that eased the transition from founders Anne Chambers and Rebecca Randolph to a new generation of administrators determined to carry on the mission of Indian Creek.
Indian Creek wishes Bruce, Patti, Anne, Liz ’02, and their families the absolute best in their next adventure.