An Independent School • Grades 5-12

by Leslie Schuyler, archivist

As part of Lakeside's centennial celebration, archivist Leslie Schuyler is posting one historic milestone every day this school year on the archives Instagram. Follow along at or view the full timelines at

Time for a joyful post! What could be more celebratory than the Lakeside School tradition of May Day?! It all began on May 1, 1992. Proposed and designed by student government, the first May Day celebration was a combination of service and fun.

The magazine recorded the event and described faculty attitudes: "Though somewhat reluctant to have classes interrupted... [faculty] saw the value of a student-created activity, service to the community, and the cooperative nature of the carnival."

Here are some pics of May Days past, kicking off with Seyed Mahoutchi from the refectory staff smiling his welcome in 1998. It's a bit different today, but the tradition endures. This year we won't be able to gather in person for May Day, but the spirit of fun and community isn't easily broken. Thanks for all your work to (remotely) connect the Lakeside School community on virtual May Day, student government! 



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