Justin A. Schwartz?
Beloved son and student of Kingsbury
Justin was born November 15, 1983 with a smile on his face, a precious gift for Karen and Pat Schwartz. As a toddler, he loved to be on the move, his favorite toy, a walker. The Schwartzs' lovingly referred to him as "Superman". Justin loved the outdoors, playing sports but also liked the computer and Legos. He was a good friend. He loved, and was loved, by his family.
Justin had a great sense of humor and could take a good teasing in stride, even about his very high pitched voice.
Justin loved Kingsbury and his friends there and was a leader in the classroom and on the field.
He brought joy to those who knew him.
Kingsbury was the only school Justin ever knew and he loved it! The Schwartzs' called it Justin's home away from home. He spent so much time walking between the then lower school and upper school that when Justin was in the 5th grade his parents purchased the school sign at the Kingsbury Auction for him. In white letters on a natural wood background, the sign reads "Justin's Crossing".
Just two short years later, Justin tragically lost his life on August 18th, 1997. He was thirteen.
Devastated, the Schwartzs' want to memorialize their son. They decided to give back to the school, which had brought Justin such happiness, and an idea was born.
Justin A Schwartz Center
The Justin A. Schwartz Gymnasium and Performing Arts Center was dedicated in the Fall of 1998 after an incredible year of community effort to create a memorial to Justin. A leader in the classroom and on the athletic field, Justin was lost in a tragic accident in August of 1997.
In the spring of 1998, Justin was graduated posthumously along with his class and will be forever remembered here at Kingsbury.
This building embodies the spirit of the Kingsbury family and provides a state-of-the-art facility for students who participate in sports and the performing arts here at Kingsbury.
Justin A Schwartz Award
Class of 2016 Justin A Schwartz Award Winner Ann Culver.
The Justin A. Schwartz Award is a
$1,000.00 scholarship given to
one 8th grader each year.
The Justin A. Schwartz Award is given to graduating 8th grader who exemplifies those great traits that were so recognizable in Justin.
- Student can be male or female.
- A student who strives toward high academics and is often if not always, on the honor roll. A student who works hard at
- A hard worker who is always prepared with homework and
ready with the essentials needed for the day.
- Someone who is ready to lend a hand.
- A student who participates in the sports program and has a love of athletics.
- A lover of life and people, who makes every moment count.
Happy, laughing, caring, and ready to join in whatever is next.
- A student who shows respect to Kingsbury's property, teachers and peers.
The Schwartzs' remain active in the Kingsbury Community to this day. Mrs Schwartz taught for 11 years at Kingsbury, and still substitute teaches on occasion. You may have seen Karen around the Hosner Campus volunteering in the office last year, or helping Francie Diebboll in the Alum Office. Or perhaps you saw her at the Trust Auction, she is on the trust board, has been for six years. The Schwartzs' continue to be a testament to the values we at Kingsbury hold dear, they truly champion on future generations in the "Kingsbury Way".
Thank-you both for all your time and love that you have poured out on us, as if we all were Justin.
We are grateful for your presence in our community.
Jane Saxon and Karen Schwartz - 2016 Parent Breakfast
Every year at Kingsbury there is one day that is everyone's day, November 15th, Justin's birthday. On November 15th, the entire school celebrates Justin's birthday as their own.
You can learn more about Justin in the book, Justin's Crossing.
The book is available in office on Oakwood Campus
for you to keep, courtesy of Pat and Karen Schwartz.
The book is also available in Kingsbury library for check-out.