Giving

The James E. Poole Athletic Facility

The Albany Academies aim to educate students

with the knowledge, skills, and character needed for leadership and success in the creative, entrepreneurial century that lies ahead. A well-rounded education including rigorous academics, exposure to the arts and a requirement to participate in athletics are important components of leadership and character development. In fact, it's what distinguishes Academy students from their peers.

Thank you in advance for your kind consideration of this project.
For further information kindly contact Director of Institutional Advancement Ann Wendth at (518) 429-2385.


A Letter from James E. Poole '68

I always considered it an honor to work at my alma mater and have the opportunity to teach and coach such outstanding students over the years. To keep things fresh, I “graduated” from working with Middle schoolers to teaching Upper School students. Because of that I experienced every grade from 5-12, except freshmen, but, of course, I did have them on teams that I coached.
           
About ten years ago as I stood with my peers around the outside of the seats in our morning chapel meeting, I was overwhelmed by the thought that I belonged to such an august assembly of faculty members. I wasn’t certain that I was worthy to belong to such an amazing group, but I was grateful nonetheless.
 
As much as I took pride in the classroom accomplishments of my students, I derived equal satisfaction in the success of my teams. No other school in Section II – large or small – has as many Track and Field section record holders as the Academy, and I feel immense pride in that. I always tried to make athletic participation fun for my athletes and I believe, for the most part, I succeeded. Along the way, we won many league and sectional championships, and even a state championship in Track in 2000.
 
At the completion of my 35th year, Dr. North presented me with a gift and I responded by saying, “It’s been an honor and privilege.” I always felt that to be true.

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