Class of 2003 visiting the high school gym.
On November 4, 2023, we held our 20 Year Reunion gathering with a tour of the Middle School and High School campuses in the afternoon, followed by a dinner at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club. It was amazing to get to see so many familiar places and faces, and to meet so many new ones, seeing how our school and families have grown in the intervening years.
A lot has changed since we last stood on the HKIS campus as students. We thought it was quite interesting how the old detention room in Middle School is now a Wellness Center, oh how times have changed. The High School building hasn’t just changed, it has a whole new floor added to it! Despite all the differences, we were glad to see some things have endured. We were quite proud to see that the Spirit Rock given to the school by our class remains and continues to build layers of messages, slogans, and tradition to this day.
Photos from the Class of 2003 campus visit and other reunion activities.
We had a fantastic evening celebrating with 48 fellow classmates at the RHKYC, rekindling old friendships, rehashing old jokes, and reminding ourselves of times gone by. One of the major highlights of the night was rewatching our Senior Video, a project by some of our classmates where we left messages to our future selves; it was wild to meet up again with ourselves from 20 years ago.
It was certainly a night to remember and we would like to give a big thank you to Hillary and the HKIS Alumni Relations team for hosting a great reception, school tour, and for all their hard work. Time flies, and while we’re not in a hurry to get to the next decade reunion, we hope it will be as enjoyable as this one.
CLASS OF 2003 REUNION COMMITTEE
Saurabh Agarwal, Erin Yeh, Bosco Hui, John Wang, Laibond Cheng, Sonia Li
DID YOU KNOW?
The Spirit Rock aka “The Rock” was a class gift to HKIS from the Class of 2003
In 2003, our High School class took on the challenge of finding a creative solution to the yearly tradition of painting senior messages on the slopes in front of campus on Tai Tam Road. Aware of safety concerns and complaints from the Red Hill Community, a few determined classmates took the initiative to work with the administration on an alternative: installing a large rock on campus that could be painted instead.
Working with a local quarry to find the perfect rock that wasn't too round or too small, and ensuring it had at least a couple flat sides that could be painted on as well, the island on campus was dug up to create a designated spot for its installation. With great pride, we named it the Spirit Rock and became the first of many classes to paint it, marking the beginning of a new tradition that allowed us all to express our class spirit while addressing the concerns of the administration and community.
Submitted by Saurabh Agarwal ‘03 along with the 20th reunion organizing committee members (Erin Yeh, Bosco Hui, John Wang Laibond Cheng and Sonia Li)