Campaign Launch Celebration Highlights

Updated: Feb 11, 2019

Dix F. Davis – 2018 Recipient of the Milton P. Higgins (1918) Award for Distinguished Service to Bancroft School

Dix Davis's association with Bancroft over the past 40 years has been one of great dedication. Through his work as a Trustee from 1982-1997, and as President of the Board from 1992-1995, he demonstrated a devotion to the aims and mission of the School. During his tenure he served on numerous committees including personnel, buildings and grounds, and development, and chaired both the finance and investment committees. He oversaw balanced budgets during his years as treasurer, and was instrumental in helping the School's growth.

Together with his family—wife Sarah, a former second-grade teacher and librarian, and their three children, Tom ’88, Bill ’90, and Margaret “Muffy” ’95—Dix has remained a dedicated supporter and ambassador of Bancroft School.

Mackenzie Melemed '13

Pianist Mackenzie Melemed is a 2013 graduate of Bancroft School. Accepted into The Juilliard School’s prestigious accelerated five-year-dual-degree program, Mackenzie recently graduated with his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degree. He has been awarded the 2018 Juilliard School Arthur Rubinstein Piano Prize. In the Fall, Mackenzie will start the Artist Diploma program, a highly-selective two-year program at The Juilliard School, studying with Robert McDonald and Emanuel Ax.

Ken Davenport '90

Two-time Tony Award winning Broadway producer Ken Davenport graduated from Bancroft in 1990. Known for an interactive production style, Ken often uses elements of video games, smartphone apps, and crowdfunding technologies to make Broadway musicals relevant to today's audiences. His productions have appeared in 25+ countries. His credits include Once on this Island and Kinky Boots, among numerous others. Ken wrote the musical Gettin’ The Band Back Together, which will open on August 13 on Broadway. His blog ( has been featured in New York Magazine, Vanity Fair, The Gothamist, and more.