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Thorwald 1974



When did you attend Priory

1972 - 1977 


What was your nickname at Priory?


How did you locate the Priory website?

My best friend mailed me a picture of me when I was 13. A photo he found on the site when he googled my name.



Who were your most memorable teachers?

Miss Hodgson. What a babe! The most beautiful legs on a biology teacher sitting on her desk in front of the class I ever saw. My English literature teacher. Shame on me for not remembering his name. We read the most incredible books and my love for Shakespeare was born because of him.

Miss Jennifer Hodgson


Who were your best friends at Priory?

Steven Hanna, who else, the giant. We were in tune with humor the way I have not been since then. My first job was a holiday job at his father's place of business. I spend nights at his house with his wonderful family. Ate the best chicken and drank coca cola. (couldn't at my house). We made movies with 8 mm. We were scouts together, had roles in plays together.   


Steven Hanna


Who are you in touch with today?

Duncan Guda



Who would you like to track down?

Steven Hanna



What was the wildest thing you ever did at Priory?

Skipped classes and went to New Kingston, bought pizza and brought it back to Kim Hubbard. (leggggs). (ate all the cheese of the pizza on the way)

Kim Hubbard 1974


What memories/views do you have of Priory?

Frozen coke, theatre, the mango trees in front, the classrooms without windows but with cement bricks with openings in them. It was where I learned English. So it was larger than life at the time.



Who was the craziest person during your time at Priory?

Steven Hanna


Where do you live and what do you do nowadays?

The Netherlands. Am currently teaching English to Junior college kids between 16 - 21 years old. Have my second company. First a lock and Safe co. in California, now an IT company in the North of Holland.



Tell us about any significant others

My daughter is called Valerie Nicole and I am the most proud of her. She is 25 years old, is ambitious and keeps in touch just about every day.


Tell us about your most unusual meeting with a Priory person

Left Priory in 1977 to go to boarding school in Florida and shared a dorm room with Duncan Guda (also from Priory) Still keep in touch with him. know him since I was 6 (so that's 42 years). Only my teddy bear is older (he's 45)


What do you think of the Priory Website?

Sure, add some Bob Marley tunes. just some light little happy tunes. Three little birds on my door step, singing sweet songs...




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