Toy Savage is a teacher, an alumnus, and an official historian of Norfolk Academy. His personal association with the school began as a new second grade student in the fall of 1960. His family ties to the school go deeper and farther back in time, at least as far as his great-great grandfather, Robert Gatewood, Headmaster from 1865-1888. Savage graduated fron the Academy in 1971, and next attended Princeton University, from which he received a bachelor’s degree in American History in 1975. After two years of teaching at the Gilman School in Baltimore, Savage entered law school at the University of Virginia, obtaining his Juris Doctor in 1980. Six years in private practice of law convinced him to return to education. He has served in various roles, including teacher, coach, and administrator at Norfolk Academy since his return in 1986. He is the author of Norfolk’s Academy – The Heart of Tidewater. This blog chronicles Toy’s observations and investigations of the school, its long history, and the many lives it has shaped.