It was a day of firsts for Francisco Delgado Martin ’21: his first trip to Canada; his first time touring the St. Andrew’s Campus; his first day of grade 9.
He also learned his great-grandfather, Pedro Martin, was the first boy from Mexico to attend St. Andrew’s College. Pedro was in the Class of 1910, having started at the School in 1907.
Since then, generations of boys from the Martin family have attended SAC, and Francisco’s father, Fernando Delgado, was fortunately on hand during Upper School New Family Orientation Day to provide the details.
Pedro Sr. had two sons, Pedro ’47 (Peter) and Eduardo Martin ’47. Eduardo had five daughters and one son (who did not attend St. Andrew’s). One of the daughters, Susana, is Francisco’s mother.
Francisco is following in the footsteps of his two older brothers, Fernando ’12, and Santiago ’18. Fernando attended SAC for one year, 2006-07. His father proudly noted he’s a recent graduate from architecture school, and is working on green projects at the moment. Santiago attended for one year, 2016-17, and is now attending grade 12 in Mexico.
Going back a couple generations, Pedro ’47 sent his son, Pedro H. Martin ’74, to St. Andrew’s in 1969, where he stayed and graduated five years later.
Pedro Jr. was back on campus in September 2010, dropping off his son Andres ’12. Pedro H. and Andres brought along a gift for the SAC Archives: a red St. Andrew’s blazer worn by Pedro Sr. 100 years before.
Like his second cousin Andres, Francisco is a fourth-generation Andrean.
The St. Andrew’s family and the Martin family share a deep love of tradition. Francisco was enveloped in tradition during the student-parent orientation session when he was called on stage by Courtenay Shrimpton, Assistant Headmaster, to don his great-grandfather’s jacket. The audience appreciated the moment, rewarding the beaming Francisco with a warm round of applause.
Francisco is excited to be here, noting the School’s exceptional sports facilities, in particular baseball and soccer. Francisco said he’s also a fan of boxing, a sport his grandfather, Eduardo ’47, was also keen on when he was a student.
Fernando said his youngest son is fortunate to attend St. Andrew’s. “First of all, it’s tradition,” he says. “They mature away from home. They learn to appreciate all the things they have. And most important, St. Andrew’s reinforces independence.”
Before leaving his son to find independence, Fernando met another parent also dropping off a grade 9 student on his first day. This student is also a fourth-generation Andrean.
David Kurp ’21 and his older brother, Michael Kurp ’18, are the great-grandsons of Stuart B. Wood ’25 and the grandsons of J.M.P. Wood ’56.
David’s mom, Sylvia Wood, reported that her uncle, Andrew Wood, was in the Class of 1960; Andrew’s two sons were also educated at the College: Alexander ’96 and Benjamin ’98. And her brother, Philip Wood, attended SAC and graduated in the Class of ’84.
Story by Julie Caspersen