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How Castilleja taught me to be a man

Original post made on Jul 1, 2016

From its founding in 1907, the Castilleja School has consistently graduated excellent women. However, I am the first person to graduate Castilleja as a young man.

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Comments (14)

Posted by Stephanie M.
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Jul 1, 2016 at 11:59 am

Thank you Elijah for sharing your story and the lessons you've obtained within the school setting. It's incredible how supportive our community can be. Wishing you much success in your next adventures.

Posted by Honor Spitz
a resident of another community
on Jul 1, 2016 at 4:10 pm

Eli, you are a credit to the human race; the whole wide world needs more people like you, more men and woman with your insight and compassion.
I have always been proud of the fact that I am a Castilleja alum; now I am all the more proud to be a part of this "Castilleja family" that has supported you and given you room to be who you are.
Castilleja has a new and wonderful spokesman.

Posted by Georgi
a resident of Mountain View
on Jul 1, 2016 at 6:15 pm

Beautifully written from a beautiful human being. It was such a pleasure teaching you over the past seven years. I can assure you that CASTILLEJA and I learned more from you than you ever learned from us!!!

Posted by Marjorie Red Pine
a resident of another community
on Jul 2, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Proud of you, Eli!

Posted by Ginny Contento
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 2, 2016 at 4:11 pm

You ROCK!!! What a credit you are to Castilleja. And what an inspiration you have been, opening space for EVERYONE to be their truest, most courageous, best self. Thank you for the tremendous care and love you put into writing this remarkable piece. So beautiful to see you solidly on "your path."

Posted by Elyce Melmon
a resident of Woodside
on Jul 2, 2016 at 4:45 pm

Congratulations Eli. You make me proud to have been associated with Castilleja. You are a beautiful writer, which, I am certain, is a reflection of being a beautiful person.

a resident of College Terrace
on Jul 3, 2016 at 4:14 am

SEA_SEELAM REDDY is a registered user.


You have the courage to have dealt with your situation and it is good that the school supported you.

Best wishes. Let's know how you are doing once in a while.


Posted by Member
a resident of another community
on Jul 3, 2016 at 4:58 pm

Eli, you are one hell of a guy! Congratulations on your graduation from Castilleja.

Best wishes to you as you start the next part of your life.

Posted by Diane Morin
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 3, 2016 at 6:40 pm

Truly a terrific, fine, smart, funny, insightful, kind, adventurous young man. May you continue to thrive, enjoy life and model for all to see what "gracious" is about... Congratulations Eli!

Posted by Helen
a resident of another community
on Jul 4, 2016 at 11:48 am

The way Castilleja has handled its first trans student should set the bar high as an example for any school. This makes me more proud to be an alumna of this school than any other school news since I graduated in 1997, but I expect nothing less from an institution where even in the 90's I felt safe and accepted enough to come out as bisexual at an all-school assembly. Elijah, best of luck to you. Castilleja has given you, like all its graduates, a wonderful gift: the self-assurance and empowerment to affect real change, along with the guiding moral principles and character to do good in the world.

Posted by Alder yarrow
a resident of Stanford
on Jul 4, 2016 at 1:55 pm

Bravo, young man. For everything.

Posted by Julie armitano
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Jul 5, 2016 at 9:36 am

I am proud of you.
Best of luck.

Posted by Gunn grad
a resident of Gunn High School
on Jul 5, 2016 at 9:23 pm

An amazing young man and an extremely well-written piece. Castilleja was very, very lucky to have you!

Posted by Jennifer Ayer
a resident of Portola Valley
on Jul 22, 2016 at 10:57 pm

What a beautifully written piece. Bravo Eli.

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