As the daughter of SSSAS Head Girls Lacrosse Coach and Physical Education Teacher Kathy Jenkins, Brooke Jenkins spent many hours of her childhood observing from the sidelines - and when it was finally her turn to play on the field or on the court, her star shone brightly. She enters the SSSAS Hall of Fame not only as an individual this year, but also as a member of the 1995 field hockey team.
A three-sport athlete, Jenkins competed in field hockey, basketball, and lacrosse. She is described by her former coaches as hard-working, well-balanced, and very coachable. Yet what truly separated her from the pack was her extraordinary game sense.
“She was constantly watching and listening and playing all sorts of sports for years and years,” said Head Field Hockey Coach Marsha Way. “She absorbed so much, sort of by osmosis, that she grew into a very smart athlete with a real eye for how plays will unfold and where the ball needs to be.”
She was also a natural leader, easygoing with a good sense of humor. She was able to diffuse tense moments, rally her teammates, and she was a leader in both practices and games.
Teammate Sara Hills ’96 recalls, “Brooke was such a fun teammate and captain, always bringing fun and laughter to the team. I was able to play with Brooke on the field and court all three seasons of the year, and she excelled in every sport she played. She led each team to championships and always with modesty and a great sense of humor. And if you ever needed a ride, there was always room in ‘Big Red’ [an ’86 Volvo station wagon] to take you there!”
In addition to playing center half and being a captain during the 1995 field hockey team’s perfect season, she played a big role her junior year when the team went 15-1-1, and she earned All-Met Honorable Mention. She was all-league in basketball too, playing varsity all four years. She also broke the girls varsity record for most three pointers in a season, with 15.
In lacrosse, Jenkins led the team in goals and points her junior and senior years, compiling a career total of 145 goals (the school’s tenth all-time scorer) and 63 assists. In her three years on the varsity squad, the teams went a combined 50-5. They were Independent School League (ISL) champions once and co-champions twice. They won the ISL Tournament twice and captured the Virginia state title once.
Jenkins went on to play both field hockey and lacrosse at the University of Pennsylvania, where she picked up more honors as a student-athlete. She then became a teacher at the Town School for Boys in San Francisco and won the 2005 Herbst Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence.