Mrs. Acra is a 1986 graduate of Norfolk Academy. She attended the University of Virginia, where she received a BA in History and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education. She taught in Anchorage, Alaska, for one year before returning to her alma mater to teach 5th grade. She spent five years teaching in the Lower School before transitioning to the Development Office in 1997 to become the Director of Alumni Relations. Ms. Acra has coached Middle School girls’ basketball and varsity girls’ lacrosse. She lives in Norfolk with her husband Eric, Dean of Students in the Upper School, and their 3 children.
Toy Savage 71
History, Middle School; Director of Planned Giving
Mr. Savage’s personal association with Norfolk Academy began as a new second-grade student in the fall of 1960. His family roots go even farther back. His great-great grandfather, Robert Gatewood, was Headmaster from 1865 – 1888. Mr. Savage graduated from Norfolk Academy in 1971, and attended Princeton University, from which he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in American History in 1975. After two years of teaching at the Gilman School in Baltimore, Mr. Savage entered law school at the University of Virginia, obtaining his Juris Doctor in 1980. After practicing law for six years, first in Baltimore and then in Norfolk, he decided 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 Director of Planned Giving in addition to teaching Ancient History to 8th graders, working with the Royster speech program, and serving as the permanent faculty advisor to the Royster Honor Council. In addition, he coaches JV Golf. Mr. Savage is the school historian and author of Norfolk’s Academy-Heart of the Tidewater, a work commissioned in 2003, on the 275th anniversary of the school’s founding. He has been married to his high school classmate Gail Linsly Savage ’71 since 1975 and has three grown daughters.