Marburn Academy has been serving Columbus-area students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and dyslexia for almost three decades.

Marburn Academy has been serving Columbus-area students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and dyslexia for almost three decades.

"Our enrollment is the highest in our history," said spokeswoman Nancy Paul. "Yet, many people still do not know about the value of a Marburn education."

School officials are hoping to change that during the academy's 29th anniversary dinner at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 21.

Dubbed "Reaching New Heights," the gathering will take place at COSI. The featured speaker will be Jim Whittaker, the first American to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

Whittaker, who first climbed the world's highest mountain in 1963, returned to the top of Everest in 1990 in the "Peace Climb," which included a team from not only the United States but also the Soviet Union and China.

"Whittaker's message addresses the theme of risk-taking in relation to learning," said Paul, director of communications and public relations for Marburn Academy, 1860 Walden Drive.

The public is invited to participate in the May 21 celebration. For information on tickets, contact Marburn Academy at 433-0822 or www.marburnacademy.org.