Renate Schroeder Dolphin is a woman who was referenced by name in Brett Kavanaugh’s yearbook, according to a new report by The New York Times.
The term “Renate Alumnius”, which is referenced in Kavanaugh’s yearbook blurb, isn’t the only time Shroeder was mentioned in the yearbook: The New York Times reports that “Renate” or “Renate Alumnius” is mentioned 14 times throughout the yearbook by different classmates of Kavanaugh.
A statement by Kavanaugh’s lawyer read, “Judge Kavanaugh was friends with Renate Dolphin in high school. He admired her very much then, and he admires her to this day. Judge Kavanaugh and Ms. Dolphin attended one high school event together and shared a brief kiss good night following that event,” the statement continued. “They had no other such encounter. The language from Judge Kavanaugh’s high school yearbook refers to the fact that he and Ms. Dolphin attended that one high school event together and nothing else.”
In a statement to The New York Times, Dolphin confirmed that she not only had no idea about this shared yearbook phrase, but that she never kissed Kavanaugh.
“I think Brett must have me confused with someone else, because I never kissed him,” she said in a statement via her lawyer. Here’s what you need to know.
1. Dolphin Lives in New Canaan & Is on the Health and Human Services Board
According to New Canaan’s website, Dolphin is a member and secretary for the Health & Human Services Board of the town.
According to the site, the mission statement for the board is as follows:
The Health and Human Services Commission is the combination of the Commission for the Aging, Youth Commission and the Board of Human Services. The Commission develops and coordinates information concerning all age groups, analyzes the services and programs provided by federal and state agencies and assists in applying them to New Canaan residents. They generate community focus to evaluate and create quality programs that best meet the changing needs of the population and establish policies and procedures which assist the residents in need of critical necessities such as food, shelter, safety, and health services. (including mental and physical health). The Commission also makes recommendations to the Selectman regarding the development of new programs for unmet needs. All these help develop a proactive and supportive community, which encourages responsibility and fosters a safe, healthy, well balanced life.
2. Kavanaugh & Several Classmates Mentioned Being ‘Renate Alumni’ in Their Yearbooks
While Kavanaugh was at Georgetown Prep, Dolphin was a student at an all-girls Catholic School nearby. Two of Kavanaugh’s classmates told The New York Times that the “Renate Alumni” joke was related to “unsubstantiated boasting about their conquests” at the time.
Sean Hagan, one of Kavanaugh’s former Georgetown Prep classmates, said of the “Renate Alumnius” comment, “They were very disrespectful, at least verbally, with Renate. I can’t express how disgusted I am with them, then and now.”
According to The New York Times, Dolphin only learned about this inside joke a few days ago. In a statement, she said, “I learned about these yearbook pages only a few days ago. I don’t know what ‘Renate Alumnus’ actually means. I can’t begin to comprehend what goes through the minds of 17-year-old boys who write such things, but the insinuation is horrible, hurtful and simply untrue. I pray their daughters are never treated this way. I will have no further comment.”
3. Yearbook References to Dolphin Varied, From ‘Chairman of the Bored of the Renate Club’ to ‘Renate Suicide Squad’
The New York Times reports that several of Kavanaugh’s classmates found creative ways to reference their inside joke about Dolphin throughout the yearbook, from one classmate referencing “Renate’s Suicide Squad” to “Renate Alumni” to “‘chairman of the Bored’ of the “Renate Club.”
One classmate even reportedly wrote a poem of the joke: “You need a date / and it’s getting late / so don’t hesitate / to call Renate.”
It’s worth nothing that Mark Judge, a friend and former classmate of Kavanaugh who was accused of being in the room with Ford and Kavanaugh when he allegedly attempted to rape Ford, was also a member of this club. His yearbook mentions his being a “Renate Alumnus,” as can be seen in the photo above.
4. Dolphin Was One of the 64 Women Who Vouched for Kavanaugh’s Character in a Sept. 14 Letter, Prior to Her Knowledge of the Joke
Dolphin was one of the 64 women who signed a letter addressed to Sens. Chuck Grassley and Dianne Feinstein, vouching for Kavanaugh’s behavior during his high school years.
The letter reads,
We are women who have known Brett Kavanaugh for more than 35 years and knew him while he attended high school between 1979 and 1983. For the entire time we have known Brett Kavanaugh, he has behaved honorably and treated women with respect.
We strongly believe it is important to convey this information to the Committee at this time. Brett attended Georgetown Prep, an all-boys high school in Rockville, Maryland. He was an outstanding student and athlete with a wide circle of friends. Almost all of us attended allgirls high schools in the area. We knew Brett well through social events, sports, church, and various other activities. Many of us have remained close friends with him and his family over the years.
Through the more than 35 years we have known him, Brett has stood out for his friendship, character, and integrity. In particular, he has always treated women with decency and respect. That was true when he was in high school, and it has remained true to this day. The signers of this letter hold a broad range of political views. Many of us are not lawyers, but we know Brett Kavanaugh as a person. And he has always been a good person.
5. Several of the Phrases Kavanaugh Mentioned in His Yearbook Are Now Under Intense Speculation & Scrutiny, Including ‘FFFFFourth of July’ & ‘Have You Boofed Yet?’
Many have started to raise questions over the phrases referenced in Kavanaugh’s yearbook, including lawyer Michael Avenatti, who claims to be representing a Kavanaugh accuser.
Avenatti tweeted (his account has since been made private), “Brett Kavanaugh must also be asked about this entry in his yearbook: ‘FFFFFFFourth of July.’ We believe that this stands for: Find them, French them, Feel them, Finger them, F*ck them, Forget them. As well as the term ‘Devil’s Triangle.’ Perhaps Sen. Grassley can ask him.
Urban Dictionary confirms that “FFFF” often is an acronym for “Find ’em, Feel ’em, Fuck ’em & Forget ’em.”
As for the “Devil’s Triangle” term in Kavanaugh’s yearbook that Avenatti also references, Urban Dictionary defines it as “inserting your d*ck into all three holes,” or alternatively, “A threesome with 1 woman and 2 men. It is important to remember that straight men do not make eye contact while in the act. Doing so will question their sexuality.”