Washington Day

The newest tradition at The Frederick Gunn School was a gift to students established by Head of School Peter Becker in 2013.

  • On learning about Mr. Gunn’s penchant for declaring an impromptu school holiday on a perfect outdoor day, Mr. Becker decided that the doldrums of Connecticut’s long winters could be alleviated in the weeks before spring vacation by creating “Washington Day” in honor of our first President and our town.

  • Thus, a tradition was born in which Mr. Becker raises a school flag upside down on the flagpole on a bright day in February. The students are excused from classes and have a day to themselves for sleeping in or building a snowman or having an impromptu snowball fight.