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Gunn Musicians Selected to 2024 CMEA Regional Festival

Eight students from the Gunn Music Program have been selected to perform at the Connecticut Music Educators Association (CMEA) Northern Region Music Festival on January 12 and 13, 2024, at New Britain High School. The festival will feature selected students from 48 Connecticut towns, who will perform in the Northern Region Band, Jazz Band, Choral Ensemble, and Orchestral Ensemble. The snow dates for the festival are January 19 and 20, 2024.

Gunn vs. Canterbury field hockey Nov. 11, 2023 Canterbury Day

Varsity Field Hockey is advancing to the NEPSAC Class C Championships for the third consecutive year. As the #4 seed, Gunn will face off against #5 Canterbury at home on Wednesday, November 15, at 2:15 p.m. The quarterfinal game will reprise last Saturday’s highly competitive Canterbury Day matchup, when the Highlanders beat the Saints 2-1 on their home turf. Click here to watch the live stream from Barnes Field.

2023 Town Party and Friend of the Green Award graphic

The Frederick Gunn School is pleased to announce the 2023 Friend of the Green Award will be presented to the Connecticut Community Foundation at the Annual Town Holiday Party on Saturday, November 18, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Solley Dining Hall. All Washington residents and business owners, faculty, and Frederick Gunn School families are welcome to attend. 

"Behind the Clouds" by Catherine Lu '24

Two Gunn students are among the top selected photographers to be featured in the 13th annual ASAP!  Celebration of Young Photographers. Original photographs by Yoyo Zhang '24 and Catherine Lu '24 were among the top selections revealed this week via Instagram and will be included in a special exhibition on Sunday, November 12, 2023, from 2-4 p.m. at Spring Hill Vineyards in New Preston. Admission is free but pre-registration is required.

Canterbury Day game day graphic 2023

Next week marks the return of a great Gunn tradition  Canterbury Day! Each year, athletic teams from The Frederick Gunn School and Canterbury School come together in the spirit of competition, sportsmanship, and camaraderie during the final week of the fall athletic season. School spirit is at an all-time high as the Highlanders take on the Saints and seek to accumulate points toward the Gunn-Canterbury Cup.

Catherine Lu '24 with her National Merit Scholarship Program commendation certificate

Head of School Emily Raudenbush Gum announced today that Catherine Lu '24 has been named a Commended Student in the 2024 National Merit® Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC®), which conducts the program, will be presented by Raudenbush Gum to the scholastically talented senior.

David Miller '54 at Alumni Weekend in 2008

David Porter Miller, II ’54 passed away on September 1, 2023, at age 87 after a brief illness. A faculty child, alumnus, and long-standing supporter of The Frederick Gunn School, David dedicated his life to education and conservation, and nurtured lifelong friendships with his classmates. 


The Frederick Gunn School Girls First Boat placed 36 out of 90 boats in the Women’s Youth Fours at the Head of the Charles Regatta on October 22, 2023. Olivia Kurtz ’25 in stroke seat, Gigi Boucher ’25 in three, Isla Beckstrom ’26 in two, and Emma Eschweiler ’24 in bow were coxed by Zane Leonard ’25.

Play4theCure 2023 group  photo

Highlanders demonstrated their school spirit while competing fiercely, having fun, and raising funds for a good cause at the annual Play4theCure field hockey game on October 6. The event, which featured two, half-field mini games under the lights on Barnes Field, as well as a bake sale and dress down day, raised $2,254 for the National Foundation for Cancer Research (NFCR), exceeding this year’s goal and last year’s total.

2023 School Walk Students at Steep Rock Summit

October 5 turned out to be a beautiful day for our community to enjoy one of Gunn’s most beloved traditions: School Walk. Buoyed by school spirit and a shared sense of Frederick Gunn’s love of the outdoors, students, faculty, and friends navigated a new, nearly nine-mile route through Steep Rock Preserve. They traveled through the historic railroad tunnel, across the bridge over the Shepaug River, and up to Steep Rock Summit, where they enjoyed a brief respite and the incredible view of the Clamshell and Shepaug River Valley below.

Silent Sky poster

The Frederick Gunn School Theatre Program will present Lauren Gunderson’s Silent Sky, a play that explores 19th century social and scientific progress through the real-life lens of Harvard astronomer Henrietta Leavitt. Performances are November 9, 10, and 11 at 7 p.m. in the Tisch Family Auditorium of the Thomas S. Perakos Arts and Community Center. This event is open to the public. No registration is required and seating is by general admission.

Moonlight Memory, Harbor Cove, Don Gorvett

The Frederick Gunn School is pleased to present a special exhibit, “Waterfronts and Woodcuts,” featuring more than 30 woodcuts, blocks, drawings, and drypoint etchings by Don Gorvett, a Boston-born artist acclaimed for his hand-pulled color reduction woodcuts recording maritime subjects. The exhibit will run from October 2 through November 10 in the Perakos Family Cares Art Gallery of the Thomas S. Perakos Arts and Community Center. An Artist Reception will be held October 19 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The reception is open to the public.

A Day in the Life of The Frederick Gunn School

On September 5, a new exhibit of student work opened in the Perakos Family Cares Art Gallery of the Thomas S. Perakos Arts and Community Center. “A Day in the Life of The Frederick Gunn School'' features photographs of school life taken last spring by students in Lincoln Turner’s Digital Photography class. The exhibit, which runs through September 27, is the first of five that are planned during the academic year under the direction of Turner, who has a new role as the school’s Gallerist.


Students and faculty gathered September 7, 2023, in the historic Meeting House on the Green for Convocation, which formally marked the start of the school’s 174th academic year. Emily Raudenbush Gum delivered her first welcome address as our 12th Head of School, reflecting on our school motto, and the value of what it means to be a person who is always learning.

Matthew Neu and Ryan Ryu, All-American MUN

Two students from The Frederick Gunn School's Model United Nations program have been accepted to the All-American Model United Nations 2023 Travel Team, the best competitive, results-driven Model UN program for high school students in the world.

"Benjamin Foulois and the Air Force’s 'Can-Do' Spirit"

The Frederick Gunn School is pleased to sponsor the Gunn Historical Museum's virtual lecture presentation, Benjamin Foulois and the Air Force’s “Can-Do” Spirit with Dr. Doug Lantry on Monday September 18, 2023 at 6:30 p.m. 

Men On Boats cast

The Frederick Gunn School Theatre Program brought home two Halo Awards — including Best Contemporary Play — for its production of Jaclyn Backhaus’ wildly funny and rollicking play, Men On Boats. The award for Best Special Effects went to Highlanders Joshua Ly ’23 and Katherine Aguirre-Felipe ’26 for Men On Boats.