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Theatre Program Earns 16 Halo Award Nominations

Congratulations to the cast and designers of the fall play, Silent Sky, and the winter musical, Urinetown, who together have been nominated for a total of 16 Halo Awards, including eight individual best performance nominations and Best Contemporary Play.

174th Commencement to be Held May 26

On Sunday, May 26, 2024, The Frederick Gunn School will celebrate the Class of 2024 at its 174th Commencement Exercises. This year, 93 students, representing 17 states and seven countries, will graduate from the school, founded in 1850 by Frederick Gunn, a pioneering educator, courageous abolitionist, and rugged outdoorsman, who is recognized by the American Camp Association as the founder of recreational camping in the United States.


The Frederick Gunn School Music Program will present a spring concert featuring String Ensemble, Vocal Ensemble, Jazz Band and special guests under the direction of Ron Castonguay P’27, Director of the Arts and Music Director. Family, friends and the community are invited to attend the performance one night only, Wednesday, May 15, at 7 p.m., in the Tisch Family Auditorium of the Thomas S. Perakos Arts and Community Center. The concert is free with general admission seating. No registration is required. 

Girls Varsity Rowing

The Frederick Gunn School will host the 64th annual Founders Day Regatta at Lake Waramaug on Sunday, May 5, 2024. Morning heats will begin at 9 a.m., with the last morning race at 11:15 a.m. Racing will resume at 12:15 p.m. following lunch, and will conclude by 2 p.m. Alumni, current students, families, faculty, and friends are welcome to cheer on Gunn Rowing at the finish line, located at Lake Waramaug State Park in Kent. 

Lizzie Ribbon-Cutting_Lead Donors

On April 27, The Frederick Gunn School community celebrated Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch ’72 and 13 other generous donors, many of whom were in attendance, at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for The Lizzie & Jonathan Tisch Center for Innovation & Active Citizenship. Students and faculty were joined on the Quad for the celebration by Trustees, alumni, parents, and friends of the school, to acknowledge and thank all those who helped to make this transformational new building possible. 

Gunn Runn 2023 graphic

On Saturday, May 25, the student-led community service club Gunn Gives Back will host the annual “Gunn Runn” on campus. Students, faculty, friends and families are invited to participate. The run will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Koven-Jones Glade and wind through campus. If you are interested in joining, please come to the Glade on race day by 1 p.m. to register.

Painting by Marley Kennedy '25 AP Studio Art

A new exhibit at The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens features work by students enrolled in AP Studio Art at The Frederick Gunn School and Shepaug Valley School. The AP Student Art Show opened April 12 and will remain on view through April 28. The gallery, located at 1 Green Hill Road, Washington, is open for viewing during scheduled events at the park or by appointment.

Silver Breath_Cleve Gray

A retrospective exhibition, "Cleve Gray: Towards an Art of Hope," opened April 10 in the Perakos Family Cares Art Gallery at The Frederick Gunn School, featuring works by American Abstract Expressionist painter Cleve Gray.

An opening reception will be held on Thursday, April 25, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the gallery, which is located in the Thomas S. Perakos Arts and Community Center on campus. The gallery is open to the public free of charge, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parking is available in the Upper Parking Lot off Kirby Road, with a limited number of accessible parking spaces outside the Thomas S. Perakos Arts and Community Center. Please see the Campus Map for details.

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U.S. Navy Commander Adam Farber ’00, who trained and served as an instructor in the U.S. Navy Fighter Weapon School (TOPGUN), returned to campus March 22 as part of the school’s 2023-24 Speaker Series and shared with students and faculty his “fighter rules to live by.”

A native of New Jersey, Farber’s dream from a young age was to fly an F-14 Tomcat, the supersonic, twin-engine fighter aircraft featured in the 1986 film, “Top Gun.” He didn’t get into the U.S. Naval Academy on his first try, and at the age of 18, enrolled at The Frederick Gunn School for a postgraduate year.

Gunn Music students Aryel Sealey, Stella Zhu and Colin Hall

Three students from the Gunn Music Program will perform at the Connecticut Music Educators Association’s All-State Music Festival being held this weekend, April 4-6, at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. The students were selected by audition after qualifying for the CMEA Northern Region Festival in February. 

Peg Addicks

The Frederick Gunn School student group Hearts for Action is supporting an American Red Cross Blood Drive on April 14, 2024, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Thomas S. Perakos Arts and Community Center on campus. Qualified students, faculty, parents, and community members are all invited and encouraged to participate in this annual event, honoring the late Margaret P. Addicks for her 45 years of service to the school and the Town of Washington. Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are strongly encouraged. Please use the link below to schedule an appointment online. 

Boys Varsity Hockey 2024 NEPSAC Quarterfinal win

Gunn will face #1 seed The Rivers School in the 2024 NEPSAC Boys Ice Hockey Tournament Semifinals this Saturday, March 2, at 2 p.m. at The Rivers School in Weston, Massachusetts.

To catch the Highlanders in action, view the Live Stream here.

The winners of Saturday's semifinal matchups will advance to the New England Championship Finals, which will be played on Sunday, March 3, at noon at Harvard University.

Girls Varsity Ice Hockey vs. Millbrook 23-24

The Frederick Gunn School Boys and Girls Varsity Ice Hockey teams are headed to the 2024 NEPSAC Tournament. Both teams will play in their respective New England Quarterfinal games at home in a doubleheader at Linen Rink on Wednesday, February 28.  

Boys Varsity Hockey, the #4 seed, will play #5 seed Groton School at 3:30 p.m. 
Girls Varsity Hockey, the #3 seed, will face #5 seed The Rivers School at 6:15 p.m.

Both home games may be viewed via the Live Stream from Linen Rink.

Jason Koza, Dean of Academics

The Frederick Gunn School has named Jason Koza of Denver, Colorado, an experienced administrator and teacher, to lead its academic program as Dean of Academics beginning July 1, 2024. Koza’s appointment followed an intensive, three-month search process that drew interest from a diverse pool of applicants from across the country and around the world. 

Nicole Zuraitis at Litchfield Jazz Camp in 2019

Fans of Litchfield Jazz Festival, which has been hosted at The Frederick Gunn School since 2019, were thrilled when Connecticut native Nicole Zuraitis won her first Grammy Award on February 4, at the 66th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Zuraitis, a former student at Litchfield Jazz Camp, also hosted at Gunn, won the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album for “How Love Begins.” This summer, she will return to campus as a vocal instructor at Litchfield Jazz Camp, and fans can see her perform at the festival’s Jazz Brunch on Sunday, July 28, 2024 in Bourne Courtyard.

Painting by Kelsey Ketchum '26

Twenty seven Gunn students enrolled in Visual Arts courses and the Technique and Artistry co-curricular program are participating in the Kent Art Association's 32nd Annual Student Art Show. An opening reception and awards ceremony were held on February 10. The gallery, located at 21 South Main Street in Kent, will be open to the public from 1-5 p.m. on February 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, and 24.

Tony Rogers '61 in 1974

The Frederick Gunn School community is saddened by the news that Former Trustee Andrew “Tony” Y. Rogers, Jr. ’61 P’87 passed away on January 24, 2024, at his home in Florham Park, New Jersey. A much-loved and dedicated alumnus, Tony served two terms as President of the Alumni Association, from 1974 to 1977, and was a member of the Board of Trustees from 1974-1976.

YMUN 50 group in session

Nineteen Highlanders in the Model United Nations co-curricular program participated in the 50th Yale Model United Nations (YMUN) conference, held January 18-21 on the campus of Yale University. This was the first time in recent memory that Gunn students joined YMUN, which attracted some 2,000 delegates from 45 countries and all 50 states.